2-Week Translation Break

I took a short break from translating my novel, and decided to work on some art. I was actually hesitant to take a break, because the last few chapters have gone really well; I felt like I stumbled less often over little words, mostly thanks to the vocabulary I’ve amassed working on the previous chapters, but also because I learned to manage my time a little better. But I had arrived at my 2-month mark, and I felt it’s time to produce some new art content. I wish writing drafts could be as shareable as sketches, but I haven’t figured out how to make those interesting enough to share on social media. As it is, every time I’m focused on writing, it seems as if I’ve gone MIA.

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Website Update

Hey guys, I just deployed an updated design of my author website. The changes are mostly UI-related, tweaking the palette to make it more vibrant, widening parts of the page so it doesn’t feel so constricted, and re-designing the story cards to make them look more attractive. I also gave myself the option of uploading stories that are not yet finished to give previews of things I’m working on or planning to write.

The story page didn’t change that much. I wanted to widen it up a little, but long-form text gets really hard to read after a certain width, so I left it mostly untouched. I did space out the text a little bit more so it’s easier to read.

I hope you guys like the changes! I personally find it more eye-catching and cozier at the same time, so I’m pretty happy with it. I wanted to start the Tagalog localization as well, but I think it will take too much time for now. I only needed a short break from translating The Malicious Wind, and I think I’m ready to dive back into the drafts today.

Starting My Translation Journey

At the beginning of the month, I sat down and started the first ever Tagalog draft of my story, The Malicious Wind. In the last year, I’ve been trying to hone my Tagalog skills by reading a lot more in this language. So while I didn’t think the translation process would be smooth sailing, I thought I could churn out perhaps a chapter a night of translations.

I was wrong. Heh. It turned out I was still very much unprepared for the challenges of translating. How unprepared? Well, I think it’s safe to say that for every sentence, I have had to look up at least one word in the dictionary.

But don’t worry, this post isn’t going to be all complaints. Actually, there are a lot of interesting quirks I’ve noticed and want to share. So here are a few challenges and a few conveniences of writing in Tagalog I’ve experienced so far.

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Character at a Glance: Sano

To celebrate the release of my first webnovel The Malicious Wind, I want to dedicate a post to the main protagonist of the story, Sano!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now, especially because Sano is the type of character that can pull through difficult challenges without losing his spirit. He’s someone that I personally find inspirational during these uncertain times.


Sano is a sixteen-year-old boy who grows up in a forest by the foothills with his mother. Because his mother is a practitioner of illegal magic, they keep mostly to themselves, avoiding all contact with other people unless those people intend to do business with them. Sano spends his idle time dreaming of venturing out into the real world.

One day, he ironically gets his wish — by becoming a wanted criminal. Sano is driven out of his isolation by warriors who intend to arrest him and bring him to the king for trial and execution. Sano flees from his home with the help of a girl, Anina, and they work together to evade the king while trying to reunite with his mother.

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My Editing Journey

Hi guys! Before I jump into the meat of this post, I’d like to say that I hope you are all doing okay. Wherever you are, I know there is a lot happening. No matter the degree of severity, we’re allowed to feel stressed and uncertain about our situation.

I’m probably one of the lucky few whose lifestyle wasn’t affected too much — the company I work for was able to transition smoothly to a full-time virtual environment, and all the things I love to do like reading, writing, and drawing, are things I can do at home. And yet, the past couple of weeks have been bone-wearying for me. Change is hard, even if only a few small things changed in my life. The constant barrage of tragic news makes it nearly impossible to enjoy the things I used to do, even at home. The conflicting reactions to stress creates tension in a household I can’t leave. One would think that with stay-at-home policies in place, I would find all the time I needed to really dive into the last stages of my writing. But the fact is that I’ve been wallowing a bit. I know, it’s not a good excuse, and I have resolved to do better.

I hope that wherever you are and however you are dealing with the pandemic, that you will stay safe and strong!


I will be writing the final draft of my story next month, and I thought it’s a good time to reflect on the journey that has brought me to this point. In the end, I will have a total of 7 drafts. A part of me feels that’s too few — I know that some writers go through dozens of drafts. But on the other hand, 7 drafts in 4 years feels like a lot, especially considering that I was doing all of this on the side.

Drafts 1 – 3

For the first couple of drafts, I was mostly concerned about the main plot of the story and the characterization of my protagonists. These first several drafts focused on getting all the pieces into place in a way that makes the most narrative sense. I didn’t worry much about grammar or style.

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New Header Image + Process

Last year, I started building a website for my novel (either to fully host it or to just be a hub of information), and I made a header that, in hindsight, I didn’t feel was strong enough to represent the story. So in the past few months, I’ve been working on a brand new header image.

The most challenging part for me was that, just like a book cover, my header image should showcase the concept of my novel in an effective way. I have to be able to convey the feel of the story, what it’s about, and other concepts that the reader can expect when they read my novel. I wasn’t used to thinking this way about art. As a hobbyist, I mostly dabbled in character sketches. Rare is an image I will make that even has a background on it.

But I wanted to make a really good header image. If I do end up hosting my novel on my own site, I can’t be driving away readers on the home page because I have an image that doesn’t capture anyone’s attention.

So last December, I started the ideation process. I went back to paper + pencil and sketched whatever ideas came to my mind. I thought about the most important aspects of my story, and how I can display them through an image.

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Kabi and Sano

I just sent the latest draft of my story for copyediting, so I’m now back to Art Mode!

Sometimes I forget that I have a character who raised a child for sixteen years entirely alone, by herself. I do actually have a lot of feelings about Kabi, and I have an entire backstory for her, but the novel never presented an opportunity for me to reveal much. Instead she comes off as this super capable, all-knowing character. Now that I’m pretty much wrapping up the novel, ideas for the next book are starting to pop up, and I’m hoping that I could flesh out Kabi’s character more there.

Anyway, we never get to see Kabi and Sano’s life in the forest, so I decided to draw a few snapshots. I have ideas for more, but let’s start off with these.

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