Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (5)

Ao (pronounced ou as in ouch)  Physical Description: A massive turtle  Special Properties: None   Lore: When Nu Wa mended the hole in the sky, she was said to have broken off the four legs of an Ao to mark the furthest point in the four directions. There are also a legend of there being threeContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (5)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)

Who is she: One of the Four Greatest Uglies  Wife to the Lord of the Kingdom of Qi in the period of the Warring States  The actual historical figure’s name is Zhongli Chun but in dramas and movies she more often go by the name of the Zhong Wu Yan Notable Life Events: Still unmarriedContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)”

Most memorable Aunts/Female Mentors

Relative to the male mage/mentor figure which always often comes with a vice in the realm of smoking or being a womaniser I prefer aunts/female mentors, most of them stern but also tender (sometimes all at once but most of the time underneath). And somehow I’ve had aunt figures pop up in my own fictionContinue reading “Most memorable Aunts/Female Mentors”

I want to say I was here…

The jump-off line is from I want to say by Natalie Goldberg. I got bored half way and started recording what actually happened (the paragraph about the runny nose). But I really like the ending sections of this piece that came after that.  I want to say I was here. Here or there, it doesn’tContinue reading “I want to say I was here…”

Adventures aboard the Chen Xing- Chapter 12

We landed back at the Frontier in record time. Estella parked us near the factory. Guppy was getting anxious, fearing of being nabbed by her old gang.  “As long as you stay at one of our sides the entire time you’ll be safe.”  Aurora  promised her. “Can I cut off their legs if they try?”Continue reading “Adventures aboard the Chen Xing- Chapter 12”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (5)

Qi Physical Description: A tree that looks like populus with red patterns, with tree sap the colour of blood and does not bear fruits. Special Properties: Coating a horse with its tree sap can tame it. Di Wu Physical Description: A barbed tree whose leaves are shaped like peppers and bears red fruits. Special Properties:Continue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (5)”

You have permission to change…

The jump-off line is from You will be changed by Jeanette Encinias. I’ve never written a love letter to myself before but I feel like this piece is it:  You have permission to change. Go ahead. Embrace it. You know you’re ready.  You have permission to change. Take it slow. One step at a time.Continue reading “You have permission to change…”

Writing Plan for 2022

Trying to gauge progress has been hard for me because I’ve been inching along but I’m okay with that, it’s part of my progress. But I do have something I feel worthy to report: I’ve tallied it up and I’ve only got 34 chapters out of a total of 70 remaining. In other words, I’veContinue reading “Writing Plan for 2022”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- December 2021

A side note but COVID is really pro-reading. So I’ve trumped my revised reading goal of 20 books by 9 books this year which is definitely a first since I created a goodreads profile back in 20116. Anyway, below is all the fiction I’ve read since September, grouped by the genre as per usual.  Fantasy: Continue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- December 2021”