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A story – novelette-length – and from Envisioning, a collection of speculative fiction I wrote a while back.



Poetry… and life in general.

These two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster. A close family member is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The repercussions of the news are now rippling through the entire family. It will be a difficult end-of-year for us and a more difficult 2013. Rider‘s 2013 release is a bright spark in this general doom and gloom.

I am again looking for a job. It’s not easy for me to talk about this and I am not the type of person to ask for money. Pride, perhaps, is still strong inside me. And pride is preventing me from talking about money woes and stuff. So, if you can, buy my books. The royalties are not enough to cover my living expenses, but at least, it’s income coming in.

And now… something I have been working on.

I wonder how Singaporean honey tastes,
You know, does it taste
Like car fumes, cigarette smoke
And urban housing as thick as forests
Over taking real trees and real flowers
That still grow along the roadside
Brave like the sun.


And I won. My own personal challenge (again). The YA trilogy. 75k words and above. I am proud of myself.

ISF #1 free for download!

ISF #1

ISF #1 Cover

Out next week!

Ayam Curtain’s Launch at Books Actually (Pictures Included!)

November the 16th was memorable, because it rained and it poured. Yet, people filled the aisles of Books Actually and kept coming in. Before we go into the photographs, let me thank all of you for turning up for the launch and staying for the Writers’ Bar later (grateful thanks to Alvin). Much plotting was had. 😉

Now the pictures…

(Alvin Pang reading A Better Place – Seems my phone got him in mid-action! The story was fun and amusing and provocative.)

(Ang Si Min reading World-hopping on Wings, a delightful tale about traveling between worlds!)

(Gwyneth Teo tells us about Battery, an awesome story with triple wordplay and poignant tropes)

(Ivan Kwan talks about big raptors in TaunGaruda – He’s such a tall lad in person!)

(Jason Erik Lundberg weaves a haunting and sweet story in Hidden In The Leaves)

(Joelyn Alexandra paints a grim tale about conformity and colorlessness in Unwanted Utopia I)

(Lina Salleh writes a story aimed at Tumblr users, but I love the ending too – so scary. Read Artifact #IN-327)

(Yuen Xiang Hao read Halcyon Days, a lyrical tale about halcyon days and our yearning to go back to them)

And lastly, the Books Actually crowd:

Once again, thank you all beautiful people!

November: Going-within Month

In lieu of what’s happening in my life (sickness in close family member/job woes/stuff), I am going within. My personal hibernation.

What does November mean to you?

Interview with Needle In The Hay

Interview here.

Needle In The Hay is also open for submissions for the ROSA Award.

WriteCamp Singapore 2012

I gave a talk about the editor/author relationship via the Internet, stressing on the need for professionalism on the part of the author. Remember to keep calm and carry on. Remember that the editor is also human and has his or her work to complete. Quite surprised many asked questions, including the million-dollar question about royalties. I am glad too to see folks staying and asking me more questions. There are many young and coming writers out there who need information on where to publish and how to write – say – a query letter. It’s high time we help them. Support networks – friendships – are important.

As Alvin Pang has said during his talk, it’s not just publishing and getting your work out there, it’s also about friendships over social things like coffee, meals and even meeting up. So, writers, do not worry. Meet up for chats, assorted beverages and intellectual (and physical) back rubs. Your friends are also part of the writing process. It’s a community.

Things to note (and remember!)

1. I will be presenting (again!) at WriteCamp Singapore 2012. Perhaps, if time is willing, I will also stay for the Closing Debate.

2. Visibility Fiction has inclusive young adult fiction. I totally support it!

3. Spread the word for The Ayam Curtain.

4. Today (7/11) is Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye‘s 1st anniversary. Reply here for a free copy of the novel (the second book in the Jan Xu series). If you like to read non-USian urban fantasy, read this (and Wolf At The Door).

The Ayam Curtain is launched!

The heavens opened up and the rain poured down in torrents… But The Ayam Curtain was launched, together with two other Math Paper Press anthologies, Balik Kampung (edited by Verena Tay) and Fish Eats Lion (edited by Jason Erik Lundberg). In the presence of experienced writers like Verena and Jason, I think the writers of The Ayam Curtain did quite well. June and I were particularly proud of the new and young writers in our book. Our stories are future Singapores and possible Singapores.

We did have to raise our voices a little as the rain thundered on the seemingly fragile pavilion and I kept looking upwards to see if there were any spillage or leak (eek!). There was none. The stories being read were oddly apt for the monsoon weather: “Ark” (my own) and Verena’s “Floral Mile”, for example. I like Balik Kampung as it reminds us of the permanence of home and how it forms our identity/memory/self. The anthology is contemporary, but it is indeed relevant to how we see our homes and landscapes.

I was amazed and enthralled by the diversity of stories and tropes presented. Perhaps, it’s true: Singapore speculative fiction is here to stay.

Many thanks to all the authors who had added their voices to the anthologies. Many thanks to The Ayam Curtain authors, especially, for your contributions and your stories.

(All of us, editors and authors at the book signing after the launch!)

I hope to see more speculative fiction in the future. Perhaps, the next anthology will be titled Ayam Penyet. 😛 (And it will be all about FOOD!)

The Ayam Curtain will be available for sale at the Festival Pavilion for the duration of the Singapore Writers’ Festival. It is also available for sale at Books Actually.

More photographs on June’s website!

Table Of Content

Speaking Bird Language

Tales from the Lonely Tree
Vanessa Ni Qiu Rui

By Wing and Talon
Jonathan Jie

An Urban Bestiary
Dave Chua

Joyce Chng

Jumping Ship
Lim Ming Jie

The Heart of the Rain Tree
Geraldine Choo

Lucas Ho

Andrea Ang

JY Yang

Sparrows over Trees
Anders Brink

Unwanted Utopia I
Joelyn Alexandra

World-hopping on Wings
Ang Si Min

The Gilded Cage
Cherie Tan

Two Frames in Between
Geraldine Kang

They Called Me The Hyacinth Girl
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

They come from faraway places
Carrick Ang

Tiong 2040
Yasser Suratman

Coming Home
Yasser Suratman

Singapore Rock
Cai Lixian

Speaking Bird Language
Jerrold Yam

The Ayam Curtain

The Heartland
Eleanor Neo

Gwyneth Teo

The War Going On Beneath Us
JY Yang

Garisan Kuning
Michelle Tan

Her Name Was Jane
Joses Ho

Nicholas Deroose

Halcyon Days
Yuen Xiang Hao

Tuan Garuda
Ivan Kwan

The Privilege
Anders Brink

Artifact #1N-327
Lina Salleh

Xie Shi Min

Hidden In The Leaves
Jason Erik Lundberg

Clara Yeo Zhe Xuan

The Goldfish Bowl
Liana Gurung

The City
Judith Huang

Tse Hao Guang

A Better Place
Alvin Pang

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