Author Archives: Lady Xiansa

About Lady Xiansa

Lady Xiansa is a writer, linguist, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer for the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization from 2007 to 2018 and has provided content for Pitt JCS anime events since 2011. She has taught both ESL and Beginning Korean. Her gothic horror novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won the Bronze Award for Young Adult Fiction E-book in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and earned the 2018 Story Monsters Approved Seal in the Tween Category.

A Cry in the Night With a Quick Linguistic Lesson – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 1

This year, I’m rearranging our reading schedule back to the old order I usually do them in, so I’m starting with my short-term Korean selection, Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV … Continue reading

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2019 Preliminary Appearance Schedule

The new year is nearly here, and I’ve already got a few events lined up where I’ll be selling my books. First up will be Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA, from April 12th through 14th: https://www.steelcitycon.com Then in May, … Continue reading

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Contemplating Death and Leaving for Pusan – Land, Vol.3, Part 8

Wrapping up volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) by picking out some highlights , the rest of the novel picks up with the first chapter, “Dispute.” Seohui and Bongsun are sitting by … Continue reading

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A Cholera Epidemic Wipes Out the Village – Land, Vol.3, Part 7

For volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) , I’m going to consolidate my original three post plan into just two. The volume is small anyway, like the others have been, so that … Continue reading

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The Arrival of the Spirit Guardian Hanyuu Furude – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.2, Part 3

Finishing up Ryukishi Zeronana’s When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 2 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”), the next major section of the novel begins with nine short chapters referencing earlier story arcs in the series. All of them have the word … Continue reading

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The End of the Furude Line and the Importance of Names – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.2, Part 2

Continuing our look at Ryukishi Zeronana’s When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 2 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”), the story turns to Rika’s family and the third year of odd deaths surrounding the Cotton-Drifting Festival.  “The Queen’s Mother’s Disbelief”is about Rika … Continue reading

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Central Asian-Style Metal Band To Appear in Pittsburgh

My friend, Mimi Jong, will be opening with her band Appalasia for the Mongolian-heavy metal bang Tengger Cavalry on Tuesday, November 27th at 7PM at the Spirit Lodge, 242 51st St, Lawrenceville. Tengger Cavalry is a nomadic folk-metal band featuring … Continue reading

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The Houjou Family Drama and the First Mysterious Cotton Drifting Festival Deaths – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.2, Part 1

For my final Japanese selection for the year, we return to the horror-noir series popularly known from it’s anime version, Ryukishi Zeronana’s When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 2 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”). Of course, it is known more popularly … Continue reading

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Years 205 Through 208 in the Crisis Era: The Dark Forest – The Dark Forest, Remembrance of Earth, Book 2, Part 3

I’m going to quickly wrap up my summary of the second book in the Remembrance of Earth Chinese science fiction series by Cixin Liu, which was translated into English as The Dark Forest (刘慈欣的”地球往事:黑暗森林”). The first few sections of this … Continue reading

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2018 Holiday Schedule and Lucky Cat Volume 2 Release

The second volume in the four volume Lucky Cat Series, Lucky Cat and the Snow Maiden’s Vengeance, is out in paperback on Amazon for purchase! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1726375552 I won’t get to the e-book until this weekend, but that will be out … Continue reading

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