A storm is approaching. Two fat quails with black top knots are picking through the strawberry patch looking for bugs and sunflower seeds.
Over the holidays, I've experienced the most remarkable attraction for contacts. Fond friends from back when we were in high school have been showing up here and there thanks to the miracle of social media and thanks to ‘Sherlock’ Jeri Livingstone. I made a Wilson 1967 Facebook page. Check it out.
Book Launch Party News
This spring, look for a Launch Party in Redding.
Second book in the series An American in Beijing
Sha Li has completed the sequel to Beijing Abduction. You can find it now on Amazon.com in Ebook or print form.
I've read a few I’d like to share with you.
Pattern Recognition (Kindle Edition) is hip, punk, tech retro. It’s by Sci-fi icon William Gibson. The story rolls out incrementally. The female main character reveals herself in too great detail and enigma. She surrounds herself with alternating and shifting friend or foe. This author’s work foreshadows many current or future developments in the race for global digital supremacy. 2002.
Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai (Kindle Edition) by Qiu Xiaolong, 2008. He uses the literary device of a row of houses on Red Dust Lane in Shanghai from revolutionary days to the recent past. The residents are tossed about by the wild times, fortunes reverse and counter reverse with each new program of Mao’s. The characters are beautifully drawn to evoke the meaning of an ironic twist of fate, turning the scene chiaroscuro, revealing humanity and human nature.
In The Interpreter: A Novel (Kindle Edition), Suzy’s pathetic rebellion and search for her identity leads to her estranged sister as she seeks to know the real story of why their parents were gunned down in their Koreatown vegetable market. By Suki Kim, 2003.
The pathos of self-loathing is almost too much to read on and on about the girl’s depressing, dead end life at such a young age. The few characters are well imagined and written.
In 2011, Feng was assigned to me at the Housing Office, since she had the best English skills. What started as a convenience and a perk evolved into a fast friendship.
I first met Jerry Zhang in 2011. He was a student at nearby Beijing Foreign Language University. Through his school, he worked at a Confucius Institute in Bowling Green, Ky. Most recently, he is starting his own language school in Beijing. He writes:
CWP Publishing News
The publisher and promoter of the author, Sha Li, and the political thriller series, An American in Beijing, CWP Publishing, has been busy finishing tasks to prepare the manuscript of the next book for Kindle and Createspeace uploads.
New features help readers with a map of Asia highlighting the main cities and find meanings for foreign words in the story. Mike Zhang, Chinese editor, and Yunzhang Pei assisted on this second book. Linda Price continued the distinctive book cover design.
CWP produced two video book trailers for both Beijing Abduction and Wounds of Attachment. Linkages and integration between the new SquareSpace websites, CherylPetty.com and ShaLiauthor.com, and Mail Chimp, the email distributor. From there, Mail Chimp integrates with two new Facebook business pages, Sha Li and CWP Publishing. Auto posts are routed to Google+, Twitter and Facebook. YouTube integrates the videos with Google+ and Twitter.
Recent promotions for Beijing Abduction in January have seen dramatic uptick in visits to the sites and, more importantly, an increase in book sales at Amazon.com.