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I'm Phil! American living in Japan. Teacher. Ex-independent professional wrestler. Student of Japanese. Traveler. Article writer for Mythic Scribes. Also written four manga, novels, and various short stories and poems. For my fantasy-related blog, check out http://www.philipoverbyfantasy.blogspot.jp/.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

End of 2012 Thoughts (Ski Trip and Fuji Q Highlands)

Just had a pretty good winter vacation and thought I'd blog about it a bit. 

1.  I suck at skiing.  I fell over a bunch of times and rocketed down the mountain like a crazy person.  Pretty scary actually.  Overall though, pretty good experience.

2.  I suck at skating.  I'm not good at anything involving ice due to being from Mississippi and/or just my overall lack of coordination.

3.  We went to Fuji Q Highlands in Yamanashi.  We rode some pretty awesome rides.  Here is one of them, called Eejanaika. 


Not only does this ride go backwards, it also flips around as you're going, which makes it even more insane.  Probably one if not the scariest roller coaster I've been on.  

Here's another one we road called Takabisha, which holds the Guiness World Record for steepest roller coaster in the world:

So that's what we did at the end of the year in 2012.

What else happened?

Well, I had a good time when my dad came here in March.  I got to visit all sorts of places including Osaka and Nara and saw sumo wrestling for the first time.

Went to Wrestle Kingdom VI in January and planning to go again in a few more days for Wrestle Kingdom VII! 

Read a lot of books and became part of an awesome new e-zine called Myths Inscribed.

Worked on a ton of writing including the Summer Shoot-out ran by Martin T. Ingham.

I also worked on two novels, both of which I'm hoping to wrap up here in the next several months. 

Overall, a great year!  Looking forward to 2013!


  1. Skiing and such take practice. Hope you're able to wrap up your novels and hope you have a great 2013!

  2. Thanks Terry! Skiing was way harder than I expected. I think I'm on my way to wrapping one novel up (first draft anyway) and I'll be close behind on the other one soon. Have a great 2013 as well!