@OurManInAbiko's #QuakeChat about #QuakeBook

A transcript of @Martha_Kang's Twitter interview with @OurManInAbiko about the genesis and creation of QuakeBook. If you haven't done so already, please be sure to drop by Amazon.com and get your copy of QuakeBook today! http://amzn.to/quakebook And be sure to see this previous tribute to QuakeBook's release: http://chirpstory.com/li/1142
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Live conversation about #quakebook with Seattle's @Martha_Kang and @ourmaninabiko in 20 minutes. Follow #quakechat!
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
Time to iron the tux RT @quakebook: Live conversation about #quakebook with Seattle's @Martha_Kang in 15 minutes. Follow #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
About to star twinterviewing @ourmaninabiko re: @quakebook. Warning to all of #Seattle -- no breaking news allowed for next 1/2 hour, OK?
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
And here we are, my twinterview with @ourmaninabiko, the man behind @quakebook. Follow along -- #quakechat.
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
.@ourmaninabiko, you are the brain-father of "2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake." How would you describe it? #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang It's a monster that's outta control I tells ya! No, it was just the right idea at the right time #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko How did you get said idea? You were in #Japan when the #quake, #tsunami hit, and you still remain in Japan, right?
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang I wanted to help and I knew that this was an incredible moment in time that had to be recorded for the future #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang I had a twitter chat with @fatblueman of Christmas in Japan video fame the night before about writing a song... #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko Where were you when the disaster hit? Did you see any devastation where you were? #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko (PS Your answers don't have to be contained to single tweets, FYI)
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang I thought how can I do what he did in music and video but using words? It was a simple idea, but i knew it was good #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang OK, this is my first twitter interview thing. But it was my first ebook to read or write, so whatever... #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko Ah, I see. So you're a man of words, not song. How long had you been in Japan when disaster struck? #quakebook
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang My wife is Japanese, my business and home are here. My kids are more Japanese than anything else, so yes, we stay #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko Ah, I see. So you're a man of words, not song. How long had you been in Japan when disaster struck? #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang No disaster porn round here, sorry. Just a lot of frayed nerves. 100 houses did collapse, but no fatalities I understand.
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang This time round 4 years. But we lived in Tokyo from 1997 to 2000 or so before moving back to Blighty. #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko OK, once you put out the word, you were flooded with submissions -- 74 eyewitness submissions, was it? #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang I like my music too, but I recognise my limitations. Somehow, words work better for me than any other form #quakechat
Martha Kang @Martha_Kang
@ourmaninabiko Who were they mostly from? People in the thick of it? People in safe areas of Japan? People elsewhere? #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang 2 in the first hour, then by the end of the day 74. Within 438 hours I had 85 I think and I just had to draw a line #quakechat
Our Man in Abiko @ourmaninabiko
@Martha_Kang At first, fellow gaijin in Japan. Then Japanese abroad. Then my wife rounded up neighbours, then... #quakechat
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