Monday Morning Rambling…

Good morning from Tokyo!
Nothing serious, just a life update, because Facebook threatened to un-publish my page if I don’t post something on here…so here goes.
 
My son Alex has nine days of school left, before his school’s summer vacation. He is doing great, can read and write both hiragana and katakana. He was trying his best to teach me some, as well! He is a powerful little guy, and we couldn’t be more prouder.
 
My work and writing are going along. Work itself keeps me busy, moving around Tokyo, but I’m thriving. I think. The kids and parents are both great, showing lots of love and support.
 
“George” is coming along good…got almost eighteen A-4 sized pages written…with more to come. It’s definitely going to be my most complex story, as far as characters and story-lines go. I’m getting better at my back story, but not trying to put all my creative eggs in one basket right away. Need to save some nuggets for later, right?
I’ve been tossing around the idea of publishing all of my “other” (ok, forgotten and neglected) short stories into one book…why do you think? I may just do it, anyway. I still have the option of re-publishing them individually later, anyway. We’ll see. I’ve got so many other projects that have really fallen by the wayside, and I shouldn’t have done that. Some I put alot of work into, like “Ryo” (the screenplay that I had written, based on my children’s book, “The New Neighbor”)…and I really have to get back into it.
“Ryo” is different from my books, because it would involve casting, directing, filming on location, etc. It would be without a doubt my biggest project to date. So, if anyone may be interested in collaborating, let me know. Just make sure you’re in the Tokyo area, and free weeknights and weekends!
 
That’s about it…any comments? Please leave them, following the post, thanks!
 
Everyone have a good one…

Revisiting A Troubled Old Man…

I opened my George.doc file this morning, for the first time in a long time. It didn’t have the feeling it had while I was working on it, but I’m sure that feeling will come back. The feeling of getting lost within your own prose is fantastic at times. I gotta have that feeling again.

In writing, there is such a thing as a beat or rhythm…just as in music. It’s not really there when you first start a story, but if you keep at writing and building the story on a daily basis, you will start to feel the rhythm or beat.

It takes me a couple of days…but once I get started, it’s like a drug, right? All these ideas start coming in, the story starts telling itself, and you don’t want to stop. You don’t want to lose one piece of precious information…so you try to get everything down, whether it ends up being edited out or not.

But sometimes, life happens (mainly, my bread and butter employment) and you do have to shut it down until the next day or so.

With my schedule (bread and butter), that next day turned into a year. I was working on a children’s story at the same time…so I finished it first.

George and the locals of his small hometown (I have done gone and forgot the fictional name…shame on me) have sat in limbo for too long. With several smaller storylines that will make this probably one of my biggest stories ever.

It will certainly be one of my most complex stories…I’ve never written something like this before. I have got alot of research to do, as I go along.

I hope when I knock on George’s old door tomorrow…he answers and forgives me.

Campaign (and career?) Push…

 Hey everyone, I’m doing a big campaign push for my author page on Amazon.com!
To everyone who bought copies, thank you so much! To everyone who shared, thank you as well!
Selling is hard, especially with no experience in advertising. I discovered much later in the game that a targeted audience, and/or keywords are essential to a successful marketing campaign.
Before the advent of the internet, the admen (and women) had to be on their toes with a flashy or captive advertising campaign…and hope it worked better than the competition. I think my first attempts at advertising resembled that.
I’m going with AdWords this time around because I know that not everyone is on Facebook or Twitter. I’m experimenting with various (but relevant) keywords in my ad…as I didn’t do on Facebook ads.
I can say that my name, in itself, is getting out there…this blog has been seen in well over fifty countries that I know of! That in itself is huge to me, and I appreciate the audience!
Back to my advertising, my target audiences are the United States and Japan, and if I have all my dogs in a row…maybe I’ll sell a few this time. Amazon, who sell my books, has sites in several countries…and you can find my books on any Amazon site. Just type “R.B.Bailey Jr” in the search box. Thank you in advance!
I gotta keep at it…so if you see me in front of your local train station or wherever, just take a flier and say hi.

Hello, Darlin’…

After a long hiatus, I promise to start posting again on here. I’ve been spending most of my time on Facebook and Twitter lately, mostly sharing links and doing minor updates.

I’ve also spent alot of time promoting my Facebook page, R.B.Bailey Jr…and it’s up to 38,000+ likes so far. I haven’t posted on Youtube for awhile, either. I can’t quite get the fans in my preferred areas of the world, but I’ll keep trying.

My last story was “The Courageous Girl With The Special Gift”…and I finished that (unillustrated) nearly a year ago. “George” still isn’t finished, so if I can find my beat and get started back on it…I need to finish that up. That’s the problem with starting a story, then stopping…you lose that beat, vision, ryhtm…whatever you want to call it. It kinda changes flavors, when you pick up and start writing the same story after a while. We’ll see how it goes…and I7ll keep you updated.

“Ryo”, my film adaption of “The New Neighbor”, is still on the table. Gotta get out and start casting and filming, somehow. I know I’ll be doing alot of the work myself, but I want to see it through. I have to. So far, I did cobble together a nice program introduction video for the company I work for, and it was well received by top brass…so that made me proud.

A major book retailer here in Japan, Kinokuniya, stocked a copy of “The New Neighbor” on its shelves, back late last year. Sales are nil, but at least I made it that far, so far. Gotta get up off my ass and start huckstering this thing on the streets, I reckon.

On a personal note, my son Alex starts elementary school in April, so we’re excited about that. He has come a long way this past year, and we couldn’t be prouder!

More later…

The New Neighbor T Shirts – Ryo Visits America! The New Neighbor T-Shirt | Teespring

Hello everyone! Im relaunching my “The New Neighbor” t-shirt campaign! If I can get at least 80 reservations, they will go into print! All of the shirts are high-quality cotton, manufactured and shipped internationally from America! All profits will go towards my “Ryo” film project, and other endeavours! Reserve yours today!
https://teespring.com/the-new-neighbor-t-shirts#pid=2&cid=2122&sid=front