Blood of the Innocent Has Been Shortlisted!

This morning, I got an email saying that Blood of the Innocent has been shortlisted as Book of the Year! This is HUGE!51hlns7z9dl

I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to vote. Now I would LOVE it if you could vote just one more time…

All you have to do is:

  • Click this link
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Find “Blood of the Innocent by Poppy Reid”
  • Enter your email address

And that’s it!

Thank you so much!

*Happy dances*

Junpei Umeda Exclusive Interview! | 梅田じゅんぺいインタービュー!

I live in Tokyo. That means I’m surrounded by magic every day of my life.

私は東京に住んでいます。毎日毎日楽しい刺激でいっぱいです。

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Tokyo is a city of discovery. Some of the most talented and interesting people in the world live in this metropolis of 13.6 million.

東京はいつでも私に刺激を与えてくれます。とても才能のある人たちや面白い人々でいっぱいのこの街は1千360万人の人が住んでいます。

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Junpei Umeda is a gifted young singer and keyboard player who I had the honour of hearing perform in Musashi-Kosugi, Tokyo. He kindly joined me for an interview about his musical journey so far.

梅田淳平は知る人ぞ知る武蔵小杉では歌手兼キーボード演奏する若手タレントです。彼の今までの経歴をインタービューする事ができました。

The 24-year-old has been playing keyboard for a mere four years, but is already producing some great covers and even some music of his own. Although he also performs using a guitar, he admitted that the keyboard is his favourite instrument.

24歳キーボード演奏者の彼は4年間活動しています。今までに数々のトラックを出しています。いつもはギターを弾く彼ですが、一番の好きな楽器はキーボードです。

1689005_383572705114032_4994382763391580865_nWhat kind of music do you play? | どんなジャンルの音楽を弾いていますか?

“I love pop, but my personal style is soul. I like to really speak to people with my music.”

「ポップが好きですけど、ソールの方が一番かな。音楽をとうして人と津がなりたいです。」

Who are your influences? | 誰に影響受けたんですか?

“I absolutely love Donny Hathaway, an American jazz player. He was a huge inspiration to me. There is also someone else I really enjoy, though he isn’t that well-known yet; Shinsuke Sugahara, a Japanese singer. He’s a great guy and plays some wonderful music.”

「アメリカのジャズ演奏者のダニー・ハサウェイが大好きです。私にとって彼は偉大な人物であります。他のミュージシャンもいますが彼はそんなにまだ有名ではないですが「すがはら・しんすけ」と言う日本人のシンガーです。彼はとてもいい人ですばらしい音楽を演奏しています。」

What would you say is your favourite song of all time? |一番好きな歌は何ですか?

“That’s a tough one. I’d probably have to go with ‘A Song For You’ by Donny Hathaway.”

「難しい質問ですね。たぶんダニー・ハサウェイの「A Song For You」かな。」

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If you could choose anywhere to perform in the world, where would it be? What’s your dream venue? | もし選べたら、どこの国で演奏したいですか?夢のべニューはどこですか?

“Probably the Apollo Theatre in New York City, though I’d like to play in London as well. I stayed in Wales for a couple of weeks on a homestay program and loved it.”

「ニューヨークのアポロシアターですね。それとロンドンもいいかな。数週間イギリスのウェールズにホームステイをしてたんですけど、とても楽しかったです。」

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take one album with you, what would it be? | もし無人島に一人でいくと仮定します。一つアルバムを持って行けるとしたら、それは何ですか?

“That’s a difficult question! I guess I’d say “En Concert” by Jack Johnson. If I could listen to it while building a house on a desert island, I think I could live happily.”

「それも難しい質問ですね。強いて言うならば、ジャック・ジョンソンのEn Concertだと思います。もし家を建てながら彼のアルバムを聞けたとしたら、想像するだけでわくわくします。」

Where do you usually play? | いつもどこで演奏していますか?

“Just my bedroom when I practise. I perform in bars around Tokyo and I also busk on the streets sometimes, though I’ve only been doing that for three months.”

「練習するのは、大体自分のベッドルームですね。東京のバーで演奏したり、街頭でパフォーマンスも時々します。実際やっているのはまだ3ヶ月ぐらいですけどね。」

When is your next live performance? | つぎのライブはいつですか?

“This Saturday (26th November) at 8pm in Izumi-Tamagawa. After that will be on Monday 16th January in Shibuya, at O-Crest. I’ll be performing solo.”

「今週の土曜日(11月26日)の8時は和泉多摩川で演奏します。その後は、渋谷のO-Crestで1月16日(月曜日)そろで演奏します。」

Do you have any albums or songs of your own? | アルバムとかシングルとか出していますか?

“My new album, ‘Profeeeeel,’ is out right now. It’s got three of my original songs, and it’s 500 yen.”

「新しいアルバムは「Profeeeeel,」と言うアルバム名で、販売しています。それには、三つのオリジナルの歌が入ってまして、500円です。」

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What an interesting name! Why did you call it that? | 面白いアルバム名ですね!どうしてそんな名前つけたんですか?

“Social media sites always ask you to fill out your ‘profile’, sort of as a self-introduction, right? Well, this album is an introduction of my music to the world.”

「SNSではいつもプロフィールを教えてくださいと頼まれますけど、一種の自己紹介ですよね。私はこのアルバムを通して世界に向けて私をアピールしてい行きたいと思っています。」

Do you have a message for your fans? | ファンにメッセージがありますか?

「癒しの声をソウルフルに」 / “Let me heal you.”

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Thank you for the great interview, Mr. Umeda! If you’re interested in Junpei Umeda’s music, you can check out this great song on YouTube, or you can catch him busking in downtown Tokyo.

梅田さん、ありがとうございます!
梅田淳平に興味のあるかたはぜひユーチューブでチェックして見てください!東京のどこかで彼に会うかも知りませんね。

Upcoming Live Performances | 今後のライブパフォーマンス予定

8:00pm
Saturday 26th November 2016
RUM BAR, Izumi-Tanagawa

(Time undecided)
Monday 16th January 2017
O-Crest, Shibuya

Contact Junpei Umeda | 梅田淳平連絡先

Facebook: Junpei Umeda
Twitter: @ZnRtx
Junpei Umeda’s blog, “I AM JP”

 

4 Reasons I love Oreryu Ramen in Shibuya, Tokyo

Take a look at this beaut.

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That there is kara-shio ramen. Kara is ‘spicy’ and Shio is ‘salt’, as in a salt-based ramen.

Man oh man was it good.

Oreryu Ramen, or ‘my way’ Ramen shop, is one of my favourites. Here’s 4 reasons why.

1. See that fried chicken on the picture? That is easily the best I’ve ever had at a ramen restaurant. Most fried chicken is bog standard, but I always order this moist, generously garlic-sprinkled dirty bird.

2. Their permanent abience music is various albums of The Beatles. Enough said.

3. Their spicy ramen is actually spicy. The kara-shio was perfect, and came as a set with rice and gyouza for less than 1000 yen; this is much cheaper than tourist trap places.

4. It’s close to my house. Not very helpful to you guys, but I live a five minute walk from this place – meaning I can waddle home after stuffing myself full instead of worrying about trains.

 

 

Remy’s soup

Just watched Ratatouille again and the soup always makes my stomach rumble. I’m going to cook this!

Out of the Ordinary

Have you ever wondered what Remy puts in the soup that Linguini nearly ruins in Ratatouille? Of course you have! We all have. Well, here in the test kitchens of The Ordinary, we’ve done exhaustive research to arrive at the definitive version of the soup, with the precise ingredients that Remy used. Precisely definitive! We watched this scene dozens of times. We’ve listened to characters’ descriptions of the soup, and we’ve analyzed the inner workings of the kitchen to arrive at a soup that is a “spicy yet subtle taste experience.” Let us walk you through it. To begin with, when Linguini nearly knocks the pot off the stove, the soup looks like tomato sauce. We determined, decidedly, that it’s probably some sort of tomato soup. We kept that part simple, but we did add a spicy element, because nothing we saw Remy add could be described as “spicy.” Linguini…

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COMPLETE ROMANCE GUIDE for Dragon Age: Inquisition

Upon searching for romance guides for the Dragon Age: Inquisition characters, I found that you would either find an article on approval or an extremely brief list of “tips”. I couldn’t find a complete, detailed guide for any of the characters. So, naturally, I wrote my own.

If you love Dragon Age: Inquisition as much as I do, you’ll know that there are eight characters you can romance. Check out the list below for links to a FULL romance guide, including your character’s requirements, dialogue options and personal side quests.

CULLEN

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Possible with: female elf or female human
Approval rating: no
FULL GUIDE HERE


CASSANDRA

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Possible with: male (any race)
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


SOLAS

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Possible with: female elf only
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


BLACKWALL

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Possible with: female (any race)
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


IRON BULL

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Possible with: any gender/any race
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


SERA

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Possible with: female (any race)
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


DORIAN

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Possible with: male (any race)
Approval rating: yes
FULL GUIDE HERE


JOSEPHINE

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Possible with: any gender/any race
Approval rating: no
FULL GUIDE HERE

ENJOY!!
I wish I could write for games professionally. Maybe one day.

9 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo This Year

National Novel Writing Month is here! NaNoWriMo has a good ring to it, don’t you think?

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It’s still early in the month, and it’s not too late to sign up. Too busy? Too tired? Can’t be arsed? Here’s nine reasons why you should write a 50k word novel this month.

  1. You’ll finally bring that idea to life. That half-complete story you’ve had floating in your mind or the page of notes hiding on your laptop? That could be a novel in thirty days’ time.
  2. Anyone can do it. Anyone who has the ability to physically write and has access to the internet, anyway. And since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have both.

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  3. It helps you get into good writing habits. After writing fifty thousand words in one month, reaching your personal daily word count on other projects will be a breeze.
  4. It gives you discipline. You have a goal, and that goal is just under 2k a day. Discipline yourself, and any type of good habit becomes easier.
  5. You can become part of a great community of writers. NaNoWriMo is very sociable, and you may end up meeting some awesome people.
  6. You can see how others in your area are doing. Register your region and you can see how many other people in your city are participating. It’s surprisingly motivating.
  7. You have access to some sweeeeeeeeeet souvenirs. NaNoWriMo sells some pretty cool “writer” items that you can purchase whether you reach the word count goal or not.
  8. The satisfaction of winning. If you reach 50k, you are congratulations-ed and wowed so much that you’ll feel just flipping awesome.
  9. It may become something more. That 50k draft you completed? By this time next year, after a few edits, chopping, adding and changing, it could be a (debut) novel.

So what are you waiting for, exactly? Sign up now! If you don’t make it, it doesn’t matter. It’s fun! Who knows, you may surprise yourself…