Sweet Concentration

(May 2017) WRITING WEDNESDAY: Writing as a long fulltime profession is exhausting. Mentally as well as physically. The latter may come as a surprise, because aren’t we just sitting in a chair typing? But the thing is, when you write you have to be 100% engaged in your work....

FRIDAY FINDS: East First Street, Little Tokyo

Continuing with the streets of Little Tokyo from the Rafu Year Book, 1939-40. From right to left, Far East Cafe (Chop Suey), 347 E. First Street; Taiyo Drugs, 343 E. First Street; The Tanaka Co., 339 E. First Street; Kimura Brothers, 337 E. First Street; and Izuo Studio, 335...

Doable Regular Practices

On my front door with blue painter’s tape, I’ve stuck a hand-written note to myself: “Doable Regular Practices.” It’s not a long list and ranges from doing strength-training and using the Water Pik. Although I’m fairly good at meeting writing deadlines, for most of my life, I’ve neglected other...

FRIDAY FINDS: East First Street, Little Tokyo

I’ll be posting various images from my historic book collection. First up will be Little Tokyo street photos in the 1939-1940 Rafu Shimpo Yearbook. These are of East First Street, from 367 to 353. First row, right to left: Union S.S. Transfer Co., 367 E. First St.; Ikeda Beauty...

Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor

I was a guest of honor with William Kent Krueger at Left Coast Crime Reno! Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention held on the westside of the United States. My Prospect Park Books publisher, Colleen Dunn Bates, hosted a bowling party in my honor. Thank you, everyone!...