Happy Birthday, Antonio Bay! Part 2!


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Well, if you guessed “The Fog” as the answer to the quiz in my previous post, then you’re right.  Congrats to those who knew the answer.  You certainly know your horror films!

Oddly,  I’m not a big horror movie fan.  Even though I enjoy writing in the horror and mystery genres, when it comes to film my personal movie collection is heavy with science fiction, fantasy, adventure and comedy rather than horror.  But, The Fog is one of my all time favorite horror movies (the original 1980 film directed by John Carpenter). The plot is simple, yet effective and harkens back to a nostalgic time of storytelling when ghost stories didn’t have to be gory or excessively violent to be frightening.  Sure, there is some violence in the film, but it isn’t very bloody or overt like many of the horror films and TV shows of today.  Although, the film is loaded with lots of “shocks” and “stingers” that definitely get your attention.  They are the kind of scares that happen really quick, that make you scream or jump, and then make you laugh at yourself afterward.  I won’t go into detail about the story because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone reading this who has never seen the film before.  I will mention, though, that it inspires me and encourages me to write scary stories that emphasize the old cliché, “Less is more.”

The Fog is pretty tame by current standards.  After all, it’s almost forty years old!  If you prefer your horror served up with gratuitous amounts of blood, gore and sex, then The Fog may not be for you.  However, if you enjoy clever, old school, spooky, sit-around-the-campfire ghost stories, then you might find it entertaining.  It’s a fun film to watch while curled up on the sofa with your favorite snack.

There are also a couple of personal reasons why I like The Fog.  I was a radio DJ/announcer for a few years when I lived in Louisiana, and briefly when I later lived in Florida.  So, the “Stevie Wayne” connection is something I can relate to.  Stevie Wayne is basically the main character of the film.  She is portrayed by Adrienne Barbeau.  She’s a single mom raising her son in a sleepy, yet somewhat charming little seaside town (Antonio Bay, California). Stevie recently bought a radio station atop the town lighthouse that overlooks the Pacific.  A good portion of the film takes place in and around the lighthouse/radio station.  I can relate to the tasks and responsibilities that Stevie has to contend with like the ever watchful and unforgiving demands of the clock, and time, that dictate a DJ’s every move and word while “on the air.”

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Happy Birthday, Antonio Bay!


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Ahoy, Mateys!

I’m coming at you from the top of world.  It’s a very special day today in the realm of horror fiction films.  Do you know why?  Do you have any idea what the title of this post is referring to?

If you think you do, then I encourage you to post feedback here with your guess.  What do you think it means?  I’d like to hear from you.

Stay tuned…all will be revealed…soon!

How To Download the Updated Version of My Kindle Book on Amazon if Previously Purchased


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As mentioned in my last post, Amazon has recently informed me that they have made the updated version (3rd Edition) of “A Day of Horror: The March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake – A Foreigner’s Perspective” free to those readers who purchased previous editions of the book in the past before the current updated version became available.  I strongly encourage readers who have purchased any prior editions of my book in the past to download the new version as I think that it is a major improvement in readability and overall quality.  Some content has been omitted from the new edition, but some content has been added as well.  The 3rd edition also includes an update about the current situation in Fukushima prefecture as of last summer (2016).

If you purchased any previous editions of the book from Amazon and are interested in reading the latest edition, then I have explained how you can access the new content below.  *A note, the instructions below are for readers who purchased the book from Amazon.com (U.S.A.).  The updated download may not be available in all countries where Amazon operates.  I’m sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Thank you for understanding.

Step 1.  After you sign into your Amazon account, find “Manage Your Content and Devices” on your account page as shown in the example below.


Step 2.  Click on “Manage Your Content and Devices.”  You will see your content listed on the page.  Type in “A Day of Horror” in the Search bar as shown below.  The book title will appear and next to it you will see the “Update Available” button as shown below.  Click on it and follow the instructions to download the latest edition.


I would like to thank everyone who has purchased “A Day of Horror: The March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake – A Foreigner’s Perspective.”  I also appreciate those of you who are following or have “liked” this blog.  Your kind support and interest is very much appreciated!

Until my next post, have a good one!




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.

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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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