Author: Keane Li

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Updates 2021

It’s been one year since I last posted on this site, and what a year it’s been. Like many of you, I’ve been spending all my time at home. I’ve started and restarted several creative projects, attempted to learn a few new languages and continued working on my novel. And, yes, I even baked some bread.

I’ve since rewritten much of my novel, and I’m currently looking for a literary agent. If you know of an agent seeking literary historical fiction, please let me know! I’ve created a new page with details of my novel which you are free to peruse.

Music has always been a big part of my life. With so much time at home, I got back into songwriting with a new (somewhat experimental) music project called Kid Lydoskope. The goal is to combine modern sounds with common Americana themes. I have tracks available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud and more. Subscribe if you like it!

Hope you’ve all been well. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more timely updates and photos.

Finished My Novel & Best New Zealand Photos

Big news!

I finally completed my novel. It’s an 83,000-word historical fiction story entitled, THE PAINTER OF THE BARBARY COAST. It took years to research, write and rewrite, so I’m hoping it resonates with readers. I’ve already begun pitching it to literary agents.

Here’s a quick summary of what it’s about:

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View of Genoa

Discovering the Mysteries of Genoa

Genoa’s been around. Since the establishment of the Republic of Genoa (Genova, in Italian) in 1005, this major Italian port has been a power in the Mediterranean, fought with that other seaside republic called Venice, participated in the Crusades and was the inadvertent entry point of the Black Death into Europe in the Middle Ages (rats!). Today, the city remains as important as ever, serving as Italy’s busiest port.

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2019 SF Pride Parade

Photos from the 2019 San Francisco Pride Parade

Is there a more beautiful parade than the Pride Parade? Not likely. This celebration of love and inclusiveness brings out friendly people, vibrant color, and, apparently, wonderful weather. Music, dancing and endless amounts of smiling faces make up this parade lasting around six hours or longer.

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Amsterdam – Canals, Color & Light

Whether you’re a fan of baked goods or just getting baked, one finds diversity in diversions in Amsterdam.

In the morning, as sunlight bursts across the canals and bending roads of the central Jordaan, bakeries of the district offer fresh delights like warm stroopwafels, while pancake houses serve a multitude of sweet and savory flapjacks. Flower markets sell their colorful seeds and plants, recalling a time long ago when the Dutch lost their minds in speculative tulip trading.

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Yuushien Garden in Matsue

Best of Japan Photos – Nature, Shrines & Cartoon Cats

Pardon the inconvenience.

I’ve been working on a novel with most of my time, so I’ve been left with little opportunity for updates. This post on traveling in Japan, for example, is half a year late, as my trip there took place during the cherry blossom (sakura) season in spring.

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Samuel Adams Statue and Faneuil Hall

Exploring Colonial History in New England and Canada

It was likely Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain that turned me into a Revolutionary War-era nerd when I was in elementary school. Something about the patriotism and the coming-of-age, call-to-adventure nature of this old-school YA book made this gem of historical fiction resonate with me.

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Toronto City Hall

Scenes of Toronto – A Downtown Photowalk

The first time I visited Toronto, the Smashing Pumpkin’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was charting and Continental Airlines was still actively losing our luggage. Needless to say, I was a kid. I remember marveling at the red brick buildings (we don’t have many of those in Hawaii) and admiring the expanse of flat land on which the city resides.

Casa Loma, the historic castle-museum and garden, was a highlight of the trip, as was a visit to see mummies at the Royal Ontario Museum and a lunch buffet in the revolving restaurant atop the CN Tower. The Ontario Festival was happening near the Medieval Times, with which I had a strange, pre-The Cable Guy fascination, as children often do.

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