Yuletide’s coming.

Christmas or Yule is around the corner. I am sure that some of you are looking for gifts. Likewise, I apologize to those who do not celebrate it – just read the blog post. 🙂

This has been an exciting year, filled with ups and downs. My novels and some short stories got published. I have people reading my stories. It is an enriching and learning experience as I put myself out there. The reception of Southeast Asian urban fantasy is still very nascent – at the meantime, I will continue to write. People who have been following The Path Of Kindness will be glad to know that installments will be up soon.

Now onward to the links:

Free and affordable fiction is up at Smashwords: You can read samples of these novels and short stories.

My urban fantasy novels are up at my publisher’s: Here: You can read the excerpts. 🙂

At the moment, my novels will remain in ebook format. I know, I know – some of you guys like print. 😉

Have a good Yuletide season all!

What world do you envision? My thoughts regarding Slutwalk Singapore.

Yesterday I participated in Slutwalk Singapore as a volunteer usher. I had been looking forward to it ever since news of it came out months before – and that many of us had been brainstorming about having one. Kudos to the team for working so hard for these six months to get things going!

You may ask me why I participated. This blog is a SFF blog, isn’t it? Well, it is a blog of a Singaporean SFF writer writing about her experiences. Likewise, as SFF writers and readers, I would think that we would envision worlds we WANT to live in. Worlds safe from danger, violence, assault and hatred. Worlds that people could walk free and freely without fear or prejudice. Am I a bra-burning feminist? No. But I believe strongly in a world safe for women (and men). Am I a feminist? Yes. {Note: I have seen bras burnt before – they catch fire pretty quickly once the fire retardant on them stops working)

I wrote about Reclaim The Night before and I am so glad to see Slutwalk Singapore happening.

Now, the good things:

The people. Man, they came and they kept on coming. The organizers actually planned for 300, but 600 turned up, many with their spouses or partners with them. In a way, I am glad to see allies supporting the event. The rain didn’t dampen spirits, but it did drive away some of the participants. I love the energy though – we had music, Muay Thai, talks and yummy drinks. Meeting new people and talking to them. I love it!

I took the pictures with my camera phone (forgetful me forgot to bring my camera!). I didn’t manage to capture the movement, the colors and the interaction of the great folks at the event. The ground might be soggy with Milo-brown mud, but heck, we all had a GOOD time.

Now, the bad things.

The (male) photographers and media: I am all for media publicity helping with the awareness. But after hearing some Slutwalk attendees talking about media harassment during the event, I started to think about safe spaces. At the same time, I was also leery and uncomfortable with the number of male photographers turning up in droves and asking to take individual or group shoots of attendees. I remember commenting to another attendee about the male gaze. Objectification is still prevalent. Were the photographers looking for photo opportunities or were they waiting for the chance to look at scantily-clad women? I am reminded too of anime conventions where photographers, mostly men, take pictures of the cosplayers. Objectification is still prevalent.

Now, for the future:

More Slutwalk Singapore.: We definitely need more space to voice out issues Singapore might want to hide from the public. We definitely need more space for women to be themselves without fear or harassment. Perhaps, a women-only event?

Many thank yous to the organizers who made Slutwalk Singapore happen!

“Ark” – up at Luna Station Quarterly Issue 008

“Ark”, a 100-word drabble, is up at Luna Station Quarterly, an online publication for up-and-coming women authors. Go support them!

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