Hello! Here is an accumulative blog post of updates and things for the past few weeks! Don’t worry, I haven’t become an advertisement or something lol, just exciting things to take note of, before I blog about other things
To celebrate surpassing 100,000 reads (now 130k) and 500 (now 600) followers on Wattpad, I’ve launched a free giveaway event! You can win one special edition super cute Espresso Love Anomaly Coffee Bean charm/keychain handmade by my friend, inspired by the novel!! A Takatsu business card and handwritten note from me will be mailed to you!
To join the fun:
1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: http://twitter.com/taka_chan
2. RETWEET THE COFFEE BEAN POST! http://twitter.com/taka_chan/status/485218888657805312
1. FOLLOW ME ON WATTPAD @takatsu
2. MAKE A POST ABOUT THIS EVENT! Tag @takatsu and link to the picture for reference (FB or Twitter has it!)
Winners will be selected at random, stay tuned to find out how to get one of the other special prototype edition charms!
GOOD LUCK! THIS SHALL BE FUN!!!
ESPRESSO LOVE AS AN EBOOK?
Really cool stuff, I’m featured in a FREE eBook campaign! Get a spectacular Wattpad Author’s pilot book FREE on Amazon for the next 5 days here (2 more days!) and then head to http://pochette-serie.com/ to download excerpt of Espresso Love in ebook format! Thanks to Lucas, a great German author for this opportunity and inclusion
On Wattpad here’s three of us at the top of the Featured list.. My favourite author on Wattpad’s Bequest is an amazing piece of literary fiction, and Stained Glass Souls is also phenomenal and I came across it recently!
This is the cover of Cosmo Clock 21, the sequel novel to Espresso Love. The first little segment is available as a short story on The Elephant Girl and Other Short Stories !! It is a new approach, with a new story and new characters, but based on the same universe.
Regarding Espresso Love, it is getting closer to the end, real interesting, still uploaded every three days! Make sure you follow the story at http://tiny.cc/esplovew
On June 26th, I had the honour of being invited to the Wattpad Open House/Office Warming Party downtown! It’s real cool that Wattpad HQ is in Toronto and in the past few months I had the opportunity of meeting and talking to staff. There are many I hadn’t met yet so this event was really neat. I’m delightfully surprised and flattered to know that many of the staff had been enjoying Espresso Love! Bridging the gap between the online world and real life connections is a good feeling and anchors what we do into reality.
The office itself is near Union, with an enormous and an incredibly designed interior space. We congregated on the top floor where there are cocktail bars, couches, places to sit and chill, sleeping hammock, kitchen, a large Tree with leaves made up of quotes from Wattpad books and a mini bookshelf on its tree trunk. Last time when I visited Wattpad, I already knew it would be enticing, but seeing it at the party in its fully furnished form, convinced me I would love to live there.
There were hundreds of guests and staff, lots of drinks (yay alcohol) and food, and among them were several famous Wattpad writers with millions of reads and tens of thousands of followers who had flown in from different cities. Hanging out with them and seeing their spectacular success was incredibly inspiring as well. Some of their books had been published and are available in bookstores. Looking forward to follow in the same footsteps. But above all, the realization that we’re all just ordinary fun loving people behind what we do, is something I’ve always experienced when meeting successful talented individuals and each time, it is the greatest feeling ever. We all share this connection, the same passions and drive for our arts, and experience similar things, no matter where we are in the world. Out of 30 million users on Wattpad, or perhaps out of all the readers and writers in the world, sometimes it’s easy to feel small, but these opportunities to network and anchor down in real life, are really special moments. It makes things meaningful and encouraging. It was great meeting all of you! and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone.
Yesterday I was at the Warped Tour in Toronto and had the chance to meet ONE OK ROCK: Taka, Ryota, Tomoya and Toru. You don’t know how pumped I was for this, because i wanted my Taka x Taka picture. TWO TAKAs. LOL. Signed: My guitar, CD, friend’s t-shirt, picks. I spoke to Taka in Japanese and gave him my CD homerecorded two years ago as a gift. LOL Was so excited. I need to say nothing more.
Other than that, I’ll update at a later date, stay tuned for a very inspiring interview with my favourite Wattpad author, Rowena Wiseman, <a href=”http://wattpad.com/outaprintwriter”>@outaprintwriter</a>!! 🙂
Thanks so much for all the love, comments, insight, and following along with my journey. It means a lot and I hope my work will continue to inspire and speak to you 🙂
“We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once that flame goes out, it’s gone forever.”
– Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
I wish for you all to have this small flame and the timing to nurture it into a great lighthouse.