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oh god I haven't been working on Nano at ALL these past few days DDDDD8
however! I have been slaving(?) over character sketches! this one will probably be either the cover or a character page for YeLin:

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I'll be updating on the WIP over at my blogger account too (it actually has an earlier/uglier stage screenshot as well)
erm...20k is my new goal...yes...
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okay, here's a few hundred words of what I've got done of the prologue so far:

Red Threads, Book 1: No Faith

Summary: Half a millennia ago the Elemental Beasts were born from the gradual concentration of four elements in the east, south, west, and north corners of the mortal realm. While magnificent, they were as impassive to mortal life as the natural disasters they embody, and were eventually ordered to be imprisoned in the underworld by the Jade Emperor of the immortals. As punishment, they were stripped of their immortality and condemned to numerous lifetimes of the very suffering they had caused.

Over the centuries, as the mortal realm slowly returned to peace and prosperity, the beasts and the terrors they wrought faded from the mortals’ memories, until they remained no more than a faraway legend.

Now, five hundred years later, their spirits have been reborn as five mortal beings, each struggling through their own trials of redemption, and each connected to the other by a red thread of fate. Caught on either side of the conflict between the rénlèi (humans) and yāojīng (nonhuman entities that can take on human form) will fate bring them together as friends, or enemies?

序幕 《紅線》
Hóng Xiàn


Yùe Lǎo

The small ferrying cloud I had summoned scatters in wisps beneath my feet as I hurriedly make my way through the spirit gates of Dìyù, realm of death and rebirth. Ahead of me lies the path to Dìfǔ, the court of the underworld, blanketed by clusters of translucent línghún – mortal spirits – drifting through, clinging to their peers and silently bemoaning their deaths.

Nervously, I start to dust my robes off of the tendrils of residue immortal energy that had followed me down during my descent from Tiān’táng, the upperworld. Some of the línghún are already breaking from their clusters and gathering towards the weak immortal light of my own essence, the dead drawn to the allure of eternal life and everlasting wisdom. Knowing that the yánwáng – judges of the dead – disliked any and all interruptions to their orderly business of assigning doom, I quickened my pace and did my best to avoid the wayward spirits slowly crowding around me. My long silver beard I kept tucked inside my robes just in case – the hair of an immortal holds just as much power as their blood.

By the time I reached Dìfǔ’s doorstep... )
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I've created a new book blog for myself over at blogger since that seems to be where many of the book bloggers hang out
ninefly's book blog
(I just realized I've been juggling around 3 different screennames recently, ninefly, denenkyuu, and angeltyuan...I'll probably stop using denenkyuu for new accounts and stick to ninefly/angeltyuan from now on...)
took me a while to tweak the layout to my liking and it's rejuvenated my love for html/css XDDDD;
but that's besides the point, I've posted up more detailed/revamped versions of my previous book reviews there, as well as joined a few reading challenges 8D
my DW account will now just be a general life-blog, though I'll still post snippets of new reviews/fandom projects and stuff from my other journals occasionally =)

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and, against my better judgement(?), I've signed up for NaNoWriMo!!...?

the "novel" is going to be the first volume to the story I posted about a while back, and it's officially got a title now:
Red Threads, Book One: No Faith
NaNoWriMo officially starts tomorrow, so I'll post up progress bars and stuff later
oh, and [personal profile] wingstodust is going to be my Writing Buddy ♥
we're going to cheer each other on right? right???
at least I'll finally get off my ass and start writing this thing for serious...

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I'm on the last season of BSG and...well I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of Starbuck/Apollo BFF-NESS DDDDDD8
I also preferred Kara with shorter hair, though I guess it's supposed to symbolize character growth or something =T
also, I cheated and found out about the ending, which makes me kinda really really sad...the fact that the writers are hinting at more movies though...maybe they will fix this sadsad ending? PLEASE???
denenkyuu: monkey king as portrayed by dicky cheung (monkey king)
Moved to GuangZhou last week.

Went bicycling with Mom on the 大佛山 Park trails today and got caught in a typhoon DDD:

Got shelter in a small rest stop for a while (and got three humongous mosquito bites regardless) and went riding again when the rain lessened to a drizzle, but it started raining harder again and while we biked home in the downpour we got completely drenched. (We were gonna try and convince Jeff that it was "all the sweat from our lots and lots of bountiful exercise \8D/" but he saw thorough it right away >3>)

I usually loathe rain, but it actually felt great once it seemed inevitable. XD

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Got the outline for the first 5-6 chapters of my Chinese fantasy novel thing written down and the general plot for the whole story hashed out. Seeing as I grew up only knowing the bare minimums of Chinese mythology (ex. stuff in HongKong dramas, Monkey King stories, etc.) I've just decided to borrow names of the mythical figures (ex. Jade Emperor, Elder of the Moon, Hei and Bai Wu'chang) and make them my own characters.

Still, the naming and terminology I'm trying to use is giving me headaches because English is just too incompatible with the feel of Chinese culture (I'm only writing this in English because my Chinese literary skills suck).

Main problems are Western equivalents for words that have very different meanings in Chinese, examples:
- the Chinese dragon has a long body, a horned head with spiky manes, four short legs with claws, a fish's tail, and can fly without wings (I'm still kinda mad at the Harry Potter people for making the "Chinese Fireball" some sort of iguana with wings), dragons are also considered divine beasts, definitely not hunted (killing a dragon will probably end in your entire family executed by the immortals); the tiger is the king of beasts, not the lion (because it says "王/king" on its forehead D8)
- "Heaven" and "Hell" are not the same; "Heaven" in Chinese mythology is the palace of the immortals (I hesitate to use Gods because that word carries with it too much implications), there are no "angels" ('cause Chinese immortals don't need wings to fly, they ride clouds), and people don't go up when they die, they go down, to "Hell" (which has another set of inconvenient associations) which is basically the realm of the dead, spirits go there when they die and get judged for their good/bad deeds in life, the unworthy ones either get sent to the 18 Planes of Hell (to suffer mortal pains for their bad deeds) and the others are allowed to be reincarnated (after they drink a soup to forget their past lives)
- phrases like 妖精/yao'jing that can't be explained away with "demon" or "monster" or be called "special animals with powers in human form" for the whole novel...I find brackets are helpful in this case...

Thus, my writing is halting at best (as I try to figure out the word to describe something) took me three days to write 2 pages in Word.

summary and notes )

I was bordering on insomnia ever since inspiration hit five days ago. Been writing and plotting non-stop. For some reason I am especially inspired right before I sleep. This has resulted in me keeping a notepad by my dresser so the second I think of something new, I can write it down right away instead of having it bother me all night and afraid I won't remember it in the morning.


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