A Reflection of Two Years
Two years ago, I self published the first Chewy Noh—Chewy Noh and the Fall of the Mu-dang. With the end of this year, it marks the end of the Chewy Noh series as well. I finished writing book five last spring, edited it in the following months, and sent it, as well as book four in the series, out into the world.
Chewy Noh and the Fall of the Mu-dang: Dec.2014—51,410 words
Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter: May 2015—59,411 words
Chewy Noh and the March of Death: Jan. 2016—-62,761 words
Chewy Noh and the Legends of Spring: Sept. 2016–66,267
Chewy Noh and the Jamais Vu: Oct. 2016—75,929 words
Unlike the first three books, I put no effort to get them seen. I’ve lost momentum in that way.
Still, I’m a bit wistful thinking about it all. Chewy Noh and all the characters in the series have been with me for a while. Chewy is loosely based off many of my male students here in Korea, with his curiosity and playfulness. I wanted people to see the Asian stereotype is not true. Korean boys are as much troublemakers as their American counterparts.
Clint, the best friend, was my childhood best friend and whole lot more. He epitomized my shyness as a child and the frustration dealing with rowdy friends, like Chewy. Sometimes I felt the same way.
Su Bin was one of the dearest characters to me. She is the sweet, cute Asian girl I see in many of my classes—quiet, but strong, and far too often striving to be more like the Western images she sees in movies and magazines.
Kent, the school bully, is the bad guy who can be understood. I’ve always like humanized villains. Kent does this perfectly, turning around in the end but still staying true to himself.
I’ve learned a lot from these books and ending this year is saying good-bye to them. I hope they fare well in memory, and that a few readers out there will enjoy them. For now, I’m done.