November updates

October is over. Samhain is in the air. We celebrate the thinning of veils and turning of the Wheel. Celebrating Samhain in the midst of so much death, pain and upheaval… is difficult. We remember those who have passed, but we remember them shining in the dark. The dark, however, seems to encroach more and more. The pandemic doesn’t seem to be abating. In fact, it seems to be growing stronger, gathering strength. 

Everyone I know is fatigued. Pandemic fatigue, personal fatigue, emotional fatigue. We have given all. Nothing seems to be working. The 24/7 news cycle isn’t helping – in fact, they play a part in the fatigue. Not sure if the rest of you find the news agencies gleefully waiting for countries to straight up fail. They are supposed to be the arbiters of truth, but as we have said, truth – or truths – is subject to bias and agendas.  And truth is now certainly being twisted or shattered like a broken mirror. 

Good things in October: FIYAHcon and Strange Horizons winning the Community Award. I am proud to be part of Strange Horizons. I have solicited, edited and read so many brilliant articles, essays and columns from diverse and marginalised writers. And I hope to see more in the future. 

Dragon Physician is slowly gaining traction. Pearl of the Palace, the third book of the Dragon Sisters series, is finally published as a book.  I am still waiting for the go-ahead for Fire Heart. I become depressed whenever I think of Fire Heart. 2020 is supposed to be MY year. But… it seems determined to break my spirits further. 

Ok, what’s in store for November?

1. I get back to writing (*fingers crossed*): back to Book 2 of the YA fantasy. 

2. Going-within: November is my hibernation month. 

3. No Nano this year.

4. Maybe I should art more.

Hang on in there. 

We will make it. We can overcome.

Happy Howloween and Samhain!

Happy Howloween!

And yes, it’s a #werewolves story with Children of the Corn tossed in.…/horror-matsuri-10-i…/

Happy launch day to Pearl Of The Palace!

Happy launch/release day!

Pearl of the Palace is available at Scarlet Ferret.

Also Gumroad.

Oh yes, it has an ISBN!

Today, the pre-orders drop…

For Pearl of the Palace.

And it’s lliiiivvveeee!

Changing Breeds: Wild West Tales is LIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Cover reveal!

Feral beasts stalk the Wild West. Tigers roam San Francisco, chasing ghosts and hunting fomori. Welcome to Changing Breeds: West Wild Tales.


Authors –

Stephen R. Lickman

Sarah Hans

Megan Mackie

Joyce Chng

Rick Heinz

Crystal Mazur

Angel Leigh McCoy

Aaron Rosenberg

Bill Bodden

Christine Morgan

Editor – Carol Darnell

October updates

Phew, September was quite… something! I was hospitalised. My mum was hospitalised. So it was just a slew of medical things one after another. But I hope October would be better.

So what to expect this month:

1. Pearl of the Palace launch! (on the 20th of October).

2. Mid-Autumn Festival (on 1st of October – yay!)

3. Attending online kidlit conference.

4. Hopefully, some writing. Apologies if I haven’t written anything. >.<

(There are things in the works – but they are news I have to sit on for a while).