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About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.


Shift, Part 1 (NaNoWriMo 2013) 1

After saying that I was going to do it for the past couple of years, this year I decided to give the National Novel Writing Month a go. Not only am I going to try, but I’m going to go for the brass ring: 50,000 words by month’s end.

Yes, it’s day 4 and I’ve just passed 5000 words so I’m a little behind. Thank you for your concern.

Anyway, I thought that I would post what amounts to the first 10% of the NaNoWriMo exercise here to get some early feedback. Please remember that this is very, very much a first draft. After I complete the novel at (hopefully) the end of November I will take the time and go back through for edits, grammar corrections, and so on. Right now I could use comments on how I’m fleshing out the protagonist and what little setup there’s been thus far. You can leave any comments, constructive criticisms, and suggestions at the end of this post.

Thanks in advance for your time!

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Waiao Beach, Yilan, Taiwan

Surfing has become a very popular sport in Taiwan over recent years and it should be. Ethnically-speaking, shared genetic, language, dietary, and cultural characteristics have led anthropologists to classify some Taiwanese aboriginal groups as progenitors of the Polynesian family, the fathers of the sport. Geographically, Taiwan is a Pacific Ocean island group with a lot of coastline facing the waves.

And beaches like Waiao.

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Ramune Soda Factory, Miaoli, Taiwan 1

The last stop on my recent trip through Miaoli County, Taiwan was at the Ramune Soda Factory in Tangluo Township. Those who have been to the riverside markets at either Tamsui or Xindien will better know Ramune soda as marble soda due to odd shape of the bottles neck and the free-floating marble that will lodge in the neck keeping spills from happening when the bottle turns upside down. While the inventor of the distinctive marble-neck bottle was British Hiram Codd, Ramune itself is bottled and distributed by a Japanese company and is considered traditionally Japanese. In fact, ramune is a Japanese-phonetic translation of lemonade as the original beverage was a British-imported lemon-lime soft drink and the distinct bottle design became associated with that flavor.

Taiwan being a country with historical Japanese influence, Taiwanese consider Ramune to be a local drink and there is even a local bottling factory and that factory has a public-tour face.

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