The Orphan Queen @ Ideomancer

MJG Books, Writing 2 Comments

My story The Orphan Queen – which shows, slantwise, the terribleness of isolation and the terrible bravery it takes to conquer it – has been published this month on the semi-pro magazine Ideomancer. I’ve been striving to be published in Ideomancer for something like 8 years, so I’m totally psyched that I finally made it. How many stories have I submitted there over the years? What did Ideomancer have to say about them? Coniferous Bob – 2008 – “too much idiom, drowns out the rest” The Giant Robot and the Myna Bird – 2008 – “no but liked, however no tension and slow” Two Hearts – 2005 – no comment Alegria’s Hair – 2004 – no comment YellowJack Rebellion – …

Nara Dreamland Heyday

MJG Haikyo, Heyday, Nara, Theme Parks 9 Comments

Nara Dreamland, Japan, was Asia’s first Disneyland clone- opened in 1961 and continuing operation until as recently as 2006. Over that 45-year span millions of people were entranced by its mimicked delights- the Matterhorn mountain, the fairytale castle, Main Street, etc… Even now many thousands are still entranced by Dreamland abandoned, as its rides grow dusty and weeds shoot up through its empty concrete boulevards. Some of those thousands have left comments on my main Dreamland page– sharing their memories, including several veterans who passed through US bases in Japan in the 60’s and went to Dreamland on R & R. One of those vets- Gary Forberg- kindly digitized some of his slides and gave me permission to show them …