Happy Memorial Day! My fiction story The Emperor’s Visit, published by the online magazine, Military Experience & the Arts, is available to read at the link below. Although my story is fiction, it was inspired by my father-in-law, Roy Shiba. When Roy’s mother died, his father sent him from Los Angeles back to their family farm at the base of Mt. Fuji. Roy was 13 years-old and an American citizen living in Japan when WWII began. When he turned 18, a year after the war, Roy returned to America and was later drafted into the Army and fought in Korea. Corporal Shiba is 94 now and suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s. All that is left of the memories of his military experience and the fond tales of his comrades-in-arms, he has “transferred” to friends and family. I carry them with pride.
“All In” is a very short story and should take about 5-10 minutes to read. It’s a quirky romance-comedy that I think you will like. The magazine’s word limit is 1500 words and this story came in at 1490+/-. Writing a complete story in these few words is a challenge, to fit in a beginning, middle and end, give enough setting to paint an image in the reader’s mind, and character details to gain the reader’s empathy. There is a section at the bottom of the story to like and comment. Thanks for reading.
Here’s the link: https://www.meetcutepress.com/post/all-in
On the Matter of Luck. I couldn’t be prouder that, decomp journal, sponsored by the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia, is publishing my first fiction story. Previously called, Decomposition Magazine, founded in 2004, work in decomp has been recognized by various award series such as The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, Micro Award, Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.
Here is the link: On The Matter of Luck
Other Published Work
Inspired Senior Living Magazine. Ganbatte, a story about climbing Mt. Fuji.
Stars and Stripes. March For Our Lives Report, a first hand commentary of the 2018 March.
Stars and Stripes. Good Morning Happy Birthday Vietnam, September 2, 2018. Vietnam Independence Day. A Review.