My deepest thoughts and prayers to those affected. Stay strong. The rest of the world is right by your side.
Good news. The publishing company is well under way. I am trademarking the name and logo, and I have just passed the first HUGE step. Now, it’s the waiting game. Under UK law, every new company needs to have its name/logo in the Trademark Journal for two months for anyone/company to object. I have until mid December, before Christmas. Therefore, once again, I have to delay the launch. Meantime, work on the first soon-to-be published book under the company is also underway. There have been so many sleepless nights for the last couple of months. But it’s all going to be so bloody worth it. I haven’t forgotten you all. Aside from the company, I also have news regarding my two previous books.
There will be a new re-write of ‘A Chinese Christmas Carol’. Don’t get me wrong. The book will still be available to buy. Considering many of you bought the book, I would not want to make any changes to the original. Instead, a similar, but slightly different story will be told. I am grateful for those who have bought it. It will always be the original background story. However, I want to made a saga or a series out of it. For those who have read it will know that there are questions to be answered. And those questions will be answered in the saga/series.
Unfortunately, ‘Family Sorrow’ will be taken down once the company is launched. Instead, it will also be re-written and be part of ‘A Chinese Christmas Carol’ saga/series. For those who have bought it, thank you, and always remember it will always be the original background story.
All these changes are due to the fact that as a will-be-soon company, I want to start fresh with the books. But there are still stories regarding characters from both books to tell that I cannot just not write about. Which is why I want to start fresh, and yet, hold on to parts of the old.
I hope many of you will support me on this new exciting journey. Because without readers, writers, bloggers, and supporters like you out there, there will be no means for books to be written. Meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions regarding the changes. I will do my best to answer them.
Love you all,
Grandma Ling nodded sadly. Joie only knew very little about the Chinese customs when it came to wakes and funerals, but she didn’t know that a mother couldn’t attend her own daughter’s wake and funeral. So a mother couldn’t say a proper good-bye to her own daughter?
“That’s very stupid,” said Joie.
“That’s the custom,” said Grandma Ling sadly.
“Grandma Ling, how are you going to say good-bye to my mom, your daughter?”
“What happens if you turn up at the wake and the funeral?”
“Joie, in Chinese custom when it comes to wakes and funerals, we Chinese people take it very, very seriously. If the customs are not followed and obeyed, there will be bad luck, ill fortune, and disaster within the family.”
Joie didn’t say anything.
“Joie, during the funeral, you must send your parents off well and properly, especially for me, OK?”
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Yup, I said it. I sniff books, and I’m being honest about it. I don’t know what it is, especially with new books. I believe that true writers/authors sniff books. It’s a way for us to emotionally connect with the books. I like the smell of new books when I walk into a bookstore. It’s just so emotionally captivating. When I reach out for a new book, I would look around me before putting it close to my nose. Or if I buy a new writing book to write my drafts in, I would always turn to the first page, give it a sniff, before penning down the words. I love it.