The terms "Maguin" and "Shoumenren" were taken from the Anglicized Chinese words for 'Mother' and 'Doorman.' Except, of course, 'mother' is actually anglicized as 'Muqin' but my inability to spell kicked in and I ended up with Maguin.
Sushi Ninja is an actual restaurant in Rockville MD. Every time I've been there, the tables are arranged differently. A friend speculated that this was to throw off rival ninja clans... I'm beginning to think he's right.
I had just finished posting 'Happy Birthday' when two scenes came to mind. The first was a slightly different version of Rabbit/Duck/Wulf sneaking through Briar's house. The other was a news snippet of 'Also killed in the blast was intern Daniel TwoBears.' I figured it would take maybe 200 pages to tell the story (foolish mortal) I had started it and then I decided to try something more.
I always wanted to see if I could do an epic saga with umteen different plot lines converging into one main event.
Well... I think I did it.
Doing a serial has been an interesting experience and, for the most part, an 'E ticket ride!'
One of the problems I have when proofing my own work is finding the typos. I'll start to write something, re-read it and edit it while writing. It's a good thing because I get a more polished line. It's a bad thing because all too often I won't delete all the extraneous words. I also can't spell to save my life.
Worse, I know what it's supposed to say and even reading it out loud doesn't always work.
Then there are some of the other issues I had with the story: over used phrases; inconsistent spelling and the entire renaming of a character. The story is pretty much the same as the original-I've just gotten rid of a lot of the "Statement," he countered.
After 12 years, I've forgotten enough of the story so the errors stand out more. I'm sure I've missed plenty of them still-but it's a little more polished, a little clearer and I'm still amazed and surprised not only that I did it… but that… I wrote this.
I hope you all still enjoy the story.
P.S. - The Sushi Ninja have vanished, as I always thought they would. I'm not sure if they really closed or just went into hiding.
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