Testing Shodo

A little over 2 years back I started shodo with my daughter. On the surface, it was all about helping her get over a slump at school. She had gotten a bad test grade in kanji, and she needed a boost. Or maybe it was about making it fun, or maybe she could teach her…

Long Time No See – Level Up!

It’s been a long time since I’ve leveled up in shodo. I’ve been plodding along for months now. One or two times, I was at the bottom of the pile even. You see, they rank your submissions. The better you write, the further to the right they put your name. And when they think you’re…

More Nostalgia – 52 Pickup

Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard books used to decorate my family’s night stands back in the day. They bring back memories of my Dad. They were his indulgence. The covers were unique, maybe a product of the times, like Mary Tyler Moore fonts they scream seventies. A couple of years back, I rediscovered an interest…

Robert B. Parker Week

I usually post about a single book I read, why I liked it, why I didn’t. This time, however, I read 3 Spenser novels in rapid succession. They are in order of publishing #s 4, 5, and 6. I could wax on about each, but what I can and want to say about them kind…

December Shodo

Not seeing progress these days. It’s been months since I ranked up. Below is my kanji formDecember. While the powers that be didn’t delist me, I was at the lowest position among the 6th kyu rank. I actually kind of thought this one was okay. My kana was not at the bottom, but not near…

Story Excerpt – Red Rimmed

If you want to be a beta-reader, please send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll share the rest of the story. — Steve pokes his head into his wife’s bedroom and looks at her leg protruding from under the covers. Her varicose veins look worse that he remembers, an artifact of…

Thank You !

I just checked out the kickstarter page for the anthology where my first published story will appear. And it looks like we made our target. As of this writing, the kickstarter was at $7,630. The goal was $7,500. So that does it! I made a joke the other day in an earlier post, saying that…