Review Me!

I’ve just registered Tamao on Web Fiction Guide, so if you like the story you can now go and review it over there. Remember, what every author really wants is several thousand words of closely-reasoned adulation. (Not me, but Google has two different attributions on the first page, so I don’t know who.)

Google Being Strange

I’m using Google AdWords as one of the ways to advertise Tamao, and Google AdSense as one of the ways to make money off it. The ads displayed on AdSense sites are the ones paid for by AdWords customers. They are targeted by Google’s clever metrics to appear on sites where the readers might be interested in them.

It is undoubtedly true that people reading Tamao might be interested in Tamao. However, they already know about it. After all, they’re reading it. Thus, the fact that I just saw my advert for Tamao on the Tamao main page is, well, puzzling. Yes, the algorithms for determining relevance are doing a good job. No, the “don’t display an ad on the page it points to” blindingly-obvious algorithm is not working.

I guess that, for some reason, it could be very difficult for Google to exclude the advertised page from ad displays. But I really can’t see why. Very odd. And it would cost me Google’s cut if anyone clicked on the ad.

Part Four Completed

I’ve just finished part four, which takes us more than half way through the plotted-out story. Since the first four parts come to just under 125,000 words, I suspect that, when it comes time to produce a printed version, I’ll split the work somewhere around here, either at the end of part four or at the middle. But I won’t be doing that until it’s appeared online, so there’s a few weeks at least before that happens.

Another Method

So, people reading this on my main blog are likely to be confused, but I’m checking to see whether I can put comments onto Tamao without interrupting the story over there. This is another possible method.

If you haven’t checked out Tamao yet, please do. If you’re reading this on Tamao, er, thanks…

Britain on Sale

I was in Shibuya today, on the way to a kimono show that Yuriko was involved in, and I saw a big poster of the Union Jack, with “Britain on Sale” written on it. On the way back, they had similar adverts on the large television screens overlooking the junction. The pound is very weak against the yen at the moment (and everything else, but the yen is relatively strong), so right now it’s relatively cheap for Japanese people to visit the UK.

However, I must admit to mixed feelings about “Visit Britain, it’s dirt cheap” as an advertising strategy.


I’ve just finished writing the central episode of Tamao. It won’t go online until late June, because I have a substantial buffer, but it’s good to have written this much. I’m now about halfway through the plotted arc, and the draft is almost 110,000 words. If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t updated this blog a lot recently, well, that’s why.

If you’ve not looked at Tamao yet, please do. I need readers to make me feel it’s worthwhile.