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Three Full Days in Japan Now

I just wanted to give you an update on things. We’ve been in Japan for three full days now, and our main objective has been completed (this sounds like a video game). We have six more full days here, including today.

Our first couple days were mostly just shopping, staying at the house, and visiting family. Our third day was our reason for coming, and that was yesterday. It was a very solemn moment, but gave me some big insights into Japanese and Buddhist culture. It was very interesting to be involved, but I was also a bit nervous about it, because I didn’t want to do anything wrong. I’ve recorded video for all of the days we’ve been here so far, though one video covers two days. I’ll try edit and upload as soon as I can, though my time with my computer is limited.

The next few days involve going to a few different places, mainly Tokyo and Yokohama. We’ll be visiting friends and former coworkers. We’ll also be spending tomorrow night in Yokohama and a couple nights later in the Tsukiji area of Tokyo, which is famous for its fish market, and of course, sushi.

I’ll update you when I can, upload videos when I can. Things should be back to normal next weekend.

Giving Myself Permission to Be Lazy

I’ve completely fallen off my regular video-posting schedule. This week is the second week in a row that I’m not uploading my regular Friday and Saturday videos. You see, I’m taking a little holiday.

After two weeks of working longer hours while still maintaining a five to six video per week schedule, I decided I’m a bit tired and I deserve a bit of time to just relax and enjoy myself. As a result, I’m posting fewer videos, and I won’t even be recording another video until this Sunday. I have two more videos to post this week, but one was recorded two days ago, and the other was recorded in 2015!

I was planning on doing a couple of channel trailers this week, but decided to put them off until next week. I want to do one of them outside, but it’s been incredibly cold and windy this week. I need warmer weather, which is actually going to happen next week. I’m trying to be a bit creative with these trailers, so I hope you enjoy them.

So, what have I been doing during my little “vacation” from videos? Playing NHL 17, doing homework with my daughter, and playing games with my daughter. There’s going to be some cleaning and organising going on the rest of this week, as well.

I’m expecting next week to be back to normal.

Authors Answer 112 – Characters Celebrating Christmas

It’s almost Christmas now, which means it’s time for the annual Christmas question. The authors love presents, but what about the characters? They should be able to receive presents, right? But what if they’re in fantasy or science fiction, where they may not have Christmas? Let’s find out!

2002_Blue_Room_Christmas_treeQuestion 112: It’s almost Christmas. What would a main character of one your works like for Christmas?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Nancy – from “Nowhere to Hide” – would probably like a few new weapons, maybe some new clothes, a hot shower…oh, and definitely as large a supply of non-perishable food items as Santa can fit in his sack.

Gregory S. Close

Osrith Turlun, former Captal of House Vae, soldier, duelist, sometime criminal, mercenary and generally grumpy man-at-arms, would like a new knitting needle.  He just broke one off in someone’s skull where last I left him in the writing of End of Dreams.  Knitting is his happy place.  Or, at least, his more-centered grumpy place.

Cyrus Keith

A new SIG Model P220 with custom grips and an extended magazine.

Paul B. Spence

I don’t think they celebrate Christmas in their society. Some of the secondary characters, maybe… I’m not sure. Peace on Earth seems a strange thing to ask for since they are at war with Earth at the moment…

Elizabeth Rhodes

Let’s talk Dex from Jasper. He’d probably bypass his own gift and wish for something to give to his daughter Natalie. She’s terminally ill and still a child, and he’d like to get her some makeup or a big book to read. The idea here is to make her feel like an adult for a little while.

Jean Davis

Vayen of The Narvan series would like a whole day where no one is trying to kill him. If Santa could arrange that, he would be most appreciative, because he’s sure not getting that from me.

Eric Wood

Basing it on the short stories I’ve written, I’d have to go with little Timothy from Barnaby’s Toothbrush. He’s a curious, creative five year old. He would love something that would allow him to fully employ his imagination. Books. Art sets. Play-Doh. His mom would like a leash so he won’t wander off.

D. T. Nova

I tried to think of what would be both something the character wants for reasons beyond just “they would like to have it” and something that would actually be given as a gift, and can’t think of a perfect answer.

However, I think Alice would have somewhat personal reasons for wanting a Weissritter model to go with the Alteisen she got for her birthday.

Beth Aman

The main character of my High-Fantasy would love a new knife.  Or five.  The main character of my Contemporary would kill for leather-bound editions of Lord of the Rings.  I personally would love with either of those gifts.

C E Aylett

A great big rave up! Huge warehouse party, glow sticks, tinsel, house music and tekno. Fairy wings. The lot.

H. Anthe Davis

Shaidaxi Enkhaelen would like some specimens of our local variety of ‘human’, in either living or cadaver form — whatever would cause less complaint — because he finds it both curious and bizarre that we’re all descended from one specific form of mammal life, instead of having multiple lines of descent from multiple creatures that crossbreed with spirit assistance.  He thinks we sound terribly boring but that we might be more interesting on the inside.  Any volunteers?

Jay Dee Archer

The colony of Ariadne doesn’t have the same calendar as Earth does, so figuring out when Christmas happens would be difficult. However, there are still people who celebrate Christmas, or something similar. Solona Knight, the main character of my first Ariadne novel, is a teenager, but she has a strong interest in magic. She may appreciate a copy of the classic fantasy series Harry Potter. It’s a couple centuries old, but she may enjoy old Earth fantasy literature.

How about you?

For those of you who are authors, what would your main character like for Christmas? If you don’t write, what would your favourite character want for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.

Canada Day Fireworks!

For the first time in quite a long time, I actually got to see fireworks up close. Yesterday was Canada Day, and my family went to the Canada Day festivities. During the afternoon, we enjoyed some rides, but the highlight was at 11 pm: fireworks!

I took some video of the day, including more than two minutes of fireworks. Enjoy!

If you’re Canadian, what did you do on Canada Day? If you’re American, what will you do on Independence Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Only Thirty-One Days to Go

Just a month to go until we go to Canada. But before that, we went on a little vacation. I made a video talking all about that. You can watch it here:

I didn’t mention in the video that I also recorded a lot of videos for A Taste of Japan. There should be four videos to come, though probably not until after we’ve moved to Canada. I have a lot more other videos to do before I get to them.

Hard to believe it’s only a month until Canada. I definitely need to get a job at a travel agency so we can travel to Japan often.

A New Year in Japan – Day Two Begins With More Family

We headed out early in the morning to see my wife’s maternal grandparents. It was a very eventful trip. But first, some buses and a train.

It was a sunny, but cold morning.

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We got off the train at Kita-Urawa, and went to another bus.

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At the grandparents’ house, we were greeted with green tea and senbei (rice crackers).

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But our second temple visit of the year was to begin soon. That’s in the next post.

A New Year in Japan – Sunrise at Enoshima

I think these pictures will speak for themselves. We successfully saw the sunrise at Enoshima this year. The clouds in the horizon made it even better.

The sun isn’t up yet.

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Here’s Enoshima.

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Some orange clouds on the horizon.

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And now Mt. Fuji.

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There’s the sun!

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Some reflection off the water.

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Wow! Looking good.

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More Mt. Fuji.

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A final look at Mt. Fuji.

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Goodbye, Enoshima!

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Next up is a quick breakfast while we wait for our train.

A New Year in Japan – Pre-dawn

It’s already been a while since we got up this morning. We woke up at 4 am, and got ready to go out. We left home around 5:20 am, and walked to the station. We were greeted by very clear skies and a couple wonderful celestial sights.

As soon as we walked out the door, the moon was bright in the sky with Jupiter nearby.

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Walking out to the sidewalk, another bright light was visible. It was the Morning Star, or more correctly, the planet Venus. It was very bright.

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We walked to the station and got on the train. It was full, but we could get on. After a few stations, it was packed like the subway in Tokyo during rush hour. We couldn’t move! Watching the people swaying was like we were all caught in a wave pool, or a train full of sloshing water. Our daughter complained a lot. When we got off the train, the sky was already getting light.

Next post: sunrise from Enoshima!

Merry Christmas from Japan

It’s already December 26th, but it’s still Christmas for everyone in North America, and especially my family. I’ve already posted about my Christmas, and what I described pretty much went as planned.

My daughter got her present in the morning, then I took her to a Christmas party at her daycare/nursery. I then recorded a video at a big park and former site of Oba Castle. And I picked up my daughter, where she got a present from three Santas. That’s right, three. We had a kind of Christmas lunch with roast chicken and pizza, and later had roast beef and salad. But the one thing I wanted to share with you in this post is the video. So, please enjoy!

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments section below. Merry Christmas!

Authors Answer 60 – Merry Christmas from All of Us

For the first time, Authors Answer falls on Christmas Day. So, we have a very special and simple message for all of you from all of us. We’re sharing a bit of what we’re doing for Christmas with you.

I’d also like to mention that this will be Caren Rich’s final Authors Answer. I want to thank her for her participation. It’s greatly appreciated, and I enjoyed her answers very much. Thank you, Caren, and good luck!

2002_Blue_Room_Christmas_treeQuestion 60 – What are your plans for Christmas Day?

D. T. Nova

To spend time with my family, and probably stay off the internet almost entirely.

Gregory S. Close

In a word: pie.

Paul B. Spence

I plan to spend the winter holiday with my family and friends, as one should.

Caren Rich

We are very traditional when it comes to Christmas. The kids pull us out of bed before the sun comes up and open gifts. While they are knee deep in wrapping paper, I make breakfast and my in-laws come over. Afterwards, we try out our new toys and get ready to go to my in-laws for lunch. We spend most of the day there with aunts, uncles, and cousins. When we can barely stand the site of anymore food we go home. My parents usually drop by during the afternoon or early evening. We spent Christmas Eve with them. We make it a point of not going out to stores on Christmas Day. I would prefer if everything was closed on Christmas Day.

Allen Tiffany

Family and food.

H. Anthe Davis

Lounging around the house, doing family things, I suppose?  Sometimes I get called in to the Day Job to work an hour or two, if we’re expecting a big rush of returns — I work at a library, so even though it’s closed, two of us will go in for a couple hours and empty the bins so our drive-up bookdrops don’t overflow.  Otherwise just chillin’.  I’d like to say I’ll get some writing in, but I know myself well to not promise anything.

Eric Wood

Our morning will likely start around 6 am to open presents. We’ll have some Grand’s cinnamon buns while we open as a quick breakfast. Once everything is opened we’ll have a big breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast. Then we’ll be busy playing with our new gifts from Santa. Later, we’ll go to Nanny house for Turkey supper. Other than that, we’ll just be enjoying the day with each other.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Possibly sleeping.  During holidays I tend to work overnight shifts at my job and the actual holiday is a time for me to re-adjust my sleep cycle to work the early morning shift the day after.  I’ll also be spending it with my parents and brothers at their house, and exchanging gifts.

S. R. Carrillo

I wanted to be home this Christmas, but there’s so much going on at work that I’ll be surprised if I can manage it. Hopefully, I will be spending the day with my husband before he deploys, if he hasn’t already.

Jean Davis

For Christmas Day, I will be venturing forth (baring utterly nasty weather) to my uncles house. He has been terribly ill the past couple years and has finally recovered to the point of wanting to have visitors. I’m looking forward to seeing him and connecting with the rest of that side of the family again.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My plans are the same as they are every year, which is basically food and presents with family. 🙂 The past few years (since my daughter’s been around) my parents have made it their tradition to come visit us on Christmas Eve, so we’ll have a nice dinner and maybe watch some Christmas specials and what-not. On Christmas morning I’ll get up early and make breakfast, which my daughter will likely miss because she stays up half the night and then passes the hell out the other half. If she doesn’t wake up on her own we’ll wake her ourselves and then it’ll be presents, presents, presents while the turkey slow-cooks in the kitchen. Perfect day, if you ask me. ^_^ Merry Christmas everyone!

Jay Dee Archer

This is our last Christmas in Japan, and is therefore not a traditional Christmas. In fact, this is probably one of my more unusual Christmases. In past years, I’d gone back to Canada for the holidays and enjoyed opening presents in the morning and having traditional Christmas dinner. This will likely happen next year. But this year, it’s a bit unusual.

In the morning, we’ll get up, and my daughter will open her present. My wife goes to work, and I will take my daughter to her daycare for their Christmas party. However, I’m not invited. No parents allowed! I’ll spend the one hour and forty minutes going for a walk or reading a book. The weather is supposed to be nice, in the mid-teens. So un-Christmas-like weather. Then I’ll pick her up, go home, and once my wife is home, we’ll have chicken and roast beef for lunch. And that is our Christmas.

How about you?

You may or may not be reading this on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, since I expect most people to be spending time with their families. However, I’d like to know about your Christmas. How did you spend it? Let us know in the comments!

Merry Christmas everyone!