Author: Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer is a journalist, author, and a veteran. He has worked at publications in the Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Seven Days of Shig – Expressions and Idioms

As the launch of Shig Sato Book 4 Cat’s Meow on Nov. 24 approaches, here is Day 2 of Seven Days of Shig.

Expressions and Idioms

Some Shig Sato Mystery readers have noticed that I write dialogue a certain way. It’s to imitate, as closely as I can, Japanese speech patterns. But in case you want to know some of phrases yourself, you can try these. Some of the expressions and idioms are so unique to Japan, I can’t use them without confusing the reader or explaining what they mean.
(The following is thanks to Matador Network, Language Learning)

“One’s act, one’s profit.”

Equivalent to “you reap what you sow,” this one rings way more timelessly as few are sowing these days.

“Ten men, ten colors.”

Aka, “different strokes for different folks” — I prefer the image of colors to the image of folks getting stroked.

“Wake from death and return to life.”

Meaning “to turn a bad or desperate situation into a success,” this truly underscores just how dire some bad situations feel sometimes.

“Pulling water to my own rice paddy.”

“Doing or saying things for one’s own benefit.” While totally regionally charged, I feel like dropping this one would give you an air of well-traveled-ness.

“Evil cause, evil effect.”

Another “you reap what you sow,” this one is a tad more specific, and almost suggests a karmic outcome.

“Not seeing is a flower.”

I love the fact that the Japanese use “flower” to describe imagination, beauty, and sometimes pointlessness. In this case, “reality cannot compete with imagination.”

“The weak are meat; the strong eat.”

“Survival of the fittest” — I like eating meat so this was always going to appeal to me, and it rhymes.

Ocean thousand mountain thousand.”

A reference to a “sly old fox,” someone who has been through everything and seen everything and can therefore handle any situation, usually through cunning. A thousand oceans, a thousand mountains, an ultimate badass.

“Drunken life, dreamy death.”

Meaning to dream one’s life away, or spending all one’s time dreaming without accomplishing anything significant…at least this one seems to make light of the situation.

“One life, one encounter.”

Every encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter — this really underscores how many first-and-only-time things happen in the day-to-day.

For more, just click here.

See you tomorrow!

Cat’s Meow is Book 4 in the Shig Sato Mystery Series will be release November 24 and is available for pre-order. Order now and receive it on the 24th – or, after the 24th, right away! Be sure to note the 99c Launch Special – the price goes up December 1. So don’t miss out! Place your order today and get your copy on November 24 – Black Friday – just in time for you holiday weekend escape. Just click. And don’t forget: if you’re reading this on your cell phone or tablet, keep scrolling down. You’ll find all of the Shig Sato Mysteries down there. If you’re reading this on your home computer, you’ll find them on the right. And if you haven’t signed up for the Shig Sato newsletter, you can do that here. Once in a while I share what’s happening with Shig, offer great deals in mysteries and thrillers from my author friends, and announce when the next special will come along. Don’t miss out. Just click here to enter the World of Shig Sato.

 

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Seven Days of Shig – A Shig Sato Glossary

As the launch of Shig Sato Book 4 Cat’s Meow on Nov. 24 approaches, here is Day 1 of Seven Days of Shig.

A Shig Sato Glossary

Here are some of the Japanese words I use and their meanings

Baka! / Bakayaro! – idiot!

Boryokudan – term used by police for yakuza

bosozoku – groups associated with motorcycle clubs and gangs, and often where yakuza recruit new members

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A screen grab from a video uploaded onto YouTube by Tayln.

Butsudan – small Buddhist altar in a home, used for remembering and praying for ancestors and loved ones

tatami – mats made from woven straw used as flooring in traditional homes/living spaces

futon – mattress for sleeping

fusuma – vertical rectangular panels that can slide from side to side that can redefine spaces in a room or act as a door

Gai-jin – foreigners

gata – wooden sandals

Giri/gimu – duty, obligation, or duty of obligation that arise in interactions between two people

imiake – the end of a mourning period, and a return to daily life for the mourner

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Jika-tabi – socks with rubber soles to wear outside

Kinnichiwa – informal greeting, ‘hello’

Kunbawa – good afternoon

Ohayou-gozaimasu – good morning

On –  (sounds like own) Obligation or duty: ‘bestowed benefit, incurred debt’ – for a more scholarly explanation, click here.

seiza – the manner of sitting with one’s back perfectly straight, hands on lap, knees together, and feet tucked beneath. Very formal, the pose is what most Westerns will recognize, for instance, during tea ceremony. Men often sit with knees apart.

shijuukunichi – Buddhist ceremony commemorating the 49th day after a person’s death

Tabi – socks

yakuta – Japanes garment that wraps around the body, usually made of cotton and is unlined

yakuza –  any of various tight-knit criminal organizations, e.g. mafia, with a strict code of honor. The groups see themselves as honorable types who at one time defended villages from roaming bandits, and as businessmen.

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A woman sitting in the seiza position on a zabuton atop a tatami-mat floor.

Zabuton – small square cushions for sitting on tatami floor

See you tomorrow!

Cat’s Meow is Book 4 in the Shig Sato Mystery Series will be release November 24 and is available for pre-order. Order now and receive it on the 24th – or, after the 24th, right away! Be sure to note the 99c Launch Special – the price goes up December 1. So don’t miss out! Place your order today and get your copy on November 24 – Black Friday – just in time for you holiday weekend escape. Just click. And don’t forget: if you’re reading this on your cell phone or tablet, keep scrolling down. You’ll find all of the Shig Sato Mysteries down there. If you’re reading this on your home computer, you’ll find them on the right. And if you haven’t signed up for the Shig Sato newsletter, you can do that here. Once in a while I share what’s happening with Shig, offer great deals in mysteries and thrillers from my author friends, and announce when the next special will come along. Don’t miss out. Just click here to enter the World of Shig Sato.

 

 

 

Cat’s Meow Available for Pre-Order

CAT’S MEOW IS ON PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON!

By placing an order now, you can take advantage of the special 99c price and have it sent to you on Black Friday, November 24! The price will revert to $2.99 on December 1, so don’t wait! Click here now!

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I haven’t been posting much the past few months. In August I decided to bear down and finish Shig Sato Book 4, Cat’s Meow. Then on Labor Day Weekend I became an offical Austin-ite – major head/sinus/cold symptoms, plenty of debate if it was the dreaded Cedar Fever.  I didn’t care. I had a book to finish.

I knew I had to have the book completed by the end of September because I would need two weeks for edits before sending to beta readers. Why two weeks? My son was coming to visit and I was taking time off. As in, clearing the decks and NOTHING on my to-do list. (Discovering Google Keep and Todoist will be the topic of another post.) Not only was my son visiting, but it was my 60th birthday. I have a twin brother, Jim, and the last time we celebrated a birthday together was when we turned 50.

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Jim and I hold our Made in 1957 T-shirts at Jim’s place the night we celebrated our 60th birthday.

Since then I worked like crazy to get the book ready for you to order.

Remember: click the link, get the newest Shig Sato adventure for just 99c, and it’ll be yours the day after Thanksgiving – just in time for that post-holiday escape you know you’ll need. Just click.

In the days to come I’ll have more Shig Sato and Cat’s Meow news for you. And if you haven’t started the Shig Sato experience, get your copy of Tokyo Summer, the Shig Sato prequel novella, or The Gangster’s Son. You’ll get to know Shig Sato — and if you like, you can subscribe to his newsletter. It only takes a second, and you’ll Discover the World of Shig Sato and not miss out on what’s happening: another novella! And previews of Shig Sato Book 5 coming in Spring 2018!

 

 

Find a new Favorite Author

Dear friends,

My journey along the path of independent authorship has been one of the most rewarding of my life. I believe that creating a world for others to enjoy is one of the most satisfying things a creative artist can do.

My world is the world of Shig Sato, a fictional retired police officer in Tokyo in the early 1990s. Many of you have told me how much you like Shig and his stories. The next adventure, Cat’s Meow, is coming along a little slower than I want, but I still plan on having it available this year.

In the mean time, I’ve met a lot of people who, like me, like to write mysteries and thrillers. And one of the things we all agree on is: we like to share our works and give readers a chance to find us.

In that spirit, author giveaways have become a popular tool for finding new readers. I am participating in two at the moment, one that includes Shig Sato No. 2, The Thief’s Mistake, and the other that includes Shig Sato No. 3, Traitors & Lies. But it’s not just my book that’s available at no cost. There are dozens of others available to chose from.

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To discover 47 authors – at no cost to you – through Book Deals Today, just click

You’ll be able to download a month’s worth of entertainment straight from Instafreebie.

If you prefer to use Book Funnel, then check this out

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and just click here for even more great reads! Cozier stories, and just the right amount of murder.

And if you like what you read, give the author some love and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or contact the author and let them know how much you enjoy their work. These happy surprises can make an author’s day, believe me!

These offers end soon, so don’t miss out. It’s not too late to grab your next weekend read!

Joseph Mark Brewer writes the Shig Sato mysteries. Mix up some Kurt Wallander and Japan Noir and you have a new series set in the heart of Tokyo. Click for your copy of The Gangster’s SonThe Thief’s Mistake, or Traitors & Lies – and to read how it all began. To find out more about the World of Shig Sato, sign up for a periodic newsletter. All you have to do is click here – and you can get a copy of The Gangster’s Son for free.

Japan & Espionage: Shig Sato wasn’t the first to fall into a trap

KGB. GRU. CIA. The Cold War. It’s the stuff of thrilling writing. But do you know the story behind the story?

In Traitors & Lies, Tokyo’s reluctant P.I., Shig Sato, finds himself entangled in high-stakes international espionage in early 1990s Tokyo. It doesn’t take long for Shig to realize he’s been lied to, and might just be a pawn in the biggest power grab in the Cold War.

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(AP photos)

But they say truth is stranger than fiction. It’s certainly the case with one of my favorite authors, Ian Fleming, and the story behind You Only Live Twice. This article that ran in The Japan Times, one of my old newspaper haunts, explains why. Read the fascinating story here.

To find out what it takes for Shig Sato to come to his senses about Katsuo Takahashi, and his new life as a private investigator, pick up a copy of Traitor’s & Lies.

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Joseph Mark Brewer writes the Shig Sato mysteries. Mix up some Kurt Wallander and Japan Noir and you have a new series set in the heart of Tokyo. Click for your copy of The Gangster’s Son, The Thief’s Mistake, or Traitors & Lies – and to read how it all began. To find out more about the World of Shig Sato, sign up for a periodic newsletter. All you have to do is click here.

 

20 Unknown Authors You Should Know About

Here are some unknown authors you should know about, including me, from a post that originally appeared in Medium, by Rutankhamen.

There are a lot of authors out there, and it’s understandably hard to pick which one to engage with, so I’ve decided to help you out.

This list features authors across many genres, from different countries and with as varied personal stories as they come.

All have agreed to answer a set of questions just for you so, without further ado, lets read their answers. Enjoy!

Joseph Mark Brewer

Joseph Mark Brewer
He’s a writer from Hamilton, Ohio, who’s been working in the news business for over 35 years. He started writing in elementary school, and believes that everyone has a story to tell. His inspiration? The stories themselves.
Joseph has an exclusive prequel novella to his series, and it’s available to all newsletter subscribers. Get it here.
He’s always written fiction and plans to do so in the future, even after he leaves the news business. He has 12 novels in all for the Shig Sato series, and is preparing a new series featuring an ex-Navy SEAL bounty hunter who returns to his hometown to discover trouble is following him no matter where he goes. We can’t wait!

When asked if he had anything juicy to tell readers, he said no, sadly.

His motto: Never explain, never complain. Just write a story about it.
I love it and might borrow it from time to time, as motivation wanes and waxes.

Interesting interaction with a reader: He says he loves reading reviews, as they often point out things he has never considered before. He also takes thoughtful critique seriously, which is a nice thing to do as an author.

Favourite book out of everything he’s written: The Gangster’s Son, book 1 in the Shig Sato series.

His message to the readers: If you like international settings and gritty crime, discover the world of Shig Sato.

You can find him here:
http://www.josephmarkbrewer.com
Facebook @josephmarkbrewer
Twitter Joseph Mark Brewer

Lyn Alexander (photo from her Amazon page)

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