I apologize for my absence.
I’ve been busy trying to find a housing replacement ever since my friend, who has been putting me up temporarily and is a living saint, informed me his girlfriend/fiancée was moving in so he no longer had room for me. I found a solution in which I reached out to an estranged relative who said they would help. However, the situation got complicated in that the relative helping me is not actually the owner of the property and apparently the relative who has partial ownership and is also living there is not happy with offering me even temporary housing, despite knowing that their refusal to help will possibly lead to homelessness or death for me. They said this as a vaguely veiled threat in response to my request that we mutually respect each other’s privacy after their repeated demands of me to not enter their room even though I had already assured them I would be sticking to the living room area since I would be camping out on the couch. (I can somewhat understand their paranoia but at the same time, it is freaking annoying to try to find various ways to tell someone, “I’m not interested in prying into your stuff!”) It is also rather frustrating that they are reluctantly agreeing to putting me up on the couch but at the same time, hint that they would not be adverse to suddenly kicking me out if I do anything to displease them. So the instability has not really been very helpful in my mental stability.
My translations require clarity of mind on my part because my editing process is rather long, especially because Great Tang Idyll is an alternate history novel with references that I do like to explain so readers aren’t lost on some of the deeper meanings or cultural context. However, the sudden volatility of my housing situation has made it difficult for me to settle down to do the translations. I’m hoping to have better news to give and am still working on the next chapter in between the spare time I can squeeze out in between packing and taking on freelance jobs to try to save up money for emergency purposes. Naturally, my lack of self confidence because I have had a series of mental breakdowns and history of depression as well as my lack of medical coverage and stable residence don’t really help me with being able to earn enough money to live on my own with food, utilities, and the Internet.
Basically, I’m really freaking sorry but my life is still in chaos and part of the drama is not in my control.
The next chapter is still in the process of being translated. I will aim to release it soon. I had thought it would be a lot sooner until this drama with my relatives started a few weeks ago. The uncertainty of my future also has delayed my transfer of this site to the new site.
I just wanted to update you all so you all can know why I have been incommunicado. I really do not wish for this to affect you guys at all but it has.