Recently I’ve been checking my ‘dashboard’ for new trends to talk about. Two of the most favorite are about my children’s story: “Obon: Day of the Dead” and about South Korean actor/singer Rain. I have some bittersweet news to tell you about.
First the bitterness.
Rain has ‘retired’ from the entrainment business to focus on his military service. Rain gave his final picture (haircut and uniform) before deploying for duty. The 20-something year old performer has said that this is a sacrifice he must make for the sake of not only his country, but the world and his fans. Rain man’s training will be 21 months of hard work. As a military personnel, the former performer will get no special treatment.
I wish the best for Rain in making a sacrifice for his country.
I wish that answer was easy. I have been delaying so many of my stories. Obon is the Japanese version of ‘Halloween’. I’ve been to an Obon festival hosted by the Japanese association here in Charlotte. The problem is that my story takes place on western Halloween. Obon takes place in the summer. It’s a very complex story. The best I can do is research and try my best to make amends.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Go for broke!
Welcome to my 200th post. After 199 post, I have reached the number 200. I want to give you a little taste of what my story Obon: Day of the dead (Reunion) is about. There is an Obon in Japan which falls somewhere in August. Obon is celebrated as a day for spirits of the living to visit their loved ones for three day. On the third day, the spirits are sent on their way home to the ghost realm until next year.
Since Obon is a Japanese holiday, I decided to have the ‘Obon’ on Halloween. Halloween is almost like the Japanese Obon, except kids are given candy and toys to put in their bags. I believe that most Japanese children go trick-or-treating just like the western children.
Although Halloween and Obon are many months away, that still hasn’t stopped me from making stories about Halloween. Crumbs, I’m talking about a holiday that hasn’t happened yet. In the meantime, I’ve only made a few drafts on the novel, and I have no plans to publish the novel just yet. I have too many projects to work on at this moment. For now, I have the story on the back burner.
But I do have a story just in the back drawer that I have to rewrite called Hotaru the Brave. Hotaru the Brave is about a 13 year old Japanese girl who is a witch. Along with her best friend, Kenji, Hotaru saves the life of the prime minister’s daughter, Yukie from a yakuza boss (who is also a witch). I will get to that story and have it posted.
Sorry this isn’t much; I thank you for all the love and support for making my blog a smash hit. Please tell me how I am doing. What you like; what you don’t like. Tell me anything you want (just keep it on the PG-13 level). This is a family-friendly apmostspere.
12 year old Connie Swain is haunted by the memory of her teacher/cousin Adam, who passed away on Halloween night; the day of her birthday. Lonely and depressed, Connie wished for the day to see her cousin once more.
The week before Halloween, Connie’s cousin returns for a visit. With the reunion, memories flood upon on Adam and Connie’s life. Some happy; others painful. Even on the night of Halloween when Adam took his last breath in his cousin’s arms, they both receive a revelation that transform their lives forever.
A ghost/love story about a love that is stronger than death itself. Obon: Day of the dead (Reunion) takes place in a town called ‘Miracle’s habor’. Connie is befriended by a Lolita-fashion obsessed, cosplay loving black girl named Emma Davis, who can feel the presents of ghost and can see Adam. Emma becomes Connie’s best friend.
A story about loss and love, Obon: Day of the dead (Reunion) is a story that is sure to make you cry from beginning to end.
I hope to finish the novel after I finish up on my other projects.