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Hello Everyone,

I was in hibernation yet again. I’m sorry. So I wanted to take a little detour about two weeks ago to write a contemporary standalone since I have so far only written serial novels.

Anyway, I write really fast so to me this was to be a piece of cake. Its a week plus now and I have gone about halfway with 37,000 words. However today for the last few days I woke up not being too excited about it anymore. I wanted to push on and to salvage what I thought was lacking but I realize that I really don’t want to.

Basically the crux of the matter is I want to write what I truly truly want to write. Stories that will not¬†just entertain me but will leave me feeling proud to put my name on top because in my heart it feels like a masterpiece. I want a story that shares my heart; my belief, my fears, my love, and fascinations and honestly to me the best story that truly embodies that so far is my recently published novel- ‘The Man Who Won the World’.

I’ve pushed it aside for a little while for my detour but I miss it so damn much, so I’m returning to it. Anyway this post is to announce a book cafe. I want to share my works with a broader audience so I have decided to upload them online for free on my book cafe. You can read it there and share it with your family and friends. This makes me really happy and excited.

Right now, ‘The Man Who Won the World’ has been fully uploaded there so for those still yet to check it out, you can access it there. There is a bookstore attached to the site so you can also purchase a copy. I really hope you like it. Have loads of fun. This is the link ‘CHINGU BOOK CAFE‘. Chingu means friends in Korean by the way, hehe.

Anyway I’ll be back soon with more updates. xoxo

Love, O.E.

 

RELEASE DAY IS HERE!!!

The day has finally come !!!

After months of hardwork and excitement, ‘The Man Who Won the World’ is releasing today, the 31st of January. Hope you’ll all go out and support it. I promise, it is a beautiful story. It is available in both ebook and Paperback formats across all online book retailers.

Love, O.E.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 

SYNOPSIS

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market, and his service as a jolly hand at a river-side tavern.

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.

AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER FOR $2.99

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TEASER QUOTE #1

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SYNOPSIS

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market, and his service as a jolly hand at a river-side tavern.

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.

AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER FOR $2.99

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COVER REVEAL !!!

Hello Everyone,

This is the official cover reveal of my new novel ‘The Man Who Won the World’.

It will be released on the 31st of January 2017, and will be  available in both ebook and paperback formats.

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This book is now up for preorder on Amazon. I am so excited to share it with you all. I hope you like the cover. Reviews and teaser quotes will be coming from now on so please look out for those.

Mored details will be on this book’s page so please click here for the synopsis, and other info. Thank you all so much for your support. xoxo

Love O.E

PUBLISHING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

cover-substituteHello Everyone,

How have you all been doing? This is an exciting and¬†terrifying post. I am officially announcing the release date of my novel, ‘The Man Who Won the World.’

It will be released on the 31st of January, 2017.

The cover reveal has been scheduled for later this week, and I am so excited to share it with you all.

For now, the book has been set up for preorder on Amazon. I will soon provide you all with an update for all the other ebook platforms.

If you are a blogger and would love to participate in the cover reveal and review, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Here is the blurb, and please feel free to drop any comments or questions. Thank you all for your love and support so far. I hope that you will continue to encourage me, and I cannot wait to share it with you all. Here is the blurb:

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market, and his service as a jolly hand at a river-side tavern.

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.

 

This is the preorder link. Preorder ‘The Man Who Won the World

And this is the link on goodreads. Please add it to your TBR. XOXO

Love, O.E.

I’M WRITING A NEW BOOK

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What the fudge is she talking about?¬†some of you may be wondering. Hasn’t she been writing a book all year?

Well I have, hehe, and it has been completed. Sort of. I had hoped that the book would be just one, but who was I kidding. The way its going it will be a miracle if it wraps up in three books. It’s a game of throny kinda book incase you’re wondering. But instead of it being set in medieval england, it is set in medieval Korea. Also instead of the characters fighting for a throne like in game of thrones, mine builds his own nation and throne. I have a blurb for it already, I’ll ponder more on if I should release it. This is my working cover for it. Meaning the¬†cover for the rough mess of a draft on my laptop that no one will ever see cos it destroys all possible presumptions that I might just be a genius.

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Anyway, when I write I like to have a working cover. The first one above is of the new book, and the one below is of the book I just finished a few days ago.. sort of. Again these are my amateur, five minute covers for motivation, and vision nurturing. They will forever remain in my laptop and for my eyes only.They are in no way connected to the final product.

Anyway, the book I just completed rounded off at 160,000 words. Yup, I’m insane I know. It rounded off at 160k, meaning, if you’re familiar with my books, the 160k is at a suiciding contemplating¬†cliff hanger. In short, the start of the next book is literally the next chapter. It’s practically just a really long story¬†divided into different books because you know, you can’t carry a 400k word book around, or however long this will be.

Damn this was meant to be a short post. Story of my life. Anyway I have sent off queries to agents and traditional publishers for this book so I do not think i will be self-publishing it. The crazy thing is that although the story is done for this first book, I still have hundreds of pages that need polishing but my impatience has already possessed me into sending almost thirty queries already. I’m hoping that by the time the requests come I will have a polished manuscript in my hand. Risky, I know, but I was getting kind of bored here. I need to be in a state of impending doom to feel as though I am alive.

Anyway about this new book, finally, I am too excited about this. Jesus. Anyway, this one is a much needed break. It will be shorter. The word count i envision will be about a 100k words but this is a contemporary story so it will not take me more than 2 or 3¬†months. The medieval one took me almost the whole year even though it is just 160k but the research in that took more than 80% of my time. Anyway, there is research in this, loads, but it is a contemporary book therefore i believe I’ll be done in no time. By January, I should have two full length, polished novels in my hands… Exciting times.

Anyway, I don’t really know how much to tell you of this one. I guess I’ll update you as time goes on, but just know that I’m as excited about it as I was with the one I just completed and as you all know, I fell hard and deep for that¬†one. *clears throat*

Anyway, I thought I’d say more in this post, but now that I’m typing I find myself not wanting to reveal anymore. Bianeh, keurigu, saranghae. (I’m sorry, and I love you)

Anyway, I’ so happy at how much work I’m putting in…this all feels like a dream to me. To get to slug through something that I love so much day in and day out. I am indeed truely blessed.

Hope you all are leading fantabulous lives.

Love, OE

 

 

WHICH IS HARDER?

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Physical work or Mental work?

First of all, I apologize for my loooooooong leave of absence. I’ve been working, I swear it, to the point where I couldn’t even entertain the idea of blogging or even Vlogging. I just want to get this book done. I’m not rushing it, I just want to spend every waking moment I have on it so that it can finally be done.

Anyway, Physical work vs Mental work- which is harder?

This question I have been asking myself and everyone around me more frequently these days. Thus far, everyone has said mental work, but I feel like if i accept that answer, then it would be a free pass for me to feel less guilty about my laziness.

But today, I find myself asking, am I really lazy, or is writing this book quite a draining effort that requires the loooooong breaks that I take in between editing and re-writing scenes?

I suspect that I may have come to enjoy this work too much. To the point where it doesn’t even feel like work anymore, so I feel guilty when everyone else around me is slaving away at their physical jobs. So I expect myself to complete 50 pages of pristinely edited work, because of course others work harder while I sit at a desk. So I should at least be able to pull off that much, right?

However the frustration sets¬†in when I find myself only able to produce 10, or if I’m lucky, 15 of those pages on a really good day. The question now arises: Am I really doing the best that I can, or am I just too goddamn lazy?

Today for instance I’ve focused completely on my book, I did not take naps, and yet I still find myself unable to reach my target. I’m seated on my balcony now staring at the words that I have to clean up but I swear to you, it seems as though death would be easier to slip into than these scenes. Don’t get me wrong I love them, I’m staring at them and I want to fix them so bad but my brain keeps telling me that it is done for the day. I literally feel as though working now would be a waste because I am out of the mental ability to go into that scene, and vividly picture exactly what happened, and how it happened. It feels as though I am out of the right words for the day, and that anything I put down now will be mediocre.

I feel bad, but it makes me wonder, should I? Am I too hard on myself? Is this me being lazy or is this really the nature of such a mentally demanding job?

I don’t know. Today I worked until a headache literally forced me to take a break and it was a long one. I feel emotionally drained after a scene, as if I have nothing else inside of my brain and it forces me to take looooooong breaks before I can even begin to edit another scene.

This post is kinda rambly and I apologize, but what do you guys think?

Is Physical work really tougher than mental work, or are all we brain workers just lazy humans?

Annyeong!!!¬†žēąŽÖē!!!

Love, OE

THE TRUTH…

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Hey everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. Trust me I have had two other posts written up but have just not found the time or patience to post them.

I am spending every waking moment in editing, and this is not even an exaggeration. I am crawling, and… I’m leaving to go work now. No patience to write this…

I WROTE THIS ALMOST THREE WEEKS AGO LMAO.

I just dug out the draft. Now I’ll continue. I have been working… EVERY WAKING MOMENT. Well every waking moment I’m not on instagram or preoccupied by the day job. I even started drinking coffee to keep me awake longer, however it seems like even that’s not working.

It’s all good. I’m halfway done editing that first part, and it looks good, but today, I just had to stop. Right now I have a headache.

I was rushing as usual to get my usual quota for the day done, and I just couldn’t. I felt drained, and emptied, and I felt like i wasn’t doing my best. It all felt like a chore. So I stopped.

I was complaining, and unhappy, and so I stopped.

Because writing is not just a job to me. When I’m working on this book, I should be happy, and not rushing to get it finished. I should be excited and obsessive, and I have been ever since I started, except today. Actually this week, I think it all just dawned on me today…

AGAIN, I STOPPED THIS POST.

It’s saturday night now, two days later. Here’s what I simply wanted to say.

Shonda Rhimes talked about a hum… the hum she got from doing what she loved so much which was writing. However when that became¬†all she did, the hum disappeared. She later discovered why. In her words…

‘Work does not work, without play.’

Throughout this week, the work I love, felt like a chore. It consumed my every waking moment not because I was so engrossed in it, but because I needed to finish it. I want to finish it right now.

Two days ago, I realized this, and stopped. I was unhappy because I was so slow, and I was slow because editing, and research and doing all the thing that I claim to love as I work on this book, is hard work.

I forgot about that.

I forgot that no matter how natural it seems, that its going to take time. Sometimes I am going to miss the deadlines I set for myself, and at other times, I will feel drained and emptied of the flow, and the words, and the magic.

I stopped because I caught myself feeling unhappy whilst doing what I claimed to love most in the world. Because the faster I finish it, the faster I can get the things that  I want the success of this work to provide for me.

I stopped because I asked myself, what if it doesn’t happen? What if you finish, and you’re disappointed yet again?

 

So I closed my laptop, and said this to myself.

My number one goal in life is not to be the most successful, or the richest. My number one goal is to be happy, and one of the most important things i have learnt in my life is that things… anything that can be acquired with money can and will never make you happy. True happiness comes from within, regardless of what is going on around you. Therefore, if I cannot find happiness¬†in the rain, then I also will not find it in¬†the sunlight.

True happiness emanates from within.

My mind went to Shonda Rhimes’s words, so I put away my deadline from my head, and erased all thoughts concerning my book. I told myself this:

“Take the day off, and do not do anything work related. Go home, and do something that will make you laugh or cry with abandon. Do not use your brain, only use your heart.”

So I went home, and searched for a korean drama to watch. At this point in my life, those thoroughly take me away. However, nothing caught my attention. I started a few and I just couldn’t be sucked into anything. I was terrified. Had I lost my hum? I couldn’t pick up my book again if I couldn’t find that love for stories that drives me to create. I couldn’t go back to work, so¬†I entertained myself with youtube videos of Big-Bang.

BTW, I am now obsessed with G-Dragon.

Anyway, this evening I¬†found a story. It is a new drama called ‘W’ and from the first episode, I was sucked in.

It is now 7 hours later, and my hum is back. As I watched, i kept saying to myself:

“this is what i want to do; this is what i love doing; this is what i was born to do”

The hum is back. So now I’m off to continue my work, but this week i learnt the true meaning of Shonda Rhimes’s words. No matter how much you love something, you must always remember that ‘work¬†is work, and play is play’.

One can never, and will never work without the other.

Today I played, and it has refueled me.

I AM BACK!

Love OE.

THE HORROR…

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ALL MY FEARS ARE COMING TRUE…

Guys I became more disciplined in the past week, thus I’m not writing or procrastinating editing anymore. I’ve been knee deep in research and polishing up the parts I have written. The problem is …

I AM CRAWLING

I knew this would happen which is why I’ve been so terrified of it. From writing 8000 words per day, I now thoroughly edit a paragraph per day, a page if the gods smile down at me and I’m working twice more hours. It’s not funny.

It baffles me really how you can spend so much time staring at your screen, and with your hands constantly flying across your keyboard, but then its 6 hours later and guess what? you’ve polished only a paragraph.

Now all of this is on one hand. On the other, I am setting the story in concrete and I have to admit, despite the time it takes, finding these little details that connect so many strings is bringing the story alive to me in a way that melts my heart. Thus I am enjoying editing but when I allow myself to think of my speed which cannot be helped, my face transforms into the ‘resting bitch face’.

Also I was contacted to edit a short book for someone this week for a fee, and although I’ve edited for people before, this just seemed more official to me.

So this post is also an announcement to you all to send your editing works to me if you need a sharp look over it.

As you can tell I am obsessive, and have had way too much editing lessons and practice in my lifetime.

BTW, I sat at a desk almost throughout last night editing, and even when I got sleepy I didn’t want to get up. I am obsessed with this work. I ended up falling asleep leaning over the chair and now I’m forced to deal with neck pain and strange aches. SIGHS.

I’M HAVING A BLAST AT THIS JOB THOUGH, AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT YOU TOO ARE ENJOYING YOUR WORK…

Love, OE.