Back from my hiatus

Hello everybody!

I think the last time I properly posted anything on this blog was half a year ago? Yeah, it’s been a really long time. For those of you who have messaged me I’ve already explained why I decided not to update Chu Wang Fei for such a long time, if anyone else wants to know then you’re all free to ask me privately.

On a completely different and more positive note, I’ve decided to continue Chu Wang Fei. Obviously I can’t guarantee that I’ll update consistently but translating is something I like to do in my free time just because it’s a way for me to be creative without too much effort.

I know that some other blogs have taken over the translation of this novel (rosy fantasy has started translating from chapter 55 onwards and sparkling dawn lights is translating snippets – both are doing a wonderful job) but I would like to continue regardless since Chu Wang Fei is one of my all time favorite historical/romance C-novels.

So TL;DR, I’m back (probably temporarily) and am going to continue translating.

Thanks ❤


 

As a little ‘by the way’, I would like to mention that I’ve received a lot of positive and encouraging comments from a lot of the readers of this blog and I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t think I would be back today translating if I didn’t have the support. However, I’ve also gotten a handful of comments criticising my lack of updates and whatnot and I just wanted to say a few things. Number one, I don’t receive any money for this, I do this as a hobby and not for a living. Two, I’m a college student and I also have jobs + extra-curricular activities which take up the majority of my time. Three, translating c-novels isn’t the first ‘hobby/interest’ on my list when I have free time. I like to hang out with friends, travel, write, and play sport and I only pick up translating when I have no other obligations. I know that this is a lengthy paragraph and may come across as an ‘excuse’ of some sort but I really wanted to reiterate these facts.

I pride myself in prioritisation and as obvious as it may seem, translating c-novels doesn’t take precedence over academics, my college life and my family and friends. It’s purely a hobby, a way for me to express myself creatively and a method for me to improve my language abilities (or lack of)

 

Chu Wang Fei: Chapter Five

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Yun Qian Meng 


Yay! New chapter’s out! I’ll do my best to update more regularly (at least once a month) but I have a lot going on at the moment so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to. I hope you guys enjoy ❤


Yuan zi – courtyard/quarters

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Qi Luo Yuan – the name of Yun Qian Meng’s quarters


   “Daddy! Y-you, you are actually helping her!” Yun Ruo Xue’s eyes reddened the moment she heard she was under house arrest and pointed a finger at her sister’s face.

   Yun Qian Meng only looked at the finger and called, “Eunuch Qu!”

   “Yes!”

   “Did you take a good look at today’s events?” she asked before her father could say a word.

   “Yes young mistress, I will report everything back to the Dowager Empress,” Eunuch Qu served the Dowager Empress, it was no surprise he knew what Yun Qian Meng was planning. Besides, even if Yun Qian Meng didn’t have the Dowager Empress supporting her in the shadows he still would have reported everything regardless – under what circumstances did a child of a concubine possess the right to insult and point her finger at the legitimate daughter of the Estate? Such behaviour was disgraceful and made him look at Yun Xuan Zhi with disapproval.

   “Then I will thank Eunuch Qu,” Yun Qian Meng moved to the side and bowed slightly, showing him respect, “It is getting late and the Dowager Empress will require her people. I will not keep you any longer.”

   “Yes, I understand,” and with that, the eunuch and his entourage made their way back to the palace.

   Once the crowd had thinned out Yun Qian Meng turned to her father, “I’m feeing tired,” she said politely, “and I will go back to my quarters first.”

   “Daddy…” Yun Ruo Xue sidled up to Yun Xuan Zhi the second Yun Qian Meng left with her maidservants, already beginning to slander Yun Qian Meng’s name.

   “Xue’Er,” but before she could begin, she was immediately pulled back by her mother, “don’t be rude. Your father made the right decision.”

Yun Qian Meng had won today’s battle and there was no doubt that Su Qing was even further away from her goal of becoming the official wife now that the eunuch was going to inform the Dowager Empress about today’s events not to mention the crowd of commoners who were still pointing and whispering about her and her daughter. It was clear that Yun Xuan Zhi did what he did to help them both get out of this situation.

But there was one thing she still didn’t understand, how come Yun Qian Meng came back from the palace an entirely different person? She didn’t even leave for that long…

   “Young miss, I’m afraid that the Master’s decision to place Concubine Su and her daughter under house arrest was for their benefit,” Shui’Er piped up as the three of them made their way through the gardens towards Yun Qian Meng’s quarters.

Yun Qian Meng only laughed. If Shui’Er could figure out what her father was doing then how could she not? It was evident that Su Qing and Yun Ruo Xue had heard what had happened in the palace and had come out of the estate which the sole purpose to humiliate her. Nonetheless, they could plan and try to calculate her all they want, there was still no way they would guess that the Yun Qian Meng they once knew of had already disappeared.

   “Dong!” The sound of a wooden bucket hitting the ground stopped them in their steps and before any of them could react, a figure a thrown itself in front of Yun Qian Meng, “Oh! Miss! Young Mistress! What happened? Why are you all bloody?”

Yun Qian Meng looked down to see a girl around fourteen or fifteen clutching her arm. It was Mu Chun, a maidservant her mother had given her when she was still alive but taken away by Su Qing so she could replace Yun Qian Meng’s maidservants with her own people. Instead, Mu Chun was transferred so she could slave away and cut wood all day, a job even the men had trouble with. The job hadn’t treated her way, the girl’s face was waxen, her hair withered and yellowing and her clothes full of patches.

   Yun Qian Meng smiled faintly, “I’m okay,” she reassured the girl, “but you, you’ve thinned out again.”

Yun Qian Meng’s smile completely stopped Mu Chun’s tears, since when was the young miss so optimistic?

   “I’m fine,” she said before realising she might get in trouble for loitering and quickly headed back to pick up the wooden bucket.

   “Hold it,” Yun Qian Meng ordered, “Shui’Er, go and tell the housekeeper that from now on, Mu Chun will be serving me. There will be no need for her to return to the woodcutter’s quarters,” and with that, she turned and continued on walking to her own quarters.

Qi Luo Yuan…

This was a yuan zi located in the north-western corner of the Estate, it had fallen into disrepair with weeds creeping up all over the place and old rooms which were falling apart. The path from the entrance to the main rooms were muddy and grass had covered up the majority of the footpaths. If it wasn’t for Mu Chun who routinely did her best to maintain the place then she wouldn’t even be able to make it to her room.

   “Miss, I’m so sorry-” Mu Chun was about to explain the state of the courtyard before being cut off by Yun Qian Meng.

   “There’s no need to be sorry. We will wait for the housekeeper to come and sort this out for us, all of you can help me get changed first,” then she turned to Shui’Er, “go to my father’s study and ask him to come here once the housekeeper has arrived.”

   “Yes!”

But one seriously had to compliment the housekeeper. Yun Qian Meng had waited over half an hour before she heard the footsteps of the retainers approaching her quarters…

   “This servant greets the young mistress!” The housekeeper was careful to treat Yun Qian Meng carefully after witnessing today’s events but he still raised his head a little bit to shoot a glare at Mu Chun.

   “Why is the housekeeper visiting my Qi Luo Yuan?” Yun Qian Meng asked, slowly lifting the tea set in front of her and taking a sip of water.

   “This servant heard that the young miss wanted Mu Chun to serve her, however this maidservant was moved by the Mistress so I think it may not be a good idea…”

   Yun Qian Meng simply lowered the cup and smiled at the housekeeper, “Mistress? Hmm, perhaps the housekeeper is talking about Concubine Su? See, this is something I simply don’t understand, why are all the servants in the Estate calling a mere concubine the mistress of the Estate? The legitimate wife of the Prime Minister?”

Update

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since my last update for Chu Wang Fei but a lot has happened in the past few months with friends, family, and so on. I’ve been trying to get my life sorted out and I just didn’t have the time to work on the translations. I actually had quite a few chapters completed but as you guys know, my computer messed up my files ended up deleted; because of that (amongst other issues) I lost the motivation to continue translating as I didn’t want to rewrite the already translated sections. Fortunately for me, things are slowly starting to get better so I’ll be able to start translating again!

I’m so grateful that a lot people love this novel as much as I do and I apologise for the few months of hiatus. I’ve gotten quite a few messages criticising my absence and whilst I understand the frustration of wanting to read more (but not getting more) I would like to mention that translating c-novels is only a hobby for me, something that I love to do in my free time but doesn’t take precedence over a lot of other things which must be done. I tried my best to reproduce the chapters lost in the little time I had free each day but it’s been taking longer than I expected, especially as I ended up overseas for a while for work and school. On a happier note, I’ve also received a lot of comments and messages supporting my translations and asking whether or not I’ve been well so thank you so much for that!

The next chapter will be out sometime this month or early May.

New Projects!!!

‘Chu Wang Fei’ is obviously an incredibly long novel and I intend to translate it from beginning to end (and summarize the slightly boring sections in the middle); I’m not sure when I’ll be able to finish the whole book since I have to juggle a lot of other things aside from translating. Translating is only a past time for me and something I’m doing for my own benefit; I had actually translated a lot of ‘Chu Wang Fei’ before my computer broke down on me so I’m finding it a bit difficult to go over the sections I’ve already translated. Therefore, I’ve also decided to start working on ‘The Tang Dynasty’s Female Forensic Investigator’ and ‘Just One Smile is Very Alluring’ whilst I slowly build up on the chapters of ‘Chu Wang Fei’. If you’ve read my recommendations/reviews page then you should already know that I love love love the ‘Female Forensic Investigator’, even more so than ‘Chu Wang Fei’. I’m only thinking about translating some of my favorite scenes (though I would like to translate the entire thing once I have the time). As for ‘Just One Smile is Very Alluring’, I think it would be fun to translate since it’s significantly shorter than a lot of other novels I’ve read and also quite lighthearted. I’ll definitely be translating the whole of ‘Just One Smile is Very Alluring’ without any summaries since it is, as I’ve mentioned quite short.

Also a slight update, I won’t be able to update frequently for the first three or so months of next year since I’m going to be travelling a lot so please don’t mind if I disappear for weeks or months at a time.

[UPDATE: It has come to my attention that another blog has already started translating 微微一笑很倾城, I know that quite a few people are fans of Gu Man so please check it out here http://lilblissfulnovels.wordpress.com!! I’ll probably pick up another translation project and if you have any recommendations please comment below!]

 

 

 

Chu Wang Fei: Chapter Four

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Yun Ruo Xue, Yun Qian Meng’s younger sister. 


Finally!!!!!!!! A new chapter is out! I was originally planning on making a really short summary but thought that it was probably better to lengthen it in order for everyone to get a better idea of what Yun Qian Meng’s family is like.


 

Pai – sort of like a medallion showing that you are part of a particular family. The ‘jin pai’ (i.e. gold pai) is something possessed by all important members of the Imperial Family and represents the imperial power itself. So for example, if Yun Qian Meng present the ‘jin pai’, it’s like the Dowager Empress is present at the scene herself.

Shu Nv – the ‘illegitimate daughter’; her mother isn’t the legal wife of the husband

Shu born – born ‘illegitimately’


 

The Emperor sighs as he looks at Chen Wang and the nonchalant Yun Qian Meng who stands beside him before agreeing to their request.

He then dismisses the Dowager Empress and Yun Qian Meng from the hall in order to continue with official business. Whilst the Dowager Empress is dissatisfied with her niece breaking off the engagement without consulting her first, she is unable to protest or say anything else since the Emperor had already given out his edict and leaves as he has asked.

However, right before they exist the Jin Luan Dian, the Dowager Empress pauses in front of Chu Fei Yang where she glares at him for a few moments. Chu Fei Yang simply smiles at her, disregarding her threatening aura and instead turns his attention towards Yun Qian Meng who blatantly ignores him.

“Dowager Empress, chen still has some business and must leave first,” right after leaving the hall, Chen Wang excuses himself, but not before staring at Yun Qian Meng and trying to see through her façade.

 

Just as the Dowager Empress is about to lecture Yun Qian Meng about the events which had occurred within the hall, Yun Qian Meng speaks out and asks, “Dowager Empress, could you please give me face and let Qiu Lian go?”

With that simple request, the Dowager Empress has no choice but to redirect her anger at Yun Xuan Zhi as she believes that Yun Qian Meng is asking for the maidservant’s forgiveness because she’s afraid of her father. Worried about her niece’s welfare, she hands her gold pai to Bing’Er, telling her to use it in case Yun Qian Meng ever finds herself in a tight situation.

 

At this point, Su Qin and her daughter, Yun Ruo Xue, are waiting gleefully at home. Both of them believe that after being rejected within the Imperial Palace, Yun Qian Meng will become the butt of everybody’s jokes. Although they aren’t quite sure whether or not Yun Qian Meng is still alive, they know that it won’t matter since ther’s no way Yun Qian Meng will ever be able to marry a decent man again.

Instead of seeing their home sedan, they see the Dowager Empress’ sedan pull up outside of the front door instead. Yun Ruo Xue rushes towards to door as she sees her elder sister being helped out.

“Jie Jie,” she calls out loudly, “what happened to you? Perhaps you did not go to the palace to eat and drink and have fun? After all, how could you end up like this if you did go for those purposes?”

A crowd forms outside of the estate and Yun Qian Meng slowly turns around to face Yun Ruo Xue with a smile, “and since when did Xiang Fu’s Shu Nv have the right to directly talk to me without greeting me first? Perhaps this is what concubine Su has been teaching her daughter all this time? My sister dares make a scene right outside our front door, does she not care for Father’s political appearance?”

Su Qin is stunned for a moment by Yun Qian Meng’s comeback and listens as the crowd points at both her and her daughter.

Yun Ruo Xue wants to retaliate but gets scared when she sees the dark look Yun Qian Meng has in her eyes; but when her eyes fall on the Dowager Empress’ sedan she can’t help but rebut, “did Jie Jie damage her head when she hit the pillar? Or maybe it is because Jie Jie suddenly has the Dowager Empress’ support that you believe you can treat all those who are shu born like this? Ruo Xue completely understands, Jie Jie looks down upon us but Jie Jie, everybody has already heard of today’s events. How can Jie Jie still have the face to return home? Are you not afraid of ruining Xiang Fu’s appearance?”

Su Qin also walks forward to help her daughter, “yes, why is the eldest Miss angry? It was Chen Wang who broke off the engagement; it has nothing to do with us so there’s no need for you to get angry at those who have done nothing wrong. Perhaps you see us as weak? People who are easy to bully?”

“Shut your mouth!” Yun Xuan Zhi, who had just arrived outside the door, gets angry at the mother and daughter when he hears the things they are calling out in broad daylight in front of the common people who had all gathered to watch the show.

Seeing Yun Xuan Zhi approach, Yun Qian Meng starts tearing up and begins to cry.

“Father, Meng’Er understands, Meng’Er does not have a mother to protect her and within the vast Xiang Fu, the concubine does not take Meng’Er seriously and looks down upon me. They all want to kick me out of Xiang Fu! Father, if this mansion has no place for Meng’Er then Meng’Er will go to the Dowager Empress’ palace, at least the Dowager Empress still has room for Meng’Er.”

Su Qin and Yun Ruo Xue are startled by the things that come out of Yun Qian Meng’s mouth and upon hearing Yun Qian Meng bring out the Dowager Empress name, Yun Xuan Zhi gets angry at Su Qin and says before his concubine can defend himself, “Concubine Su, you, as a woman of the family, have exited the house without my permission. Thus, you are to be confined for ten days. As for Yun Ruo Xue who has disrespected her elder sister, you are to be confined for half a month!”


 

The next chapter will be out in a few days! If there was anything that was sort of unclear within this chapter then please comment below and I’ll add a really really quick and short summary/explanation.

Recommendations/Reviews [INCOMPLETE]

Here is an incomplete list of some of the c-novels I read  in the past. I have a thing for keeping a list of all the books, movies, and places of been because I feel like it’s something that would be nice to look over every now and to remind myself that I have too much time on my hands. Anyways, I’ll be updating the list throughout the year/years so keep an eye out if you ever run out of things to do. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to figure out the rating system yourself so I won’t say anything further about that (some of the novels still haven’t been rated yet since I still have no idea how I feel about them).

I’ll include all links to the novels, the summaries on Shusheng Bar and audiobooks if available and when I have more time.

[Note: the reviews are simply my own opinion and what I think/thought about the novels. I would still recommend checking out the summary of each book and reading it for yourself if you think you’ll enjoy it.]

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