So, this happened

So, I was hospitalised last week and only now I have the brain space to write about it. Basically low blood count leading to three bags of blood and two bottles of iron. Plus an operation to remove two fibroids/cysts.

I am recovering now, but with the blood transfusion, energy is back. I will see my surgeon/consultant this Friday for a follow up and blood count test (again).

Release Date for Pearl of the Palace

Mark this in your diary!

20/10/20

Nice ring, right? ūüėÄ

Announcement: Pearl of the Palace

Scarlet Ferret Books is now serialising the sequel to the Dragon Sisters books HERE.

Pearl of the Palace

Happy 55th, Singapore!

Happy National Day!

August updates

By the time you have read this update, Worldcon is almost over and I have hopefully taken part of the activities (panels, kafflesklatch etc). Also, July is over and done with. I am still tired of the whole pandemic. There is no book out yet. However, I am still thankful for the opportunities presented to me and I got to write for a thing. I also did a new recording for Dragon Dancer. 
So, what is in store for August?
1. Hopefully, I get to draw Mid-Autumn Mice. And open up commissions. I still need to spruce up my pricing. 
2. Hungry Ghost Month!
3. Write? Pray for the book to be out/published? 
4. Banishment ritual?
5. ???

My ConZealand/Worldcon schedule

All in New Zealand timing. ūüėÄ

Science Fiction/Fantasy from the Chinese Diaspora Format: Panel

29 Jul 2020, Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50, Academic Programme (Programming)

Along with the language, the centuries-old Chinese diaspora¬†has produced science fiction/fantasy for decades. How does it differ; how is it influenced by its environment and mix with local cultures? It’s considered mainstream in some areas yet not in others. What myths echo from Chinese culture and how has it been made unique to the countries where the diaspora settled?

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Kaffeeklatsch: Joyce Chng Format: Kaffeeklatsch

30 Jul 2020, Thursday 13:00 – 13:50, Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room (Programming)

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Reading: Joyce Chng Format: Reading

31 Jul 2020, Friday 13:30 – 13:55, Reading Room 1 (Programming)

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Chinese Short Fiction Format: Panel

1 Aug 2020, Saturday 18:00 – 18:50, Programme Room 3 (Webinar) (Programming)

Some of the most vibrant and creative genre short fiction out there is written the Chinese language(s).  What Chinese short fiction and which writers should you know better?

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Speculative Poetry 2020 The Rhyme of the SF Mariner Format: Panel

2 Aug 2020, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Programme Room 4 (Webinar) (Programming)

What’s the state of play with science fiction, fantasy and horror poetry in 2020? And how much of a distinction is there between speculative poetry and poetry overall?

July updates!

So, Singapore has now entered Phase 2 of reopening safely and already the case count is growing. We are also going to have a General Election. So cue all the drama, mudslinging and finger-pointing. Plus it is also a trash fire on social media with the outing of abusers and harassers.
Gosh, we need integrity IN our industries/fields.
What’s in store for me in July:
1. I am still in limbo when it comes to cover and pub date for Fire Heart.
2. More writing, when I get over my burn-out.
3. Kidlit stuff.
Again, things might change with the fluidity of the pandemic. Please stay home, wear a mask, wash your hands. Physically distance yourself from people when you are outside.

So excited!

And an awesome TOC too!

Semi-hiatus…

… Been having a semi-hiatus for almost a week now,¬† but it’s not going well. It’s like I can’t rest, when everything around me is burning down or demanding recourse and justice. I had to pull a story from a journal whose EIC seems to have thrown their lot with misogynists, harassers and racists.

So I am having conversations with people and with myself about abuse and harassment in the various industries we navigate. It is a needed conversation because throughout this week, accounts of abuse and harassment have been surfacing in many fields: comics, publishing, wrestling etc.

To cope with the shock and the sense of betrayal (even people in their 40s can be fooled), I have drafted a manifesto, of sorts. Perhaps one day I would be comfortable enough to share it.

Hopefully, I could embark onto a full hiatus by next week. Fingers crossed.

*contains me*

Where I talked about Dragon Physician and Singaporean SFF.

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