I have finally settled on the pen name Akira Fuyuno. It is a name I had thought of more than a decade ago, but hesitated using for the English speaking audience because I was not sure how it would sound to their ears. I came to this name by observing the names of the best … Continue reading Nom de Plume
The original Godzilla, in its first cinematic incarnation (1954), was a veiled criticism of American firebombing of Japanese civilian cities. Some scenes, such as Japanese defense forces impotently firing their guns at an impervious enemy, a radio announcer choosing to broadcast words of farewell rather than evacuating, the thermonuclear monster disappearing toward the sea after … Continue reading Zombies, Vampires and the Next Big Thing
"His mimsy gait and uffish demeanor could barely conceal his slithy character and vorpal intellect."
Don't hate E. L. James and James Patterson, they are the aspiring writer's best friends.
When you write your novel, do you style your sentences? Do you believe it is necessary?
Just in case I pull a JK Rowling, I will set up a tax shelter in the Caymans first.
The emotions of your narrator, your POV, is something you have to be conscious about.
The really hard part about writing a samurai novel in English is that you must remain within the historical context of what you are writing, yet not spend too much time explaining. Most Western readers have a much clearer image of what a Victorian tea party is than what a Japanese tea ceremony is. So, … Continue reading World Building and the Samurai Novel