Author Blurbs, Part Two

Tok Daaihgeuk: to flatter (lit. to carry on one's shoulders a pair of big feet) In the Tang dynasty, an empress called Mouh Jak Tin (A.D. 625-705) had a favorite lover called Sit Waaih Yih. A low ranking official named Jeung Kap always followed Sit Waaih Yih to serve as his attendant. Whenever Sit wanted to mount his horse, Jeung Kap prostrated himself on the ground to serve as a stepping stool for his master. This may be the origin of the phrase tok daaihgeuk.Big feet, little feet.I've been … [Read more...]

To Copyright Or Not To Copyright?

Saamjeksau: pickpocket (lit. three hands)Some cunning pickpockets carry a false hand with them and let it be seen. Potential victims are then unaware that their real (third) hand is stealing. (An example of this occurs in the movie, Gangs of New York.)  Are you afraid of someone stealing your work? Then look no further than the good ol' copyright law. In fact, copyright protection occurs the moment something is created. However, registering a manuscript is useful if you need to bring a lawsuit … [Read more...]

Mission: Submission

Sihdaahn: anything will doAt times, Cantonese phrases get abbreviated.  For example, "si-mouh-geih-daahn" means "without restraint of any kind."  The shortened term becomes sihdaahn.Please accept my submission. When I think about submissions, I'm in a sihdaahn mode.  Any positive response will uplift me.  Last month, I participated in Khara House's Submit-O-Rama challenge.  For October, I queried three literary magazines a week, for a total of 15 entries.Here are my results: 1 acceptance, 1 … [Read more...]