Round 2 with Amazon

Wan Kaausaan: to find a powerful man to back you upChinese people choose to live in places with the best fengshui. When they build a house, they locate it on the southern slope of a hill, which serves to block off the chilly north wind. Having a hill also provides a sense of security; by extension, a powerful person that backs you up is known as a kaausaan.What more powerful person company exists than Amazon? I'm excited to announce that I made it to the second rounds of the Amazon Breakthrough … [Read more...]

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Msai Mahn A-Gwai: no need to ask about it, a known secretPak Gwai was a leader who ruled Gwongdung province in the last years of the Ching dynasty. There was one official above him, the governor of both Gwongdung and Gwongsai province. Whenever inferiors wanted instruction, they went above A-Gwai's head and asked the governor of the two provinces for help.Known secrets.Everyone has heard of Amazon.com, and most people (especially writers) know about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). … [Read more...]

Leaving Childhood Behind

Yihhei: unreliable or not serious (lit. playing like kids)Emperor Mahn, who ruled from 179 B.C. to 156 B.C., once conducted two military inspections.  On his journey to Bah Seuhng and Gik Muhn, he and his attendants finished their task without any impediment.  On his trip to Sai Lauh, the soldiers on guard blocked his path.  The emperor was forced to send in a man with a military warrant before they opened the gate for him.  Emperor Mahn then found the commander general and commended him, … [Read more...]