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Posted By Babs

I have been busy this month with part two, it is getting very close now to the part where I think I can leave it to follow on into the next book. Hopefully leaving the reader going noooo! Don’t leave it there! I know my editor and proofreader are going to be the first ones to be doing that, haha.



In between this blog and the last one, I was able to pick a nice small computer desk, which fits perfectly in my room. It was secondhand and all that was a matter with it was the slide out keyboard shelf the runners just needed re-screwing back in. I am so pleased with it as it is nice to be writing in a more relaxed position with the laptop higher up so I am not having to look down all the time and having the keyboard also in the right place has helped no end with the callus in my hands and writs. As a result I am finding I am typing quicker because I am no longer getting the annoying pains running up my lower forearms.


I did take a small break from part two to write a short story for the Litnet writing contest which was on the theme of a fairy tale, so I based mine on two Chinese fairy tales mixed together with characters from a long lost short story. The target was 25 litnet pages = 36/37 pages, I discovered I am just 1 page over. I have since handed it to Kiyoshi (editor) to see if there is any way we can reduce it.

Kiyoshi: This is an awesome story, I have not found anything which I would conceder unnecessary. There are some scenes we could reduce to make them a little smaller.

This is what we are doing going through it with a fine tooth-comb to see what can be taken out without ruining the whole thing or just bringing the ending to an abrupt stop. Once it is all sorted it will be off to the proofreader to see what she makes of it.

Posted By Babs

 It is such a great feeling to be back working on Master Guardian Part Two The Furtiveness Puppet Returns, after having to put it to one side when I hit a wall back in May, because I had no idea how I was going get the scene across to the reader without leaving going huh? Did I miss something?

So I went on the hut for any notes I had on The mysterious towers which in the world of Master Guardian lie on one half of Shikoku Island. It was interesting to discover how far back some of the notes went, nearly as old as the first novel. It was an idea I had but never put it into the story until now when I ran the idea through with my editor who immediately loved it and said you’ve got to put it in. The first thing I did once I had gathered up all of the notes is made them in to a short story which is available on Litnet, once it was completed I was able to finally move on with the novel which has already passed part one by 12 pages, I have still got the ending to write. What I am planning on doing is seeing how big it is once it is completed and then decide if it needs to be split into two manageable size books or it is fine as it is. I will be putting to my readers as I know some of them are not keen on reading thick books, then I will make it an option. All depends on how big it is when is finally completed. I am in no rush to get this done as I really need to get the first novel noticed. I have already began to change the Jewellery shop I have on Facebook to a book/jewellery shop, to help it make my work easier to find and buy.

Posted By Babs

I have been updating Master Guardian Part One to include translation for the Mandarin and Japanese after it was pointed out by my Chinese fans that some of the names I had chosen were not correct, or were a boys name, so they have been changed. Also my Jfans have pointed out there seems to be no Tenjoteki na in there language, which has left them somewhat puzzled how Collins English to Japanese dictionary came up with it. So my editor and I thought it is going to be better to just put Tenjō. I have also changed Darkness' middle name Aristaios and surname Kontos as these are also not easy for me or my foreign fans to pronounce. So his middle name is now Hermes... Come to think of it, in the time he was born, he may not have had a surname, so it would be something he would have adopted later and decided on Ísycha quiet, because Soul Drinkers are quiet on their feet.

I am so pleased to have it all sorted it is just a pity I will not have a copy to sell at the book launch this Saturday (10th of August). On the day I will be handing out a free 20 page sample copies along with two free short stories which have been very popular on Litnet. I may even conceder including the opening of The Mysterious Towers, which is actually just as old as the Master Guardian series. It is a story made up from notes and ideas which were going to be put into part two originally but got edited out. However, since finding most of them again, I am considering including these strange towers in to the rewrite and thought there needs to be a back story, to explain who found them, right up to who is now the current caretaker of them. I hope to post the first chapter on Litnet before Saturday to see what my readers on there think of it.

Posted By Babs

I am so pleased to have all of Límíng wù & the missing Emperor ready for the lunch tomorrow (Saturday). It is so good to have another book up to date. I’m going to to take a little rest, before carrying on work on the Prince and the Dragon, then Xīwàng and the wish of a prince. However I am in no rush to get them done with me also working on Master Guardian part two and trying to complete Liúxīng and the mystery sword, which I have added in English translation for the names after a reader asked me “What do the characters' name mean?”

I so wished more people took the time to read and post reviews, as it helps me to become better writer and makes me remember to include translation when I post a short story.


A date has been set for Hocus Pocus Rocks and Crystals Saturday the 10th of August I will be there to meet and greet. Hand out some samples of my work and to promote Master Guardian Part One. Anyone is welcome to come along I will be there in the afternoon 14:00 to around 16:00. I hope to see you there you can find all the information on the offical Master Guardian Facebook group.


I still cannot believe I will soon be putting for the first time a book in an actual shop and not one on the internet. It is such a great feeling and hopefully will increase peoples interest in my work. That is the best way for me to think about it and hopefully I will not take fright. 

Posted By Babs

It is great to have all the paintings finished, scanned in and edited for the rewrite of Límíng wù & the missing Emperor paperback and Google play. All I need to do is sort the ePub and iBook versions and I will be able to go ahead and publish it next Saturday 20th of July I hope all my fans are enjoying the new Boredom Chapter 1 I posted on Penana, the only thing I could not changed was the date. Please let me know what you make of it.


I was disappointed Liúxīng and the mystery sword, did not get the same interest as The Dragon and the lighting ball which has had 3635 views. I am curious to find out why it has had so much interest than any of the other books I have posted on Litnet. Please tell me know why you are not finding Liúxīng and the mystery sword gripping? Or is it the blurb is not sparking your interest? These are the questions I am asking when this story leads on from The Dragon and the lighting ball. It will eventually become part of the Bǎihé and Liúxīng series, so I hope I can find away to spark peoples interest in it. I will dig out part two and hopefully posted it as soon as I can.

In the mean time please let me know your views on the story and let me know where I can improve on it as it will help me to become a better writer.


I have to say the Dragon and the lighting ball is up there with Master Guardian, sales on Kindle are going well and I will soon be placing paperbacks in Hocus Pocus Rocks & Crystals. I will post dates when I am going to be at the shop and hope to do a little meet and greet with you the fans whilst I am there. Fingers crossed my Agoraphobia behaves itself and I just don’t end up curling up into a ball crying or doing this  

I know I can do this my work helps me to smack it back down and keep it at bay. And also I know my inspiration, my muse Kisaki music will keep me calm whilst I make the journey down to the shop.

This is a massive step for me to acuity be putting physical copies in to a shop, five years or even just a few years ago this would not have happened, because I was not happy with my work and two my Agoraphobia was still having to be slapped a lot to stop it from rising up. People do not understand what it is like to live the condition unless they have it themselves, it is an endless battle to keep it in check to not allow my anxiety to get the better of me. I so wish I was able to tell Matsuura Tadashi (Kisaki) that his music not only helps my inspiration but it also  helps me to leave the house, travel on public transport and dealing with crowds. My editor says, we need to get all the Jfans of your work together and make it our mission to inform Kisaki-san. So please if there are any Jfans reading this blog please feel free to try and let him know I would like to say あなたの音楽をありがとう