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An official website for me!

That’s right, everyone.  I’ve done it.  I’ve gone and made a website/blog dedicated to me!  No, actually, it’s a website dedicated to my writing.  It’s important to keep all that information in one place, so I made the website today.  It doesn’t have much yet, but it outlines the books and short stories I plan to publish independently in the future.  So, please go on over and check it out!

Any comments or questions?  Please leave them here.

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Yet another new blog

This idea has been in my mind for a while now.  I’ve wanted a blog I could write about my thoughts and opinions freely.  My current blogs are specialised, Japan photos and experiences, and being a foreign parent in Japan.  My new blog is about reading, writing and anything else I can think of.  I’m no longer restricted by a theme.  This Japan blog will be my main blog, though.  It’s my big project.  My Dad blog is more personal and smaller in scope.  But the new blog is about books, odds and ends.  Go take a look at I Read Encyclopedias for Fun.  Only one post at the moment, but it’ll grow.

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Can bloggers be authors?

Recently, a well known Japan blogger self-published a book.  You’ve probably heard of him if you pay attention to expat bloggers in Japan.  His blog is Loco in Yokohama, and his name is Baye McNeil (more commonly known as Loco to his readers).  I’ve been a reader of his blog for more than 2 years now, and I’ve always found his writing very engaging.  He tells it like it is, no sugar-coating, and is very honest with his opinions about living in Japan.  His blog posts are sometimes controversial, but very thought-provoking.  But what separates him from most bloggers is his ability to tell stories through his blog.  He is a writer.  That’s the impression I get from his blog.  I highly recommend that you read it!

Now, he’s published his first book, “Hi!  My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  It’s an e-book for now, but a print versi0n will be available.  The title stands out, doesn’t it?  I haven’t bought it yet, as I’m waiting for the print version (I wonder if I could make it to his book signing), but if his book is written as well as his blog, it’s definitely a must read!

The whole thought of publishing has been in my mind for years.  Ever since I was in university, I’ve wanted to write a book.  I’m interested mostly in fiction, but I have been considering writing about my experiences in Japan, focusing on the stereotypes and misconceptions of Japan, while comparing its culture to that of North America.  Loco went with self-publishing, which is incredibly easy to do these days.  For example, Amazon supports self-publishers, and there’s pretty much no expense to the author, other than a small cut of the price of the book.  A popular self-publisher can potentially earn far more than an author who goes through a traditional publisher.  It’s very appealing.  The problem with self-publishing, however, is getting word out about the book.  You have to do all of the advertising yourself.  But with a good network of people online, word can spread quickly.

I’m the kind of person who loves paper books.  I’d love to see any book I publish in print.  However, with the increasing popularity of e-books and the diminishing importance of books in print, bookstores and traditional publishers, it seems that e-books are the way to go in the future.  It’s a strange feeling, though.  I’ve never actually bought an e-book, though I do read some public domain classics on my iPhone.  But one of these days, I’m going to have to get Kindle and buy e-books.  My book closet (yes, a closet) is overflowing with books.  E-books take up no space and are easily portable.  Big advantage, isn’t it?  But I like to hold the book and not worry about the battery dying.

So, yes, I am planning to publish a book sometime in the next 2 or 3 years.  I have an entire story in my head just waiting to be put into words.  It’s been in my head for 13 years, but I never got around to writing it.  I have a lot of planning work done on paper, some of it written back when I was in university.  Soon, the time will come for me to start the book itself.

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NaNoWriMo

I am attempting to complete this year’s NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.  I have 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel, and I really don’t have that much time to do it.  As of this moment, I’ve written 200 words.  Even though I have just started, I’ve realised that writing a novel is much, much harder work than writing a blog post.  I thought writing a blog that has well over 100,000 words is pretty good practice.  It’s not.  The style of writing is completely different.  I wouldn’t say I have writer’s block.  I’m writing right now, aren’t I?  Actually, I’m writing this quite quickly.  I wrote 200 words of my novel in about 45 minutes.  Maybe just starting the novel is hard work.  It is a prologue I’m working on right now, after all.  That’s mainly background information, no story.

Anyway, is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo?  If you are, then go ahead and add me as a writing buddy.  My page is right here.

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