(I’m so sorry, I suck at titles. Anyway…)
Hey, hey, hey (in Bokuto’s happy tone)! Can you believe it’s May 2021 already? Last time I checked it was March 2020.
I went through—still going through—a horrible case of writer’s block that I haven’t even been able to write anything except tweets. And, yeah, yeah, I know what I always say about writer’s block, but there’s no other term for it… except maybe it’s a subform of my beloved anxiety?
I open my laptop and I can only stare blankly at my documents until I’m shaking, on the verge of a breakdown because no words are coming and I’m feeling pressured. Same thing happens when I open my notes apps or journal apps. So instead of stressing out and making it worse, I just spent the whole of April reading. I may have read one or two… hundred… DaiSuga fics from AO3. A lot of the writers there are soooo good!
But enough of that. On to the updates.
SOJU SESSIONS SERIES
Yesterday, my publisher released books 1 to 3 of my Soju Sessions Series. Yay!
Though I’m told that there are editing errors in the book, for which I would apologize and humbly ask that you excuse xthem. Sumimasen.
And THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everyone who have already bought the books! Maraming salamat.
And thank you to everyone who are planning to buy the books, and who are promoting the books!
And THANK YOU, Ferlin for the GIVEAWAY! If you’re interested, please go check out her Twitter feed. GA ends on May 7th, 2021.
The series is supposed to be a six-book series. The first three books are the Super Junior Lees, and the second three are the SHINee Lees. I know, I know, not all of them are Lees in real life, but since I wanted to make them cousins, I needed one surname for everyone. Since my three biases (Leeteuk, Lee Taemin and Lee Jinki) all have Lees in their names, I chose to use Lee as their surname.
And yeah, yeah, book 2’s title, Diamond Sky, is a SHINee song but I have a good reason for that Maybe you’ll get it when you read the book… it’s alright if you don’t. Just know that I have a good reason. The SJ title for that one though is Like the Rain.
I actually want to write books about the other SJ members, too. I already have an idea for Heechul ahaha but I really want to write something for KRY because they’re my favorite SJ sub-unit.
For the SHINee Lees, you may have already read Onew’s book (Shine on You). Next book in the series should be Miro’s but I still haven’t figured out which of the plots I came up with was better for him, because the guy wants to be in the military, and everytime I have a military character, one of the Sentinels is there to recruit them! So now I have to figure out the best way to weave his book into Sentinels batch 4.
I really miss my Sentinels and Alpha Squad but with the current political climate… well, let’s just say I’m having a hard time. I’m hoping I can get back into milrom again soon though.
After Miro is Timothy’s book, and the outline for that one is already done.
The next two SHINee Lees book will also be self=published though. So I would really appreciate your support when they come out.
What else is keeping me busy?
Remember when I shared pictures of the stray cats we feed? Well, Shiyo, gave birth to four bouncing baby kitties… in my room. Underneath my vanity table. So I practically have six roommates as of the moment: my cat, Yoshi; her mom, Shiyo; and four kittens that I refused to name because I didn’t want to be attached to them because we would have to give them away because we can’t afford to take care of four more cats though one of them looks so much like Yoshi that I maaaaay have started calling her Miyu after Miyu Irino who voices Sugawara in Haikyu because she’s also the second-born kitten and I found out Miyu is actually a girl’s name… and… and I’m in trouble, aren’t I?
Hay. I used to call them Ichiban, Niban, Sanban and Yonban, but that doesn’t help because that means they’re Daichi, Koushi, Asahi and Yuu, but really, I can’t take care of all of them, especially not as indoor cats. My mother will neuter me when she finds out that I’m even taking care of more than one inside the house. Plus I’m not exactly in the right frame of mind, nor in a stable enough financial situation to feed twelve—yes, twelve—cats and one dog.
We were supposed to have Shiyo neutered but she got pregnant before we could. The clinic told us that we could still have her neutered but they would have to abort the kittens. My sister and I decided that we couldn’t do that so here we all are.
My sister already found a forever home for one of the babies so there are only three left. Do you want a kitten? They’re all good-natured and used to people. The eldest, Ichiban, would run to me everytime I go inside the room and rub her face over my feet, then lie down on the floor with her legs in the air to ask for belly rubs… like a puppy. And all Miyu does is sleep. The third baby is skittish, and would run and hide when there are loud noises but she’s also very well-behaved.
We’re still working on potty training, but while they can’t climb the litter yet, they know where to do their business. And they’re really good at grooming themselves because mama cat, Shiyo is obsessed with bathing them (and herself… and her brothers). Shiyo is actually my other cat, Maru’s older sister.
If you want to adopt one of our kittens, and I’m serious here, please send me a DM, preferably on Twitter.
MORE THANK YOUS
Last but definitely not the least, I would like to thank Susie again for sending me one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received! She sent me vitamins! Waaah! Yes, I am old. I love receiving vitamins and liniment and towels and blankets now, the way I never had when I received them when I was a kid. Thank you, Susie!
Last last, I haven’t posted my self-promotion thread on Twitter for May yet. I do it only once a month but time is moving so fast that I feel like I’m actually doing it more often than I should, so I’m just going to do it here.
My self-published books are still—and forever will be—available. So if you haven’t read them yet, you can buy them from here. Purchase links will be changed/updated until we can set up a permanent shop.
You can also support my work (and read exclusive or advance content) from my Buy Me A Coffee account. You can do a one-time payment of $3 via PayPal to access the content. You can also subscribe for a monthly fee if you want although I haven’t been able to figure out good enough perks for members, I’m so sorry. But I’m hoping to make up for lost time after I kick off my block.
Again, thank you for your support. and for reading my work, and for all your encouraging messages that make me smile and keep me going. I want to assure you that I’m doing my best to go back to being a writer ahaha
Thank you! Sincerely. ‘Til next time! ✨