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


Inspired By OM

I see you there talking

you speak loud so all can hear

yet when it is my turn to speak

you quietly disappear

how dare you ignore me

how dare you shun me

how dare you use the words I write

you do this all in spite

in spite of the friendship that could be built

bury that knife of neglect to the hilt

my heart can take it

but soon enough another will read me, will share me

soon enough another will give me wind and you will see

that while you passed me over and did not share me

I was still able to be free

And at that time I will leave you

I tell you know so you will know

It was not for what I did not read but what you did not show

What it takes

In an attempt to not be the spam blogger but also find a balance with what I share the line has become very clear. So here I am sharing with you what it takes to get a rise out of me. What you need to have in order for me to like something, reblog something, comment on something.

Liking something.
I find it fun to like things. Even things that I know bother me but the fact that someone put it up and caused my brain to think about it, no matter how much I hate it or love it. I will like it. Posts that make me think are fun to run into. But that is as far as I will go. I will like it because it made me think.

Commenting on something

I comment on things when I feel strongly about the topic. When I want to bring attention to something or when I feel that there has been a violation. It does not matter to me that I may offend, insult, or basically make someone cry. I could care less. I am commenting my opinion and my thoughts from the research that I have done throughout my life. I do not apologize for what anyone else thinks about the words that I type. I work with words daily, in my writing, in my teaching, in my life. Which is why looking back through my posts I tell people to read, reread, and then read again to what I stated, as to often than not the misunderstanding is that the individual did not read or did not comprehend my words.  But back to the topic at hand. I comment on things that draw me in. And no, it does not have to be words. Pictures, video, heck even a good title has gotten me to read it and make a comment.


I reblog friends that talk to me. That means if we interact with comments the more that I will reblog you. I do not reblog everything as there would be not much time for my own posts to get noticed. I do reblog others more than some but this is due to the fact that some people post more blogs and make a larger signal. But still there must be that line of communication for me to reblog. If we have talked if we have even crossed paths on a post somewhere and started to follow the chances are I will reblog your stuff. Talking helps folks.

Do I expect you to reblog me. I would like it, to that extent I will not lie. But no it is not an expectation. Still the more I reblog someone I do hope they take notice of it and decide that some of my works deserve the notice to be reblogged, commented on and liked. On an interesting topic, my words are mine and if I insult you, treat you like crap, or all in all tell you to fuck off, it is not the responsibility of the post hoster, if I am doing a guest post, or mine. Should you know me then you would understand that I do not insult, treat people like crap, or tell people to fuck off unless they deserve it. And nothing is more deserving than talking BS, trying to tell me or anyone else to change the way they behave because it offends your sensibilities.
When it comes to comments on faith, spirituality, religious matters, I default to my atheistic position. Bring me proof, verifiable, falsifiable, and testable by anyone, anywhere in the world.

When it comes to science, medicine, engineering, theoretical or not, bring me recent published papers from peer reviewed magazines.

If it is just a discussion you want then that is fine. And the final note, just because I do not agree with you is not the reason that I may insult you. Agreement or disagreement on a topic is not enough. So think clearly and post clearly. It is the only way we can keep blogs from degrading to the twitter world where everyone just starts spamming and following for the simple fact of getting more views.

Getting followers is nice but if you have 10000 followers but only 10 views per day, then there is something wrong.

By, Jin OkuboBookCoverImage

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Schedule Tweets

Hey all tell me what you think about the whole scheduled tweets like tweetdeck?
Do you think promoting through social sites like tweeter garner you more views or even sales?

As an Indie Author I am always thinking about what would get my name out more and would love to hear what you all think?

Book Cover Contest Brotherhood Amber Light series Book 2

Facebook voting

You can vote here as well as on facebook or on Google plus through my contact page.
Here is the first of the pictures
Here you have the first of the covers. It is a bit dark but as you can see the mage and the crystal ball bring a bit from the last book and showcase the magical fantasy that is this series. There is also the darkness about the tone of my book which the beta readers have told me is rather good. So I wanted some of those tones.

<<<<<< cover 1

As you can see in book cover attempt two here I have reeled back the brotherhood to being more dark and mysterious. I have left the magic aspect of the crystal ball. I want it there now that there is a greater view of the use of magic in the series. Book one was not all cast and run as some books are. And though there is more magic in this text it is still in keeping with the world I have created. While book one is more about the discovery which really opens up to this second text nicely.

cover 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Please fill free to vote for cover one or cover two. Also you can ask your friends to vote as well.

You can find the first in the series at this link: Memories (Amber Light Series, Volume 1)  catch up on your reading because the beta readers have stated this second installment will take you to places you never knew a fantasy novel could go.

Had to include version three here cause the pros stated clearly that my last two covers were not up to the challenge against their own covers. Which I must say if I had the money to drop 500 or more for a cover I would. But for me I would prefer a cover that speaks about the book and doesn’t flash shiny to sell to the masses. But I will say that this cover is indie art from my friend who is letting me use it on my covers.

Author of the Month April 2012

April Author of the Month: Miranda T. Valenz

I have decided to do the Author of the month on Miranda T. Valenz and her work Coyote Hills .As I was thinking about making her the Author of the month I felt it was needed to add some background as to why I felt she deserved the title of Author of the month and how everyone should share this post.
There are many things that people take into account when talking about a certain author or even genre. People tend to focus on the what and whys’ of a story. Though the problem that I as an author and a reader have found in recent years is the slight decline to the now snowball effect that is felt throughout reading and writing.
There is an accepted norm for low-level writing. By low-level I do not mean incompetence or even poor quality stories. I mean in plain English low-level spoon fed stories. With the vast publishing avenues now available to everyone we can see stories turned out which are just cookie cutter crap. There are only so many times that I can handle reading the same Harry Potter plot. It had taken me a month to find someone as a follow-up to the previous Author of the month. This author has inspired me in so many ways. The least of which is on how original her stories come off. There is no cookie cutter jargon mixed in with played out story lines. Her characters are not one-dimensional and in fact if I did not know I was reading a fiction book I would most likely state that the story was more a living memoir of her life.
Looking at my blog you can see her work there. In fact it was one of the first books that I promoted next to my own. I have enjoyed talking with her and feel that we have become fast friends. This friendship though would not dare to sway my critical judgement of her work.
I am not a thriller kind of guy. I mean I do read thrillers, well I read Steven King every five years or so. That is only I think because it takes me about five years to finish one of his tomes.
I have stated that her work is comparable to Steven King. The key points that struck me when I first read it in daylight were the fact that she was able to suck me into the story and keep me there. I felt the hairs on my neck stand on end as her Character started down the road of story with me yelling at the book and putting it down every twenty minutes or so only to pick it back up as I started reaching the end. Another point to consider about her work was the attention to detail without being to wordy. Every sense is brought to life as you feel the coldness of things and even the playful nature of the character interaction that has the ability to bring back those happy memories spent with friends or loved ones. If I am being cryptic about her story then please understand it is only because I do not want to run the risk of ruining what brilliance she has come up with. Currently I am working on my series (Amber Light) which you are probably wondering why it would have any relevance here and for her. My story is a fantasy which runs in today’s timeline. There is a darkness I am trying to put through my fantasy and in sharing it I am working on providing a new way to tell a story. It is a difficult read as much as it is a difficult project to write. The very simple-minded would only garner a first view of the story and claim that it is not worth the read. This only goes to show the statement that readers are getting used to spoon fed stories causing the loss of true readers who would dive into a story and be able to understand multiple ideas and moods running throughout the greats. I am not stating that I am great and would like to state that I am still green as an author.

As I write my series I work hard to get into that state of mind where I can see into the recesses, down where the darkness lies inside of all of us. That insane part of the brain that gives me the inspiration is where my story comes from. It was stated that the author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson spoke to the Cheshire cat and in those conversations he found the story that is so treasured today. Whether that urban legend is true or not only Charles can say. Though I would say that we all have our demons that bring us the stories we so love to write. In that case I recommend Coyote Hills as a great way to discover depths in your own soul that you did not know existed or were not willing to open up.
Asking Miranda for the honour of her being the Author of the month on my blog I posed her two questions.
In 500 words can you tell me what first sparked your drive to write the way you do?
If I give you 1000 words can you add why you chose your genre?
She responded with questions of her own, a clear sign of a good writer.

My Genre is whatever comes into my mind, I love fantasy, but I had to write that thriller because I’ve been thinking of it for years, and years.
Any time my imagination acts up, which is quite often, I start writing.
I’ve been that way since I was a little kid. What ever I think I can picture it, then I write it the way I see it.

She was quick to inform me that I had not answered her question as to what I thought of her book. As you can see from what I have written I think her book carries much weight in my writing. I would say that it is worth the wait for her next novel for it will not be a let down.  Though what says the most from her can be taken straight from her Author page found here :Miranda T. Valenz

Place your order today at Amazon : Coyote Hills

The Proofs Of my Books came in

They were a hard two weeks. But I feel that I blew through them in style. I took a short trip and when I returned I was so happy to see the big brown package shoved carelessly in my mail slot. I knew what the package was and I knew that I wanted to savour the moment. I didn’t of course. Like a poor child with a free piece of candy I tore into the package. There was no savouring just the utter joy of adrenaline coursing through my system as I got closer and closer to the core.

The books are of course my first two books.
God Life without Religion and Amber Light Memories .

So now what? You may be asking. So you got paper copies how will that help the fact that you have still only sold five books. How is it any of this going to make a difference considering that Big names like J.K. Rowling has entered into the once safe zone of the Indie writer. Well the fact of the matter it will still be the uphill climb that I have been doing. I will still pluck away trying to get people to read my book. Yes I do not have a follow-ship in my books. Heck the first one is my memoirs, which most people would only think about writing when their famous. Or at least in-famous.
I am neither famous nor infamous, Most of you would probably not know me from the person sitting near you at the Denny’s. And I have to admit stepping into my head is a dangerous endeavour, that has to be taken slowly and with great skill. I do not write fantasy and fiction books for the weak of mind. And yes as I keep editing and editing and re-working my words can be read by the lower echelon of society. There lies my point. I write as an Indie writer because  I love to write. I open my head to tear our thoughts faster than my poor fingers can type. And reading my books is like pushing a screwdriver into your skull. You don’t know why you are doing it or what made you pick up the habit but there you are non-the-less. The funny thing is when you get through the ordeal of reading my work and see the other side. You few who are brave, You few who are smart enough to see past the layers may just learn something new.
Expect the paper backs of my books at an Amazon near you.