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 Writing Updates- December 2021

I’m currently working on draft 0.82. To be honest, I’m not making major headways in the most recent few decimal drafts. More and more, it’s about letting go of scenes that were 70% done and acknowledging that I don’t have the mentality or whatever to push it through the 100% mark right now and choosingContinue reading “Moonlake’s Writing Updates- December 2021”

Nuances of the Chinese language (3)- Sampled Dialect Differences

This is probably the last of this set of serial posts. So I’ve talked about how three different dialects of Chinese sound like to me in the very first post. Today I will provide some concrete examples so you can see for yourself how different each is.  Example 1: Different units for a kiss  TheContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (3)- Sampled Dialect Differences”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (11)- Bao Qian Guang

Who is she: More commonly known as Bao Gu (Aunt Bao), she is one of the four greatest female physicians in ancient China  Wife to Ge Hong, a renowned Daoist, physician and pharmacist. Both she and her husband were worshipped later as immortals.  Notable Life Events: Born sometime in the Jin dynasty (266 to 420Continue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (11)- Bao Qian Guang”

Nuances of the Chinese language (2)- Family Relationships

In direct contrast with English, there are a lot more distinct terms for describing immediate and extended family relationships. There are separate terms of an elder versus younger sibling as well as delineations of whether the relationship originates from the fraternal versus the maternal side.  Now before I actually start, note that I’m mostly stickingContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (2)- Family Relationships”

Nuances of the Chinese language (1)- Written versus Spoken

This new serial post is actually inspired by the fact two Internet friends asked me about the Chinese language, separately but with a coincidental timing that was very close to each other.  So let’s start with the basics. First, we have to distinguish with the written language and the spoken language. There are only twoContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (1)- Written versus Spoken”

Moonlake’s Writing Updates- September 2021

I’ve actually been going pretty strong ever since I got back to my WIP in July. I burned through 10 chapters in that month and for August it was 8 chapters.. Sounds grand, right? The reality is that I was leveraging 90% of this on previous notes and tying up loose notes from revision. OnlyContinue reading “Moonlake’s Writing Updates- September 2021”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu

Who is she: Once concubine to the Last Emperor of China Puyi, otherwise known as Consort Shu or the Good-hearted Consort Notable Life Events: Born on 20th of December, 1909, to a Mongolian family that was part of the Manchurian Eight Flag army  Entered Puyi’s Court at the age of 12 as Consort Shu (itContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (4)

Blue Snake (aka Southern Snake) Physical Description: A fairly normal snake (further details unknown) Special Properties: Its head contains a strong poison but its tail can serve as a poison antidote. Lore: It was said that people living south of ancient China* has managed to create a very strong poison known as the Blue PoisonContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (4)”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (4)

Tiao Grass Physical Description: A plant that looks like sunflower with red flowers and yellow fruits. Its fruits look like babies’ tongues. Special Properties: Consuming its fruits can make increase your willpower, making you less susceptible to deceit and temptations. Ghost Grass Physical Description: A grass that looks like the oil sunflower, with a redContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (4)”