Reviews are coming in.

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I’ve read in a while
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020Format: Paperback
“The Escape to Candyland” is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

The various vignettes of people trying to get by come together into a magnificent panorama of what a person will do to protect themselves and what they attain. Characters chase their dream at any cost, in order to protect themselves from the possibility of what could be worse. As the lives of each character crisscross and zig zag in Takahashi’s Atlanta, even the smallest action bears the utmost significance, as its effect is felt across generations, cultures, and families.

Takahashi artfully weaves together the stories, eventually culminating into a haunting idea of the significance of every action. I thought I’d put the book down after a story or two, but I ended up reading the book cover to cover, and then revisiting my favorite vignettes again and again. This book is a must read.

Happy New Year

I hope the new year is off to great start for everyone. I’m getting ready for a busy 2020.

Here is a partial list:

  1. My book launch will be 2/5/2020
  2. Getting my poetry collection ready for publication
  3. Four more short stories until my second collection is finished
  4. Starting a fantasy trilogy
  5. Working on an album
  6. Goal to write 30k words a month
  7. There is one more thing but I can’t tell you yet 🙂

More later.

Last Update for 2019

Hi Friends,

This is the last update for 2019 unless something spectacular happens.

  1. Book #1 will be released 2/5/2020. I’ll post a link when it’s available. Thank you to all those who wrote a blurb for it.
  2. I’m rewriting part of Book #2. I’m giving myself until 11/30 to finish it. A publisher is interested in seeing the entire manuscript. Fingers crossed.
  3. Book #3 is the memoir/poetry collection. A publisher wants to release it summer 2020.
  4. The song I co-wrote is trending on Reverbnation. It’s #32 on the Scottish charts. Blows my mind. The link to I RISE and my co-writer’s other songs are here:
  5. I published 7 poems/short stories this year. I didn’t get close to last year’s 18 publications but it’s okay.
  6. I’m writing more songs for 2020. I have exciting news but can’t release the details yet.
  7. Book #4 is a family saga. I’m deciding if it’s going to be a standalone novel or a long short story for another short story collection.
  8. Books #5,6,7 will be a trilogy about a female shaman. I’ve written the outline and some of the first book. I hope to finish end of 2020. Would love to see these as movies.