Finally the kids are back in school, and none too soon as it was getting harder and harder to make Lilia do her homework. Finally, I’m getting a little time to myself to catch up on editing and writing and friends. A couple of days ago I had coffee at Tully’s with the South African writer Sean O’Toole, who gave me a signed copy of his recently published short story collection, The Marquis of Mooikloof.
Before he became Sean O’Toole, Award-winning Writer, he was an assistant English teacher in Tokushima, on the same government-sponsored program that first brought me to Japan. I met him when we both participated in my friend Andy‘s writing workshop. I’d published quite a few stories already by then, so I offered to help him find markets for his work, and I even published one of his stories in my literary journal, Yomimono. He came over to my house one day and let my kids crawl all over him while I introduced him to the Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market.Now he’s famous, in certain circles, at least, in South Africa.
Way to go, Sean!