New Oh. My. Fate?! Special: A Different Sky

Hey, guys! It’s time for yet another announcement: Today is “Thank you, patrons” day so I’ll be starting a special over on my Patreon page: A Different Sky!

But don’t worry if you’re not my patron (yet ๐Ÿ˜œ). The special will go public for everyone on November 22nd since that’s when Inksgiving starts over on Tapas ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here’s what the Special will be about:

Yan Su Su_A Different Sky_An Oh My Fate Special

Sweet-talking his husband to go on a vacation in one of the lower realms, Jinde is quite happy with his unexpected gains. Look at the strange way they dress, doesnโ€™t it look great on him? What about their ways of courting? Jin Yu, donโ€™t you think you should spoil your lover a bit?

 

JHMH: Reveal #2

I actually wanted to keep this to Twitter and Patreon so you wouldn’t get bothered by all these posts but … well, the one I wrote was kind of long so I felt like sharing it, after all ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway, let’s start with the second piece of information and the cover ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yan Su Su_JHMH_preview_2Today’s snippet of information might also help with figuring out yesterday’s riddle (the Hobbit and Marilyn Monroe one, you know ๐Ÿ˜). So let’s see if anyone can manage to get closer. So far, nobody on any site managed to guess either of the reasons ๐Ÿ˜

So … Have you seen interviews with authors before? I swear most interviews (especially with ‘smaller’ authors) will re-iterate some questions each time like ‘What was your inspiration for this story?’, ‘What do you want to tell your audience with this story?’ or ‘How much do the characters resemble yourself?’

That can get a little maddening when you don’t have a cool story to tell. Like, literally nobody wants to hear me say “Oh, I was doing the dishes for my mother the other day and felt like a good person. Then I was wondering if I shouldn’t write a story about a good girl.” (Yes, there was a time when I was still trying to find my voice as an author and writing hetero romances. – I swear this is relevant. ๐Ÿ˜…)

The second question stumps me just as much because I always think “Uh, well, I actually don’t have any agenda. The story popped into my mind and I felt like writing it. It’d be cool if people enjoyed it though. Does that count as an answer?”

The third question is the worst though. How much do my characters actually resemble me? I always went with a big, fat “not at all” back in the hetero romance days. The past one or two years have made me wonder if I was a little too fast on answering that though ๐Ÿค”

I think it’s pretty obvious with my BL stuff that there’s some resemblance. Like, nobody actually thinks it’s a coincidence I wrote a series about a quirky author, right? ๐Ÿ˜… I hope I’m not as dense as Su Yan (although I’m not sure …) but otherwise, we do share a lot of characteristics. That was, in part, what made writing the series so much fun.
I never went into writing either LWS or any of my projects with the thought of “Oh, let’s write a story about someone that shares xyz with you” though. For the most part, it was just a subconscious thing (for their personality traits and backstory) or a matter of convenience (for things outside of their identities).
Like, it’s kind of easy to write a story about writing since that’s what I’ve been doing for years and where I know my stuff. I’d have to think way more if I decided to write a story about, let’s say, a male nurse. And I can’t see blood or wounds so research would be a pain in the ass. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Anyway, JHMH is completely different. This is the first time that I’ve went into writing a story with projecting a big part of my own identity and life’s journey onto the characters. It’s also the first story that actually has a message to it.

Just like there are two reasons for why I chose October 20th as the publication date, there are also two reasons for why I wrote this story in the first place. It is a very personal story and everything around it – from the publication date to the information I share about it – is meant to reflect that.

 

Announcement: JHMH

It’s announcement day! The thing I want to announce is a very special short story that I’ll be abbreviating “JHMH” for the time being and that will go public on October 20th!

Just like with MYMMP, I’ll be doing another cover reveal with some attached information over the week to shorten your wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just have a look at my Patreon page or my Twitter account to keep up to date. As for the first information …

Yan Su Su_JHMH_preview_1 Other than this part of the cover, the information for today is that I haven’t chosen the publication date arbitrarily. There are two reasons why I decided on this one and I’ll let you guess what they are ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are two hints:

1. The first reason has to do with Hobbits (think Bilbo).

2. The second reason has to do with Marilyn Monroe.

I’m curious whether anybody will figure it out ๐Ÿ˜

 

Now also on Facebook

Before I get to today’s OMF chapter, here’s some news: After getting myself a Twitter-account to share some news, I’ve finally convinced myself to also try my hand at Facebook. So if you’re there, you can come over and have a look. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess I’ll also use this one to share some news but will probably also show some excerpts before I start new stories so you’ll know what I’m currently up to. ๐Ÿ˜Š Oh, and there might be some recommendations of stuff to read or watch just like on Twitter just … with some more explanation since I like to ramble so much. ๐Ÿ˜

Announcement: Finders Keepers

I don’t think I have trouble staying committed but I do admit that I have trouble not getting involved in new things. ๐Ÿ˜… Anyway, I have yet another story to announce: Finders Keepers!

Yan Su Su_Finders Keepers

This is what the story is about:

Warrior Hou Dong has had it. One more word from these bloody merchants and he and his men will ditch them in the desert. First, providing him with inaccurate information and now trying to snatch the beauty he found? Tch, they can keep their money to themselves! This treasure is worth far more than the measly remuneration they promised.

 

Before I start rambling again, let me just get to the most important point: I’ll start posting on August 3rd (so next Saturday) on Patreon and there’ll be a new chapter every Saturday. Please keep in mind that this is not a novel but a short story/novella instead so there’ll only be a few chapters. ๐Ÿ˜Š The novel will only have about 10-20 chapters but they’ll be longer than the ones I normally write. ๐Ÿ˜…

Announcement: First Upload OMF Revision Volume 2

I’m almost through the first part of the revision of Oh My. Fate?!s second volume so I’ll start uploading that today. Please be warned: There are a lot of completely new chapters in this volume so if you’re subscribed to my blog, you’ll get several notifications per email. I’ll try to update several chapters at once every time so that the notifications will hopefully get bundled. Not sure if that’ll work though but I think it’s worth a try. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Overall, the update will likely take me two to three days. I’ll leave another note when I’ve finished.

New Short Story: Moving with a Bunch of Memories

Most of the time, I forget to announce this type of thing but I’ve published a new short story yesterday: Moving with a Bunch of Memories.

Yan Su Su_Moving with a Bunch of Memories

This is what the story is about:

Lu Han Ming and Yi Cai fell in love when they began their studies in university. Now that theyโ€™ve gotten their degrees, theyโ€™re preparing to move abroad together. Packing up everything they own sure brings back memories.

A nostalgic short story about old memories and new beginnings.

It’s 15 pages (says Amazon) so really a short story. If you have Kindle Unlimited (KU), you can read it for free. For everyone else, it’s 0.99$.

On that note: I have another three short stories out right now (Sweet Sweet Love, It’s Not a Business Trip If I’m with You, and It Still Tastes Best at Home – all three are also available via KU) and I’m going to make a bundle after I’ve written some more.
Since I intend to make not only an ebook but also a paperback version I want to write at least ten short stories to make it a decent size. And since I’m only working on short stories when it doesn’t impact my normal schedule too much … this will take until next year. ๐Ÿ˜ถ I just thought I’d let you know beforehand in case you’d rather like to read them as a bundle. ๐Ÿ˜…

Announcement: OMF Revision – Upload #3

I’ve finished the revision of the first volume of Oh. My. Fate?! so I’ll start uploading the last batch of chapters starting tomorrow morning. I should finish with the upload this weekend. After I’m done, I’ll add a remark to the table of contents that the whole volume has been revised and delete the ‘ยฐ’ symbol that previously marked a revised chapter.

Afterward, I’ll start working on volume 2 and will go about it in the same way: The chapters will be posted daily on Tapas and ScribbleHub and when I’ve finished off a larger batch, I’ll announce it here and upload them together. I’ll also continue to indicate them the same way in the table of contents.