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14_Hunting_Kanazawa.jpgI’m deeply involved in making 16 books, all Hunting Kanazawa, a guide/language book for tourists to Kanazawa who speak or read English and want to use/learn a bit of Japanese. Or people who read Japanese and want to read in English about this fair city.

I’m also hoping to get an ebook up before the end of November. This one is called

This Giant Frothy Thing: Love & Terror in Tokyo.

People in their daily lives run across other people, ghosts, disembodied voices, and love in Tokyo. Hopefully, a couple of stories will be listed either here or for free on all the old familiar shopping sites such as the fruit that keeps a doctor away and the Brazilian river one.

This week you can see a short (if you consider 18 minutes short) video of the ocean as I say my In a Quiet Little Bar on the Coast short story from my short story collection, The Merchant of Venus & Other Stories. If you can cast your mind back to last week, the audio of In a Quiet Little Bar on the Coast was featured here. Now, on YouTube, it has visuals to go with it (mostly waves. And a seagull.).

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The video is here: In a Quiet Little Bar on the Coast.

The book from which it was taken, The Merchant of Venus & Other Stories, is on sale here:

Apple Books

Amazon

Kobo

Nook

By the way, you can ask me if you want to know how I make my audio for this podcast and/or the videos for my YouTube channel. Or even, how I make my books — my Real Books. (Hint: It involves an iPad, a desktop, InDesign, and my brain. Ouch, on that last one.)

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QuietCover.jpgThe first paragraph of In a Quiet Little Bar on the Coast, a short story scattered with magical realism, time-warping, and realism.

I’m sitting in this quiet little bar out on the coast. It’s a small bar, not a lot of walk-in customers, you know what I mean? A few locals, a couple of working ladies. Josh, the bartender, likes it quiet. Loud bars attract too many noisy policemen and Josh, well, he’s had enough of the police for one lifetime. Anyway, it’s not a busy place, right? Then about noon, this guy walks in. Plunks a well-travelled suitcase on the counter and orders a beer. Cold, he says, like he’s had warm beers in places like this before. He sniffs, looks around, sniffs again and finally blows his nose on a stained handkerchief while looking at Magda, the older working lady.

Reading this and other stories is possible in The Merchant of Venus & Other Stories available at all the usual places:

Apple Books,

Amazon,

Nook, and

Kobo.

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MerchantCOVER450_small.jpgI’m sitting in this quiet little bar out on the coast. It’s a small bar, not a lot of walk-in customers, you know what I mean? On the ocean side of a two-laner wandering up the shoreline. The building, low and fat against the wind, waves, and rain, sits stubborn like. A few local working people hanging around after their shifts; a man who says he’s retired nursing a beer for twenty years, and a couple of working ladies.

That is the opening paragraph of my short story In A Quiet Little Bar on the Coast, one of the Other Stories in The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories. I’m doing two things with it that might be of interest to you all. First, I’m making changes, corrections, and improvements. Second, I’m recording it to upload somewhere as an audio short story. It will be posted here, of course, and perhaps another online source; I’m not sure where yet.

By the way, the cover photo is by Dutch photographer Lode Van de Velde.

The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories is available at Apple Books, Amazon, Kobo, and Nook. If Nook is still in existence these days. Looks like Barnes and Noble is on the ropes, doesn’t it? 

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The other thing I hoped to  have finished by last week is 15 guidebook/Japanese lesson book/blank notebook journals of A6 size, about 100 pages and useful for tourists wandering around Kanazawa.

What is finished are schedules for 2019. In the photo you can see five, two with book cloth covers (red and white) and three with kimono cloth covers (blue and flowery).

The Schedules are for sale on my store at: Tedorigawa Bookmakers.

email: tedorigawa.bookmakers@gmail.com

YouTube: Tedorigawa Bookmakers

Facebook:  Tedorigawa

Instagram:  Bookbinder 2015

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MerchantCOVER450_small.jpgI’m making an edition of 15 for my Japanese notes/guide book called Hunting Kanazawa. It includes phrases that tourists who don’t speak Japanese might need while in a Japanese-speaking area of the world. Phrases like “Where is my hotel?” and “How much is this?” and more useful questions like “How old is this?” It comes in English, transliteration, and Japanese so if you find yourself not being understood by speaking either Japanese or English, you can show the question to the target of your inquiries. Useful. Convenient!

I’m also working on two other audio endeavors. First is a video of me making The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories. It is definitely not a how-to video; never do as I do, always do as I say (they are often complete opposites). It will show the book being made from writing it to adding the covers. There will be narration, so be forewarned, eh?

The second is an audio book of one of the stories from The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories: In A Quiet Little Bar On The Coast. It will have visuals not necessarily related to the story and the occasional sound effect when called for. When finished, I may post it here first. An exclusive for You Wonderful Folks. Then on YouTube for everyone else.

Remember: The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories is available on Apple Books, Amazon, Nook, Scribd and Kobo for your reading pleasure. If you would like a real book bound by me, the author, slip me an email and we can discuss the details.

email: tedorigawa.bookmakers@gmail.com

YouTube as Tedorigawa Bookmakers

Facebook as Tedorigawa

Instagram as Bookbinder 2015

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MerchantCOVER450_small.jpgI have a book of six short stories for sale called The Merchant of Venus & Other Stories. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo. It will soon be available at the 800 lbs gorilla in the bookosphere, too, I assume.

Two of the short stories are available at those sites for free. You can check out two of the stories: The Merchant of Venus and Monkey, Dick, and I before buying the book. Perfect for gift giving as well!

I talk about both The Merchant of Venus and Monkey, Dick, and I on my YouTube video TDBG Sales Plan.  Along with plans for the next two or three books. 

All books mentioned are available as Real Books i.e. made of paper and backcloth and bound by me, a bookbinder!

email at: tedorigawa.bookmakers@gmail.com

YouTube as Tedorigawa Bookmakers

Facebook as Tedorigawa

Instagram as Bookbinder 2015

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Here are five Ninja Schedules for 2019 that include a ninja on random pages. Also included are calendars both yearly, and monthly. With Japanese holidays included. There are, obviously, three made from kimono or hakama cloth and two made from book cloth (pale white & red.)

I made the Book Cloth out of the kimono and hakama by backing it with calligraphy paper and adding copious amounts of glue. And an iron. And waiting. I have more kimono book cloth waiting for Hungry Kanazawa, another book of mine for tourists. It includes a schedule, language hints, and reviews of restaurants I like. 

2019 will be the Year of Frustration for calendar makers. First, the current emperor is scheduled to retire in May. The new emperor will begin the same day. However, the current emperor’s birthday is in December; after he retires, it will no longer be a holiday. The new emperor’s birthday is in February. Since he will become emperor in May, his 2019 birthday will not be a holiday.  In 2020, the new emperor’s birthday (in February) will be a holiday. However, the government is thinking of making the day of the abdication and acension to the throne a holiday. This will give the fine people of Japan a 10-day holiday in April/May. The longest ever. Calendar makers are gnashing their teeth: An extra holiday or no?

Stealing_November_7.jpgThis book, Stealing November, is nearly complete. The main characters are in mid-escape and, with luck, will escape. It has three basic plots and four main characters. The three plots are: exploring the Congo, finding a unique and old book, the relationship between the main character and his girlfriend/wife (same person, different times). The four characters are: Hairball, Sakombi, Kurt Kurtz (an alias), and Hairball's girlfriend/wife who has a name but it might very well change in the next draft. 

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Also, in progess, an Instagram page.

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Nearly two months since the last episode. Way too long for me. How about you? Here is what I’ve been doing in the two months since... sweating. As most of the world, Japan has been hot. Hot, hot. Record high temperatures in many places. However, I was not completely idle, sitting in front of an air conditioner in a crowded coffee shop, no, no.

I made a video (available on, of course YouTube, at https://youtu.be/e1P56sDyd8w). I made five small schedule books with information about where to eat here in Kanazawa. I wrote three-quarters of a novel which I will talked to you about in Episode 179 (https://tedorigawabookmakers.podbean.com/e/ep-179-planning-samples/). And I started my first science fiction novel which has no name as of yet. It is geared to be my NaNoWriMo novel (https://nanowrimo.org). In other words, I hope to finish it.

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I apologize for not having the ebook up this week. I have many excuses but the main one is, I don’t have an excuse; it should’ve been up by now. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

I’m also making a video of me making mistakes making a 2019 schedule book with lots of Ninja 忍者 in it. I made it three times and, like many things, the third time was the charm. Once I have it cased in and perfected (to my way of thinking, anyway) I will let you know how to get your own ~ free to the first five ~ 2019 schedule complete with, I hope, covers.

 

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Depending on how my account works with iBooks, I will have a free short story for you all soon, I hope. If I can remember my password. The story is called In A Quiet Little Bar On The Coast and it deals with a salesman who takes a customer for a ride through time. I hope I can upload it to iBooks soon. 

If I manage to upload it, I will upload five more free short stories before uploading and selling all six as an iBook I’m titling: The Merchant of Venus and Other Stories in the near future. Again, I hope.

On the other hand, I cased in three novels over the last week. The three are books I have spoken about before, probably at some length: Calvado, The Priests of Hiroshima, and The Venetian Slime Woman. They are, of course, for sale but not as of yet up on iBooks. Once I figure out this new-fangled ebook epub format, they will be up.

If you want a Real Book®? you can email me at:

tedorigawa.bookmakers@gmail.com 

and request one. Ah, yes, but at what price, eh? A handmade book bound by the author of that book? Not $0.99, that’s for sure. But for you, my loyal listener? Not too expensive. No need to sell the house, ya know? Stay tuned.

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I cased in two books, my novel Feeding Vicki’s Corpse, and gave them to the namesakes of the main character and one of the dead bodies. One major mistake on one of the books, but not something a non-bookbinder will notice right away. I hope.

I also printed out a 2019 (with a 2020 yearly calendar) schedule. It’s a sample that I hope the customer will like and buy one or a dozen. It is, as I type this, not finished yet. All that needs to be finished is the coptic sewing.

A Youtube video of myself doing something is up on, appropriately, VickiCasedIn0ne.jpgYouTube at youtube.com/tedorigawabookmakers. I hope. One is titled Feeding Vicki’s Corpse - I talk about the plot, again, while showing you the binding in progress. The other one is titled Sewing Vicki- which is just me sewing the textbloc up. Please check them out.

 

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