Update April, 2021

A peaceful image of Mt. Fuji, isn’t it? Something I need right now…

Hello, it has been a while. Sorry. Between the day job and trying to get our stories out, it has been a pretty hectic time.

We finally published our first story at YumeBook Entertainment. The story, “Making Fun of Others is Bad” by Mai Natsume and myself has come out in English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), German, French, Korean, Portuguese, Thai and Tagalog. Some are still under review and reluctantly not all stores support each language. Our website has links to a universal link that will show you all the stores and the book’s page per language.

We are also making headway on our second and third stories with both now at the book formatting stage. I will probably pump out the single language ebooks for these two before getting too many of the bilingual versions out. It will probably be a while for the print versions too.

From Aya’s Imagination

From Same but Different

I have been lucky and found other kind souls that will translate into additional languages and another two artist. We will soon publish in Russian, Indonesian, Arabic and Traditional Chinese as well. That will give us 13 languages.

I think we might need to look at language learning books too. With all of these languages, it would be a shame not to figure out a way to help children learn other languages. At least initially, I think simple word to object association between two languages around a simple story (a visit to grandma’s house).

It is also great that we have artists with French, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, American, Brazil and German cultures ties. Mix in our translator’s culture ties and I think we will be able to put together a lot of different type of grand parent visits. I am looking forward to having them teach me about their cultures.

Along with these books, I continue to edit my Atlantis trilogy. Not as often, I must admit but I am still trying to dabble. I would like to get a bunch of children’s books published and get the company running first. It would be nice to get one or two people hired to help publish the books (book formatting, tracking on the various sites, etc..) before I can get serious about this trilogy.

This has been an interesting experience, building a company and publishing books. So many small details that can hold up things. Definitely not the same as self-publishing and completely different from working a day job. Thirteen languages (sixteen translators, up to six artists (waiting for some contracts to be returned), plus me. I believe I will be able to look back at 2020-2021 and be happy with what we have accomplished.

Well, back to work. Books do not come together on their own. Have a wonderful day!

Status Update Jan 2021

Well, Happy New Year. Doesn’t quite sound as promising and cool as years past, does it? With a pandemic raging across the globe and an economy that is so weak, it can not even stand up to a gentle breeze.

The cool thing is that working from home is getting a very good look due to all this unpleasantness. I actually hope this goes a step further and starts the creation of satellite offices scattered around the region. Places that might allow for 10-20 employees with full-blown meeting rooms and other office amenities. Might allow companies to give up some of that downtown office space too.

Anyway, on to what has been going on.

As you have seen in my last post, we have started up YumeBook Entertainment PTE LTD of Singapore. Still working out some of the tools to use but getting there. We have two books entering the page/type-setting stages, one mid-way through the artwork, and two more in story development.

Making Fun of Others is Bad, is one of the page setting books with the Rainbow Bubble gang by artist Mai Natsume. We have created this trailer, I hope you like it. This is a story that has members of the Rainbow Bubbles taught not to tease someone on crutches.

The other book at this stage, Same but Different, by artist Mia Fröhlich, has a trailer being created. I hope to have that one out soon too. This story teaches the children on the playground that someone with a portwine stain on their face is no different than the rest of us.

Our third book, Aya’s Imagination, by artist Michelle Tzou, has Aya imagining her friends to help her get through difficult childhood situations. Once we get further along in the development of this story, we will put out a pre-release trailer too.

We have started a crowdfunding campaign to help get us over the first hurdles. Please take a look at it and donate and/or share with your friends. It really would be helpful.

As for writing my novels? Well, they have kinda taken a backseat to getting YumeBook up and running. There are quite a few things I need or needed to do to get that company up. And then the work with the team on YumeBook’s books. It is very satisfying to see the books come together. Finishing the story, to getting the translations back to watching the artwork take shape. I can’t wait to start completing the books in the different languages and see that all come together.

I am still working on the novels, albeit at a much slower pace. So much to do and such little time to do it all in. Makes me wish I would have started this years before I did. Of course, I might not have had the experiences to put things together. It is what it is.

So that is all for now. Just working the day job, coming home and trying to work on YumeBooks and trying to survive the current state of affairs. Yall stay safe and think happy thoughts.

Jim

YumeBook Entertainment

It’s happening………………

Well, almost. We are still in the process of registering YumeBook Entertainment as a company in Singapore. We are a multilingual, online, publishing startup producing children’s books globally.

What we do:

Create brands, from character groups, in multi-book stories that work across books, motion pictures, merchandise, and other future formats. We will produce books for online sales in eBook, print on demand, and Audio (future).

Using publishing aggregator, PublishDrive, gives us the opportunity to get our books in front of many of the top book reading and purchasing markets around the world. Translating our books into Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Thai (with more coming next year) allows us to attract more customers than just publishing in English.

Our team currently consists of four artists, one musician, ten translators and my, myself and I, as the author and company man. Our goal is to produce at least 3 titles per artist per year to increase visibility and follow-on purchase potential.


Here is the summary I was writing for Indiegogo (need to get the company set up before I can start this campaign).

It started like many journeys, with the desire to make something. My name is James Grimm, and I wanted to write children’s books for my grandchildren. Reluctantly, I learned that I am a lousy artist, and what is a children’s book without art? I found out what it would cost to have someone else illustrate a book (USD 1000-4000). While not a backbreaker, my luck, my grandchildren would love the books and want more. How can you say no to your grandchildren?

So I spent a year or so of wishing the books would illustrate themselves, trying to entice other family members to do it, and realizing my art still stinks. Then I figured maybe other children would like these stories. Yes, I know this is fairly obvious, but self-doubt is really a kicker.

I was lucky enough to have a friend that believed in me and helped me get moving on this. It helped that his wonderful daughter was also a budding artist  (who is on the team!). They got me excited and thinking we could do this.

Over time, I found other friends that liked the idea and signed on to illustrate, create theme music, or translate. We now have four artists, one musician, ten translators, and me as the author. We all are doing this after our day jobs or school, so things run in stops and starts so far.

Every story needs a low point, and sadly, ours has one too, but with a silver lining. I have been a victim of the pandemic economic impact. The silver lining is I have had time to dedicate to writing and putting together the company. Reluctantly, that can not last much longer. Hopes and dreams do no pay bills.

I have written each artist’s stories around their own groups of characters. We will translate each story into ten languages and each combination of languages to create 55 versions of each story. (like Spanish/English, Korean/French, Chinese/German, Japanese/Portuguese, Thai/Tagalog)

Our goal is to publish before the end of January 2021. We have three stories that should hit that target with translations. 


Our website: http://www.yumebk.com

Introduction video: https://youtu.be/T8tZVnOLwLQ

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Update: Starting a company?

Yes, I am trying to start a company. A publishing company to be more specific. YumeBook Entertainment will be a media company that works with multiple mediums. The goal would be to find/create stories that can be made into book series, movies/shows, merchandise, or licensed out.

Initially, we will create children’s books (3 to 6 year-olds). The team consists of a group of artists, translators, and me (author). I hope to expand in the future, in each of these functions, once we get things going. Each artist will have their own character-driven series of stories. Each story will be published in 10 languages and bilingual versions.

We have the first two stories being translated and soon the artists will do their magic. I hope to register the company in the next few weeks and then create a website and get other things moving.

While there is so much sadness around the COVID virus, one bright point is that book sales, especially children’s books, are surging. I have kicked around this idea for some time but never really thought it would work. Now, it seems that someone or something (depending on your flavor), is telling me to “put up or shut up.”

I am determined to “put up.”

More to follow……

Oh, one more thing, if you would like to consider investing in this company, I would be happy to further discuss.

Everyone stay safe and sane ;-p

Dreaming of Future Advancements: Caring for the body of the future


Another posting about what I envision the future to have based on things I am reading about today and an active imagination. Having a good idea of how things have advanced in the last 80-100 years, I figured I would give it a shot to discuss some technologies that I have heard about now and how they would be used then.

For me, this is an excellent exercise to flesh out some technologies that I will probably use in my Sci-Fi books. Of course, they would be thousands of years in the future and will work much more comfortable, but never hurts to use creativity in a predictive manner. I will create one post per technology over the next few months.

In the year 2100, humanity is well on the way to extending a life span and curing most diseases. With advances in the understanding of how DNA, infections, bacteria, and viruses work, most common sicknesses have been defeated.

In the early 21st century, medical science was already developing ways to combat bacteria and viruses by targeting their receptors or the way they attached to healthy cells. By creating customized delivery methods, usually with personalized virus cells, they were able to stop germ cell replication before it overwhelmed the body’s defenses.

While this required the infected person to be seen by medical personnel and then the proper solution to be applied, it was not optimal. People still died because the sickness would be too far progressed to fight in this manner. These defenses needed to be in the body at the time of infection so they could overwhelm the attacker.

By the mid-century and a few pandemics later, medical sciences created biological nanites that would work with the body’s defenses. These nanites monitor the behavior of white blood cells to see when they react. They would also watch for chemicals that some bacteria release and then proceed to the infected areas of the body. Basically, a system to augment not to take over.

As a biological nanite was introduced to the system, it had a memory of whatever threats were programmed into it. Not a computer but a memory, the same as the body remembers. All wrapped in its own pseudo cell.

When science wishes to update the nanite to include other profiles, the person would need to go into their doctor’s to get another shot of nanites, if the danger is sufficient. Or just wait for the annual update. These nanites would only last a year or so before becoming worn out. When they are near the end of usefulness, most will find their way to the body’s intestines for disposal.

A few decades later, this led to different uses of these biological nanites or even inorganic nanites. In the last decade, medical science has started to work with inorganic nanites that help repair the body. No more invasive surgeries is the dream.

This is mostly done in hospitals with specialized equipment that uses external signals and body imagery to direct repair nanites to the locations where they need to fix something. So far, they have been very successful at clearing plaque build up in arteries and veins, tearing apart tumors, and clearing lungs of foreign substances.

There is even talk that the military is currently investigating spray on applications that will help sanitize a wound and stop or slow the bleeding. That would be nice to have.

Another futuristic application that is said to be in early trials is the ability for inorganic nanites to carry oxygen as a back up to the loss of breathable oxygen. This will allow people to “breathe” without using their lungs. Although I find it hard to not try and take a breath, so not sure how successful these applications will be.

The ultimate goal of these programs is to have a mixture of biological and inorganic nanites in the body all the time to work together and with the body’s defenses to keep a person healthy. They would not only fight sickness or repair damaged body parts but also help stimulate the body to continue to grow. The current expectation is that people will be able to live a few centuries with the body repairing and replacing worn-out body parts.

Still early-stage studies, but maybe I will write this type of essay for the year 2200.

Dreaming of Future Advancements: Quantum Communications

I recently watched a video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking at the 2018 World Government Summit in the UAE. The subject was the future of colonizing space. Well, that got me thinking, as you can imagine. I started to imagine what technologies would be in 2100 AD or approximately 80 years from now.

Having a good idea of how things have advanced in the last 80-100 years, I figured I would give it a shot to discuss some technologies that I have heard about now and how they would be used then.

For me, this is an excellent exercise to flesh out some technologies that I will probably use in my Sci-Fi books. Of course, they would be thousands of years in the future and will work much more comfortable, but never hurts to use creativity in a predictive manner. I will create one post per technology over the next few months.

Current ideas are:

  • Quantum Communications and robotics
  • Space colonies
  • Biologic nanites
  • Building with nanites and recycling
  • Geothermal closed-loop cycle
  • Underground cities
  • Future agriculture
  • Getting into space

You are welcome to join me in this creative exercise with your own ideas or comment on these. I would say, please keep the negativity to a minimum. After all, you probably don’t have any more of a clue than I do what will happen in 80 years. How many innovations were made for one thing and took off in a totally different direction?

Quantum Communications

It is the year 2100 AD, and the world has changed in substantial ways. The maturing of Quantum Communications over the last 60 years has led to many advances in how we live and work. Humanity has unlocked a key to taming the world around us from the comfort of our own planet. In fact, Earth has become a lot smaller.

The innovation that made quantum communications central to our life was the ability to handle entangled quantum components at room temperature. No longer needing to be kept in a controlled, near absolute zero, environment, this allows us to miniaturize the technology and place in small, everyday components.

Quantum entanglement is the pairing of quantum components so that each particle would affect the other no matter how far they are apart. This is good because we use them in many applications that have the pairs separated by thousands of miles, in some cases, much more.

Over the last 40 years, we have learned how to use sets of pairings to communicate intelligent information. Similar to how we interpret a set of electron bits off or on into characters that then become words, we have learned to do the same with entangled quantum bits.

Each personal communicator communicates to central stations that link to other central stations via our universal Internet. This, of course, changed the number of service providers because you were no longer tied to a location for your service. Japanese citizens were linked to the Japan Central Station, whether in Tokyo, Okinawa, New York, or on the Moon. National mobile provider competition has died out entirely in the last few years. Now each nation has a single provider that is usually regulated by the government.

Information and services for foreigners have become a hot industry. With each person usually tied to their own nation’s service, the market for information about other countries has become a popular service. Most of these services use Augmented Reality (AR) to overlay a translation of what they see into the language they are used to. Traveling the world has become much more comfortable.

In fact, traveling to the Outback of Australia, the depths of the Amazon, or the depths of the ocean, one can keep in touch. The bandwidth available over these quantum connections is sufficient enough that high-quality real-time video is possible. Even those visiting or living on the Moon can have real-time conversations with loved ones back on Earth.

This “spooky” interaction, as Albert Einstein once described it, lends itself to the perfect secure communication system because there is no medium to trace. Unlike, wiring or radio waves, there is nothing between points A and B. That is a great advantage and also a problem. While we have learned to master this technology for communications, we have not figured out how to use it for other services. Allowing people to travel the world or space and keep in touch does not lend itself to figuring out where the person is. There is no beacon to trace. In other words, no way to send help. We are still working on that.

But in the field of communications, there are so many applications. Drones can be piloted without fear of interference. This has allowed the use of drones in our life to grow leaps and bounds. Not only for the military but for service delivery, discovery, and observation. The use of drones around us is so commonplace nowadays that you barely think of it. With the security of quantum communications, no one worries about a terrorist taking over drones and using them for weapons.

Drones also mean remote-controlled robotic, human-form systems. These systems are built with limited AI that allows them to carry out essential functions while a human operator controls more complex tasks. The underlying AI can walk these robots into position and then let a human operator take over. Many situations have a human operator handling multiple robots. One robot in active mode while the others perform simple tasks or just keep their sensors active to detect conditions that require a human operator to intervene. This is common in military use, security use, labor use, and emergency service use.

This technology has found its way into other jobs as well.

Many decades ago, the idea of self-driving vehicles was a thing. This worked good in most instances, but some situations usually would confound the AI and cause the vehicle to shut down and await human interaction. Not always the best, even under the most controlled circumstances. With the advent of quantum communications, these vehicles had a basic AI to drive under normal conditions and then alert a human operator to perform situation-specific driving. Accidents and “stuck” vehicles became a thing of the past.

Today, more people work as “drivers” than any other job classification. Most robotic drones are pretty much the same, so job security is not really a problem. Grant it, vehicle, plane, or ship drivers require a much more complex certification but still possible.

Why did we go to robotic drones, rather than just use people? Well, there are a lot of benefits. Many companies use the “Follow the sun” model of work. So “drivers” can be local to the US during working hours but then switch over to those in Asia and then Africa or Europe after hours. Since many driver jobs are easy to do, many large multi-national firms hire drivers from around the world. One day you might be driving a robotic laborer carrying hundred-pound bags of building material, and then next, you might help lift senior citizens into and out of their bath tube. Or picking fruit, delivering packages, or acting as a security guard. All done from the comfort of your house or an environmentally controlled office.

Sometimes you might have many jobs at once or be the backup to many other operators that have many tasks at once. Some people like security guards might have their robots stand at strategic locations with sensors active. If a robot detects something, the human operator is alerted and takes over the situation. If another robot detects something as well, the human operator might try to jump between them or pass the second robot off to a second line operator.

Other benefits are when the environment or situation is dangerous. The public services really benefitted from robotic drones. Fire trucks now pulled up along with another vehicle that would house robotic firemen drones. The truck or trucks would have drivers that managed the robots. The AI for these robots was more advanced and taught them fire fighting and life-saving techniques. The human operator could tell one robot to suppress the fire, another to do search and rescue, and a third would be controlled by the operator. Same with the police.

Police robots would have advanced AI to help with specific tasks, built-in. They even work with police officers, being able to perform basic police tasks without supervision, or just voice-controlled by the on-site police officers. For more complex tasks or when things get crazy, they could be taken over by a police driver.

So as you can see, robotic drones have taken over our world. Luckily, they are mostly controlled by human drivers. The great fear of the early part of the century never came to pass. Yes, there was a massive disruption in society in the first part of the century, but the global pandemics of that time helped show their usefulness. People could stay isolated, and work got done.

Those concerns did not matter to our space endeavors. With quantum communications, we were able to put robotic drones in space to build while the drivers remained safely on Earth. The Tranquil Moonbase was completed in 2091 with all robotic drone labor. In fact, the first human to step into the station was welcomed aboard by all two thousand robotic drones with their drivers, remotely. I believe all two thousand drivers and their robots are now working on the Luna Base.

Robotic drones are also building more space stations in open space as well as near other planets, moons, and in the asteroid belt. Did you know that none of the one million-plus humans living in space did any of the building? Even the asteroid miners are all on Earth still.

And our further exploration of the distant planets is all via robotic ships with drones on board. While the distance is putting a small lag in communications, it is nowhere near the delays with standard connections. Drivers can still react near real-time to issues. I hear that we might even send a robotic ship that is quantum-connected in the near future.

It really can’t get any better. It just goes to show there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day. (Disney, Carousel of Progress)

POEM: Thinking of Home

Dark is the night,
forward we must go.
Wondering what sees me,
that I do not see.
Ready to act,
yet in what manner, I do not know.
Enjoy not what I used to do,
in the Zone.
To survive, a different life I must have,
in the Zone.
To laugh, to love, to smile are fleeting,
in the Zone.
A kind word you give me,
a promise of a life I want to know,
a life of joy I wish to see,
not in the Zone.

Potential book

Since I am on a roll with my 2020 New Year’s update out, figure I would keep it going.

I have recently started thinking of writing a new book directed to high schoolers, discussing college and student debt. This started with discussions, with my son, about what university he wanted to attend.

Anyway, here are some of the topics I am considering:

1) What is the cost of college
2) What is the possibility of finding a job in your field
3) What is the salary of your selected jobs
4) What would your student debt to take-home pay be
5) What are the implications of student debt and its categories
6) What are the chances of making more money in your field
7) What are the chances of automation impacting your field
8) What other options do you have
9) Should you live to work or work to live

What are your thoughts? I would especially love to hear from my young friends. Would you consider taking advice from an older person? Or would you think the advice is dated?

Happy New Year 2020!

A Happy New Year to everyone!

As I sit in front of my computer, wishing I was back at Moby Dicks in Miyamaedaira enjoying this game and beer in the post’s featured picture, I think about what Japan means to me. This year starts the 3rd decade I have lived and worked in Japan, consecutively that is. It is also the 5th decade I have lived or been stationed in Japan.  Not 50 years but in 5 decades. Boy, the changes I have seen.

From a more foreign-friendly Japan to common credit card and atm usage. Even at New Years! It used to be you had to take out a lot of cash because nothing was really working over “Oshogatsu” (the new year period).  And credit cards were only accepted at large businesses.

Okay, maybe I will do a post about how Japan has changed another time. A more personal look back at 2019 shows it was a pretty busy year for me. Some goals I was able to accomplish, while others I am still fighting to achieve.

I am still working at Vega as a technical consultant and have In-House Digitial Signage (IHDS) in front of a few customers. I also talked the company into exhibiting at a trade show in April. I imagine it is on me to make it work as we will show IHDS as one of the primary products. Additionally, I have a creative part in what we are calling Vega Relaxation Rooms and I plan on putting forth a few more ideas in 2020. More on those at a later update.

Writing-wise, I have published the resume writing book. It was titled “Get Noticed! Resume & career advice to make you stand out!” and released in Nov (kindle) and Dec (paperback).

Pic of book

It spiked for a while but then quieted down. Need to figure out a way to sale some more. Maybe just need to keep writing.

On the kid’s book front, well I have three stories completed but no artist. Things didn’t work out and trying to find another artist. Also trying to draw more but need to work on my skills. We will have to see how things work out here.

On my sci-fi efforts, I have continued to work on my trilogy. I will shoot for an early summer release for the first book. It all depends on how much time I dedicate to this.

For the “Fight of Ages” plays, I have not really touched them lately and I need to. I was setting aside time to write these stories outside of the home and have not really done much writing away from home. Mostly, I was doing this at Pronto, my favorite watering hole, but that has closed and I spent more time chatting with my friends. Now it is officially closed, I need to find another place to write and “have water.”

Lastly, I have started to kick around the idea of writing a book for high school students on whether to go to college or not. Not to bash college but to bash student debt. I have talked to a few about this and I think I can write the advice in an easy to read manner, like the resume writing book.  I will create another post discussing that to see what people think.

Okay, maybe that last one was not THE last one. I have also started to think about writing a short story collection of things I have written. Some are on this website and others are ones that I thought to publish within my Atlantis and Wormhole universes. Again, working with the theory that the more books you have published, the more chance of someone finding one, liking it and then buying another and another.

Anyway, it will probably be another busy year. Especially with a determination, I need to make about Vega. Not sure I can work part-time forever.

Happy New Year everyone. I wish you success and happiness in the new decade!

 

Published: Paperback out for “Get Noticed! Resume & career advice to make you stand out!”

It took a while, but Amazon has finally linked the paperback book to my book entry.  Thank you to everyone that gave advice on the contents and design.

Time to work on my other books.

Cover Art -book.jpg

Available on Amazon, in all territories.  ASN B081RX7GP7

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