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!



Streets Saturday for Week 43 1

Heres comes yet another selection of my recent street photos of Taipei. Most…in fact, all…were shot while exploring the small streets and alleys off Civil Boulevard near Taipei Main Station with my kids looking for Halloween costumes and props.

Streets Saturday for Week 39 2

Here we go with some new street photography from Taipei city. If you've liked my Facebook Artist Page or follow me on Tumblr, you may have seen a couple of these recently.   But not all of them.   Enjoy.                



Random Encounters: Miaoli Leftovers

Ill finish up the series of articles on my recent day trip to Miaoli County, Taiwan with a few street photos taken between the places about which I wrote the articles. Theres nothing connecting these images together beyond the fact that they were all taken on the same day within the same general area.

Lets get started.

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.