You probably don't need me to tell you that the life of a freelance creative can be a thoroughly unpredictable one. As much as I'd hoped (and I did hope!) that I'd be well on the publishing process for HELL OR HIGH WATER by now, my progress has been delayed some by work life and personal life.
As such, the new release date for NO MORE HEROES: HELL OR HIGH WATER will now be 2020.
Believe me, no one is more disappointed about this than I! But to have the book be as good as it can possibly be, I really just need more time. I'm hoping this will be the only time I have to delay the release date, so fingers crossed that next time I have a blog update on the book it will be happier news.
These two shorts are part of a new series I'm creating, called TALES OF THE THREAD. TALES is a collection of short aromantic Chinese fairytale-likes – that is to say, a series of tales all rooted in Chinese mythology and each telling a non-romantic love story. Written very much from an aromantic lens, TALES OF THE THREAD is dedicated to the loves that we can't always put into words, but which are powerful all the same.
COME DRINK WITH ME, published on Lunar New Year of this year, can be found on Goodreads, Amazon, Gumroad and Kobo, and tells the story of a Dragon and a Phoenix making their living on earth in a Cantonese Opera House.
GOLD AND JASPER, published on Mid-Autumn Festival last month, can likewise be found on Goodreads, Amazon, Gumroad and Kobo, and tells the story of an Imperial Guardian of a Heavenly Peach Grove, and their encounters with a particularly troublesome Spirit.
There are many Chinese myths and fairytales that focus strongly on familial (and especially filial) love, but as with many cultures, there are even more that focus on romantic love, be it tragic or fated. In an amanormative world, romantic love is all too often touted as being the ultimate kind, but when there are so many facets of love available to us, we know this isn't the case,
As such, we need to see this in the stories media that we both create and consume.
COME DRINK WITH ME, the first installation of TALES, explores the love that comes from a millennia-long companionship, as well as the love one can have for one's passions. It came about very unexpectedly, originally written as a submission for an anthology – but once I had finished it, I felt such a sense of intense gratification that I knew I had to write another.
If you've picked up either of these already and liked what you read, I'd love if you'd leave a review. or spread the word – as an independent author, word of mouth is one of the most valuable ways for my work to get out there, and I would love to be able to share this work with other diasporic Chinese as well as other aromantic and aromantic-spectrum folk.
You can expect: new sections, a shuffle in navigation, and a rebrand of the site for "Michelle Kan – Independent Writer". I've delved back into my art this year and it's possible that I'll be refreshing the character art for NO MORE HEROES as well, but that can be a surprise for the both of us.
That's all I have for now, so I'll leave you folks to your evenings. In the meantime, as always, if you'd like more frequent updates from me, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram. Mā te wā, and I'll be in touch again soon!