What a ride this has been! For now, I'll be ending season 1 of bilingual 西游记 (The Monkey King) with episode 15. I have learned so much in making these stories and definitely plan on making more.
For now, however, I need to focus on finishing my thesis for Cambridge.
More importantly, I've learned through making these stories how much more there is still for me to learn (re:making these better, more educational and engaging). I want to do this story justice - so I'll be pausing new storylines until I have time and space to do so.
Tentatively, I hope to return to this story later this fall! Season 2 will be "Havoc in the Heavens - 大闹天宫!" Monkey in full rebellion against the gods above!
To improve the stories I've already made, I'm excited to be working with the team at Fun-ware to update pre-existing content from Season 1! We will be revising the script slightly and will also be adding bonus content (new episode vocabulary, Chinese culture notes and episode videos!)
We'll be re-publishing updated content on the Panda Cub Stories podcast, so keep tabs on i-tunes, google play, WeChat (or wherever else you prefer to listen!)
From now until Mid-July, I'll be in full thesis mode. It's an exciting and stressful time.
There are so many things I want to do:
Write, teach, publish, share! There are many questions and doubts: is the work good enough? When will I know? Will there be a publisher willing to take this project to a wider audience... or should I commit to the task of self-publishing?
Times like these, I have to remind myself to take things one step at a time：
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
I look forward to updating you again later this fall... and who knows? There may be some exciting news in store:)