http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/us/honolulu-shores-up-tourism-with-crackdown-on-homeless.html?_r=0 I touched on the issue of homelessness in A Chant of Love and Lamentation, as it has long been problematic in Hawai'i. The source of the problem runs deep into mental health, drugs, and the high cost of living, but homeless from other parts of the nation are often given a one-way ticket to … Continue reading Honolulu Cracks Down on Homelessness
Behind the Spark: "You Can't Do That in Short Fiction!"Brian Lewis, editor of Spark: A Creative Anthology, started a new series discussing his reasons for selecting certain stories for inclusion in his literary journal, and chose to feature "Her Fruitful Shore" for the first entry! He starts with an examination of my story's approach and … Continue reading Behind the Spark: “You Can’t Do That in Short Fiction!”
As a member of a Hawaiian Sovereignty listserve, I received this interesting email today. The process of pushing for an independent Hawai`i is a lot less intense, abrupt, and fraught with human misery than in my novel, for sure. PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Release – August 10, 2012Contact: Dr. David Keanu Sai, Ph.D.Telephone: (808) 383-6100E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hawaiian Kingdom Protest and … Continue reading Protest and Demand Filed with the United Nations General Assembly
Folks have been asking what happened at the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which I attended in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. Here's a synopsis of the trip. In the days leading up to the trip I was growing increasingly anxious, for two reasons. First, I knew I had to speak for several minutes about … Continue reading ABNA Recap
In less than 24 hours the winners of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award will be announced. I'm writing this in the king sized bed in our swank Hyatt room in downtown Seattle, where Amazon has put us up for the event, and I can't stop thinking about how all the waiting and anticipation over the … Continue reading Anticip ation
Last week I was interviewed by Steven Mark of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, who wanted to do a story on A Chant of Love and Lamentation reaching the Finals in the ABNA contest. This morning I received a Google Alert telling me about 1 new result for "a chant of love and lamentation." The article is … Continue reading “Chant” is mentioned in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
So the big news is actually already a week old: I am a finalist in this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This contest is held every year, and 10,000 writers split between the categories of Young Adult and General Literature can enter their novels for a chance to win a publishing contract and a $15,000 … Continue reading On Being a Finalist
I spent the entire evening setting up A Chant of Love and Lamentation to be available directly on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and also hardcopy that can be ordered through Amazon POD. I'm exhausted, but it's nice to get that off my mind.
I'm now beginning to undertake the next step -- figuring out how to get physical copies of A Chant of Love and Lamentation. Some folks prefer their books the old-fashioned way. I know I do (at least for now).There are four services I'm looking at: Lulu.com, Blurb.com, CreateSpace, and TheBookPatch.com. Of these, the last two … Continue reading POD People!
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