A Semi-Week off from Work and Birthday Celebrations

Hey readers how’s it been?

Don’t worry this won’t be another update post. In fact this will be a kind of diary of what I did last week for my birthday celebrations.

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Putting a Book Down for Good

In my last update post I said I was going to write a book review but I can’t really write a review as I haven’t finished the book I was reading.

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Where have you been? Update Again!

Once again I’m going to write a blog on why I haven’t written a post in a long time, and the excuses this time is the same; busy, busy, busy…….

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The Last Shogun – The Start of the Boshin War

On the 27th of January, 1868, an army of Shogunates marched on towards Kyoto. This march would lead to a bloody one year war that would end the Samurai in Japan.
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Is Windows 10 doing Automatic Upgrades?

I know that the upgrade for Windows 10 has been available for some time but I’ve just taken an interest in it. The reason for this is of late I have been reading a few of my friend’s facebook statuses that say that Microsoft has gone behind their backs and automatically upgraded their systems without consent.

Is this a real behind the back tactic or is there a simpler explanation?

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Writing Inspiration from Movies and TV Series

Since April of this year I have been staying at home as a part-time house dad until my mother in law takes over. Usually I will spend a good 7 hours doing house hold chores such as getting breakfast ready, cleaning, and then seeing the boys off to school. The remaining few hours I spend taking care of my one year old and working on my business projects. I also try to work on this blog, my short-stories and novel but with a demanding one year old it has proven to be very difficult.

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Change of Direction

As the title says I’m going to be changing the direction of this blog. As it stands my blog is about my life in Japan and my progress on my writing course but as of late I haven’t been able to do anything in regards to studying and my Japanese topics are getting less by the month.

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Received my First Publishing Cheque

Yesterday I received my first cheque from a publishing company that I sent my photo to over a year ago. The Photo was published in Octobers Pick Me Up! magazine.

Picture: all important details have been covered over.

The funny thing about receiving this cheque is that I asked them to send it to my UK address as there is no way of cashing it here in Japan.

As it was only a small amount I was thinking of framing it and putting it up on my wall to remind me that when things get tough and all I have to do is stick it out as in the end something will come around if I keep pushing myself.

Why do we write or why do I write?

I’ve been asking this question to myself a lot recently and the simplest answer is that I want to get my novel published.

To get a better understanding of my love for writing I have to take you back to my childhood and to start I went through a large box of books and paperwork that my mother sent me from the UK. Inside the box I found that she packed all my written and illustrated stories that I wrote when I was very young and even though the small books are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors the actual ideas where pretty good for the age that I wrote them.

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