Updates Are Here!

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As promised, “A Day of Horror: The March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake – A Foreigner’s Perspective” has been revised and updated and is now available from Amazon.  Thank you for your patience.  As mentioned in my previous post, I was very green when I first wrote and published it. It was my fledgling self-publishing venture.  I feel that this new edition is a long overdue improvement in the overall readability and user-friendliness of the book.  The book has also been updated with recent facts and figures on the status of the crisis.

The book is a detailed account of my experiences with the earthquake and the nuclear crisis.  It gives information about the event from my perspective, an American living in Japan. It also gives a little insight into Japanese life and culture. If you’re curious about that fateful day in the history of Japan (and the events that followed in its wake) or if you wonder what it’s like to live here, then I encourage you to check it out.  A link to the new edition of the book is located on the “My Books” page of this blog.

To those who have already purchased and read my book, thank you. Amazon recently informed me that previous purchasers of the book will be able to access the latest edition via the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page in their Amazon accounts. Continue reading

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Updates Coming Soon!

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I recently discovered that there are some major format flaws and issues that are negatively affecting the readability and user-friendliness of my first e-book effort, “A Day of Horror:  The March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake.”  For those who have purchased my book over the past five years since its first publication, I emphatically apologize.  As mentioned before, I’m not a techie.  Besides, it was my first self-publishing experience and I was very green.

It’s been a challenge keeping up with the upgrades and trends in the self-publishing business and without the help and support of a major publishing powerhouse behind one, it can be a daunting task to keep an e-book current, especially when one considers the complications involved with improvements in self-publishing software and the various requirements of different e-book readers and devices.

I’m currently in the process of reformatting (in a major way) my March 11th book. Once that update is complete and the new version is available, then I’ll be sure to post the announcement here.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Happy Belated New Year!

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Well, needless to say, 2017 has started off full throttle.  Hence, why I’ve been very busy and not able to post anything for over a month.  It’s nice to be back blogging again with my first post of the New Year.  I hope that your year has begun happily and peacefully.

Today’s topic is about resolutions, specifically, my writing resolutions for 2017.  I have a few ideas for some new and original short stories ricocheting around in my brain right now.  I’m also thinking about converting (into a short story) one or two more of the one-act plays that I wrote in college way back when.  One of those plays (The DiVacci Curse) has already been converted into a short story and is available on the My Books page of this blog. Please check it out if you have the time.

One of the plays is a murder mystery and the other is a comedy (yes, a stretch for me).  The comedy will be the more difficult play to convert because it has a lot of physicality in it.  On the other hand, I can elaborate on certain scenes and add a lot more detail in a short story than I could within the confines of the theater stage.  *See my post from Dec. 3, 2016 for more detail about converting a play into a short story.

As for my original story ideas, I have tentative plans to write another ghost story, but one unlike The DiVacci Curse.  I have a few other ideas to ponder and explore as well.  We’ll see how it all sorts itself out.  One thing that I can say for certain is that I plan to publish at least one more short story by the end of this year. Realistically, that’s the best that time and life will allow me to do at this point.  In the meantime, I encourage you to check out my other books.

As always, thanks for reading.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

A Christmas Post

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Season’s Greetings!

I felt it important to post a Christmas message being that this is my first Christmas as a blogger.  Living in a foreign country has opened my eyes to the many different ways that people celebrate this most joyous of holidays.

The Japanese (whom less than 1% are Christian) celebrate the season in their own way. Some families give gifts to their children in much the same way that people in other countries typically do.  As for the mystery and magic surrounding Santa Claus and some of the more traditional Christmas customs and practices, the Japanese are not quite as well-schooled as those from countries like Australia, Canada, the U.K., the U.S.A. and many areas of Europe and South America, but that’s understandable.  How many folks in the above countries are well-versed in traditional Shinto and Buddhist holiday practices?  Not the majority, I’m sure.

This year Christmas falls on Sunday, so many people will have the day off from work in Japan due to the simple reason that Sunday is their normal day off rather than because it’s Christmas Day.  When Christmas occurs during the regular week, very few people here have the day off and many businesses are open as usual; it’s just another day for the most part. Continue reading

Converting “The DiVacci Curse” from the Stage to a Short Story

Today I’d like to talk about my short story, “The DiVacci Curse.”

I originally wrote the “The DiVacci Curse” as a one-act play when I was in the midst of a playwriting class in college way back when.  Converting it from a play to a short story proved a fun and interesting challenge.  In a play, much of the story is told through the character’s actions onstage.  In a story or novel that same action has to be described in detail so that the reader can create those very images in their mind.  Details can be given in graphic, vivid description and exposition or they can be conveyed via character dialog.

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Fiction or Fact: Which is More Horrifying?

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Being new to the whole “Blog Thing,” I was wondering where the inspiration for my next, and second, blog entry was going to come from.  Well, I got that inspiration this morning as I was woken up at 6 A.M. by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake; the largest of its kind since the “Big One” on March 11, 2011.  My area was still receiving frequent aftershocks until six hours after the initial quake.  The aftershocks have died down and are less frequent now, thankfully.

The quake triggered a small, and fortunately benign, tsunami that didn’t do any major damage aside from raising the inland river levels a tad and likewise raising a few eyebrows.  We were lucky this time.  However, today’s quake definitely raised my blood pressure and got my heart pumping.  Flashbacks to 2011 infected my thoughts, especially as the images on TV today showed a small wave moving through rivers and streams in the region.  I live many miles inland in the interior of the Tohoku region of Japan.  Major tsunamis, like the March 11, 2011 wave that devastated the northern coast of Japan, are not a big concern for me where I live.  If a tsunami were to ever reach my area, then it would probably be as a result of the Apocalypse, and that’s not a joke.

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Here I am, for better or for worse!

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Howdy, I’m Blog and this is my brad!  Oh, sorry.  I mean, I’m Brad and this is my blog.

Welcome to my first blog entry.  I established this blog to promote my writing and books.  There it is!  Subtle, huh?  Honestly, I’ve never been good at self-promotion.  I’ve always regarded humility as a noble virtue and a good quality to exercise on a regular basis.  Sadly, society has taught us that humility is not very affective when it comes to promoting oneself or one’s product.  So, I guess that this blog is a type of ‘shameless self-promotion’ as one of my co-workers said at a radio station where I used to work way back when.

I’m not much of a techie (I don’t even have a cell-phone…well not anymore at least!) and blogging is new to me.  I’m not into the latest technological fads, gadgets or gizmos, either.  However, I enjoy writing when I can, and I’d like to share my writing with you.

I have enjoyed creative writing ever since I wrote my first story titled “Revenge of the Killer Spaceship” in fourth grade.  I had an amazing teacher who created a project where everyone in class wrote their own story.  After each student wrote and illustrated their own story, the teacher had each story bound in a hard cover book.  It was the first book I ever published and it was an incredible experience!

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