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WORK TOWARDS YOUR DREAM, SHINE IN TOMORROW
        -   Koichi Kawato 
          (character from the manga, Rookies, by Masamori Morita)

               

Welcome to my site. I am a writer based in Long Beach, California.  I am the author of a novella based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, titled, Sword of the Undead.  I have also written a personal finance book, titled, $10 a Day Towards, $1,000,000, and recently published  a book, titled,  Toe Up to 10K, which is about my recovery from spinal cord injury. 

My interests are eclectic, so under the "My Interests" tab, topics will be separated.  I know writers are expected to specialize in a particular type or genre, but although there are genres and topics I prefer, I would rather not be limited.  Not to compare myself to acting greats, but James Cagney did not make only gangster flicks, nor did John Wayne make only Westerns, so why should authors do the same?

In June, 2012, I came down with meningitis, and as a result, temporarily loss the use of my legs.  I wasn't guaranteed to walk again, although doctors did think that I would walk well enough after two years.  I reached that point of "well enough"  in around a year, and although I do not walk as smoothly as I did when I became ill, the visual difference is nil.  My running speed has not yet returned, but I am confident that I will be able to run as well as I did before the illness.  I wrote a book about my recovery titled, Toe Up to 10K.  The book won a Gold Medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the category, non-fiction inspirational.

My first novella, Sword of the Undead, is currently out of print, in physical form. I re-titled it and will be re-issuing it in ebook format.  The new title of the book is Samurai Vampire, Book II: Sword of the Undead.  The price of the book will be $1.99, which is lower than the price for the current version. The tentative date for this release is September 1, 2016. 

Random Thoughts

Pennant Race Prediction - Dodgers Trade Puig? 

The Dodgers called up another outfielder from the minors.  But the Dodgers have plenty of outfielders already, albeit, injured.  But still, they have plenty of players who can fill in until those players (namely Joc Pederson) come back.

Although there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the starting rotation, which will help with the currently overworked bullpen, you can never have too much pitching.

With the trading deadline coming up and the pennant races heating up, teams are already starting…Read more

Mr. Heavyfeet 

Although I walk around pretty normally these days, it feels different. How different?  Being a big fan of the "old" comedy troupe, Kids in the Hall, here is a clip of how my legs feel on a normal day.


My Heavyfeet clip from Kids in the Hall

2016 Baseball standings - my predictions for the record 

For the record, here are my picks for the 2016 season.

AL
East - Toronto
Central - Kansas City
West -LA Angels

NL
East - NY Mets
Central - Chicago  Cubs
West - Arizona

AL Champions - Angels
NL Champions - Cubs

World Series Champions - Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Better than You think 

I wanted to post this prediction before the first game of the regular season especially since I seem to be going against the grain.

For years, since I was a child in the Ryan/Tanana days, I have predicted the Angels to win the world series whether I had really believed it or not.  But back in the days, even when the Angels hit below .240 as a team, I still believed, on day one of the regular season, that the Angels would be in first on October 1.

Even as a more rational adult, I probably still grade the…Read more

Rubio/Cruz ticket for GOP in 2016? 

This is copied and pasted from the blog I maintain on my author website.  I normally blog from here and then export to other sites, but when I blog from my author site, it doesn't  export to here, so...

Here is the blogpost:

Last weekend, I made several predictions about how the 2016 presidential campaign will play out.  I was waaaay wrong about Jeb Bush, which was my out of the world prediction - that he would be the GOP nominee.  But I do think he dropped out too soon. He should have waited until Super…Read more

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