What’s better than writing? Winning (a writing prize)!

Exciting news! So, the literary journal that’s my blood, sweat and tears, The Eloquent Orifice, has been invited to participate in Sing Lit Station’s inaugural Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry! The Prize seeks to reward the best poems published by a Southeast Asian literary journal/publication in 2017. The winning works will be awarded $1500, $700 and $300…

“The H Word”

I just finished binge-watching the Marvel/Netflix mini-series, The Defenders. I sat in bed the whole day, cuddled up with a hot water bottle (Facebook did that whole virtual celebration of spring thingy, but they are sooooo wrong), and watched all eight episodes at a go. Now, I’ve never paid much mind to what other people think about…

My book is published!

I’m very excited to share that the book I’ve written is now being sold in Singapore!   It was a painstaking writing process, and even more so during the editing process (I did *not* edit my own book—I could hardly look at it after I was done writing. But I wish I had, because…… but…

Katsushika Hokusai

I’ve never been a particularly big fan of early Japanese art. It’s not that I didn’t like it—it just didn’t move me the way classical European paintings do with their deeply intense, emotive imagery and light and shadows, such as Anguish by August Friedrich Schenck. When I first saw this painting—housed in a large room with more…

Hola!

Hi, guess who’s back… back again! I’m terribly sorry—it’s been such a long time since I’ve checked in on here. Life has been incredibly hectic with me finishing up my MA in Publishing and Communications (at the fabulous University of Melbourne), being pregnant (this has a sad end… a story for another day), moving house,…

Creative block?

Ever find yourself in a state of creative stagnancy? In a state where all you do is stare at a blank screen/canvas and nothing comes out of you besides a salt-and-vinegar-chips-flavoured burp? If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing that dark hole (literally—cause the blank canvas can certainly drain you dry), you’re lucky. I’ve…

Showdown: Writer vs Editor

Some days, that’s my reaction. I’m angrily, frustratedly, despairingly screaming in my head (or sometimes at the loquat tree in the backyard)—NEVER AGAIN!!! Some days, some editors drive me up the wall with edits that have nothing to do with the writing or the story, but everything to do with personal preference. And then there are…

Interview!

So, the literary journal that I manage (if you haven’t already heard about The Eloquent Orifice, check it out here) just got interviewed by Asian Books Blog. If you’re interested in reading the interview (that really wasn’t a question), you can read it here. (Will be back with more posts soon after publication of The Eloquent Orifice‘s…

Design – William Morris

Originally posted on Melissa Lane:
William Morris was a Victorian poet, novelist, designer and socialist closely associated with the pre-Raphaelite movement. I can’t remember when I first heard about his work, but I started becoming interested in it during my honours year, when I researched one of his contemporaries, the painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Chances are that even…

True Singapore Ghost Stories

It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in literature/the arts being able to shape society and create a collective identity/forge a collective bond. It’s also no secret that I’m a big fan of horror literature, and even more so of Singaporean (Singapore pride!) horror literature. As a kid growing up, my friends and I…

Getting published

As a writer (and for many researchers and academics as well), getting your work published is one of the biggest goals we have (next to earning enough from our work to keep us going). But why is it so hard to get published? Often, publishers and commissioning editors have a specific work in mind, and…