Monday, July 14, 2014
Syaoran Birthday Omake #3 by wishluv on deviantART
For some reason,I keep drawing 4-koma omake for Syaoran's birthday. I think ever since the first birthday special, his birthday has become a joke. But this omake actually turned out sadder than I intended it to. I don't know why I always decide to draw something new instead of finishing off a dozen fanarts that still need to be finished. But I was very inspired by all the wonderful artwork being produced in honor of Syaoran's birthday.
Speaking of Hong Kong, I'm going to dear Syaoran's homeland at the end of the month for a couple of days. I haven't been there in nearly 9 years, so I'm excited. Anyone who's been to Hong Kong or lives there, let me know if you have any recommendations of what to do there. I'm kind of dreading the heat.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LI SYAORAN 2014!
Music spotlight: I used to really like Ellegarden's "Firecracker" when I was going through my J-rock/punk rock phase. I think it's their best song. Too bad Ellegarden is on permanent hiatus.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Years ago, I tried to do a word count of New Trials and gave up because MS Word crashed. I should have just checked ff.net first. I couldn't believe the series is reaching 1.7 million words--I think it surpassed that number if you count all the side specials like the Legacy of the Five Forces and Kaitou Magician specials. Of course, numbers are only numbers, and as you guys all know I've never been big on stats. My motto was as long as I have one reader, I'll continue writing New Trials. But the continued fan support for this fanfiction again humbles me. You guys who stuck around for 1.7 million words are awesome as well. For reference, the Guinness Word Record holding longest novel is around 1.2 million words. There definitely are longer fanfiction out there (and I don't really have any intentions of breaking records), but I'm sure this is the longest Card Captor Sakura fanfic. It might be the longest shoujo anime fanfic out there, but again, who knows. Conclusion is, kudos to all of you for reading that many words, some over the span of many years, some who have marathoned through the series!
Because the chapter was posted on ff.net first, it was fun to see the stats generated by the website. I don't think I realized I still had so many readers, especially because CCS ended so long ago, so thanks for checking by to read the latest chapters whether on ff.net or by website or backup sites after all these years. Also, I loved reading all the comments on ff.net. I have been very blessed as a writer in the wonderful comments and feedbacks I have received since 1999 via email, the Yahoo Group, Facebook, Bravenet Guestbook, Geocities guestbook, blogposts, etc. Of course, I've seen hotmail delete my inbox, Geocities crash, etc. And Facebook and Yahoo posts are for members only, so I realized how nice it is having a dated record of readers' comments up for the public to see. And I know how for many budding fanfiction writers, each comment is very precious and after all these years, that hasn't changed. I feel blessed to have more than 2,000 comments on ff.net--and this is discounting the much more numerous feedback I've received in many different medium over the years. One of my favorite recent comments was by SnowCharms who said: "I swear, I hate and love you with equal fervor." I'm having a lot of fun reading feedback for this chapter, for it was an experimental format and also one I worked really hard. Interesting stats while I knew I had the most readers from the U.S., that's followed up by the Philippines and India. There are times when I think if the internet disappears, all record of 15 years of work will disappear as well, as I've never printed a single page of New Trials. I probably should in the editing process, but hey, save the trees.
Thanks for pointing out that CLAMP is going to write a new sequel of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. So, my dream of a new CCS sequel must have been for a new TRC chapter due in August, darnit. I'm excited for any glimpses of CLAMP Sakura and Syaoran artwork I can get. And who else wants a chibi-Syaoran figurine? How adorable are chibi S+S? How do you get one?
I mentioned in my last post that for Chapter 70 Part II, I had Imagine Dragon's "Demon" in mind. For Part I, I had in mind theThe Band Perry's "If I Die Young." I love the simplicity and poignancy of the song, contrasting with the bright, whimsical music video, reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables and the Lady of Shalott, as Elaine was my favorite Arthurian heroine. Gosh, I despised Sir Lancelot for many different reasons, but I can probably write a whole blogpost or two on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, probably Syaoran's inspiration for Sakura and her Alliance of the Stars.
I absolutely love Kurt Hugo Schneider's piano rendition of "Demons" as well. I kind of wish there is a nonvocal piano version of the piece--I would totally use it for my writing playlist.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Without further ado, you can find Chapter 70 Eye of the Dragon Part I: A Midnight Toll and Part II: The Dragon Isles here:
And of course you can read the rest of the post after you finish reading the chapter. I am not a big fan of how ff.net changes the formatting of the chapter, so if you don't mind waiting a couple more days, hopefully by then I will have the ftp problem resolved and you can read the chapter with proper formatting on my website at http://wishluv.revolutionhosting.net/newtrials.htm soon enough. Despite ugly formatting, I kind of like the idea of debuting the landmark 70th chapter on ff.net first, for the first time. For a while, I entertained the idea of ending New Trials at Chapter 70, to parallel the number of anime episodes. But not happening, obviously.
There are so many things I can say about this chapter. As you know, I had this chapter almost finished for Sakura's birthday and posted up the first half in mid-April. An apology is due, however, for taking so long to get Chapter 70 completed, however, (plus the nearly two-month hiatus to get Part II out.) Work (organizing an economic forum on top of everything else) and real world drama took over, as usual. I was really being nit-picky about this chapter as well, because it is a significant chapter to me in many ways, and there was one last scene that I was stuck on. This is actually technically the length of two chapters (around the length of the first Harry Potter novel), but I wanted it to be under one chapter. As you guys know, I've been writing ahead, and I've actually had to cut out the last third of this chapter because of length.
This was probably one of the most technically difficult chapters to write to date, but I had a lot of fun writing it (in retrospective)--I feel like it's a bit different from any other chapters so far, and I've imagined so many years writing this chapter, I'm excited I finally got to it. I don't think the 13-year-old me could have pulled off this chapter at all.
Before I forget, it's odd but I had a CCS-related dream last week. I think this chapter was stressing me out subconsciously. I haven't had a CCS dream that I remembered in years and years. Themost vivid CCS dream I think was over 14 years ago. I had a dream (in anime) with Meilin with short hair crying and looking very sad in a snowy place. I used to hate Meilin during Season 1 and 2 CCS days (sorry girl, love you now), and I think it was because of this dream I decided to like her (and after she got rejected for good by Syao-chan.) Anyhow, I had a dream that I was watching on a screen CCS!Sakura in a trademark white and pink dress, levitating in space with stars around her, and shooting an arrow up into the sky, emitting light like a shooting star. It felt like a promotional teaser or something and in my dream, I think I thought it was an ad for a CCS OVA or remake or something. I think I was excited by the stream of new CCS merchandise being released, and also thought if Sailor Moon gets a reboot, why not CCS. Though I probably won't want a reboot for CCS. Maybe an OVA or third movie. I'm pretty sure I had another CCS dream over the past week, but I can't remember it at the moment.
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle provided the concept art for this chapter. Refer to 0:22 of my TRC AMV.
I really like Boyce Avenue and Jenel Garcia's acoustic cover of Imagine Dragon's "Demons" which reminds me of Chapter 70 Part II. The original version of the song, though I would use as Kai's OST.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I can now go back to finish Chapter 70: Eye of the Dragon. Which is a dinosaur of a chapter. I put together a collage of WIP sketches and doodles over the years in the meantime to keep you occupied trying to figure out who is who--more difficult isn't it, when it's black and white? Which artwork would you like to see completed?
WIP - New Trials of CCS doodles over the years by wishluv on deviantART
So, have any of you wondered what New Trials would be like as a Korean live-action drama? Check out the video below made by the talented Saloni and Melanie from Yahoo Group, posted originally on Facebook but now up on youtube. I had a great fun looking at all the choices!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The Dark Ones: A not so distant past... by wishluv on deviantART
Belated Happy Valentines Day!
The past few months have been a whirlwind, as is year's end usually. I don't think I've ever been glad that a year is over, but I am glad that 2013 is over. I am late celebrating V-day because I was asked last-minute to translate a wedding ceremony into English today by a coworker. Why me, I wonder. I swear, I'm always doing random errands for weddings of people I am not that close with. Of course I wouldn't mind doing it for my friends. I got to learn a new German-language poet though, Rainer Maria Rilke, an Austrian. The service included the poem "Lieben," translated into Korean, and I had a real hard time finding an English translation. And a German to Korean to English translated poem would not have sounded pretty. It's a long poem, but I could only find the first couple verses. It's very pretty.
A brilliant joyfulness detached itself from heaven
And hung with large folded wings
From my blossoming soul.
I have a bunch of other fanart I am working on, but I decided to post one of character designs not seen before up. Can you even guess who they are? I think this is Chang Ryouta, Reiji and Eri in their freshmen year of high school. They look slightly younger here than they would in the beginning of the Nadeshiko Arc. They are the same age as Ryuuren, who was 17, when he first came to Japan. Nadeshiko is three years younger. She was 14 when she first met Li Ryuuren.
Of course, the most important news is the status of Chapter 70 after an awful cliffhanger. I really thought I would be able to finish it quicker, but basically between October and January, work took precedent. I've been writing more recently though so hopefully it will be done soon. Yes, I was aiming for a Valentine's Day release but it was just not happening. Sigh.
So, is anyone else as obsessed with Frozen? It's my favorite Disney animated feature film since... I don't know. Mulan?
Today's song is a sad one, Kokia's "Time to Say Goodbye." I think this is one of the first songs that made me fall in love with Kokia years ago. I sort of rediscovered it recently because I have run out of songs to listen to while writing. Please recommend me any good songs because I am in dire need of a new playlist for writing!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I am a big fan of the "What I do" meme which has been popular all over the internet for a while now and thought I might do one for Card Captor Sakura.
I was hoping to have a new chapter or fanart up but I am traveling this Christmas and unfortunately have unstable internet connection. But hopefully you find this somewhat amusing. If you haven't heard of this meme do look it up some of them are hilarious and so true. mashable.com/2012/02/15/what-i-really-do-meme/
Merry Christmas and happy holidays 2013!