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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

Book Stuff

Book Wall

Updated my book wall with my two latest books, Lion Boy and Drummer Girl and Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage. Lion Boy and Drummer Girl was published in 2017 while Jade’s Quest was published in August this year. Thanks to a talk in Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, I was finally spurred to revisit my woefully… Continue reading Book Wall


AFCC 2019

  1st day- My workshop Pinned: 3Ps of Creative Writing. Photos courtesy of Irfan Foner.   Visiting our art entry - Jade's Quest for Her Heritage at Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG). Caught up with former writers' group buddy Emily Lim. I'm cradling Emily Lim's Godwit, and she is holding Jade. Moderated for Lu Hui Yi, Emily… Continue reading AFCC 2019


Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

Was at the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop opening day on March 6. What an awesome array of local books occupying a floor to ceiling bookshelf! Glad Lion Boy and Drummer Girl is occupying a 3rd floor unit. Robot in My Playground, also published by Epigram Books, was relegated to the top floor. But this is one… Continue reading Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

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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