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Chinese myths, legends, and tales: Butterfly Lovers

Zhu Yingtai, a girl, disguised as a boy to go to school. During her time at the school, she fell in love with Liang Shanbo. As the school years pass, she fell deeper and deeper for him, but he was made to believe that she was a boy. One night, she left a note for him telling him that she will meet him at the riverbank at night. She planned to tell him that she is actually a girl, because her parents asked her to go home through a letter. Instead, the note was found by Ma Wencai, who later showed up at the riverbank. Zhu accidentally shows her true identity to Ma, and he was determined to marry her for her beauty. Later that same night, Zhu told Liang that she was actually a girl.
The next day, Zhu ran back home with her servant only to find that Ma has already delivered marriage gifts to her parents, and had threatened them to let their daughter marry him. Zhu has no choice but to marry Ma. After hearing that the woman he loves most will be marrying another man, Liang shows up at Zhu’s doorsteps and drinks himself to death the day before Zhu and Ma’s wedding.
On the carriage ride to the wedding, Zhu asked to stop at Liang’s grave to pay her respects. Zhu breaks into sobs and begs for the grave to open. Suddenly, the grave opened up, and Zhu jumped into the grave without hesitation. After the grave closed back up, flowers sprang to life around the grave and the pair of spirits emerged as butterflies from the grave. They flew away and were never separated again.

As he nonchalantly stood beside her in the “Furniture Care” aisle, pretending to look at a can of paste wax, he could tell that she was WAY out of his league. After all, he was just a short little end table from the wrong side of town, and she was a tall, stunning side table who probably belonged to a wealthy neurosurgeon or powerful businessman. Nevertheless, he mustered every bit of his courage and nervously said, “I hope I’m not being too forward, but your long legs are absolutely beautiful.” That’s when her jealous boyfriend, a massively muscular coffee table, came around the corner and smashed him to bits. #TheEnd #TragicTalesFromTheWorkshop #UnrequitedLove #reclaimedwoodgoods #kregjig #kregtools #reclaimedwood #industrial #reclaimed #industrialdesign #industrialtable #reclaimedwoodtable #sidetable #industrialfurniture #etsy #handmade #etsyseller #etsyshop #sustainable #upcycled #repurposed #recycled #ecofriendly #upcycle #recycle

The Fifth Star (now on ABCtales.com)

So as I explained in a previous post, the website I was using to post my writing is broken. I’m in the process of moving my writing over to ABCtales.com instead.

If you haven’t caught it before or want to follow me on this other site for updates as they’re posted, the link can be found right here: The Fifth Star by Anaris Bell

Bear with me if you were caught up on Jottify; ABC has a limit of three uploaded parts per day and some of my chapters have enough words to use up the character limit 3 or 4 times, so it’s gonna be a little while until it’s all on there.

If you take a look, it’s soooo appreciated! I’ve poured much of my time and focus into this project for at least two years now and every view or comment makes it feel like someday the effort will be worth it.

The final four pages of the CTale webcomic are here over at http://ctale.thecomicseries.com/comics/19/

Thanks everyone for having stuck with me, us, till now… Mychal Amann whose works you can find over at (http://swampkipsscribbles.tumblr.com/) has done a fantastic job with the illustrations and Fred C. Stresing’s colors are bright and lively. I’ve enjoyed working with all of my partners on this project, really…

When I return, I hope I’ll be a stronger, wiser person, and I hope I can give you all a more consistent story…

EDIT: Something I wanted to add, also. I’ve gained a lot through working on this project… it’s my first project, so there were plenty of setbacks that kinda accumulated. But even then, I worked with and met a lot of good people through this project. And that’s made a lot of this really worth it… In spite of how I couldn’t meet my own expectations.

So, again… Really. Thank you for being here. Thanks everyone that remained here with me till this point. I feel like crying… and I’d like to, but it’s hard…

Chinese Myths, Legends, and Tales: Pan Gu

The sky and the earth was said to be one, in the shape of a sphere, filled with darkness. In the sphere, there was a man in slumber that dreamed of what the world would look outside.
One day, he woke up, and saw nothing but darkness; the opposite of what he saw in his dreams. In a state of panic, he tried to break open the sphere, but the sphere wouldn’t budge. Then, he felt an ax, and with it, he made a crack in the sphere. A ray of light shined through the crack, and Pan Gu used his hands to rip the sphere in half. However, the sphere tried to repair itself. Pan Gu then stood up, separating the top half and the bottom half, which then became the sky and the earth.
Pan Gu continued holding the halves apart for ages, until they finally stopped pushing towards each other. Only then did Pan Gu lies down on the ground to rest, and because of the hard work, he slept for year after year, and in the end, his body connected with the earth. His breaths became clouds and wind, his snores became thunder, his eyes became the sun and the moon, his sweat became stars in the sky, his body became the ground that we walk on, his limbs became mountains, his blood became bodies of water, his hair became forests, and his teeth and bones became all kinds of jewels and metals. The world became beautiful, just as he saw in his dream.

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Chinese Myths, Legends, Tales, and Real Stories: Staircase to the Sky

In Chongqing, Jiangjin Zhongsan village during 1950s, 20-year-old Liu Guojiang fell for the widow, Xu Chaoqing, who was 18 years older than him. Because Xu was a widow, and was 18 years older than Liu, negative rumors spread about their relationship. In 1956, the couple, with Xu’s four children, moved into the woods to be separated from society.
In order for Xu to go to the village and home, Liu spent half a century to build a staircase just for his wife. The staircase has more than six thousand steps, with an elevation of about 1,500 meters.
Xu did not move in with her son until December 18th of 2007, when Liu died. On October 30th of 2012, Xu passed away as well. Later, the couple’s love story was adapted into a song, movie, drama, and a documentary, and their staircase became a national attraction for couples.

So it seems Jottify is dead...

The website hasn’t worked correctly in months, leaving me unable to reorganise my chapters into the proper order and therefore preventing me from publishing what I’ve been working on. Support for the site has disappeared.

Does anyone write and use another similar site? I found abctales.com but its novel structure would be kind of bizarre if I were to go there instead. Suppose it can’t hurt to try?