Roppongi the Novel – There Really are some Twits in the Twitterverse!

Wow! Having forayed into Twitter for the first time in any real depth, I tonight ran across a guy with a complete sense of humour bypass – I’m also sad to report that he is a fellow Australian!  😦

He accused me of spamming people simply because I sent him (an ex-pat Aussie in Tokyo with writing ambitions/interests) a tweet letting him know about the Roppongi website!

It’s hardly like I was sending thousands of tweets randomly to anyone and everyone on Twitter! He then went on to immediately call my website “a pile of shit, and that’s a fact.”

The conversation follows below from top to bottom … let me know if you think I was out of line.

ME – Thought you might like to know about my new novel #Roppongi – launched last month in Tokyo:

DANIEL O’GRADY (@@jcexplorer) – It may well be a great book but your marketing method sucks. You are essentially spamming people.

ME – Thanks for the feedback – but I’m new at this. Just finding people with similar interests in the Tokyo scene and introducing it.

ME – I appreciate the input – and if you have any further thoughts I’m happy to hear them.

DANIEL O’GRADY (@@jcexplorer) – It’s the same as in real life. If u walk up 2 a stranger & say, “Hey, check out what I did!”, what type of response do u get?

ME – I guess that’s a thought (and an opinion) – but I recently travelled all the way to Japan to do just that at the launch! 🙂

DANIEL O’GRADY (@@jcexplorer) – Wow, u r awesome! (That’s a thought. Not mine tho.) Your website is a pile of shit. (An opinion & fact.)

ME – Wow, that’s a way to bignote yourself I guess – “an opinion & a fact” – no Daniel – it’s just an opinion I’m afraid!

ME – Lacking a sense of humour isn’t helping your cause much Daniel – get over yourself mate. Ciao.

Oh well, I guess you can’t please everybody! 🙂


About Nick Vasey

Nick Vasey was born in 1968, raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice! Over the next fifteen years Nick had a variety of adventures in over forty countries around the world. It would be safe to say that travelling itself became his primary passion. These experiences have confirmed in Nick a profoundly anarchic streak, and repeatedly proved to him that governments rarely have their citizens' best interests at heart, and by default, should therefore be regarded with extreme scepticism. Two of these years of global gallivanting (94/95 & 97/98) were very joyously spent living, working and partying in the nightlife industry, or mizu-shobai (water-trade), of Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. The purpose each time was simple; to save as much money as possible in order to fund further travelling adventures. Suffice to say these two years in Roppongi proved to be more than sufficient in terms of providing both the material and the motivation for writing his first novel, 'Roppongi'. Out of curiosity, in 2004 Nick briefly returned to Australia and plugged back into the 'Matrix' for a while, but found he still had no use for it. Dumbfounded and disappointed by people's mindless pursuit of material wealth, AFL Football and reality-TV, in 2008 he quit the first-world altogether, for a more tranquil life in the Southern-Sierran township of Vilcabamba, Ecuador ... where he now lives simply with his menagerie of animals, in the mountain-top sanctuary 'Motu-Iti'. In 2008 Nick also founded the real-estate consultancy "Vilcabamba Real Estate Company" (VREC Properties) ... which helped many people relocate to Vilcabamba and find their dream property. In 2016 he and his VREC business partner Santiago moved on to their new project, InstaCasa ( InstaCasa is based in Ecuador, and manufactures state of the art prefabricated modular housing. So, currently, Nick is pretty busy, but he is still writing! If you'd like to get in touch, please email him directly via: nick AT nickvasey DOT com Roppongi - the Novel Roppongi is an 'adventure-travel-fiction' story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and in that respect is similar thematically to Alex Garland's 'The Beach' or Gregory David Roberts' 'Shantaram.' Accordingly, the reader is viscerally transported into the surreal realms of Roppongi, as Zack attempts to come to terms with a series of life-changing events unfolding at rapid pace. In the process, the novel punches through the impossibly glamorous surface of Roppongi and plunges the reader deep into its seedy underbelly ... showing a disturbing side of Japan not often written about in the English language.
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