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.

Resolving the Hard Feelings Over the Concubine Xiang Incident – Princess Returning Pearl: Companion in the World of Mortals, Volume 61, Part 2

In the last half of this series selection, the Princess Returning Pearl novel, 瓊瑤全集的《還珠格格:紅塵作伴》, we pick up the story at chapter 56. Most of the chapters have between three and five scenes. Chapter 56 starts off with Xiao Gezi asking … Continue reading

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Kirkus Review and New Book Trailer for Kumori and the Lucky Cat

My novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat, which is volume 1 in the Lucky Cat Series, was recently reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. Their review can be read here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/wendelin-gray/kumori-and-the-lucky-cat/ Just a few words about the review’s commentary on my execution … Continue reading

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Orphan Acrobats and Fugitive Princesses Performing in Luoyang – Princess Returning Pearl: Companion in the World of Mortals, Volume 61, Part 1

This month’s series features a novel based on an old 1998-99 TV series “Princess Returning Pearl” that was one of the earliest roles Zhao Wei (I think known as Vicki Zhao in US productions) starred in. Fan Bingbing also appears … Continue reading

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Insulting a Monk and Searching for a Gisaeng – Land, Vol.5, Part 4

I’m going to quickly finish up this volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) this post so I can stay on schedule. Generally, I really like this second story arc better than the first since … Continue reading

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The Mendicant Priest With the Gong and the False Heir – Land, Vol.5, Part 3

Next, we turn to the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and volume 5 consists of three parts. The first part is the final chapter of Part 2 “Love and Hate” from volume 4, which covers “Seohui’s … Continue reading

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Battle in the Underground Well and Storming the Irie Clinic – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.3, Part 2

This week, I’m wrapping up the rest of Ryukishi Zeronana’s When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 3 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編 (下)”).  Most of this just follows the anime, though I think it has much more detail where the Yamainu … Continue reading

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A Forty-Eight Hour War Proclamation – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.3, Part 1

We finally make it to the third volume of the trilogy in the story arc of Ryukishi Zeronana’s When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編 (下)”).   This is something like the 16th book out of 16 covering the … Continue reading

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The Death of a Little Bird – Land, Vol.4, Part 2

This will be a quick interim post continuing to look at Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》). We’re in the second story arc, picking up the narrative with chapter six, “Jeongho’s Question.” This chapter follows some new characters, but it’s really … Continue reading

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New Lucky Cat Promo Posters and My 2019 Summer-Winter Schedule Update

I have two new posters for The Lucky Cat Series done. Both are from Volume 3. I have a total of six posters in this series, so I have two more to finish before I move on. Next, I have … Continue reading

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A Meeting in a Golden Wheat Field and the Telling of Fairy Tales – Death’s End, Remembrance of Earth, Book 3, Part 3

This time I’m going to wrap up Death’s End or Dead End (刘慈欣的”地球往事:死神永生”), the third book in the Remembrance of Earth Chinese science fiction series by Cixin Liu. It is available in English, so whatever I don’t get to you … Continue reading

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