Last night, my Sifu returned from his adventures overseas, and I got to actually train, instead of teach. It was so nice to be able to concentrate (mostly) on working instead of having to worry about what everyone else was doing. Sometimes, you just need to punch it out.
Last night I was called "fierce" by one of the new Kung Fu students. I'm pretty sure my plethora of bruises on my arms (thanks arm conditioning and archery tag!) certainly helped give that impression. Still, I consider that quite the compliment. It made me happy. Oh newbies, if only you knew what a twit I am!
Human continues to surprise me with its reception. The Amazing Flatmate really liked it, if the hilarious stick-figure cartoons she has been making are anything to go by. I really should collect all the non-spoilery ones and put them up here for you. They make me laugh so much.
Also, instead of chasing people, begging for book reviews as I have been doing of late, someone solicited me, asking if they could review one of my books (Human). It took me aback a moment. I mean, people chase up bigger authors, better authors. They don't chase after little unknowns like me, asking permission to review one of my books. Except that someone did. And Human will be getting reviewed in a local online magazine. I'm excited and nervous and I hope the reviewer likes it. I'll be posting a link to that review when I get it.
As if that wasn't flattery enough, a former student of mine had ordered a copy, and then asked if I would mind if he put it into the website tvtropes.com. I had never heard of this website, but friends of mine have. Of course I granted it. People are welcome to do pretty much anything with my stories, so long as they're not ripping it off and selling it.
That's plagiarism, people. Don't do that.
Anyway, I believe the entering into the website is ongoing. I will provide a link to it when it arrives.
From what I can tell, entering this in the website is a fairly work-intensive project. I'm incredibly flattered that anyone thinks that the book was worth putting in all that time and effort into doing it. I mean... wow! That's such an awesome thing!
It's not that I don't Human is good. I do. But I think all of my books are good, and they haven't been privy to the same reception that Human has. I'm very flattered, of course. I'm giddy with happiness!
To think, in a scene absolutely saturated with vampire stories, people are really liking the one I wrote.
Now I have a bunch of editing to get through. I'll be done soon, I think.