Tag Archive: Fly Catcher Boy

Jan 06

Japanese New Year

    O-Shogatsu (New Year’s Day) is the most festive occasion of the entire year for Japanese citizens . While we are scrambling for deals over the post-Christmas season, Japan is “closed for business”.  The Emperor’s birthday is celebrated on December 23 followed by traditional ceremonies and customs that last for several days.  Most Japanese people …

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Nov 23

Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Thanksgiving is celebrated worldwide in so many different and unique ways.  In Japan, November 23 is Labor Thanksgiving Day, a second national holiday in November!  It became a holiday in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude to one another for work done throughout the year and for the fruits of those labors. …

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Nov 15

Shichi-go-san celebrated today in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on the 15th of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn seven, five, and three years of age. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, and three. These ages are considered critical in a child’s life. Particularly, at the age of seven, a young …

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Nov 11

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary2: Greetings

Fly Catcher Boy introduces the reader to the “Top 4” greetings commonly used in Japan. First, ohayo (Ohio).  Ohayo is a casual, informal version of the more polite “ohayo-goziamas” which you should use when entering the school staff room or the local grocery store (after the staff shout “irrashai-mase” or welcome, in unison).  A humble head …

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Oct 23

Speed dating for Authors!

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable hosted an exciting event recently: DARK ALCHEMY: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum, featuring Kenneth Oppel talking about his new work “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein…and the Frankenstein Myth”. This engaging, humorous author held his audience in the palm of his hand as he offered some insights …

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Oct 05

Thank you to LIVE YOUR DREAM

Crystal Stranaghan, creator of LIVE YOUR DREAM website along with Jared Hunt, has posted an interview with me on their website. Most of you will know Crystal as the “Project Director/Tech Genius/Videographer” for my recent iBook re-launch of Fly Catcher Boy. That’s a pretty long title but believe me, this woman has more skills than …

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Sep 29

Updates to my website

After lots of hardwork and attention to detail, the “media” page on my website has been updated with new information, author/illustrator photos and bios, a press release, plus iBook & print version info sales sheets.  Thanks to my creative project manager, Crystal Stranaghan, for doing such a fine job……and, did I mention a new Youtube video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67sgPA5fTg

Sep 23

Autumn Equinox Celebration in Japan

Right on the heels of Respect-for-the-Aged Day comes Autumn Equinox Day, another national holiday celebrated on September 22 or 23rd in Japan. It’s a day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay respects to deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.

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Aug 21

FLY CATCHER BOY print version now up on AMAZON

Yipee~  Fly Catcher Boy is now available in print on Amazon.com (Amaozon.ca shows “temporarily out of stock” but go ahead and order anyway; it will ship fairly quickly despite the notation).  The print version now joins the iBook, covering digital and print needs.  Self-publishing has been quite a journey and I could never have done it on …

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Jul 17

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary

I was visiting with a friend the other day.  He’s got a young son and was curious to see my new iBook so I opened it up and began walking him through it.  He engaged right away, enjoying the “read-to-me” audio and the “touch-to-play” pronunciation glossary feature.  “This is great; I think my boy will like this.  Looks …

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