We are now well into the New Year of 2017 and heading directly towards another, the Year of the Rooster or often translated/known as the year of the Red Chicken or Red Fire Chicken. The 10th sign, the Rooster, is connected to metal and the shine of gold suggesting that riches may be born from patience - however, the sign also suggests predictability and a period of being constant, which, after the tumultuous year of 2016, may perhaps be welcomed by many.
Famous persona known to have been born in a past Year of the Rooster are Emperor Wu of China’s Western Han Dynasty (202 BC - 9 AD), Rudyard Kipling, Jennifer Aniston, Amelia Earhart and Groucho Marx - to name but a few but all Roosters are said to be "deep thinkers, capable, and talented.
A decision had been made last year, due to a lack of external response/interest shown, to stop producing PDF copies of Bill's work but instead to concentrate fully on the print-on-demand publications and on a Kindle edition. This simplifies things for us at the sharp end; less website matters to occupy our time with Amazon doing all the hard work of printing, sending, costs, etc.
With that in mind: 2016 was a spectacular year for Bill's work (not sure that any Zodiac sign, Western or Asian, predicted this) and particularly during the months of November and December we achieved great output on the publication front. We now have seven publications up and running on Amazon worldwide as follows:
No.4 - Chinese Short Stories - Spanning 2000 Years - Kindle and Print
No.7 - Ma Chih-yüan's Complete San-ch’ü-aria Poems - Kindle and Print
No.18 - Chinese Folk Tales - Kindle and Print
No.27 - Chinese Myths - Kindle and Print
No.28 - Chinese Allusions - A Dictionary - Print Only
No.32 - Chinese Idioms, Proverbs and Sayings - Over 2000 Explanations - Kindle and Print
However, despite our deepest efforts and results the sales of these works do not justify the near-full time effort that has gone into the end-result. My wife and I are therefore not sure how we can continue - the work being an immense project that has not garnered any real or meaningful external interest.
Ideally we need a benefactor, an Institution, a culturally biased publisher or private literary group to take interest in my father's work but without such we do not have the funds (and therefore time) to continue at our our previous pace or indeed at all. It is therefore extremely doubtful that the Year of the Rooster will produce much. We will however continue to maintain the website and our current publications as they are: and hope that something pops our of the woodwork soon.
All the best for 2017 and for the Year of the Rooster ahead.
Ieuan Dolby and Wu Chin Ling