Stephen F. Kaufman's Blog - Posts Tagged "books"

I have been interviewed by Harold Channer for his show entitled "Conversations with Channer" - An Hour with Hanshi Stephen Kaufman. It is also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPM_dT... It is a completely off the cuff chat and is unedited along with my sneeze and cough. I talk about everything: from my books, to current events, to martial arts, etc.
By the way, the pop ups during the interview that say I am the founder of self realization are obviously wrong and the post production people at MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) are responsible for the error. I am the founder of SELF-REVEALIZATION ACCEPTANCE. WARNING: It get "rough" in spots. Enjoy!
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A chapter excerpt from my book, "Self-Revealization Acceptance - An Introduction," is featured in the Mar/Apr edition of Kinetics Magazine online. http://www.kineticsmag.com/issue/2012...
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My newest book to be released from Tuttle Publishing is "The Way of the Modern Warrior - Living the Samurai Ideal in the 21st Century." You can order the book from any major book retailer. It is also available in Kindle edition at Amazon. The Way of the Modern Warrior Living the Samurai Ideal in the 21st Century by Stephen F. Kaufman
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Published on October 05, 2012 11:13 • 81 views • Tags: authors-writers, books, ideals, philosophy, samurai
I am honored to have received the latest award from the WPMAO. http://www.prlog.org/12068326-hanshi-...
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Published on January 29, 2013 12:02 • 75 views • Tags: author, award, books, hanshi-stephen-kaufman, martial-arts, masters, stephen-f-kaufman, wpmao, writing
I am currently working on a grown-ups version of "Cherry Blossoms for Children – Life Lessons to Grow By" entitled "Zen Fairy Tales." Below is a short question and answer session one commonly sees on book blog sites to engage readers' interest with authors' newest books and ongoing creativity.

Q: What is the working title of your current book?

A: I am presently working on a unique book I have tentatively entitled Hip Zen Fairy Tales. I got the idea to do this when a friend asked me if I could come up with something that was deep and at the same time entertaining.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A: It isn't a question of genre unless you put it into the category of humor, wit, coolness … whatever. I use what may be considered to be 'hip' jargon, but not to the extent that it becomes boring. The book is aimed at what I would call children of all ages, depending upon what you call children of all ages. There is nothing desultory or obscene in it, so it could go anywhere, I guess. I also include short moral lessons and meditations at the end of each tale to enhance the story line. The book isn't for kiddies ... but it could be.

Q: Briefly, describe the main characters in your book.

A: The work revolves around an oriental sage named Mokubei, whom some readers have determined is me in another guise, and my grandson as Tomo-san, his young charge. There are various and sundry characters that complement the stories.

Q: In one sentence, what is the synopsis of your book?

A: Essentially, life lessons to grow by and moral predicaments that take on a notion of contemporary behavior to produce results you want to experience.

Q: What actors would you choose to play the part of your character in a movie rendition?

A: For Mokubei, I would choose myself. Why not? Hey, give Jackie Chan a call. He's cool, and funny too. The young people and other characters could be gleaned from Central Casting. It would be nice if things got to that level. I can also see it as a cartoon series.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft?

A: About an hour and a half for the complete set of 36 tales. Just kidding! I got into it and focused my energies on the end result of what I was trying to do and knocked it out in about two, maybe three weeks.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A: "Aesop's Fables." Maybe, James Thurber's "Tales for Our Time," Steve Allen's "Bop Fables." And, stop with the 'genre' thing; it makes it more than it's supposed to be. It's a fun book. Of course, it can be done as a straight chapter book or with the inclusion of tasty illustrations. Anyone interested? No money, but good exposure (chuckle, chuckle).

Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A: At first I didn't take to the idea, even though my friend thought it would be cool. Then, I had flashes of inspiration, if you will, and I said to myself, Do it! And, I did.

Q: What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

A: I think it might be the realistic interplay between all of the characters and the specific situations they encounter in their normal travels through life. Besides, Mokubei is such a together dude (wink, wink).
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Published on April 21, 2013 15:23 • 113 views • Tags: authors, books, children, morals, stephen-f-kaufman, stories, tales, writing, zen
Hanshi.com has just undergone a major renovation. I am very excited about the new look and hope you will be too. http://www.hanshi.com
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Hanshi Warrior Press is proud to announce a new book title, "Napoleon Means Business - The Art of Business Based on the Maxims of Napoleon." Available in paperback and Kindle edition. Visit www.hanshi.com
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Published on July 11, 2014 12:27 • 36 views • Tags: authors, books, business-strategy, napoleon, stephen-f-kaufman, writers
"The Living Tao - Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life" has been newly revised with new book cover. Visit the book web site http://the-living-tao.weebly.com for info and a sample chapter.
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Published on November 06, 2014 13:17 • 35 views • Tags: books, philosophy, poetry-verse, stephen-f-kaufman, tao-te-ching, taoism
Hanshi Warrior Press will be having its first Black Friday Sale! Order any 2 books and get a 3rd one free—all autographed. Use the contact form at hanshi.com and let me know which 2 books you want to order and which one you want for free. I will let you know how much to remit to PayPal. Domestic orders only, please.
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Published on November 27, 2014 08:42 • 38 views • Tags: authors, black-friday, book-sale, books, hanshi-stephen-kaufman, marketing, selling, stephen-f-kaufman, suthor
Hanshi Warrior Press is having a big Holiday Book Special the month of December. Please visit my webpage at hanshi.com for details.
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Published on December 08, 2015 11:52 • 13 views • Tags: authors-booksale, books, hanshi-stephen-kaufman, stephen-f-kaufman