Singapore, with beach glass

A poem in The Murmur House where I talk about beach glass, kindness and how we treat ourselves, glass or Singaporean.

Where I talk about privileging experiences, haunted makanan, chicken soup…

Where I get to talk about haunted food places, Swancon, and privilege. Plus, chicken soup recipe at the end of the interview!

Kelong (Fish Culture) in Singapore.

Went to a kelong, which basically means an off-shore platform, generally constructed with wood. Kelongs are built for fishing or are in the business of fish culture. In Singapore, some kelongs have also become restaurants with boats ferrying people to and fro.

The kelong is a living breathing structure surrounded by water, living off the sea. They even had dogs guarding the areas where they cultivate and harvest the fish. Walking around the kelong, you would see that plants have taken root, mussels and oysters cling to the ballasts that keep the platform stable and floating, small fish huddle in schools, taking shelter under the ballasts.

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(The boat ferried us from the jetty to the kelong)

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(Mussels cluster on the ballasts… any available space underwater, even ropes)

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(A living breathing platform that cultivates fish and is home to the fishermen)

Novella acquired by Annorlunda

My novella Water Into Wine has been acquired by Annorlunda for release in 2017.  😀

Cover reveal for Where The Stars Rise

Where the Stars Rise official cover

I am in fine company, with an introduction from Elsie Chapman, and writers such as E.  C. Meyers and Karin Lowachee.

Rose Thorn & Sword (War Drums)

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War Drums

Dealing with Rejection

This was what I talked about at All In!, a writing festival for the teens and youth in Singapore on Saturday (11/3).

It happens. How do we deal with it?

Rejection sucks. Yes, it does. In the creative industry like writing, it happens all the time. 

“No seriously, I want to. Go away. Leave me alone. My writing/art/recital/etc sucks!”

—Perfectly normal reaction to rejection.

—Not normal when you end up thinking people will hate you/your work etc.

How do you deal with rejection?

—You simply continue to write, create and do the things you know best.

—Know what you are good at. Find your strengths.

—Also know your weaknesses and work on them!

—Find people who will lift you up: your parents, your friends (choose wisely), your teachers, your mentors.

—And basically, write, create and hone your skills.

—Find opportunities that would help you. Be creative (duh). Use these opportunities as objective lessons.

—DO NOT SELF-REJECT.

Failure is part of Life.

—Rejection, failure… the same thing.

—Sometimes, we win, sometimes, we lose.

—Failure IS a part of life. It will happen when you leave school, find a job…

—A series of failures does not mean you are a failure. You simply need to think out of the box, throw away old ideas/thinking.

—Many of us are trapped by old stale ideas, stereotypes and mental blocks.

—Stop making the same mistakes!

—Do not be shy/afraid to ask for help.

Lastly, a word of caution.

—There will be people who will still hate your work, whatever you do, right down to your personal lives.

—IGNORE them.

—Do good, be honest, be true to yourself.

—The best revenge is to live your life to the fullest.

 

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