I have a lot of new projects in the works, though they are getting me slightly off schedule with my main production schedule, and many events to announce.
First up is the Beaver County BookFest on September 8, 2018.
This event will feature more than 50 writers as well as artists and vendors. See site for details.
The Silk Screen Asian Film Festival that I have been a volunteer for since 2007 will hold its 13th annual festival from September 21st through September 30th. It kicks off with the Red Carpet Gala on September 21st.
In October, I will be speaking at the Monroeville Library on the 16th at 7PM on “East Asian Astronomy.” This presentation will feature the region’s traditional ideas about the sky and interpretation of the stars and time from its ancient literary sources. Details on the library can be found here:
The Sangawa Project, an 18+ anime conference, will be held this year from November 30th-December 2nd, 2018. More details will be forthcoming when I hear back from programming.
Then, I will round out the year with the December show at Steel City Con, December 7th through 9th, 2018.
I’ve also been working on some new novels. I pulled out an old novella I wrote in 2003 that fit the scope of the film festival’s region, Magic Hair, and got that out in paperback very quickly:
A conquerer. A thief. A ghost. Three figures’ lives intertwine as magic alters their destinies.
When invaders destroy nobleman Ambrosius Devictus’ hometown of Tredentium, his family is reduced to poverty, and he is jailed by the city’s tyrannical leader for stealing a loaf of bread. Locked away in the notorious Blactus Prison, Devictus is visited by a mysterious woman whose succor leads him into a dangerous confrontation with his jailers.
It actually does have an Asian twist to it in spite of the fake Roman feel to the names mentioned on the cover blurb and is a more old-fashioned sort of ghost story.
Since I have had so many requests for the second volume in my Lucky Cat series, I am working hard on getting that ready. It may be out as early as the December Steel City Con show. So far, I’m about halfway through the first draft, and this one is turning into a dystopian horror blend. I don’t have the cover blurb quite the way I want it to be yet, but the title will be Lucky Cat and the Snow Maiden’s Vengeance. Here is the cover I’m considering using:
Otherwise, I’ll be continuing to post easy Korean segments of my novel Sohyeon After Midnight here:
I will be producing my second volume of my new newsletter, The Scholar’s Circle, later this winter, and it will be a tea culture edition. Anyone who wants to sign up for the free newsletter can do so here at the button:
Just put “Free Newsletter” in the space for what class you want to sign up for. I’ll get back to rolling out new class modules later this year, though it has been slow going since Sohyeon got me sidetracked on this bilingual project, but it’s all good. I will be posting my normally scheduled read-along posts shortly.