Some days are upside down days.
(August 2018) WRITING WEDNESDAY: Much of a professional writer’s life is spent waiting. It’s from the very beginning. You send out queries and sample chapters to agents. And then you wait, sometimes for two, three months. You finally get the agent (this could take years, BTW) and then she sends out the sample chapters to editors. … Read more
Some days are upside down days.
FRIDAY FINDS: NANKASHU NIHONJIN (History of the Japanese in Southern California–in pictures), 1916. This is an amazing resource of farms throughout Southern California. Images from this book have been featured in my book on the Southern California Flower Market and I’ve recently referred to it for early photos of Glendale.
The page posted below features two farms in Glendale, West First Street. Some of the earliest Japanese farms were in Glendale, Tropico and Burbank from 1899. In 1904, 29 Japanese farmers leased 155 1/2 acres in the area.
WRITING WEDNESDAY: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is happening this month and a group of mystery writers, some of them published, have jumped in. I’m more in the wading pool–writing, too, but not at the same volume of words that NaNoWriMo reguires. The daily goal is 1,660 words so by the end of month each … Read more
I shrunk Tulo!
Sometimes it’s hard to be a dog, especially when you live with Naomi Hirahara! No worries, Tulo only wore this unicorn costume for a couple of seconds in the pet store until I thankfully removed it from his head. Happy All Saints Day.
What a wonderful gift! The Japanese Directory of Pasadena from 1956. Here are some pages of the city’s wonderful historic nurseries.
In my mid-50s, I’m having the most fun that I’ve ever had with clothing. This is most unexpected as I thought by age 40, I would be wearing puffy sweatshirts with goofy illustrations. But as the marketplace has become more global, I don’t have to always leave my house and go into a retail store to buy clothes. Hallelujah! Since I have a body (short and squat) that’s “hard to fit” in the U.S., I’ve been mail ordering items from Japan and custom-fit clothing from specialty companies.
Since I don’t see anyone like me (in other words, not a model) posting clothing and accessory purchases, I thought that I’d use this blog to occasionally post fashion.
Today is a new crossbody purse that I think will serve all my needs. I’ve been going small for purses these days. I’ve discovered that I can find things much easier when I go small. I just need space for a thin wallet, pen, lip gloss, cell phone and small calendar book (yup, I still use those). I saw the Waverley, the crossbody travel bag offered by Lo and Sons, and thought it would be perfect for my needs. It arrived today. Excited! You can take the straps and adjust them four different ways. I’m probably going to stick with the crossbody option, but it’s nice to have options.
Lo and Sons Waverley
The T-shirt is from a Kishi Bashi concert. Year of the Tiger!
(August 2018) WRITING WEDNESDAY: I had one essential story that I wanted to tell before I died–how the atomic bomb touched people like my Japanese American family. Through my Mas Arai mystery series, I feel that I completed this mission. So now what? Through nonfiction and journalism pieces, I’ve been committed to tell the stories … Read more
A stranger said we looked like twins. What do you think?