Apr. 16th, 2019 12:44 pm
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First thing:

Dragon Physician ends tomorrow (Wednesday 17th). I really feel for this little YA fantasy of mine, because it's a heart book (just like so many of my books). I really want to see it published (as a real book) and am gratified by the reception I have received on Radish. Thank you, all you 13 subscribers.

Here's the link: https://radish.app.link/2nOrEb3DaV

Second thing:

There are so many awful things happening (Notre Dame, passing of sff greats etc). All I wish for people is to be less shitty to people who are hurt. Nobody benefits from playing "I hurt more than you" games. Please be kind and empathetic to people's needs!

Third thing:

Mid-Autumn Mice art are on sale! If you love my Mice and would like to see them on tote bags, cushion covers and greeting cards: https://www.redbubble.com/people/jolantru?asc=u
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I am back from ICFA.

Two weeks to acclimatise back to Singapore. :P

More to come 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!


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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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.
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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. :)


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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Physically, thank you very much.

Not metaphorically, well-meaning FB person.

But at least, without distraction, I could write and I reached the 11k marker today for book two.
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I have lozenges, cough mixture and decongestant from doc. No writing. Hey, I passed 10k. :P
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I have a cough, which is a result of the cold I had during the weekend. And I also blame the weather, which has been unseasonally warm. The weatherman predicted thunderstorms in the second week of October - so far, it's still blistering warm and bright (gorgeous) sunshine.

I threw stuff into the slow cooker and am going to take a short nap/sleep. Hopefully, I could go for my walk/run later. We shall see.
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Gosh, where did the time go!

Writing and planning book 2 of YA fantasy. Glossary and a field guide with sketches/illustrations. It's fun and I enjoy this part of world-building.
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I am going to listen to my body and go rest.

Meanwhile, stay focused, stay disciplined, the world (news) is a mess right now and everything demands your attention. You have the power to say no and turn off your electronic device. Breathe, rest.


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