It’s The Journey, Not The Ending, That Counts

I have been planning on writing this post for a while now, but hadn’t found the right time to do so. A few things came together over the last week which meant that the time seems right. As noted in a number of posts – for example, most recently Being Prepared For An Accident –…

‘Natural Symbols’ and ‘Learned Symbols’

Further to my post about kamon, and the various posts that I have done about symbolism, which underpins a lot of my research and writing, I thought I would do a post about where my interest in symbolism may have begun and also discuss issues relating to ‘natural symbols’ and ‘learned symbols’. First, let’s begin…

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…

Sporting Hobbies and My Writing

Although I largely keep my sporting interests and hobbies separate from my academic ones on Twitter, for example, where I have two separate accounts, I sometimes do bring my hobbies into my writing, both my novels and my academic writing. In this post, I discuss my sporting hobbies. Sometimes, the inclusion of my sporting hobby…

Writing novels – finding time and setting challenges

One question that I often get asked is, ‘why do you write novels?’, often followed up by ‘how do you find the time to write novels?’. The answer to these questions is part of the same process in some respects. As far as I remember, I started writing my first novel, Hijacking Japan, following a…