Darkness flows


Ever wonder why nature suffers while industry grows? Ever wonder about the darkness in man’s heart? The Guardians and the Brotherhood both have a stake in this world.
Memories Memories by Jin Okubo

Joshua Robertson: The Hawkhurst Saga


Joshua Robertson has recently released The Hawkhurst Saga, the compilation of three, consecutive short HawkhurstSagaCoverstories: A Midwinter Sellsword, Gladiators and Thieves, and Ashes to Ashes. You can receive the first book in the series for free by signing up for his Newsletter.

The Story…

Ten years ago, Argus Gunther escaped Hawkhurst, thinking he had left behind a desolate life and a forsaken name. Though, when he is lured back to complete a contract, Argus discovers he can’t bury the past so easily. Pulled instantly into Hawkhurst’s daunting political games, MidwinterCoverArgus is forced to navigate through his nightmares. Now, while in search for his freedom, he must decide whether or not there are worse fates than death.

An Excerpt…

Nothing in Hawkhurst is close,” Argus said. His words were honest. The city was built in layers, from top to bottom, from rich to poor, from free man to slave. It would take several hours to walk from one end to the other.

Then we have plenty of time to talk. Maybe you could tell me of the Eadfel. My AshestoAshesCoverfriends and I speak about it often in Galoroth.”

Argus scratched his bald head. It was hard for him to believe she had any friends as much as she talked.

I’d rather walk in silence.”

Indulge me, Mr. Gunther.”Gladiators&ThievesCover

Argus swallowed, feeling as though he were at the mercy of a spoiled brat who had never had a good spanking. It was difficult to simply argue with such a person without cutting out their tongue.

Unfortunately, killing her was not part of the plan. He yielded. “The Eadfel is the name for the political estrangement or interrelation that occurs between the leading families in the city.”

Any simpleton could tell me that. Is it not a game?”

Argus winced. “If games end in poverty, slavery, or death, then yes—it is a game.”

Astrid crooned, a bounce in her step, “It sounds horridly delightful.”HawkhurstSagaCover

Get Your Copy Today: The Hawkhurst Saga

Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended WicAuthorPic1hita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys and ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

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The problem with the Sentence


A couple of days ago I thought I saw something strange. But then I was completely not in my head due to being sick. I am talking barely can breathe, mack truck parked on my head sick.
But after I started getting better I revisited it and was surprised.  Here was a person talking on the importance of a sentence.  The idea that they went to a writing course and put up with the teacher stating how you must write, rewrite, and then do it all again in order to get that perfect sentence.
There was also the idea that so much effort must be put into a single sentence in order to be a writer. Now I am not calling this complete bullshit, but in a sense it is mostly bullshit. I would say a good 89% no 95% bullshit. Yes a good 95% bullshit.

The reason for my stating it so is simple. If you spend so much of your writing time focused on a single sentence trying to get it do right, then you will never write anything. Writing a novel and finishing it requires that you write the story, get the story right. If a single sentence is able to hold you up from writing the story then you are missing the forest for the trees.

Yes a good sentence is hard to come by, but a great story can be prevented in pursuit of that perfect prepositional phrase, comma or even that hyphen which would cause the right amount of time to pass in the readers mind.

Don’t fall into the writers block trap of caring about a single sentence when your whole story is what matters. A single sentence, a solitary word can be fixed in the re-write post editing.

Jin Okubo

 

Oh my Japan personal


Recieving such a big boost to people wanting to share just how wrong it is to discriminate I wanted to share some personal thoughts. While the story of Ariana Miyamoto :

(宮本 エリアナ 磨美子, Miyamoto Eriana Mamiko, born 12 May 1994 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Japan 2015. 

And Hakuho Sho the sumo wrestler that will never be considered champion got me thinking seriously. So why am I repeating myself, well there is a simple and solid reason for it. What I want to say is hard to talk about just as any  trauma is. I am not a stranger to racism in Japan or in the USA.

In the USA I had a math teacher who used to say that I was born in the gutter and that is as far as I will ever go. A sadistic man who clearly thought that Mexicans did not deserve a spot in the USA. To the point that he would not teach us completely in class.

And just two years ago I had attended a Japanese drinking party and if you have worked in Japan ever you will know that Japanese companies have drinking parties. I was talking with some co-workers, let me stress co-workers as they were no where near friends. Well we got into talking about my tattoos. And if anyone knows there is an old taboo in Japan about tattoos though if you search the history enough you will see that ancient Japan used to have tattoos. And the negative conotation was brought over from China and how they used tattooing.
Well we were talking about tattoos when the subject of what the perception of them were in Japan over what they actually stood for. With a heated conversation the truth came out. And if you know human psycology in the slightest you will know that acohol and anger will bring about someone’s true nature. For me it was being told that I should not become a Japanese citizen because Japanese people will never accept someone such as myself.

The shocking thing is that while I was in tears at the attempted shattering of my dream the other co-workers told me to calm down and that it was ok. Not a single one told him that the bigoted words he had used against me were wrong. So I am ashamed that in Japan people are not told that this kind of thinking is wrong. Yes in school they teach children about Martin Luther King Jr. But they do not truly see the lesson as pertinent to Japan because Japanese are not seen and do not see themselves as racist when in fact the words that are not seen as wrong are clear as racist in the USA.

I stand by my words, wrong is wrong and discrimination, bigotry, and hatred is wrong.

By Jin Okubo author of

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427811795&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love

500 words in


wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgSo I am past the halfway point. I must say that I thought I would never get here and for the most part I wonder why it took so long. Yes I can understand setting up a story should take some time. But as I read the first part of this book I found that there was very little that I like.
I am reminded of what my friend told me when he was reading the first book in my fantasy series. I do not mention more about them as I am waiting to get my rights back from a publisher who aparantly is not doing much with them. That being said. Why did it take so long for the story to be started.

I finally am starting to get an interest in the story as I feel that everything is clear and understood even more than I thought before. Yes I saw a lot of it coming and it could just be the joy of , about fucking time that he got to the point of it all. And his writing leaves a lot to be desired, it surely is not the tale of the Lance. And it is not something that can be told in a sitting. But I give pause to wonder if he did not plan from the beginning to write an epic, a Ulysses in his own right.

Could this book be that? Well I wonder now. I have come to the feeling that I will want to read the whole series now. But I am on the line. If after I finish this book I start book two and he reverts back to taking 500 words to get the story going then I will simply put it down and say the hell with him. Because the story is started the tale is set he should not need another 500 words to retell or reset the story in the books to come. Unless he is just naturally long winded. We shall see.

By Jin Okubo

Find my own romance book at Love or at my books. The picture link shown below.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427807967&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love

Book Marketing


I have read a couple of times and have heard people that classic line from Heath Ledger’s Joker and it is older than that but just to make the point. “If you are good at something, don’t do it for free.” And while this is all well and good and we all want to make money for what we do. I as an author would love for you all to buy my book. But I am not linking it here for a specific reason. And why I will not link it to when I give advice as well.

This is a new thought for me and well my older advice posts may have the links to my books but that was before I came to this decision. Marketing advice for authors should not be a pay for advice thing. You ever wonder why there are so many. and I mean many book marketers who offer free advice and advice blogs only to try and sell you on their book.

Sell 1000, a MILLION, ebooks and or books, just buy my book and I will teach you how. I see these people as good as the late night shopping people who want you to buy the easy to make money turn your trash into treasures tools. They are for lack of a better word snake oil salesmen, no don’t get me wrong, not all of them. But enough of them, a recent search that I did while thinking about this post was book marketing and there are over 600k books on the subject.

There are enough that you would think that the best course of action would be to write a marketing book and sell it. And there are books on writing a marketing ebook and selling it. That is just sick and in my opinion wrong. So I will put everything that I learn about marketing and stuff as I go for free here or on my newsletter.

Now that being said, I do not have anything against someone who actually wants to work with you and help to promote your work. That is actual money for services. This is a post aimed at those that claim to help you only to turn around and say sure I will help you, here buy my how to book. That is not help. Stop trying to sell it as help.

Robert…


Please help me get a buzz about my book. Reviews welcome.BookCoverImage

Robert a man by unlike any other but still the same. There is much that his brain could comprehend. But his love. She had a way of working him, of breaking into his bubble and forcing him to interact with the real world. He both loved her for it and hated her for it. Still he would not have it any other way. How did he ever manage to end up in such a position.
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I hope you enjoyed it. Please check out my books on my books page. Below are more links that talk about Love.

Love

Love teaser

Love Tease # 2 with George Takei

Love Teaser with back talk

Companion to Love

Companion to Love 2