Merry Christmas! Welcome to the international upcoming launch date for my novel! Though physical local events will be in the works, this is the virtual celebration of the date and release, so hop on board! Christmas Pre-Order Promotions is on now! + click "Join" to win a free signed copy!
After six years of memories and history-in-the-making, originally serialized and made popular online, the highly-anticipated and beloved pioneer English cell phone novel, "Secondhand Memories", a young adult coming-of-age story that had sparked a movement and created communities, will be officially released on February 14th, Valentine's Day, 2015 as ebook and a massive 6" x 9" 558-page paperback print book with stunning cover illustrations, interior formatting and graphic design, according to popular demand! It is now available for pre-order at a special Christmas (until New Year) promotional discount, so be sure to grab a copy or a few as keepsakes, fond memories, seasonal gifts or for inspirational reading pleasure from Sakura Publishing at http://sakura-publishing.com/product/secondhand-memories/
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The official Project website has been launched at http://secondhandmemories.net
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Book launch, presentations and more local events will be organized and come soon. If you're interested in being a part of the team and helping out with planning, marketing, promotions, collaborative initiatives, multimedia projects and more, or if you know of anyone who is interested, do let me know.
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Truly thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, whether it was my music, my cell phone novel work and my current literary writing - I would not be able to continue to do what I love without you. Welcome the journey, for new friends.
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FOREWORD AND HISTORY
In 2008, through Secondhand Memories, Takatsu became the first cell phone novelist in the English-speaking world, pioneering the Japanese youth cultural phenomenon of online serialized minimalistic poetic narrative, and organized the forefront of a writing community and movement (as seen currently at Textnovel.com).
The Japanese literary form, “cell phone novels” or “ケータイ小説”, first appeared back in the early 2000s, and since then, have captured the hearts of many young students and aspiring authors alike. Such aspiring stories, first transmitted through email, were posted online on Japanese style blogging sites, downloadable applets or communities created by publishers, and some reached hundreds of millions of views. Many of such novels became bestselling novels, adapted into anime, manga, TV series, movies and more.
In a similar way, a few years after its humble beginnings as a fun experimental project to capture the innocence of youth present in Japanese culture, Secondhand Memories had won a literary agency contract, Editor’s and Reader’s Choice awards, surpassed 90,000 words, 60,000 unique visits, thousands of readers, and mentioned in various forms of media, even as comprehension exercises in an English textbook in Japan. By its example, its innovation, and Takatsu’s subsequent cell phone novel pieces, countless of other young writers internationally were inspired to interact and become involved with the new style of writing, building a tight-knit supportive community, as well as a new social and literary phenomenon.
As for the style itself, following the tradition of its authentic Japanese counterpart, each chapter would be less than 200 words, averaging around 100, making use of verticality, white space, line breaks, cliffhangers, gripping and simple emotional language, designed with the cell phone screen, its real-time episodic serialization culture, and commuting readers in mind. Over time, the movement constantly broke new ground and developed into a full-fledged artistic form with a large variety of literary, poetic and narrative voices and styles amidst its widening demographics.
Now at last, as much anticipated by readers worldwide, Secondhand Memories is realized as a physical publication, as a symbol of gratitude to fellow cell phone novelists, industry professionals, fans and supporters throughout the many years; as a symbol of hope of dreams becoming reality; and as a keepsake capturing a moment in history and its fond memories.
Takatsu, who is based in Toronto, currently still leads and teaches its community of young writers, and with years of experience in cell phone novel poetic narrative technique, now also works on contemporary literary prose fiction and multimedia projects.
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There are many people who have been a part of Secondhand Memories' ground-breaking history, who have supported and believed in the project and the cell phone novel movement since the beginning, and those who have been a part of my personal life as a friend.
First I must thank God for bringing me through thick and thin, opening doors, and gifting me with various intuitive talents and passions in the arts, and the compassion to reach out to people in the world. All of these truly are by no coincidence in my blood. Thank you to my parents, who have built up in me firm values and fundamental beliefs that prevail through the messages in my work, and have given the room to make mistakes, explore and excel through my journey in life.
Thank you to Stan Soper, the founder of Textnovel.com and literary agent, whom without, we would never have had a sanctuary that recognized and encouraged cell phone novels and its culture. Thank you to Derek Vasconi for eMobo, Sakura, and having always been passionate about Secondhand Memories, Japanese culture, and cell phone novels. To my editor Quentin and other staff, that had spent some time on this experimental manuscript. Thank you to the talented Collateral Damage Studios, creator of the Internet Explorer Inori Aizawa anime mascot, for their book cover illustrations. Joseph Simon has also always been in correspondence and believed in me and the cell phone novel culture, being constantly passionate and innovative with publication ideas or multimedia. Thank you to B.W. Powe, my professor, who has always been of great inspiration and encouragement, as well as his help in 2013 in my growth and maturity beyond my secretive cell phone novelist life, giving me the creative enlightenment and a new opportunity as a full-fledged writer of prose literary fiction. Thank you to "hectibus" the translator of Japanese cell phone novels in 2008, who inspired me to write the first original English cell phone novel. I'd like to recognize Jack and Mary who had written their Master's thesis on cell phone novels and interviewed me, as well for all the interviewers or events organizers, past and recent, who believed in this innovative movement and gave me an opportunity to share. Also would like to mention Wattpad and its staff, who had more recently given me the next platform to grow as a writer of literary fiction, and confirm my ability, dedication and leadership, beyond my cell phone novel accomplishments.
Thank you to Amanda (hengbok) from Brazil, who hopped on board and became the second cell phone novelist on Textnovel, and Charlotte (Lady Charlotte), the third, after Secondhand Memories. Thank you to Gummy (Forever Midnight), who has been a wonderful friend, supporter and an equally talented cell phone novelist. Thank you to Jolene, a reader from a long time ago. Thank you to all newer friends, fellow writers, long term fans, and my beloved "kids" that I am responsible for inspiring: Kagurez, Opum, Ayane Nanami, Akirei, Shizame, CCshoelaces, HigurashiAi, Wasabi, Lumina Astri, Clover, Hime-chan, nashipo, EllieCue, Crystalfur, Natasha, Kuukai, writerings, fabrication, Wren, Nora Wright, Makage, Ergelina, Riviere, nagareboshi, Sakuna, Amu, Niko, Arata, and many more. You are all dear to me and have shown me the full potential of what I had started and what our tech-savvy culture truly means: friendship and creativity without discrimination or physical limitations.
There are countless others who have been part of the journey, both in my life and my writing. I wish you many inspirations and blessings, as you have blessed me.