We write first in blood and tears, then go over in ink.

Archive for October, 2009

Meeting with a Visionary

I used to think that I ought to lose myself on a godforsaken island and live like Robinson Crusoe, so I could write a book. Now I recognise that I would be so loaded with self-doubt that I would race back to the rat race, aka Singapore, in the blink of an eye, and maniacally hitching up with any nine to six corporation willing to look my way.

I was meeting up with my ex-boss, a visionary for the media industry. It’s hard to stay on the topic – a commissioned book. We were all over the place, touching on dreams, blogs, ideas for musicals(!?). I tell CK my dream to write a book. He gives me the puzzled look I’m used to now.

“Just write it, then!” he says. He doesn’t understand, they all don’t understand. What I’ve been building all these years is not a portfolio but a writer’s block, and after two decades of loving construction, it is now the size of UOB Building.

Oh well, back to paid writing. Today, I am rewriting. Rewriting is like a cow regurgitating the fresh green grass she had eaten, checking over the sodden tasteless mess and stuffing it into her mouth again. Tactic? Get it over with as fast as you can!

Beware Songs

Songs are potent. That’s why I spend my life avoiding them. My husband’s latest favourite is Mad World. A line from there says “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I ever had”. It had us staggering among the kitchen cabinets, laughing weakly. Disturbing …

Meeting with Publisher

The Writers’ Support Group just had its second mtg (10 Oct) and we heard from two members who have already met with a Publisher. These are their tips on what to expect: (more…)

Hong Kong Disneyland

Rt at this moment I am supposed to be writing a work report of an event I have never been to, dono the least thing about and have absolutely no interest in. Sigh. (more…)

Is this what a blog is for?

If it’s possible to be a nun under a vow of silence in urban Singapore, I’m the one. (more…)

Self-Doubt

Dear Authors,
During the time you set aside to work on your book, does this thought occasionally cross your mind? “Is this book good enough to be published?” (more…)

What Keeps You from Writing?

Dear Authors,
Just out of curiosity, I’ll like to know what are some of the reasons that keep us from writing our books? (more…)

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