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.