Read my story here~
Christina Sun is your average middle school girl. Or maybe not. (Or perhaps she is..) Refusing to go by anything other than Chris, she wears cargo shorts as often as possible and hates wearing any sort of dress-related clothing,
which might be problematic because it's kind of required for orchestra and tennis.
At any rate, she likes music, and sports, and games (like Pokémon), reads manga (like Prince of Tennis), and… fails at school. Save the world? Sure. The Ultimate Evil that the world needs saving from? Her chemistry teacher who never ceases to fail her on his exams.
Seth Go | The calm, cool, collected class president and Chris's best friend. He wins at everything academic and loses at all things sports.
Alan Kim | A FOB and computer geek. His IQ is one of the highest among the students who have passed through this school, but his inattention to class costs him his grades.
Emily Huang | Taiwanese-Korean-Canadian-American, the fourth in their quartet of friends and the hardest worker out of them all.
Mr. Miyamoto | Oh, you know, that evil chemistry teacher—who's actually pretty young and kinda hot.
A good portion of the stories, most of which are written in drabbles ranging from less than 100 words to two or three thousand words, are inspired by real life happenings.
The titles are from my 100 Themes Challenge. Given that this is a slice-of-life story, I thought it would be appropriate to write bits and pieces of the narrative in this fashion. (Not having to worry about a giant plot also made it way easier to maintain coherence during NaNoWriMo 2012.)
This story (and the working title “Dear Beans”) first came about during the summer of 2010, right after my freshman year of college. My group of friends (each of whom had a type of bean as a nickname; hence the email subject line, “Dear Beans”) decided that it would be fun to collaborate on a story.
The four of us were going to create our own universes/settings. Then our characters would interact across dimensions and work together to “save the world” from the “ultimate evil” (or something like that). (Hence why Mr. Miyamoto is the “evil” chemistry teacher...)
Unfortunately, that never really ended up happening. Still, this is my part of the story.
I usually like to read and write fantasy/adventure type stories. My typical genre is anything to do with knights, princesses, and dragons (i.e. fictional medieval period, possibly with magic).
So for once, I decided that I would try to make a story that actually drew upon real life events. I decided to make the main character, Chris Sun, half-based off me. Later, I decided that Emily Huang could attend PLNU and share my introverted awkwardness. Between these two characters, you get a lot of my life.
My apologies to anyone from whom I’ve stolen tales. XD At least we’ll know that much of it is plausible.
That is indeed a good question! I'm not entirely sure, to be honest. Someday, when I have enough to cobble into a book, I plan for this novel to be told in a non-linear fashion.
Reading this in 100 Themes Challenge order is probably not all that helpful. See the Chapter List/Archive for a suggested reading order and the list of drabbles categorized by setting and categorized chronologically.
No, really, does anyone have questions? or suggestions about what else I should put on here.
I mean, it's already a wall of text but still.
WTF? | Such Great Heights | Crossover | Faith | Making History | Walking on Air | A Place to Belong
Potatoes | Parents | Roaring 20s | Blindfold | Summer Afternoons | WWII | Obsession | Generations
Cake | Scotland | Austria | Help | Despair | Costumes | Happy Days
Childhood | Genderbend | Fairy Tales | Music | Good Morning | HS/College | No Way Out
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Dear Beans is a slice-of-life story focusing on four friends and their relationships as they grow up
or so I claim.
Since DB is written in pieces according to the title of each individual ‘chapter,’ reading it in 100 Themes Challenge order is probably not all that helpful.
Then again, it doesn't really matter what order you read these in, it seems... I suppose that reading them in the Thematic clusters would make more sense?
These are the only ones with any real order necessity:
Other than that... have at it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Read 001 Introduction and 047 Adhesive, then 048 Childhood.
- 063 Do Not Disturb and 094 Last Hope occur on consecutive days.
036 Precious Treasure
063 Do Not Disturb
094 Last Hope
Out of Breath
024 No Time
084 Out Cold
Story of My Life
ft. Zach 'n' A.J.
048 Childhood / what if?
001 Introduction / 2nd grade (Aug)
047 Adhesive / 2nd grade (May)
027 Foreign / 3rd grade
036 Precious Treasure / 4th grade
024 No Time / 6th grade
031 Flowers / 6th grade (Feb/Mar)
044 4:29PM / 8th grade (late Sep)
003 Light / 8th grade (Oct)
063 Do Not Disturb / 8th grade (Spring)
094 Last Hope / 8th grade (Spring; one day after Do Not Disturb)
054 Tower / late HS/college
084 Out Cold / 11th grade (Apr)
088 Pain / freshman year (1st semester/quarter)
034 Stars / sophomore year (Nov)
004 Dark / college
Adhesive is referenced in
Seth's (lack of) glasses is included in
Flowers are referenced in 098 Puzzle.
DB stories by Porsheee:
DB comics by NightmareSiren and Porsheee:
More Dear Beans requests, art trades, gifts.
I am currently a graduate student (Mathematics), so I should be on this site a little less often... To anyone who thinks that Math might be an easy major.. it isn't. :P
I like to draw (mostly boys/fanart of books), read (kids'/YA novels), write (original stories since I can't come up with fanfiction), and play violin & piano.
The Lunar Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Leviathan
Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Throne of Glass, Mistborn, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, Pride and Prejudice
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Fullmetal Alchemist, Nodame Cantabile
Bible Quizzing since 2003 PK since forever and a day ago Follower of Christ Double majoring in Physics and Math | Oct 13, 2010 Graduated from PLNU! May 4, 2013 Can't draw chibis! Little brothers: 2, 3, 3.5 Playing violin since Jan 2012
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