Golly gosh, what happened on March 1st or so that got everyone so excited? The tsunami that wasn't? Could it have been Our Man's hilarious metaphor joke? (Er, guess again Mr Popular. Hits started crashing from the 4th when you posted that - ed.) No, it was the SCOOP OF THE WEEK. You know, the post about the Daily Yomiuri that all the media types already knew, but Our Man thought was about time that ordinary readers might ought to possibly maybe just a teensy bit be told.
Our Man can only imagine the bollocking that the Daily Gomiuri bucho got after the bean counters read about their own exploits on Japan Probe. Funny how papers love dishing the dirt on others, but not themselves, huh readers? Moral of the story - don't hold on to information, pass it on - in the net age, we all have the keys to the printing press. No matter, Our Man is sure that all the money the Daily Gomiuri is saving from laying off print journos and cutting editions will go into making their English language website the best darned tootin' RESOURCE this side of Japan Times Towers.
Anyway, Our Man just wanted to break (wind? - ed.) radio silence to wallow in self-indulgent twaddle that he'd like to share with his loyal readers all about how his novel is getting on. For those not interested, here's a picture of a Japanese Prime Minister in erotic manga form (oh, sure that will increase the hits - ed.):
Anyway, to make this less tedious for folk who don't like to read more than 140 characters at a time, here's how the novel's going in numerical form:
300 - words Our Man's been trying to write every day
200 - actual words he's been able to write every day
24 - posts he's published (Yes, it's all being written on a blog, though a private one that you can't see. Yet.)
19 - days he's actually written anything for the novel
12 - chapters Our Man reckons he needs to write
5 - pages written on his iPhone
3 - main characters
2 - working titles (Abiko Confidential/That Piece of Shit)
1.5 - chapters written already
0 - pages Our Man is happy with.
That is all for now. As you were.