Saturday, 16 April 2011

Meet Josh from Keitai Friends

Hi Folks

I wanted to acknowledge the work of two amazing young ladies from Japan who did the artwork for a section from 'Keitai Friends', one of my ebooks. Thanks to Kumi Shimizu and Maho Kanagawa, both art specialist students from a school in Japan I visit as a sister school program coordinator. I know that they spent a lot of time on the above images and the others that capture a small scene from the story. They have graduated now and are off to bigger and better things.  I have unpublished this story for the moment as it appears as a chapter in 'Kujira'. You might have noticed that this is the image I have used for the cover of Kujira. I will be uploading the entire collection of images as an uninterupted manga section somewhere in Kujira sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, 'Memoirs of a Vending Machine' is still going 'gang busters', appearing all over the shop - the internet shop that is. I found a cute little 'edu blog' where students of ... literature or  English or ... not really sure but I'm sure it is connected with reading, post predictions and questions for the author as they read through various books - ebooks in this case. It was a real buzz to see them taking 'Memoirs' to pieces and testing their assumptions and questioning the author. The buzz is that like it or hate it, these kids are becoming more literate and critical and in some small way I have contributed to this. Makes me want to write more!

Anyway, a new phase I picked up the other day from an international student I am looking after at the moment. Nagare ni noru literally means to ride on the flow. I say to 'go with the flow'. Means the same thing and captures my mood recently. I am not sure where my ebooks are taking me at the moment. Lots of downloads but not a lot of comments and very little money for the ebooks I have published at a price. Nevertheless, I feel like things are moving in a positive direction so I'll just go with the flow and keep plugging away at promoting my creations and working on some new ones.

That's all for now so mata ne ! (Catch you later)


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