About: Ledia Runnels & Mysteries of the Orient

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Come on a journey to discover some of the wonderful and often times, to the western mindset, mysterious worlds of the orient. Put on your adventurer’s cap and peek inside ancient temples and castles built by emperor’s and samurai. Floors that chirp and painted dragons that roar, there is this and much more within these walls…

So glad that you dropped by. If there was some way to offer you a glass of champagne, a cup of your favorite tea or coffee delight, know that I would have a counter filled with such yummy things to share with you. Since technology has yet to allow this type of wonder, I offer fun and interesting articles that hopefully will leave you enlightened and delighted.

A little about myself as a write: it began when I as the second oldest of four would tell made-up bedtime stories to my two little sisters. In high school, I wrote page after page of romantic, lyrical poetry that earned accolades in the school newspaper as well as with my fellow students. Years later, I penned novels, screenplays, and short stories in the fantasy, action, adventure, and science fiction genres. Lately, I have published  travel-related and fact-sheet articles online in such ezines as Livestrong, eHow and usatoday.com. Eight different Wordpress blogs currently keep me busy. The main one entitled, “Creative Musings” showcases some of my articles, short stories and novels.

In 1998, my screenplay “Sakura, Jewel of the Rising Sun” won the “Grand Award for Best Screenplay at Worldfest Houston. At that time Disney and Paramount Pictures considered producing it.

On a more personal note, during five years of active duty in the United States Navy, I served as an air traffic controller in Alaska, stationed on the Aleutian Island of Adak, and then as a weather specialist at Kingsville Naval Air Station in South Texas. For three years, I lived in the Tokyo, Japan area with my career military husband and two children.

“Open a door in your mind and see what crawls out…”

Ledia Runnels

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29 thoughts on “About: Ledia Runnels & Mysteries of the Orient

  1. Hi there,

    What a simply fabulous blog, I’m really impressed and delighted to have found it. Lee Jay at Tokyo Times directed me to you – I think we are both contributors to the paper. I shall definitely subscribe! Do please take a look at our own Ukiyo-e themed blog if you have the time.

    Best wishes,

    Alex Faulkner

    1. Thank you for following. I hope you will enjoy future posts. I lived in Japan for three years and since then, I have grown more and more found of things Japanese as well.

  2. Ledia, I’m thrilled to have finally found your delightful blog (thank you for the link), and am looking forward to browsing through it. I love your Haiku! ~ Julie Catherine

    1. You are very welcome and thank you so much for following me and for the sweet compliment. Haiku is my favorite form of poetry not only to write, but to read.

    1. Most of my followers presently come from those that follow me on Twitter. But a recent influx of new followers have also come about because I started tagging over people’s posts at the end of each of my blog posts as Related Articles. For some reason in the past, this eluded my notice. I also follow anyone who follows me or likes one of my posts. I try to make sure that I am courteous and grateful to all of them. In other words, I treat others the way I want to be treated. It’s the classic golden rule and it makes me feel wonderful to do it as well. Another thing I do is share other bloggers posts on twitter and facebook as well as re-blogging ones that I take a particular fondness to and that would also relate to one of my six blogs. I think people really enjoy the content on my blog as well. I only write about things that really interest me and try to share them in a way that I feel others will enjoy as well.

      I hope that this has answered your question. I also want to wish you good luck with your blog and that you will have a very Happy New Year of the Water Dragon!

      Ledia R

      1. That’s kool 🙂
        Can I ask how many views you get?
        Recently the views on my blog went down alot! So kind of worried, hopefully it will pick back up..

  3. Lately, I am getting almost 200 hits per day on this blog which is my oldest and main blog site. I think one reason it gets so many hits is because of its content. I have a lot of information that people interested in Japanese culture, history and mythology are looking for. The other one of my blogs that gets a lot of hits is Exploration Art. I have a lot of information concerning classical artists and information about art on it.

    1. Yup, it always takes times to get a decent amount of views..
      When i started my blog back in Feb, i left it for a while, didn’t use it. But when I started posting during Oct, within a few days i noticed it went from 0 to 50 and within a few more days 50 to 200 and then just kept going up from there till it stabilized around 2500/daily.. When around 3 weeks ago, it shot up to 6000 and then stayed at 4000 for a few days and then 3000 for a while. Since my blog is about anime and manga, and they haven’t released any new manga or anime in a while due to the holidays, my blog has been receiving a stabilized number of views… Hopefully from next week, it will pick up.

    1. Thank You, I created it to just provide artists a place to get a little more inspiration as well as news on anime. I hope to get a lot more views as it progresses 🙂

  4. I have a fantasy action adventure series that I would like to see made into an anime series. It has all the right characters and is set in feudal and modern-day Japan.

  5. wow-what a great find! I think this was because of being nominated for the Liebster award, I started checking out other links on people’s blogroll, and you showed up on one of them-or a comment you made did-yes that was it.

    1. So glad that you joined me, Nnkato on this adventure to discover the wonders of Japan both ancient and modern, real and mythical. If you wish to wander around a bit, I have seven other blogs that you might enjoy as well. May you have a very Happy Year of the Water Dragon.

  6. Sugoi! I love learning about Japan and will keep my eye on this blog. I love the variety of topics. I just started reading an interesting book on Japan, “Beyond the Mushroom Cloud” by Yuki Miyamoto. Lots of intriguing ideas.

    1. So glad to have you on board! Hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Japan has intrigued me for many years now. Hope you have a wonderful week to come!

  7. Thank you for your visit to my Obon festival blog. That led me to discover your excellent articles about Japan and it’s culture. I have been heavily addicted to Jdramas and Kdramas for about 15 years now. Some 6 years ago after going to the Nisei Festival in Little Tokyo, I realized I wanted to share in the festivities of the Obon festivals. What a surprise to find that dance lessons are freely given at all the local Buddhist Temples. So I started woefully unsynchronized. But today I am the proud possessor of about 10 bon dances with which I can jauntily jump into the festival dance line and pretend to gracefully prance around the circular route. I will enjoy reading and learning more about the cultures that I have belatedly come to discover.

    1. I am so glad that you enjoyed my bog about Japan. Thank you so much for your kind remarks and your visit.

      I adore Japan! After living in the Tokyo area for 3 years when my now adult daughter was a baby and toddler, I became addicted to the culture, history and the mythology. My fantasy action adventure novel series, Legends of the Hengeyokai, is based on all these. If you would like to visit, here is the link to my website. http://lediar.wix.com/ledia-runnels.

      This is wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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