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A new excerpt from Adam’s Stepsons is now available. Thanks are due to Cindy Harris, who kindly allowed me to post information about the book on her blog, Cindy’s Notebook. (The back cover blurb appears back to back for some reason, but that shouldn’t detract from the excerpt itself!) Check it out! https://blacklilackitty.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/adams-stepsons/
Recently I was interviewed by Literary Titan, who asked for background and philosophical underpinnings of my SF novella Adam’s Stepsons. Check it out! Source: What is Reality?
It’s the final day for the Goodreads Giveaway for Adam’s Stepsons! Enter by 5/17 for a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of “a masterful novella”!
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Category Archives: holidays
Friday, my two daughters (aged 7 and 4) and I set off on a four-hour bullet train (Shinkansen) ride without my wife. She did see us off at the Shin-Osaka bullet train station, but since she had a week-long business … Continue reading
There are lots of parties in Japan. Parties when people get hired. Parties when people retire. Parties when a sporting event is held. Parties when a building is officially opened. Parties to “forget the year,” and parties to start the new one. Even parties to celebrate the release of a new book. Continue reading
It seems like no coincidence that Nana-kusa is at the beginning of the final solar period of winter. Continue reading
As I wrote a couple days ago, I’ve been spending the New Year’s holidays with my wife’s family in Kagoshima for a decade now. In that span of time, there have been five children born into the immediate extended family, … Continue reading
After a series of fairly serious blog posts related to an ongoing complaint against Amazon (which was somewhat, but not entirely, resolved), I thought it was about time to post about a slightly more innocuous topic: Making pottery at the … Continue reading
I’ve spent the past five New Year’s at my in-laws’ house in Kagoshima, in the southern island of Kyushu. “Family” consists of my wife’s parents, my brother-in-law (who works at a hospital and is usually on call and/or working throughout … Continue reading