Monday, 29 December 2014

Drama Recap: 追鱼传奇 (Mermaid Legend) : The Love Story of The Crown Prince & A Fishing Village Girl (Part 11 of 12)


                                


  After a drunk Zhan Feng angrily proclaims that Tang Xin cannot expect a Crown Prince to change for a simple fishing village girl, Tang Xin breaks off their engagement in a letter and heads back to her fishing village. Will Zhan Feng be able to win back her heart? 

   These few episodes were really swoony for me!  


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Drama Recap: 追鱼传奇 (Mermaid Legend) : The Love Story of The Crown Prince & A Fishing Village Girl (Part 10 of 12)




                              


    I've found a really good link to watch The Mermaid's Legend (see here). It's high quality! Woohoo. It's amazing how fast links get out-dated though. If you ever have problems, email me or leave a comment. If not, googling the chinese title in this entry always works for me!

  I'm still experimenting with how I can write about dramas. Recapping takes a lot of time and effort (so hats off to all the hardworking recappers!). Finally, as we end 2014, I shall finish my recaps for Mermaid Legend!

   What has happened to Zhan Feng? Yikes! 


Thursday, 25 December 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 19)




   Merry Christmas, my dear readers! This isn't a particularly festive chapter (haha), but I do hope you will enjoy this christmas present from me. I think this is one of my favourite chapters. We are getting really close to the end! 


Chapter 19: The Emotional Ties That Bind

(i)

  When Yan Zun brought Wang Huan out of the Dark Realms, three individuals immediately felt her absence - the Dark Lord, An Hun and Xi Yang. 

  When Xi Yang arrived at Wang Huan's courtyard, the Dark Lord and An Hun were already there. Xi Yang heard the Dark Lord order An Hun to arrest the Spider Demon Tribe in the purple deserts and to try and trace Wang Huan from An Hun's guards who were already there.

  An Hun gave a respectful bow to the Dark Lord, a swift nod to Xi Yang and quickly left.

  Xi Yang had never been intimidated before in his life, but even he had to admit that the Dark Lord's present aura was oppressive. 

  The Dark Lord silently presented a parchment to Xi Yang. 

   Xi Yang held the parchment in his hand. Although the writing was hurried, the words were indisputably written by Wang Huan, "I am eloping with Yan Zun - Princess Wang Huan."

  Xi Yang lifted his eyes into the Dark Lord's own opaque ones. It was difficult to discern what the Dark Lord was thinking.

  "If you allow, I will burn this," Xi Yang said calmly.

  "Oh?" The Dark Lord answered lightly.

  "This parchment is worthless," Xi Yang answered, "I don't know how but Wang Huan was forced to write this... she is waiting for me."

  The Dark Lord gave a slight nod and the parchment in Xi Yang's hand turned to ashes, "There isn't much time before the auspicious hour. Even if you believe in Wang Huan, the fact remains that the bride is missing. And not only the bride, her personal maid, Xiao Mi and her childhood friend, Yan Zun, are also gone. An Hun will try and trace Wang Huan from his men in the purple desert, I have also sent my own men to check for traces in the Dark Realms... you should return to the Heavenly Realms to prevent the situation from escalating."

  "I placed a very strong tracking seal on Wang Huan," Xi Yang said, his brows furrowed, "I don't know why I can no longer sense her presence anywhere..."

  "She's still alive," The Dark Lord said calmly, his eyes clouded with a distant expression, "Her mother's divine heartstone was placed with hers, and will remain so as long as she is alive."

  The Dark Lord frowned, "It's likely Yan Zun practised the forbidden arts like his father and have placed an even stronger shrouding spell over Wang Huan..." He shook his head, "He has taken Wang Huan with him at the cost of shortening his life. For what, even I cannot fully discern yet."

  Xi Yang's eyes turned slightly frosty. Neither the Dark Lord nor Xi Yang broached the topic of love.

  Xi Yang gave a deep bow to the Dark Lord, "I swore I would protect Wang Huan, and I will fulfill that promise even if I must pay for it with my own life."


Monday, 22 December 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 18)




  I have not written a chapter in the first person narrative in a while. But, this chapter definitely needs to be written in Wang Huan's point of view. I hope you enjoy it! 

Chapter 18: Love is Madness


(i)

Wang Huan 

  "Did you agree to marry Crown Prince Sun so I could return to the Dark Realms?"

  I looked at the gentle and delicately carved handsome face before me. Very long ago, there was a moment when I thought I would never be able to see his face again - see what would this face be like when he grew up. When he grew old.

  When I saw Yan Zun, I saw my childhood. Those days when he came to play in the courtyard - I have not met An Hun yet - those days when we fantasized what it would be like when we grew older, became more powerful, and could roam the world together. 

  When I saw Yan Zun, I saw our young innocent childhood days - untouched by death.

  "Crown Prince Sun did promise to bring you back to the Dark Realms if I married him," I answered simply, "But, that was not why I agreed to marry him."

  Yan Zun took the bottle of wine on the table and swung it up high, pouring all the liquid into his mouth. He placed the bottle back down when there was no more.

  "You can't..." I started to say when Yan Zun rose up to leave. 

  "I know I can't walk out the front door," Yan Zun's words barely hovered in the air, when he vanished. 

  I realised then that I could no longer send letters to Yan Zun anymore. For, there were questions I could never have answers for.


(ii)

  The days passed uneventfully until finally it was the day before the engagement ceremony. I was positively beaming for my solitude in the courtyard was beginning to feel like imprisonment.

   Perhaps because the courtyard was especially heavily guarded, the day went by undisturbed. I woke up, washed up, ate a sumptuous meal - displaying no signs of being a blushing bride. 

  As I was about to head to bed for some attempt of a "beauty" sleep, Xiao Mi shyly suggested that she combed my hair as a slight modification of the tradition where the mother combs the daughter's hair on the eve of her wedding day.


  Xiao Mi made me put on simple but lovely red robes. I never even knew I possessed such a piece but Xiao Mi said that it was part of the gifts Yi Mei had sent over.

  She took a jade comb and started to recite softly as she threaded the comb through my hair:

  一梳梳到尾
  With the first comb, the couple will be together till the end 
  二梳梳到白发齐眉
  With the second comb, the couple will grow old together till their hair and brows turn white
   三梳梳到儿孙满地
  With the third comb, the couple will bear many children and grandchildren
  四梳梳到四条银竹尽镖齐
  With the fourth comb, the couple will enjoy great happiness and fortune.

  
  When Xiao Mi finished, she solemnly declared, "Mistress, to have served you in this life, I have no regrets or complaints."

  I reached out my hand to hold hers, "I've always thought of you as a sister."

  Our reflections smiled at each other in the mirror. 


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 17)





   Dear readers, I'm sorry I haven't been updating as much as I wish I could - I have been very blessed in my real life to have people celebrate my birthday one after another - and I've just been swimming with cake and dinners! 

  But, honestly I am looking forward so much to present to you my entire vision of The Sun's Dark Love! I even get emails asking about Yu An's story, oh gosh, I can't wait to properly start on that one. But, trust me, you will rather I finish this story before we start on the other one (which I'm not sure if it will start shipping wars - cos it's hard enough to only choose one when I plan the story). 

  Without further ado, here's chapter 17! I will try to get chapter 18 up very soon too (about half-way written) and I think we stand in good stead to finish the whole story by chapter 20/21?


Chapter 17: A Thousand Years Too Early

(i)


   Wang Huan stood overwhelmed for a long moment as Xi Yang's words slowly started to weigh on her. There was so much she didn't know --- so much she misunderstood. She felt a space in her heart being filled up by something substantial - it was heavy, with the burden that only duty can bring, but it was also light, with the buoyancy of something that felt very much like joy.

  She felt the warm and firm touch of Xi Yang's fingers on her cheeks, wiping off her silent tears.

  She looked at Xi Yang and asked rather innocently, "Am I very young and ignorant in your eyes?"

  The end of Xi Yang's lips lightly tipped up, "Then, am I very old and wise in your eyes?"

  "You always answer my question with another question," Wang Huan sighed.

  "Because you ask hard questions," Xi Yang smiled, but his smile faltered a little as the sky turned dark with the falling of the sun.

  Wang Huan knew then that Xi Yang needed to leave. Xi Yang looked into Wang Huan's eyes, "I have to return to the Heavenly Realms - I left Heavens in a rather chaotic state and there's a lot for me to resolve before our engagement ceremony." He paused, with a slightly worried look, "Tradition is such that we are not allowed to see each other in the days before the ceremony."

  Wang Huan nodded, smiling ruefully at the purple dust on Xi Yang's robes, "You do need a bath."

   Xi Yang shook his finger at Wang Huan and his smiling eyes turned stern, "Although our sources point to Princess Mei Yan being the one who ordered for your food to be poisoned in the Heavenly Realms, we don't have any substantive proof. The rules of the Dark Realms are also tricky - it allows in-fighting and killing between the tribes, 'survival of the fittest' as you call it. However, since the Heavenly Realms and the Dark Realms have a non-conflict treaty, the only way we can catch Princess Mei Yan is if she tries to sabotage your engagement to me again... in this regard, An Hun and I have spoken to Yan Zun about acting as a spy for us with Princess Mei Yan. To be honest, I still don't completely trust him and I have my concerns if Princess Mei Yan will - even though the Spider Demon Tribe has long been allied with the Envy Tribe - he could double cross us both. But, at the end of it all, it doesn't matter - I just want you to be safe. I will do anything to make sure the ceremony goes through successfully and that no harm ever comes to you. So, Wang Huan, don't do anything rash - just wait in your courtyard till I come for you."

  Wang Huan nodded as Xi Yang gently placed the loose strands of her hair behind her ear. She gave Xi Yang a soft smile, "I promise to wait for you."


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 16)




  I've been feeling dreadfully under the weather! But, I really want to update The Sun's Dark Love even if it's only a short chapter. Chapter 17 will be much longer!


Chapter 16: The Wishes We Plant

(i)

  As Xi Yang lifted his head, Wang Huan's eyes followed the slight ascent of his face. She was caught between joy and embarrassment. 

   "I haven't agreed," Wang Huan protested, her face reddening at the memory of the kiss and Xi Yang asking to make the engagement real. 

  "Oh," Xi Yang looked thoughtful, "Then, I guess I will take my request back."

  "A request?" Wang Huan narrowed her eyes, "It was more like a command."

  Xi Yang laughed lightly, "Indeed, since it was a command, why must you agree?"

  "I'm sorry," Wang Huan smiled politely, "You may have misread the situation. This is the Dark Realms. I'm the Princess of the Dark Realms and you have no jurisdiction here."

  Just as Wang Huan was going to turn around in frustrated annoyance, Xi Yang gripped her wrist and halted her motion.

  "I was teasing," Xi Yang said lightly, "Only teasing."

   "Which part?" Wang Huan turned her face and looked pointedly at Xi Yang. The kiss? Those words?

  Xi Yang furrowed his brows, "Now you have got me confused."

  "Then, imagine how I feel!" Wang Huan said sharply.

  With a quick stroke of his hand, Xi Yang inserted a hairpin into Wang Huan's hair.

  Wang Huan raised her hand and touched it. It was cool and comforting - she could sense that the hairpin was made of wood and at the decorative end of the hairpin were soft lustrous flower petals?

  "Don't take it out," Xi Yang said softly, "This was my mother's hairpin. Those petals were the petals she shed when she achieved goddess-hood - the true petals of the camellia flower that would never wither. The wood of the hairpin is from a branch of the sacred tree of Mother Nature." 

  Wang Huan felt her heart jolt slightly - this hairpin... it was too precious.

  "I don't know the right words to say," Xi Yang began, "I don't actually talk to people... I only command. It's likely I will never be able to say anything to please you. But, Wang Huan, be mine."

  "I can't be yours," Wang Huan said coldly. 

  Wang Huan's hand moved away from the hairpin. Her hand slowly started to rise higher and higher and then her hand started to fall downwards with increasing speed as if she was going to slap Xi Yang. Xi Yang remained undaunted - his eyes unflinching. Her hand fell on his face lightly... she pinched his cheeks. She laughed, "Why can't you belong to me instead?" 

(ii)

   Wang Huan brought Xi Yang to the furthest room in her courtyard. It was empty - there was only a golden door ring latched onto the wall. 

   Xi Yang followed Wang Huan silently as she walked towards the golden door ring. Wang Huan bit hard on her finger and she dropped two beads of blood onto the door ring. An immense light started to emanate from the ring and Xi Yang felt his body being enveloped in a warm light.

  When the light dissipated, he saw that he was in a field of flowers. He sniffed the air - he was bathed in a sea of lavendar. 

  There was a marble tombstone in the middle of the field. He saw that Wang Huan was already kneeling before it.

  She smiled, "Mother, I've brought the god I am going to marry."

  Xi Yang knelt down beside Wang Huan.

  "He is the son of the Jade Emperor. The Crown Prince of the Heavenly Realms. He is so arrogrant, opinionated, domineering, spiteful." Xi Yang turned to look at Wang Huan.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Reckless Marriage/ Don't Make Love A Thing (昏嫁/别拿爱情说事儿) by Bu Jing Yu (不经语) - Review & Scene Translation (HE) (3.5 stars)



    The last review I wrote was in August 2014. I can't tell if this reflects how busy I have been with life or the dearth in good c-novels I have read. Actually, I have read a few good novels from my last review (which was a Fei Wo Si Cun novel), but sometimes it's not necessarily a good novel that drives you to write about it, but an almost ineffable quality that turns a book into an unforgettable feeling that you can't quite put a finger on but know that ah, this book is certainly interesting. 

  This book will be especially interesting to people who have already read many love stories before. It is for those that wonder what will Cinderella look like in modern society? And, if love and its ideals will be able to survive in the cynical pragmatic realism of our times?

  The original title of the story was Reckless Marriage, but changed to Don't Make Love A Thing (the connotation is Don't Make a Love a Big Deal) when the story was published. The story's premise is simple - can a gold-digger find love in a contract marriage?


  The book synopsis I translated on SSB:

  Tu Ran sells medicine to doctors for a living. Her nickname is "Little Pharmaceutical Representative". Every day, she mixes with the doctors and pharmacists. Lu Cheng Yu is a young professor at the hospital, a rising surgeon in the field of heart surgery, his future is lit in gold. After a one night stand, they both parts ways - seemingly without a trace of emotion.

  Two months later, Tu Ran realises that she is pregnant. When she is at the hospital to abort the baby, she accidentally sees Lu Cheng Yu's very rich father drive a luxurious car to meet his son. After realising that Lu Cheng Yu has a wealthy father, Tu Ran suddenly decides not to abort the baby. On the second day, Tu Ran brings the ultrasound scan of the baby to find Lu Cheng Yu, with the baby as a bargaining chip, she proposes marriage. After a night of consideration, Lu Cheng Yu agrees......

  Can this secret in Tu Ran's heart be hidden? What will happen after Lu Cheng Yu finds out? How will two seemingly unrelated people pass their lives together? Can two people who had entered the hall of marriage for a ridiculous reason end up receiving happiness?


(This review will be very spoiler-filled!)

   Can a gold-digger find love in a contract marriage?  

   Except as the story unfolds, you realise that (i) the female lead is not actually a gold-digger and (ii) the male and female lead had met before in their youth, the male lead was a student tutor of the female lead (he is only 3 years older) and was always the crush she hid in her heart, the love letter she never dared to send out.

   Tu Ran's family is poor, her father died of cancer during her university years. She has to help her brother cover his university fees, take care of her aged mother and grandmother. All she knows is that love is not enough.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 20.3: The Hurt of Honey)


 
    This chapter is one of the most beautiful chapters I have ever translated. Slowly, I stopped translating with my mind, but tried to translate with my heart --- because all these feelings, why they overwhelm...


Chapter 20: The Hurt of Honey (Part 3 of 4)

   On the second day, I waited till the early morning before I knocked on the door of the Dou Shuai palace. The immortal attendants who guarded the door led me inside. Lao Jun was in the elixir* making room watching the blazing fire boil the herbs and medicine. It was not convenient for me to interrupt so I silently waited outside and sweated from the heat, until Lao Jun had the interest to turn back and watched me coolly as he stroke his beard. I greeted him, "I wonder if Lao Jun had given thought to yesterday's matter?

  He shook his sleeve and brought me away from the elixir-making room. Once we were at the centre of his palace, he said, "Since the Water God had so sincerely requested, I cannot be stingy. But, there are only three of the Jiu Zhuan Jin pills, if the Water God so easily took away one, I am afraid that many of the other gods will come and request for the others. How will Lao Jun be able to handle all the requests?"

   My heart was struck and my fervour cooled by half.

   "But, today before the sun rose, the Heavenly Emperor personally came to Dou Shuai Palace to speak for the Water God. So, I decided I could give the Water God one of the Jiu Zhuan Jin pills," I never thought that there could be a revival in the situation. I suddenly felt my heart warmed and a sense of guilt rose against Night...

  "If so, I must really convey my gratitude to Lao Jun's generosity," I quickly lifted up both my sleeves to pay my thanks.

  "The Water God, please wait," Lao Jun gestured with his hands, he stroke his beard, "Although I can give you the Jiu Zhuan Jin pills, I must take something from the Water God as well in exchange, so I will have a reason to decline the requests from future gods."

  "As long as it is something I possess, Lao Jun may ask for it, for the Jiu Zhuan Jin pills, Jin Mi is willing to give her all."

  Tai Shan Lao Jun paused in silence for a moment then responded, "If the Water God is willing to exchange sixty percent of her divine essence for the Jiu Zhuan Jin pills, I will give it to you."

  "Fine! It's a promise!" I said in one go**.

  Lao Jun's expression was shocked, his mouth was left gaping open as if this was something unexpected. My heart became uncomfortable, afraid that he would say he was regretful so I quickly added, "Let's go to the elixir-making room - I will transfer sixty percent of my divine essence to Lao Jun's 'Ba Gua' furnace, is that alright?"

  Lao Jun's expression was incredibly regretful, as if holding in a great pain in his heart, he heavily nodded his head.

  It turned out that the Jiu Zhuan Jin pill was not made of gold (Jin), it was the size of a small dumpling and would go easily missing if you dropped it on the ground. But, this pill was more precious than gold, I carefully kept it in a silk handkerchief.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

#talk 29: Happy birthday onesecondspring! #modernlovestories





    Last year on December 2 was the day I started onesecondspring. Happy 1st birthday, onesecondspring. I'm both amazed and happy at how much you have grown over the past year! I'm so grateful for all the love that has been showered onto my blog and as I'm writing this, we have hit 611,800 page views. The best thing of all is that all these page views are from readers all over the world! I wish I could reach out to each one of you - in all these countries that I can only dream about, but yet, at any one moment, we have connected through words about a foreign language we are both trying to understand.

  At the root of it all, I think our connection stems from love - an almost child-like notion of love birthed from fairytales - where princesses exist, even dragons and princes. But at this day and age, we know that princesses can save themselves and the prince, and at the heart of it all, we may all be dragons inside of us. And, if we want beauty, we must fight in pursuit of it.


  I told my husband a few days ago when I saw that old Human of New Yorks post - that it gave my heart so much feels, it was almost as if I was experiencing that first free fall of love all over again. And, sometimes, I get readers' feedback that reading the translated stories or my fiction feels like that (and I feel all these happy butterflies inside of me).

  Thank you.

  December is both the blog's birthday month and my real birthday month - hence my pseudonym, decembi. But, it has long become a part of me.

  I hope to continue writing and translating and sharing about all the wondrous things in the world. I hope you will continue to grow up with onesecondspring! I have so many little dream projects I would like to do! Perhaps one of them is #modernlovestories, where people share about their real life love stories (not necessarily romantic)  and we can all bask in that warm afterglow. So, please do share about your own stories either through my email at onesecondspring@gmail.com or through comments (hashtag #modernlovestories). I will do entries about it and maybe write short one chapter fiction inspired by these #modernlovestories.

  December is a season for giving and sharing! Do look out for more birthday goodies! ;)

love, decembi

Monday, 1 December 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 15)


    This is a particularly favourite chapter of mine. ;) I shall squeal with you at the end of the chapter. Above is a couple picture of Wang Huan and Xi Yang - I thought this looked so perfect! 

   Additionally, I've been getting feedback about how people can't wait for Yu An's story to start. Hahaha. Don't worry, I'm quite sure that you will get chapter one of Yu An's story soon. I foresee that Xi Yang's story will end around Chapter 18/19.


Chapter 15: Why?

(i)



    An Hun and Yan Zun both looked over the fortress wall of An Hun's own palace.  This was only a part of the lands that An Hun wanted to conquer. An Hun observed the quiet but undoubtably extraordinary Yan Zun beside him, he was always enigmatic and silent. Almost like a fresh sheet of paper that had never been written on - yet, so much blood had already been shed in his tribe, almost as if murder lived in his veins.

  One thing has always puzzled An Hun about Yan Zun - which was his own lack of bloodlust and ambition. Why would he return from exile? An Hun naturally distrusted using anyone who did not have clear desires and wants - they would be too uncontrollable. But, An Hun could tell from how Yan Zun immediately went to see Wang Huan that the bonds Wang Huan and Yan Zun shared in their childhood over their sick mothers had carried over......

  Xi Yang had seen Yan Zun as a bait to lure Princess Mei Yan in, because the Spider Demon Tribe had long roots with the Envy Tribe Princess Mei Yan belonged to. But, An Hun wondered if a man like Yan Zun would so easily fall in line with their wishes. 

  But, the deed had been done. They had travelled to the exiled purple deserts and invited the Spider Demon Tribe to return to the Dark Realms. Yan Zun had returned first with a few of his key followers... the Dark Lord had announced a temporary protection order on the Spider Demon Tribe to allow them time to settle back in the chaotic battleground of the Dark Realms.

  Yan Zun turned aside and gave a light nod to An Hun, "Do not worry. I will keep my promise to Prince Sun. To want to punish Princess Mei Yan for poisoning Wang Huan - on that point, our interests are aligned."

  With that, Yan Zun lightly swiped up one of his sleeves and walked away. 

  An Hun watched as Yan Zun's back receded away. Women, women are weaknesses. An Hun decided that he would never let a woman be his weakness.

(ii)

  There were only three princesses in the Dark Realms - the beautiful and sensuous siren, Princess Mei Yan of the Envy Tribe, the little heard of and little known hermit, Princess Wang Huan of the Greed Tribe, and finally, the eccentric and poisonous, Princess Lan Ye of the Apathy Tribe.

  Of all the princesses, the most feared of was Princess Lan Ye. Her only interest was in experimenting with poison and in creating the most deadly venoms known in all the realms. She would poison people without fear or favour. A less apathetic dark immortal you could not find. The dark immortals always said that Princess Lan Ye would poison the Dark Lord without batting an eyelid - if not for the fact that the Dark Lord was so much more immensely powerful than her.

  Everyone knew where Princess Lan Ye resided - it was even unguarded. But, no common immortal or god would dare tread into her palace, for fear of no return.


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 14)


   Can you guess who is the male in the picture above? This is the start of the final arc. Let's go!


Chapter 14: You, too

(i)

   "Yan Zun," Wang Huan cried, her kneels fell to the floor, "Yan Zun."

   But, only silence met her cries. 

  Instead of feeling increasingly sad as her sobs grew more uncontrollable, Wang Huan felt a sense of indignation well up inside of her. She coughed and slapped her palm on the ground, "Yan Zun, the first time I cried for a boy, it was for you. Are you always going to make me cry for you?"

  She saw the leaves that had fallen on the ground started to be rustled by a rising wind and a smile crept onto her lips. She watched as the winds circled all the trees and the spider webs disappeared.

    She had not seen him for almost a hundred years, but she recognised him immediately. His robe of white, his long dark hair, his delicately carved face, as if he was a handsome figure made of glass. 

   His gentle eyes crinkled upwards as if to signal he couldn't do anything about her. Wang Huan felt her sobs stop as her breathing stabilised. She smiled.

  He sighed, but she could see that his eyes were happy.

  "I have appeared, why are you still crying?" He asked softly, as he went up to her to lift her from the ground.

  Wang Huan touched the tips of her eyes and realised that tears were still slowly falling from her eyes. But, these were not tears of sadness.

  She smiled. "Yan Zun," she called again, as if she could not believe this foreign sound coming out of her lips.

  She looked at him expectantly, refusing to take his hand. Yan Zun laughed lightly, then his eyes became serious as he intoned earnestly, "Wang Huan, Wang Huan, Wang Huan."

  She placed her hand in his. She felt her heart rise as he lifted her up, "You are back."

  "I am," Yan Zun replied, "Though, I am not supposed to see you yet."

   "Indeed, he is not," Wang Huan heard a familiar voice echo from the entrance of the courtyard. She turned her head and glared at An Hun. An Hun had been busy with Prince Sun and refused to tell her about their plans......

  An Hun gave his younger sister his usual cavalier smile, "Wang Huan, now that Yan Zun is back, you aren't happy to see your big brother anymore?"

  "I have to go," Yan Zun nodded his head lightly to Wang Huan and walked towards An Hun. He turned his head back slightly before exiting, "I'm glad you are well, Wang Huan."

  An Hun watched as Yan Zun exited the courtyard. He hid a smile, he had warned Xi Yang that bringing Yan Zun back would complicate his own relationship with Wang Huan... but Xi Yang insisted that Yan Zun was necessary. In some ways, he was necessary to both Xi Yang's plans to take revenge on the person who poisoned Wang Huan and also to his own plans to ascend the throne in the Dark Realms --- the return of the long exiled leader of the Spider Demon Tribe would also herald a new power imbalance in the insect demon tribes in the Dark Realm. An Hun could already sense the fresh blood that would be shed.

  He had to admit - he was excited.

(ii)

   Lightly, very lightly, Xi Yang descended in the garden of Yue's palace. In her wait for Xi Yang, Yue had already dozed off on the stone table. Xi Yang watched as the moonlight fell on Yue's sleeping face, he did not know whether to laugh or cry --- already a wife, a mother, an Empress, but still as usual, the sleepy moon maiden.

  In many ways, he was glad. In many ways, Yue will always be his Yue.

  He sat down on the stone table and tapped Yue's forehead lightly. She easily stirred awake and smiled at the sight of Xi Yang. Her eyes widened in concern when she saw how dusty Xi Yang's robes were - in all her years with Xi Yang, she had never seen him untidy. 

  Xi Yang warmed the pot of tea on the stone table and poured tea for both of them. He said, "I had to travel to a far away place to settle important affairs. I had no time to clean up before I arrived."

  Yue smiled as she pointed at the carefully packed bundle on the table, "You rushed so much just for a package of red hot spicy pork? That doesn't sound like you, Xi Yang Ge Ge (older brother)."

  "Perhaps so," Xi Yang nodded as he stared at the moon, "How did you know you loved Hsiao?"


Friday, 28 November 2014

#talk 28: dream BIG



      You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. This quote attributed to Christopher Columbus has been drifting continuously in my pool of thoughts. I think it's because it struck a chord in me - to touch a little of all that I love, is to constantly long for more. I wish I could write more here, do more there --- but it will never be enough, unless you make it so. 

  I suppose in order to fly, you got to give up standing on the ground. 

  In many ways, I feel like my blog is still a dream. I never imagined being able to share what I love on such a wide basis! To be able to write chinese fairytales and fantastical love stories, to share the joys and heartbreak of these larger than life characters, and to just rejoice that there are some stories that are universal, that can connect all of us from all parts of the world.

   As I planned the last arc of The Sun's Dark Love, I actually re-read Little Moon's Matchmaking Mission and... 

  I was surprised at how genuinely sweet it was (I hope it's not too egoistic to say haha)! Yue and Hsiao are soooo adorable. I wished I wrote more Yue-Hsiao scenes! I think one day I will edit chapter 16 to expand on some bits that I think could use some fleshing out. Yue and Hsiao will forever be my first love.

  I took a little break after I finished the second arc of The Sun's Dark Love - partly because work has been overwhelming, but also because I think I'm always a little sad when stories end. Maybe it sounds rather silly since I write the story, but sometimes, I think that also makes it harder to say goodbye. I'm still really excited to share the third arc though, and also a little worried that my writing simply isn't good enough for my ideas --- but I will try my best and hope for the day when my writing matches my ideas perfectly :).

 Finally, I have to confess that I absolutely cannot wait to share Yu An (Yue's daughter)'s story. Gosh, planning her story has been the most fun out of the three. I think it's because a lot of the difficult ground work has been laid in the first two stories and also because Yu An's personality is so kick-ass. I'm careful not to make any of the characters too perfect though, because I think perfection while sometimes satisfying in the vicarious sense, can also be boring? The only problem I foresee when Yu An's story starts is that I think everyone will be wondering who is the One True Pairing. Well, for once, my lips are sealed. 

love, decembi


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 20.2: The Hurt of Honey)



 Three updates in a row! :)  

I think Hu Ge's pictures in The Nirvana of Fire perfectly matches what I think Night appears to be when he has ascended the throne as the First Emperor. Although Night is the First Emperor, he wants Jin Mi to still see him as Night or even more than that. Even Jin Mi's own maid tells her that her heart should not hanker for another. But, as we have long known, Jin Mi will not be Jin Mi if she has always listened to the good counsel of others. 


Chapter 20: The Hurt of Honey (Part 2 of 4)


  "The Great God's constitution is naturally 'yin' and cold, but the surrounding is 'yang' and hot. It is not suitable for the Great God to stay long, may the Great God quickly return. If anything happens to the Great God, the First Emperor will be worried and upset again."


  I lifted up my sleeve, wiped the beads of sweat on my forehead and then fanned my face, "It's fine. It's only a little hot and not as serious as you say it is. You can relax, the First Emperor is busy with work, he will not have the time to worry about such small matters."

  Li Zhu is the female immortal attendant Night had tasked to serve me. She's good at everything but also has the ability to make a mountain out of every molehill. She always loves to end her "advice" by telling me "the First Emperor will be worried and upset again". So young and she is already so naggy, she will be truly invincible once she becomes an immortal granny.

  I shook my head and let out a sigh for her.

  Li Zhu seeing me let out a sigh, immediately became stern as if meeting a huge enemy and started to nag again, "Why is the Great God sighing? Pardon me for speaking, but some things that have passed, you should just let them be, even the mortals know to move forward towards the future, what more a Great God with years of cultivation? If one is able to look beyond, one will learn to be content. What's more the devotion shown by the First Emperor towards you, if the Great God's heart longs for another, the heart of even a follower like me will turn cold, what more the First Emperor..."

   My head was attacked by my usual stabbing pain. I took out a sweet to suck in my mouth and stopped her, "It's warm here, I will sit for a while. You can go back first and feed my Nightmare Beast."

  "Great God... this is the fiery mountain outside the place Lao Jun makes his pills, how is this warm? Besides, the Nightmare Beasts eats dreams, where will Li Zhu find enough dreams to feed him?" Her face was contorted.

  "This Nightmare Beast has followed me for many years and is not picky with food. You can simply feed it some leaves and sticks," Li Zhu appeared to still want to speak, but I waved my hands and sealed her mouth. She looked at me unwillingly as she retreated back.

    Today was the day Tai Shang Lao Jun came out of his meditation to open his stove to make pills again. I had long heard about the good news and came searching for him. Who knew that the little grandmother Li Zhu will follow me, but thankfully I managed to chase her off so that my ears can have their rest. Even the steam from the pill stove no longer seemed so uncomfortable.

  It was noon, I neatened up my robes and passed my 'bai tie' (an olden day form of name card) to the door attendants. In a while, the immortal attendants returned and respectfully brought me inside. Their heads were lowered and they did not dare to look at me.

  According to Li Zhu, after Night managed to entangle himself out of the golden ropes, he took advantage of the chaos from the surrounding gods, the heavenly generals and soldiers to take control of the Heavenly Emperor. It was easy for Night to gain control after the Fire Deity's army lost its main commander. The Heavenly Realms held an important meeting and Night listed out all of the Heavenly Emperor's crimes. Because of Night's good reputation, the crowd was appeased and he was supported as the next Heavenly Emperor. The former Heavenly Emperor was exiled.

  I did not care about who became the Heavenly Emperor. But ever since I was named the Water God by the former Heavenly Emperor, all the gods would treat me respectfully but also with a trace of fear, as if I was some water monster. 

  After we walked through the confusing 'ba gua' formation of the courtyard and even before we entered the main hall, we were narrowly knocked by an immortal attendant carrying a special medicine.

  "You should watch the road carefully!" The immortal attendant quickly blocked me.

  "Gentleman Lin Guang?"


Monday, 24 November 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 20.1: The Hurt of Honey)



   I try not to reveal too much of the story in the opening comments of the chapter to avoid spoilers. But, as you can tell from the previous chapter, everything changes after chapter 19. The changes are irrevocable --- you have to pay the price of what you choose. And, unfortunately, even the greatest sweetness cannot overcome the bitterness of truth. 


Chapter 20: The Hurt of Honey* (Part 1 of 4)

  
   I turned around, opened my eyes and saw two female immortal attendants at the head of my bed. I tried to lift up my body with my arm, but who knew that my arm would soften and I would fall back onto the bed. 

   This movement startled the two female immortal attendants.

  "Who is singing opera outside?**" I asked. 

   One of the female immortal attendants' eyes opened wide and she turned around to start to run outside, along the way she shouted, "Quick! Quick tell the First Emperor! The Water God has awaken!"

   The other female immortal attendant was more serious. She looked at me and her voice shook a little as she spoke, "The Water God has slept for half a year and has finally awoke. The First Emperor has been worried all day and night."

  I furrowed my brows and asked again, "Who is singing opera outside?"

   The female immortal attendant replied, "The First Emperor ascended the throne today. In celebration, the gods had set up a stage to sing opera from the mortal realms."

    I closed my eyes and asked, "What is being sung?"

  The female immortal attendant answered respectfully, "It's a form of opera called 'Kun Xi'***, it's called 'Startled Dream'".



   "Startled dream... Startled dream..." I repeatedly murmured in my lips. I suddenly lifted up my head and looked at her, "First Emperor? Which First Emperor?"

  The female immortal attendant covered her mouth and smiled, "The Water God must be joking. Which other First Emperor is there? There is only one - Night Deity. Just now, the First Emperor had taken the time to check on the Water God, and he had actually just left when the Water God awoke."

  "Night Deity..." My mind was thrown into confusion, "Night Deity... which Night Deity are you talking about?" I pulled her sleeve, "How about the Fire Deity? You said I have slept for half a year, why didn't the Fire Deity come and see me?"

  "Fire Deity...?" She looked confused and did not answer. After I pulled her sleeve and repeated my question three or four times, she carefully replied, "Fire Deity... didn't the Fire Deity incinerate into ashes half a year ago?"

  "Hong Long" there was a huge rumble and I felt something explode in my head.

  His every furrow, smile, raise of the hand...

  Emotional thread...

  The willow-shaped ice blade...

  His back...

  His central divine core...

  Blood, my eyes full of blood, flowing down the white clouds, flowing down step by step, there was only the start, no end.

   Yes, he died! I personally plunged the knife blade into his divine essence! I personally killed him! I personally saw his soul incinerate!

  I held both my hands and felt a stabbing pain in my chest. I scrunched my body at the edge of the bed, it was so painful I could not straighten my body, it felt like my heart, guts and lungs were all being dug out alive and then splattered in blood and left lying on the ground. I twisted my wrists, I twisted it forcefully, wondering why what was being cut off were not my hands?

  "Great god! Great god! Why? Please don't hurt yourself!"

  I hurt so greatly that my toes were knotted like I pulled a tendon. I looked at her in loss and terror, "Quick! My heart has disappeared! I have lost my heart! Help me find it! Quick! It must be somewhere in the house! You must find it! It's so painful, so painful I could die." I held the empty part of my chest and bunched into a ball.

  The female immortal attendant's face was terrified and she said, "Yes, I will help you find, I will help you find..." She searched around the bed, "There's nothing... nothing..  Great God, there's nothing..."

  "If it's not on the bed, look below! Look outside the room! It must be somewhere!" I started to cry. The heavy pain would not cease.

  "What are you finding?" Someone entered the room, a long figure, golden robes.


   Phoenix?


    I paused with my eyes full of tears. Everyone was quiet.

   "Find a heart... First Emperor... the Great God wants me to help her find a heart... She says her heart has gone missing..." The female immortal attendant murmured as if she had lost her soul.

  "Jin Er, what's the matter?"

  The beautiful image of paradise was destroyed all at once. Phoenix has never once called me Jin Er... my chest was stabbed again by a knife, blood and flesh was mixed into one... I was troubled and wrung both my hands, my throat felt like it was broken.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 19.4: The Emotional Threads are Deep and Mysterious)



  Hello! I'm back! I have been overwhelmed with work in the last two weeks so there were only sporadic updates. Now my schedule is clearing up, so do expect much more updates over the next few days. I have even been getting emails asking for more The Sun's Dark Love! Aww, thank you sweethearts!

  Now, this chapter is EPIC. This is what you have all been waiting for. 



Chapter 19: The Emotional Threads are Deep and Mysterious (Part 4 of 4)

  Night lightly said, "Nothing. Whoever wins will be Emperor, except I was lacking, the mantis is stalking the cicada but does not know that the yellow sparrow is behind it." 

  Phoenix calmly looked at Night whose powers has been bound by golden ropes, "Your saying on the yellow sparrow is not truly accurate, today Night has merely been the silkworm that spins its own cocoon, caught in a trap of your own making."

  Night smiled and lightly shook his head. 

  "We are loyal to the Night Deity and are willing to die for him!" The soldiers that had rushed in just now started to shout. In a moment, the soldiers rushed towards the surrounding gods to hold them as hostages. Most of the gods were scholarly types and naturally were easily overcome by the soldiers.

  But, Phoenix was already prepared. With a flash from his eyes and a command from him, even more soldiers rushed from outside to stop Night's rebellious soldiers, in a moment, the celebratory hall became a battleground of swords.

  The Heavenly Emperor was incensed. He slapped the golden arm of his throne and was about to rise, but even before he could stand properly he suddenly fell back into the throne. He looked stunned at Night, "What water did you give me to drink ?!"

  Night answered without haste, "Something that will take away your powers for four hours*."

  "You!..." The Heavenly Emperor looked completely devastated and was rendered speechless. The Moon God helped the Heavenly Emperor and looked at Night in anger, "Night, I always knew your heart was deep and calculative, but I never knew you were unfaithful, disloyal, and unfilial. Aren't you scared of divine retribution?"

  Night lightly looked at the Heavenly Emperor and said, "Someone who is unfaithful, disloyal and unfilial, how can he have any right to demand that people are faithful, loyal and filial to him? To ascend to the throne, the Heavenly Emperor himself killed his brothers, forsook the Flower Goddess, married a wicked goddess, humiliated my mother, abandoned his son. If it was not to battle the Demon Tribe, would he have summoned me back? He also brutally separated the Flower Goddess and the Water God - he made the Wind Goddess marry the Water God and destroyed the Flower Goddess after poisoning her. Later, he also ruined my mother's wedding fate with the Fish King of Eastern Seas, abandoned her and let her be killed. If there is divine justice, then his retribution should come."

  The Heavenly Emperor's colouring on his face withered.

  "Night does not ask to be free of recriminations, but in my heart, I want to repay my debt to my mother for raising me," Night looked at me calmly from afar, even his deep red robes could not shroud the peacefulness emanating from inside of him, "I have no regrets this life, except I only owe one person."

  I returned his gaze then turned away to look at the heavenly generals who were fighting with each other. Night's soldiers were weaker and it looked like victory was about to be gained by Phoenix's men. Phoenix calmly stood in front of me, "Do not look, be careful as the blade has no eyes." He raised his palm to attack some of the soldiers, in the centre of his palm grew fiery flames and the rebellious soldiers immediately burned to death.

  I looked at his wide shoulders and back, then followed his movements and looked carefully at his palms, looked at the flames burning within the palms. In these three years, I have repeatedly looked at both of these hands, every line and curve I could remember clearly, telling myself that these were the hands, this was the Red Lotus Flame that had taken away my only father, incinerating his soul.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 19.3: The Emotional Threads are Deep and Mysterious)


 
   It is Night and Jin Mi's big wedding day! All the gods from the six realms have gathered at the Heavenly Emperor's Nine Mist Clouds palace to watch the beautiful couple tie the knot. But, will everything go as planned?


Chapter 19: The Emotional Threads are Deep and Mysterious (Part 3 of 4)

  "The auspicious time has arrived! Raise the sedan!"

      On the eighth day of the third month, as the sun sets and night arrives, the twenty four flower leaders stood in two rows to send me off. The flower sprites and immortals, the insects, the worms, all the sprites gathered at the Water Boundary, and even gathered at the three continents and ten islands that laid outside the Flower World. A route of a thousand miles, three thousand, six hundred and sixty six flowers were arranged to form a blossoming long carpet to lead the way. The sixteen immortal attendants who had arrived to pick up the bride were decked up in ornate costumes and carried the sedan up with respect and grand ceremony. 

   I sat in the large sedan, my head was covered by a red matrimonial veil made from threads from heavenly silkworms. The veil blocked my eyes but luckily the red matrimonial veil was not knitted in small tight stitches and there were gaps that allowed some light to go through. I could still roughly see what was happening outside. All the strange flowers and fauna in the flower world had gathered around the route the sedan was taking and the dense and strong flora and fauna smell caused me to feel giddy in the sedan. 

   In a while, I felt the sedan land.

   The cloth covering the sedan was lifted up, I saw a clean long white hand reach in, the aura was magnificent. A gentle voice spoke in a low tone, "Jin Er." This was Night. 

  I placed my hand in his palm and was lightly guided out of the sedan by his grip.

  Suddenly, the playing of the musical instruments reached its crescendo. Many colourful butterflies started to fly, the cranes started to dance. 



  I stood shoulder to shoulder by Night, gazing at him through the red matrimonial veil. He wore a jade dragon crown, a grand red matrimonial robe, his brows were dark and his eyes were clear, his expression was elegant and distinguished, he gave off a light shining aura like a pearl. Compared to the surrounding noise of the crowd with the striking bold wedding decorations, he was like the morning dew in the midst of dark ink, always remaining undisturbed and untainted by the surroundings.

   He smiled and looked at me. He very solemnly took my hand and led me through the immortals who had gathered from the six realms to watch the ceremony. The Nightmare Beast that I had not seen for ages had a red flower ball on its neck as it followed me, every now and then it would lower its head and nervously peek at me from under my red matrimonial veil. When it saw me glaring at it, it would quickly jump and continue walking.

  As we walked, I could see that the two sides of the route towards the palace were surrounded by gods and immortals from all the realms, even the King of Hell was invited and sat on the right of the Heavenly Emperor.

  The Heavenly Emperor grandly sat on his throne at the top. He wore a golden crown and robes, his aura was grave and his brows were lowered. But, when he saw Night and I holding hands, he gave a light satisfied smile.

   The Moon God, who stood next to the Heavenly Emperor, lowered his eyes towards our hands that were interlocked like an unbreakable chain, then he looked at how we stood shoulder to shoulder, with barely any space in between. His expression was squashed like a bittergourd and his brows were so furrowed, it could easily kill one or two mosquitoes. I heard the Moon God speak secretly to me, "Little Mi Er, how can you forsake the old and transfer your affections to someone new? What will happen to my poor Nephew? You only hear your new lover laugh, but you can't hear your old lover cry!"

  I replied to him concernedly as well in secret and said, "The Moon God, please do not be so agitated. Sit down and speak slowly, you will be tired if you stand."

  The Moon God looked conflicted then replied secretly, "I am officiating the wedding. I cannot sit."

  I simply could not see how the Moon God would have the aura to officiate the wedding......

  The Heavenly Emperor's gaze sternly swept across the grand hall. He turned his head and asked the Moon God in a low voice, "Why don't I see Phoenix?"

  The Moon God looked at me and responded, "This is an important ceremony in the Heavenly Realms... everyone is gathered here, Phoenix must be on his way but was slowed down by the crowd. There is no harm in waiting a while more."

  The Heavenly Emperor lightly furrowed his brow as if he was not satisfied with the Moon God's explanation and so he said immediately, "We won't wait. Let's start."

  The Moon God appeared to want to say something more but he was stopped by the Heavenly Emperor. He had no choice but to commence the wedding, "Music!" In a moment, the hall was filled with celebratory music and the surrounding gods looked at Night and I with praise, "What a beautiful couple!"


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Drama Recap: 追鱼传奇 (Mermaid Legend) : The Love Story of The Crown Prince & A Fishing Village Girl (Part 9 of 12)



   If you are using the maplestage player I introduced in part 1, we will be at episode 22. I'm having some difficulties with the maplestage player, so I'm using this link, in their version, we are at episode 18. 

   In episode 18, Tang Xin is getting married with Gentleman Qin --- what will Zhan Feng do? ;) 


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 13)



   I was torn between finishing Chapter 13 or another chapter of a translation. In the end, I decided to finish Chapter 13 and complete the second arc. Partly in thanks to the comments and partly because I also stand, amazed, that I have finally reached this part of the story...... many have commented that the title 'The Sun's Dark Love' has ominous overtones, but if you look at it from another angle, this story could be equally read as 'The Dark Princess' Sun'. 


Chapter 13: Promise

(i)

   Xi Yang thought back about the words he had exchanged with the Dark Lord regarding the Spider Demon Tribe. The Dark Lord had given him a deep penetrating glance, "What purpose will it serve? Are you not scared of losing Wang Huan?"

  Xi Yang had returned the Dark Lord's glance with neither fear nor favour, "I am, which is why I am doing it."

  The Dark Lord had laughed heartily and nodded, "I have no objections. But, you will have a hard time convincing your stubborn father."

  Xi Yang looked at the still unconscious Wang Huan, yes, it will be difficult, but what's the point if you don't wake up Wang Huan? The Heavenly Imperial Physician had informed him that Wang Huan may still be unconscious because the ambrosia flower poison was too deadly and even if Wang Huan's blood had the power to naturally counteract against the poison... it may take time......

  Xi Yang watched over Wang Huan day after day. He hated the feeling of being powerless... he had once sworn to himself that he would not stand by helpless again while watching someone he cared about suffer...... Xi Yang took Wang Huan's cold hands and squeezed them, "Don't you still owe me a promise?"

  As if Wang Huan had heard him, she slowly, very slowly, opened her eyes.

  "You have been unconscious for a week."

   Wang Huan tried to raise herself up, but Xi Yang stopped her. Xi Yang reached out his hand and stroke the hair on her forehead. 

  "Your father has indicated that he will bring you home when you wake up," Xi Yang sighed.

   "Wang Huan," Xi Yang called, just like he had silently, ceaselessly, called for her inside his heart while she was unconscious.

  "You are going to go very far away," Xi Yang said, his voice had a melodic lilt to it, like a moon lullaby, "Can I put a seal on you? A seal so powerful that I can still sense you from here?"

    Slowly, very slowly, Wang Huan nodded her head. Gently, very gently, Xi Yang bent down and kissed Wang Huan on her forehead.


(ii)

    Wang Huan could hear the deep pulsating throbs of her heart. It was so loud that she was worried Xi Yang could hear them too. 

   As Xi Yang sat straight up again, a sparkling glint in his eye, Wang Huan felt her heart throb anxiously. Was her throbbing heart a consequence of any residues from the ambrosia flower poison in her body? 

  In the awkward aftermath of a kiss, Wang Huan did not know how to act. So, instinctively, her body acted for her - her stomach started to rumble like boulders clamoring down a hill slope. She had not eaten for a week and her body was yearning for food.

  Xi Yang burst out laughing, "Pig!"

  At this moment, Wang Huan really wished that she could disappear - even if her heart dreamt of romance, her gluttonous stomach would rather feed on bread than love.

  Xi Yang flicked his hand quickly as if sending out a magical signal to afar. Wang Huan guessed that he was instructing the kitchen to send food. Wang Huan pointed to her throat. Xi Yang supported Wang Huan up, leaned her comfortably onto the bed and magically summoned for her a cup of tea. 

  Now that her throat was sufficiently moistened, Wang Huan said, "Call Xiao Mi here, I want to make special orders for food."

  Xi Yang nodded and gave another flick of the hand. He smiled proudly at Wang Huan, "Now, I have planted an extremely strong tracer on you. Let's see you try and remove it this time."

  Wang Huan felt a pang of embarrassment prick inside her, It was not a kiss. Crown Prince Sun was just putting a tracer on her! But the embarrassment quickly changed to anger, and that surge of anger gave her the strength to hit Xi Yang on his arm, "Who plants tracers like that!"


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Drama Recap: 追鱼传奇 (Mermaid Legend) : The Love Story of The Crown Prince & A Fishing Village Girl (Part 8 of 12)



   Hello! My apologies for leaving the drama recaps for Mermaid Legend unfinished for a while. I was recapping the whole drama quickly in one go when I fell very sick in May and it was hard to get into the recapping mode again. Here's the links to the previous recaps (also available at the side bar): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7.

   One of my blogging rules is that what is started must always be finished, no matter how long or what form it takes. Thank you for those who are still patiently waiting for the recaps! Here we go to the finishing line!

   We last stopped at episode 21 (episode 17 in this version) where Zhan Feng brought Tang Xin to a cloth shop for a Pretty Woman makeover.....

   Pardon the lower screen resolutions of the images! I can only find better ones for the later episodes! :) 





   The shopkeeper looks down on Tang Xin because she is simply dressed. Zhan Feng keeps demanding better cloth for Tang Xin when the shopkeeper gives the snooty nose to them as if implying that they will not be able to afford it. 

   Zhan Feng says that the cloth should at least be as good as what he is wearing. At first, the shopkeeper is disdainful because the pattern of Zhan Feng's clothing is simple but his jaw drops when he touches it.


Saturday, 1 November 2014

#talk 27: Future Projects & Wish List



credits: hiliuyun (recommended by lemonsalt)


   Pretty soon, One Second Spring will turn eleven months old. I can't decide if time is moving fast or slow, for then this blog will also soon finally turn one years old. Slowly but surely, I have filled the blog with so many writings - but still, there is so much more to write!

  I want to write about chinese dramas that I have managed to watch and those that I can't wait to watch. I've actually caught the first eighteen/twenty episodes (the different episode count from different broadcasters are confusing) of The Sound of the Desert (Da Mo Yao) and I can say that it is ultimately a satisfactory watching experience even if the book is emotionally richer. Eddie Peng, Liu Shi Shi and Hu Ge did a really good job. With some more time, I hope to write my drama impressions/recaps of the drama. I promise to catch up on the Mermaid Legend first though haha!

 In this entry, I hope to write more about my thoughts and plans for the blog, and hopefully you can share your wish list too as we reach the one year anniversary mark! Before, I go on - a shoutout to Akatsuki Hikari who wrote to me that she will be translating The Crazy Adventures of Wu Gate (here's the SSB link and my long spoiler review of the book). Go support her if you have always wanted to read the novel in English! ;)


   In terms of current projects, Emperor's Strategy is currently on hiatus. It is a beautiful c-novel and I definitely plan to return to it after I finish Once Promised or Heavy Sweetness. It's just a bit too much to be juggling three ancient c-novels at one time and also be writing my own fiction. So, fans of the Emperor's Strategy, please be patient. 

  For Heavy Sweetness, I had hoped to finish it before the one year anniversary, but the last few chapters of the novel are amazingly long and emotionally complicated. I don't want to sacrifice quality for expediency so I'm not going to rush it. Still, the end goal is in sight!

  So, what will take over Heavy Sweetness? Gosh, I have such a long list of c-novels that you will probably be surprised. Quite a few I have never written on the blog about before - some I have read years and years ago, but have continued to hold a soft spot. I will definitely be introducing a new ancient xianxia novel next year, but it's another long project, and I have decided that before I start on another long ancient c-novel journey, I will do my first modern c-novel translation. I have a book in mind that seems like the perfect length, but I will keep this a secret first. 

  For Once Promised, amazingly, we have translated most of the chapters instead of summarising it. This is really largely due to Tong Hua's amazingly poetic language and wonderful way of weaving all these little details that make so much thematic sense later on. I will be working hard to finish Book 1 either by translation or summary - it's definitely a worthy journey.

  For The Sun's Dark Love, I have gotten into a pretty good pace for it and I think *cross fingers* that finishing it even before the one year anniversary is definitely possible. I have been really grateful for the support and also really excited to finish the whole journey with my readers. I honestly did not plan to start another fiction so soon after The Sun's Dark Love completes, but I think I may just jump right into Yu An's story after The Sun's Dark Love finishes. We will see!

  Finally, thank you for the continued support and encouragement for this blog. It really means a lot to me. I have some special translation goodies in mind for the blog's birthday month and christmas, so I can only wish for more time to fulfill all of these.

With love,
decembi 


P.S. You may share your wish list for the blog here! Who knows if your wish will come true? ;)