Tokyo 2020 is finally about to start

Today is 22 July 2021. It is the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (although some events have already taken place). The games are being associated now with a range of problems – most notably the continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Japanese people are opposed to the games taking place – there had…

Reflecting on the Closure of the Azumazeki-Beya

Over the weekend it was announced that the Azumazeki-beya (東関部屋, Azumazeki Stable) is closing, merging with the Hakkaku-beya (八角, Hakkaku Stable). In amongst the stories about this closure, I also discovered that its former Oyakata (stable master), who had previously fought under the name of Ushiomaru (潮丸, real name Motoyasu Sano), had died at the…

Some Reflections on Writing “FOUR” – Why it is in Four Parts

Yesterday I did an interview for a news item for the alumni network of my high school, Concord College about my latest novel, FOUR, which was recently released as both an eBook and Paperback. Although I covered some of this in the interview, and what I said was correct, when I went back over some…

“FOUR” – Acknowledgements

My latest novel, FOUR, was recently released as both an eBook and Paperback. As with any book, to make it happens required help and support of various sorts & I have done my best to include some of the names who helped in anyway in the Acknowledgements in the book. I fear that I may…

New Novel “FOUR” Released

My latest novel, FOUR, has been released. It is available as both an eBook and Paperback. The book starts in April 2013. Photo-journalist Iwakura and his reporter friend Eri, as she was known to the whole of Japan, would be working together again. The pair appeared very briefly at the end of Hijacking Japan, but…

Mushroom Cloud Art

As I wrote about in my posts about the movies “Special Bulletin“, “Threads“, “The Day After“, “Black Rain” and “In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud“, I have had an interest in nuclear weapons since my teenage years. As well as the history and development of the weapons themselves, I also find something compelling about…

New Novel Title and Cover Reveal

The title of my new novel is… FOUR. This relates to the plans that the protagonists have to visit four islands of Japan, over four seasons, during four trips so that they can cover four current social issues. Things don’t go to plan, however. I’m really happy with the way that the cover worked out….

Editing a Self-Published Book

I recently completed the first draft of my third novel, FOUR, which will be the second book in the Iwakura Series. While I like to take about a week over each chapter when I am initially writing it (as I have discussed in another post about my writing technique), when it comes to editing, I…

First Draft of My Third Novel Completed

Yesterday I completed the the first draft of my third novel (name to be revealed at another time). I had aimed to be at this stage at the end of January 2021, but thanks to COVID-19 and holidays being cancelled, I got more writing done during the summer than planned. I first started writing it…