I know it's only been one week since I released The Malicious Wind, but I think it's good to let you all know what I'll be up to for the rest of the year. I have been planning my next steps even before the release, so might as well share the plan, right?
That's right! Although it's a little strange to finish work at 5, and not immediately have to write, or draw, or code my website, I find the respite quite refreshing. I know I will get bored soon, but for now, I'm cherishing the hours after work, wondering what I should do next. Watch Netflix? YouTube? Read a book? (Not like I couldn't do these things before; only that I usually reserve them for when I've already worked a little bit on my novel.)
I do plan to produce more artwork for The Malicious Wind over the next several months before I start writing again. I don't think it's a good strategy to post my story and never follow it up with anything. So you'll be seeing a good amount of Sano and Anina soon.
That said, I do want to revisit fandom for a while. The last book of my favourite series, The Queen's Thief, will be released in October, and I still haven't reread the previous book. It's probably a good idea to reread all the books in the series, for that matter. And have you guys heard the news about Lockwood and Co.? Although I'm wary of live-action adaptations, I do adore the series, and I think it would be nice to revisit that one too.
It was always my intention to write a version of The Malicious Wind in Tagalog, but because I don't have as much experience writing in my native language as I do with English, the English version naturally came first.
Lately, I've been working my way through this grammar workbook.
I'm not totally helpless when it comes to Tagalog. I speak it every day at home, I listen to a lot of Filipino music, and I can read books of modicum difficulty in the language. But just like with English, speaking and reading alone won't necessarily give you the equipment to write well.
My plan is to brush up on the fundamentals of the grammar, and then start translating The Malicious Wind. I might have some trouble with vocabulary, but worst case scenario, if I can't find the proper word on my own, I can just ask my parents.
I'm hoping I can get a first draft of the Tagalog version around early fall of this year.
New Short Story
I love Sano and Anina a lot, and the more I work on their adventures, the more I love them. (To be honest, it took me a long time to get to this point; at the beginning of my writing journey, it was very difficult for me to give Sano and Anina my attention when there were so many characters from other stories I loved even more.) But I think it's healthy, and even necessary, to step away from a single project so you can come back to it with fresh eyes.
That's why before jumping into Sano and Anina's next adventure, I'm going to work on a different story. It's definitely not as expansive as the idea behind The Malicious Wind. The premise for this story has been lurking at the back of my mind for two years now, but recently the idea really took off, and I think it would be a good break from Sano's world.
I don't have an official description yet, but it's set in a world where aswang are real. Aswang are a group of mythological creatures in Filipino culture who disguise themselves as humans, have dangerous abilities, and often harbour sinister intentions towards real humans (like eating them). My short story is about a humanoid A.I. who is being trained to identify aswang. She is given an assignment by an agency to classify a human whom it suspects to be an aswang in disguise, and in exchange for her successful classification, she will receive Human Status from the government.
So that's the gist of it. I'm contemplating whether I should write this in an "adult" style or the MG/YA style I used for The Malicious Wind. It's not going to have any mature content, but the programmer in me just wants to geek out about how technology and myth interact in this world.
If all goes smoothly (which it rarely does), I'm hoping to be able to share this short story early next year.