Here’s a peek at the colors I considered for the lead characters in "The Can-Do Karate Kid." The boy, Makoto, is the protagonist. The slug monster is named Laziness. And the snail monster is Procrastination in the book.
Makoto, the main character in my children’s picture book, likes to keep it fun. Here we get to know this nine-year-old boy by the things in Makoto's room.
The name for this symbol for Ryukyu is the mitsudomoe. Mitsudomoe has a literal meaning of “three comma-looking shapes.” The Ryukyu island chain makes up what used to be an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom. That is what it was when they developed the martial arts there which were later called karate.
My children’s picture book illustration and writing continue to supply me with adventures. I’d like to share the evolution of the pictures on one page.
“The Can-Do Karate Kid” cover has three symbols: the Liberty Bell, the symbol for Okinawa, and a fist. In martial arts, the fist symbolism is for kempo...
I associate plot armor with typical American stories. Plot armor exists in both novels and Hollywood productions. As a general rule, the good guy always wins. He has plot armor. He may encounter un-survivable situations, yet he survives.
Someone asked me why I have the Liberty Bell as one of the symbols on the cover of my debut karate children’s picture book. It was not random or an accident. I thoughtfully and purposefully chose that symbol. It is only one aspect of “The Can-Do Karate Kid” cover symbolism. Join me as we explore this symbol on the cover and what it represents.
This subject of being a writer is a bit more broad and accessible to more people. I will do my best to narrow my favorite writer things down to only five.
Makoto is well acquainted with Laziness and Procrastination. They start out as his constant companions. His good friend from karate is a girl named Michi. Today all four of them are going out to sushi and you are welcome to tag along.
Acronyms are short versions of a word or term using the first letters of the word(s). When I first got started in the writing industry, I learned some new acronyms.…