1st October!

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Change is on the way.

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SUN DRAGON’S SONG #1 is released!

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BUY LINK HERE: SUN DRAGON’S SONG #1

The wheel of the year turns…

… and suddenly, Yule is in about three months more. The year has moved very quickly, the world seems to have wrapped itself in pretzels of pain and sorrow. As a writer and an educator, I find it more than ever to stand firm on my beliefs of love, compassion, kindness and tolerance. At the same time, I have to stand firm on my own beliefs and not be swayed by partisan politics, be it in the sff-sphere or the larger community. If you are not in a group, you are suddenly “not one of us”. We tell our kids not to get sucked in by kindergarten/high school mentality, but yet we adults sometimes end up falling into this trap.  We tell our kids not to become petty and sink down to the levels of their bullies or in-group nonsense, but yet we end up stuck in the same mire. We play the silly games the kids and teenagers do and wrap ourselves in pretzels of pain and sorrow too.

As a writer and an educator, I always keep it a point to practice what I preach. Walk the talk, be honest, be kind, be true to self.

When 2017 rolls in, about four months time, let’s remember that our kids look to us for role models. What kind of world do you want to live in?

Chapter Ten

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“I found her standing in her exercise kit, her wooden staff in her hand. Her hair was tied in a neat ponytail. She looked like Fa Mulan from our clan stories, legends passed down from generation to generation. Determined, yet a hint of fragility, of mortality.

I actually debated with myself if I would wear my exercise kit. I still experienced immense self-consciousness about my arm. When I saw April, my heart lifted. With a sigh, I grabbed the staff from its rack and gave it a preliminary swirl. The staff was a solid comforting weight in my hands.”

Claw of the Clan: Chapter Ten

Fantastic review of Sun Dragon’s Song

I woke up with bad vertigo and a distinct feeling that things are doing downhill… or at least, careening down pretty quickly. It’s strange, because it’s Sunday and it’s all blue skies and all, with the sun throwing in a couple of glorious rays.

Then I saw/read a a fantastic review of Sun Dragon’s Song and things look moderately better.

 

This arrived safely!

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Interested? Find out more at The Arcanum Book.

 

 

 

 

It’s official.

My Singapore Writers’ Festival bio and schedule of appearance

Chapter Nine

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The shishini ship, Sharp Shard, paced us, a strange escort shadowing us. The fleet had to be cautioned not to fire on it.  I recovered my composure in my office, composing the unwelcome letter to Shi Ling’s clan: My most sincere regrets to your clan. She has proven unsuitable. Investigations are now pending.

“I don’t believe it,” I said. “A Clan officer attacking her captain.”

April smoothed her uniform. “It has happened before. Most of the time though, the officer was suffering from space madness. Dr Myint is running tests on her now. He believes she succumbed under the stress. She is heavily sedated now. He says that she begs for forgiveness.”

Claw of the Clan: Chapter Nine

Shortlist soon.

North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award – Picture Book Category

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