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News on my next novel!

You heard it hear last, folks! I am excited to be writing the first young adult novels in the RWBY universe, beginning with RWBY: After the Fall!

RWBY (pronounced “Ruby”) is a popular anime-inspired web series starring kickass characters kicking ass in a world overrun with vicious monsters called Creatures of Grimm. I enjoy anime and fairy tales, and especially The Wizard of Oz, and this show wears those influences and many more on its sleeve. It’s been so much fun to work with the talented writers of the show at Rooster Teeth and my fabulous editor Chloe Fraboni at Scholastic to bring fans a brand-new story in this franchise.

The book will be published in summer 2019, and more details will surely follow. Here’s the synopsis:

After Beacon Academy fell, Coco, Fox, Velvet, and Yatsuhashi made a vow: No one else is getting left behind. It’s been more than a year since Team CFVY saw their school destroyed by the Creatures of Grimm, their friends felled in battle or scattered across the world of Remnant. Since then, they’ve been settling into life at Shade Academy in Vacuo, fighting hard to finish their training so they can reunite with their friends and save their world.

When a distress message comes into Shade, asking for huntsmen and huntresses to defend refugees from a never-ending stream of Grimm, Team CFVY answers the call without hesitation. But in the heat of the desert, they’re forced to relive their former battles, both from the Fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.

If you haven’t seen RWBY yet, I recommend starting at the beginning and binge-watching the whole thing; the sixth season of the series begins on Oct. 27, so you have plenty of time to catch up. It’s really terrific! And if you just want to see Team CFVY (pronounced “coffee”) in action, check out this short clip:

If you ask me any specific questions about the story here or on social media, I probably won’t be able to share much yet, but you’ll learn more as soon as I can talk about it–and I hope you’ll be interested in picking up the book next year!

in other publications

I have been so behind on everything lately, I haven’t yet blogged about these other publications that feature me or my work:

"Oh, my!"

I have a short essay in Hyphen – Asian America Unabridged Issue 25: Generation, which is not only their tenth anniversary issue, but features an interview with George Takei. I am in a magazine with Mr. Sulu. How incredibly awesome is that? I was invited to be featured along with ten “next-gen Asian American writers” in a feature called “The Descendants.” We all wrote about the authors who have influenced us, and I wrote a little piece on William Sleator. I was very flattered and honored to be included in this great list–even more so when I received the magazine and saw what a high quality publication it is. I’m still reading through it, but I love the range of articles and perspectives. I’m going to get a subscription, and if you’re Asian American or interested in Asian Americans (uh, you know what I mean) or just other cultures, I recommend you check it out.

In addition to writing fiction, I sometimes get to write film reviews and critical analyses. I am a contributor to the Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, edited by John Berra. (It was published in February 2012, and thus kind of eclipsed by Fair Coin.) I wrote summaries and critiques of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Mushishi, Ponyo, Tekkonkinkreet, and Tokyo Zombie. I can recommend you see all of these films, except Mushishi; for that, I would just go to the anime or, better yet, the manga. Still, I enjoyed watching and writing about them since I am a big fan of anime, and these directories are terrific resources for those interested in film and finding out more about Japanese cinema. I’m looking forward to contributing to volume 3 next year.

I can’t claim any credit for this one, but I recently learned that my friend Dave Mack Tuckerized me in his novel Star Trek Vanguard: Storming Heaven. That’s right. I am Captain Eugene Myers of the U.S.S. Repulse. I haven’t read the book yet, but I trust that he hasn’t red shirted me. Even so, I’m psyched that I am now a part of Star Trek history, even if it isn’t considered canon.

Finally, have you seen this interview with me at HalfKorean.com?

happy not-birthday!

There’s been some confusion over the release date for Fair Coin, but after today, that shouldn’t be a problem. See, March 27 was the tentative publication day, but just like the Pirate Code, a release date is often more of a guideline than an actual rule. The official release date was March 6, and books appeared even before then; what can I say, the book has been waiting to be published for a long time, and you can’t blame it for a little impatience right at the end. Ah, reckless youth.

In any case, not every site and bookseller updated the release date when it changed, so you’ll likely see some folks celebrating Fair Coin‘s birthday today and in the coming weeks. To that, I say, “Huzzah!” Who doesn’t like celebrating a birthday more than once? Especially if that means more cake. I’m happy that people are enthusiastic enough about Fair Coin to celebrate it on the internet, and I hope more readers, stores, and libraries will pick it up since it is now, finally, officially, out.

In the fine tradition of Hobbit birthdays, I decided to get you all a little something to celebrate this most excellent non-occasion. We’ve been working on something special, and I hope you like it.

Since Fair Coin involves a coin that grants wishes when you flip it, a lot of readers have been wondering what I would wish for if I had such a thing, or asking themselves that very question. I’m curious about that too. I was introduced to the concept of Japanese wishing trees in an episode of the anime series Kimagure Orange Road years ago and have been fascinated with the idea ever since.

Here’s how they work. The Japanese Star Festival (Tanabata) celebrates the one day each year, on the seventh day of the seventh month (ie. July 7), in which two star-crossed lovers are actually able to cross: the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega) meet–the separated lovers reunited. Part of the festival involves writing your wish on a slip of paper and tying it  to the branch of a bamboo tree, in the hopes that it will come true.

There are lots of variations on this idea. For instance, a Scottish wish tree involves hammering coins into a tree–granting one wish per coin. As I thought about how to celebrate the publication of Fair Coin, one of my wishes come true, it seemed natural to try to develop a similar tradition for the modern age. We all know the internet has power, so who says that it can’t grant wishes? I believe that sometimes just putting your desires out there for the universe to see can help them come true.

So I’ve put together a new Tumblr site called Wishing on a Fair Coin, where you can share your wishes–anonymously if you choose, along the lines of community art blogs like PostSecret. You can upload your own images or allow me to find something appropriate to complement your wish.

I have no idea if this will take off, but my wish is that you’ll drop by, wish for something, and help spread the word wherever you can.

Go ahead, make your wish and flip the coin