Ya lah, I'm

Anya / Singaporean / living in Melbourne / grey-ace / a graphic designer / working in advertising / an ex-lawyer / an illustrator / a writer / a food snob / a cat herder / a briber of dogs

huh? where is singapore?

You don't remember us? Our super-flush government only just spent a ton of money hosting an international tourism advertising extravaganza... I mean the NK-USA summit. It's ok. I know we're easy to miss. Never fear, this is why tacky map modules were coded. Behold:

I just want to read your stuff

I write so that my cats can get a better life. And to get better at writing. That too.

Current Projects

My post-apocalyptic dystopian novella, CRADLE AND GRAVE, is out as part of Neon Hemlock's Novella series. I'm excited to join a great slate of diverse authors for this project, and I'm looking forward to everyone being able to read the book. If you're looking for some new novella reading, check it out. The paperback is available on Amazon, but ebook distribution might not be available yet outside the USA on Amazon: if you'd like to buy the ebook, buy it direct from the publisher here.

2020 Short Stories

Life in Achar • Avatars Inc [ Read ] Crowd Submission Winner

Last Light • Aurealis Magazine [ Preview / Buy ]

Older Short Stories

What about nonfiction?

I run my agency's blog, which you can find [ here ]. I remain surprised that I've been given near-absolute power over the blog, which has resulted in classics such as Writing Online Dating Profiles: Advice from an Ad Agency [ x ], Long Live Avocado Toast [ x ], and The Rise of Evil Photoshop [ x ]. Don't @ me.

Didn't you publish a novel?

I published THE FIREBIRD'S TALE in 2016 with Less than Three Press. It starts with a familiar story: a kingdom on the edge of Faerie, a Prince Who Never Smiles, and a royal mandate—whomsoever can make Prince Aleksei smile will be awarded his hand in marriage. But life is never neat, and the one who succeeds not only does so by accident: he isn’t even human.

Unfortunately, Less than Three Press closed in July 2019. I'm still trying to figure things out, but I'm working on the sequel, and I'll probably re-release this book under a pay-what-you-want model after some editing. I'm grateful to everyone who's read and supported the book and to the lovely people at Less than Three Press. I wish them all the best.

where's your portfolio?

I work at an ad agency in Melbourne and in my free time I write SF&F stories, so I don't tend to take freelance clients. You can see some of the packaging I've done out in the wild for Melbourne City Rooftop Honey though, a green initiative in Melbourne focused on ethical beekeeping. Buy their stuff [x]. It's super tasty.

you should have a blog

Achar and Other Stories

July 2, 2020

Was floored to hear that my short story submission to Avatars.Inc, Life in Achar, was the winning Community Choice story! You can read it [ here ], and I hope you like it. It’s about two of my favourite things: conservation and food. Avatars.Inc sent me a ton of swag as prizes, still stunned at …

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This Year is Getting Worse

June 3, 2020

SOME THINGS TO READ Amy McQuire | We Must Bear Witness to Black Deaths in Our Own Country Ibram X. Kendi | The American Nightmare | The Atlantic James Baldwin | How to Cool It | Esquire Jamil Smith | American Plague | Rolling Stone Nadia Latif and Leila Latif | We Know What it …

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Book Events and Other Stories

May 1, 2020

#SixBooksSixPeople! I’ve talked about these books briefly over on Twitter, but they need more love: David B. Berman | Do Good Design: I first heard David speak when I was volunteering for the agIdeas design conference in Melbourne, and it was a revelation: he talked about the importance of accessible design. Some of his comments …

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tell me about your cats

Here are Russ and Pascal. They are totally friends. Totally. Russ loves Pascal. You can see it in his face. Their ceasefire has been in effect since 2018.

Russ is an 11+ Birman cat with food allergies and a terrible addiction to tuna. He does not think he is a cat – he thinks he is God. He considers all cat toy offerings with supreme disdain and attempts to teach him how to "sit" with contempt. Pascal is a 1+ ginger domestic shorthair with one (1) brain cell, imperfect object permanence, and an incorrectly installed cat operating system. He likes to fight all the things. Yell at all the things. He's a 24/7 perpetual motion noise machine.

Cats make great companions for writers. Mine like to cuddle up when I'm writing on the couch. Pascal often tries to add to the word count with his butt.

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