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It's the 15th day of the Lunar New Year celebrations and we celebrate the end of the festivities with lanterns, full moon, riddles and tang yuan.

This being yet another day with a doctor's appointment, I will celebrate later.
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I haven't updated the blog for a while - but happy Lunar New Year! Gung hei fatt choy!

We also celebrated Bai Tian Gong yesterday, which falls on the 9th day of the 15-day Lunar New Year festivities. Bai Tian Gong has special significance to Hokkien Chinese as it is a day of gratitude and celebrating the birthday of the Jade Emperor.

Also sent off all my edits. So, I am giving myself a semi-hiatus.


Also Valentine's and Galentine's Day!
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It's the 2nd here and already I signed a contract. :D

Now I am waiting for the real New Year: Lunar New Year.

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Merry Christmas!

Sol Invictus!


Dec. 19th, 2018 10:57 am
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Be right back!


Dec. 12th, 2018 06:31 pm
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Dragon Sisters is listed as one of the best dragon series on Book Riot! And Water Into Wine is a hidden gem that deserves more reads!

Thank you! You made me very happy!
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November is gone.

Advent starts.
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And I am glad it's almost over. A slew of medical appointments all around the end of the month and I am sick of them.
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Feast! Howl! Be merry!
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After consulting with my doctor and talking it out with him, I am now on a course of medication to control and balance out my anxiety. Fingers crossed.

I gave myself a break after a couple of days of intense edits. Will probably go back to tomorrow-ish.


Nov. 9th, 2018 10:14 pm
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Irony: people telling me that I have a lot stacked against me.

Yes, I know and I don't need reminders. Unless you have a solution that can help me, please don't tell me that you love my passion/energy.

Please be more mindful!
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I am back from a short trip. Was wonderfully pummelled and massaged. All my knots were loosened. Delicious seafood. Then bam! the moment I stepped foot upon Singapore soil, all my aches and pains came back! :D

Also, Dragon Physician serial launches TODAY.


Nov. 2nd, 2018 12:42 pm
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So... What entails for November?

1. Edits for Fire Heart.

2. Writing a glossary for Fire Heart to accompany field guide.

3. Yule Mice (if possible).

4. Launching Dragon Physician on Radish.

5. Going away for a break.

Why going away for a break? I am exhausted. This year has been great writing-related, but my emotions are wrecked. International news are not helping. We are going into dark times and the world feels it.

I might also take the away time to think about my future, health-wise. I might have to see my therapist/psychiatrist again. November is also where they pack all my important medical appointments together. So you get the blood tests, the mammogram and the liver scans together in a week! Goddess knows how I am going to cope with the financial aspects of all these tests... But I am crossing my fingers.

So... This is November for me. :)
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And Merry Beltane to the Southern Hemisphere folks!

Also: I am now a verified Radish author and I will be launching my YA fantasy serial about dragon racing on 7 November.

Click here if you want to subscribe!.


RIP Jin Yong.

I have grown watching wuxia drama serials based on his books. He is a legend and will still continue to be, having inspired so many writers.
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Firstly, I signed up to be a Radish writer. The acquisition associate emailed me a few days ago and we chatted via email (since time zones!).

Secondly, I am currently sore, due to hormones. Even in my 40s and experiencing perimenopause, the cramps are just as bad.

So yes, this is my week. I am experiencing the effects of anxiety from two weeks - I desperately need a break away from this country. I want a walkabout.


Oct. 24th, 2018 08:41 pm
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Renewed DW account. Scaled down to paid, not premium.

Likewise, Samhain/Halloween (or Beltane) card draws are on until end of the month. The deck is inspired by/based on Southeast Asian/Peninsular Malaysian fauna.

A couple of things I worked on got published/greenlit. An anthology of international spec poetry will be out on the 4th of December.

And if things will work out, fingers crossed, I will be writing serialised fiction.

I am still feeling the remnants of anxiety, spillover from last week which was not an easy week (it being exam results week for Cub/my eldest). I haven't written anything. Instead I baked bread, drew stuff and made pumpkin soup from scratch. I am considering taking another break, since I also feel the onset of PMS. :/
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More monetary nonsense to make my guts knot up even more.

But hey, I submitted a story to start the weekend right.
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First, my desktop decided to die.

Second, my Patreon earnings dropped, because of Patreon's silly changes.

Third, my anxiety had me in knots last night, so much so my middle hurt and my gastrointestinal issues came back.

Hopefully, today will be better.
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Announced on Twitter the picturebook I am working on with Jason Li.


And... I am now part of the SFWA Mentor Program as a mentor. Can't wait. Am quite excited!
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Current (cough mixture-influenced) thoughts:
If I have 10k,
2. Turn Umbel & Panicle into a paying market.
3. Fund picturebook project.
4. Go for a retreat


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