Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fear and Trepidation

Katsuren is in its second edition. I am one of those writers who finds it hard to put down the pen, close the book, and declare a manuscript done. There is always something that could be better, and a lot of the readers of the first edition were very generous with feedback about exactly what they thought could be made better. The second edition incorporates my own second thoughts as well as reader feedback.

It's the same story. Same characters, same location, same events, and same ending...


...the book design is better, the editing is better, and it has a brilliant new cover.

I am waiting for the author's proof copy with fear and trepidation. It's like in the old days, when we were born, and our parents didn't even know if we would be boys or girls until the moment of our birth, never mind what our faces would look like or if we would have the right number of fingers and toes.

I hope the second edition of Katsuren is exactly how I dreamed it would be.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oh! Oh! Disaster at Katsuren

This world heritage site is the setting for my novel, Katsuren. On February 27, an earthquake of Magnitude 5 on the Japanese scale rattled Okinawa and sent many remnants of ancient fortifications tumbling down, including this section of wall at Katsuren Castle.

(photo copied from The Okinawa Times, Feb 27 online edition)