Happy New Year, all.

May your 2017 be one of prosperity and joy. May it run smooth like a crystal-clear river.


Bing Xin and The Little Orange Lantern

Chinese books for young readers

Bing Xin 冰心 (1900-1999) is a major figure in Chinese literature, and the Bing Xin Children’s Literature Award 冰心儿童文学新作奖 is one of the four major Chinese literature awards. This month, one of Bing Xin’s most famous works, The Little Orange Lantern 《小橘灯》,was featured on Brigitte Duzan’s website Chineseshortstories (including the memoir -essay in Chinese, her translation into French, and the background to the story). Inspired by Brigitte’s post, I have created a similar version for English readers here.

Bing Xin 1920s.jpg Bing Xin in the 1920s (photo: Wikipedia)

The Little Orange Lantern is one of Bing Xin’s best known pieces, and the title refers to a real lantern made by a little girl for Bing Xin. The author had taken a gift of oranges to her house on the mountain. The following excerpt is from Gong Shifen’s English translation, “The Little Orange Lamp”, published in Renditions, Autumn 1989, pp. 130-132 (pdf here

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New Rose Thorn & Sword post


Spring Whispers

Novellas completed in 2016

The second book of the Starfang series: Claw of The Clan.


Also, the second book of the Gabriel Sutherland series: Halcyon Days.


Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa.



Last two chapters of Halcyon Days

Thank you for reading the Gabriel Sutherland books and have a good Merry Christmas! 😀

Shard of Cold and Fang & Claw are up and running.

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

“Pray you know who you are about to insult,” I cautioned him, glad for my own drink. “She’s the ruler of the Dökkálfar and I just made an alliance with her.”


I finished my drink. “Yes. Shit, indeed. She forgave our father, apparently. Now I just hope she has a plan.”

Filipe rolled his eyes. “I am starting to hate non-human politics.”


Review of Wolf At The Door

 READING (AS) (I) (AM)ERICA reviewed Wolf At The Door.   🙂

Happy Dong Zhi!



Winter Solstice

Tomorrow, the earth enters into the longest night. Our hopes look bleak at the moment, the seeds are in frozen fallow soil.

Let’s incubate our seeds, our dreams, our hopes. Some of us will grow tall like sequoias, some ephemeral like casuarinas but rooted.

Some of us will burrow deep into soil and be mycelium. We branch out underground. Some will be cacti.

In our own way, we resist. We grow our seeds, amplify the network of our kin and friends around us, and we remain rooted.

Let’s never lose hope. Our seeds will germinate. Care will make them grow. Rely on the eco-system. Stretch out your senses.

White & Black, for Patreon patrons

White & Black is a space opera short. The title itself is linked to the clothing worn by one of the protags.


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