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Writing journal #4

About book contracts and padi fields. As a writer, many people will tell you that your story idea is no good. I’ve been told: “This story doesn’t fall into any category, so it’s not publishable”, “Too violent”, “Too boring”. “Too moralistic”, “No moral to the story” and “Why don’t you write something else?” Well, quite… Continue reading Writing journal #4

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Writing journal #3

Today, I did one of fun parts of writing a novel—going on a research road trip! My story includes a race. I plotted out the race route on paper with the help of a map. But nothing beats experiencing the endurance event myself, correct? At one point a few months earlier, I had planned on… Continue reading Writing journal #3

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Writing journal #2

So, without the excuse of work, I can totally immerse myself in lion dance and write at the speed of a bullet train. Well, more like an ox-drawn cart… okok, I move at a snail’s pace. Especially the dance parts. A dance segment in real life takes 10 minutes? A long ballet pas seul about… Continue reading Writing journal #2

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Writing journal #1

Four days ago, I was told not to go back to work, with immediate effect, as part of the Covid19 new measures. And just like that, I am losing one month’s worth of income. This news, a disaster for many Singaporeans, is mixed blessings for me, as I have no more reason to delay finishing… Continue reading Writing journal #1

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Story- Croc & Duck

During an Author Visit with Pat’s Schoolhouse in Prinsep Street, the kids and I spontaneously created a new story with keywords they gave. The theme was from The Robot in My Playground, which was about loyal friendships. The keywords were 'crocodile', 'duck', 'cheetah' and 'hyena'. So without further ado… Once upon a time (isn’t that… Continue reading Story- Croc & Duck

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Some Things Need to Go Away

In the past months, I’ve tackled one responsibility after another—Mum’s and Aunt’s hospitalisations, my job, a book’s printing stage and editing another book of 35,000 words. I am so behind on everything that I am just playing catch-up. I should have blogged my Philippines Book Summit participation and producing Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage, but—responsibility… Continue reading Some Things Need to Go Away

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The Penultimate Stop

Thanksgiving. Grateful for my Writers’ Group--The Penultimate Stop. There are just 3 of us – Lianne Ong, award winning author of Stacey & the Museums series, Lucy Cheng, a closet writer with an exquisite vocabulary, and me. But just in one year, we have clocked these achievements:       Singapore Hawker Food – written,… Continue reading The Penultimate Stop

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Fiction_Love Saecularis

I wrote this story years ago, but did not post it as it might seem a shameless plagiarism of a famous tale. However, this so exactly describes my life that I have to put it down. This story is as close to an autobiography as I can get.  The world could be many things. It… Continue reading Fiction_Love Saecularis

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Story-The Beginning of the End

An interesting person gave me this interview in Toa Payoh Lorong 8 market and I duly wrote it up and sent it around to the publishers. But nobody wanted it (I wonder why? Is the writing style awkward or the facts sound implausible?) Anyway, please judge for yourself. In my tin bath on the porch… Continue reading Story-The Beginning of the End

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Story_The Spire

Do you ever tire of the crowds? What would it be like to live 150 levels above the commonfolk's plane of existence? This story explores such a life... All over the world, Man’s pride has driven him to build upwards, creating taller and taller buildings. But, sometimes, it is simply unwise to populate the upper… Continue reading Story_The Spire