And so say I to you, dear readers, thank you for treating me better than I deserve. And just as Mary broke her long silence because of self-interest, candour compels me to admit that I want to tell you something!
I have just published my debut novel, A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park. More about that in a moment.
To recap events with me since my last blog post, I spent five months in Canada from late spring to August, then I was able to return to China in September to resume my teaching job at Zibo Vocational Institute. This semester is my 7th (!) semester at ZBVI. Sorry that I didn't resume blogging through the summer or fall, but I was busy writing a 130,000 plus word novel during the summer and, during the fall, I was feeling exhausted most of the time. When I wasn't teaching class or preparing for class, I was sleeping. I think I caught a bug on my return to China. So a lot of what I could say about China these past few months would not be exactly positive. And yet I'm happy to be back, and glad to be with my Chinese friends and students again.
If you like Jane Austen, I think you'll like this. If you read Mansfield Park and didn't like the heroine Fanny Price, why not give my variation a try. She's got a little bit more of a backbone. Download the free sample for your Kindle reader or read it online.