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