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.

Upcoming Projects

My post-apocalyptic dystopian novella, CRADLE AND GRAVE, is coming out in 2020 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. Want a pre-retail copy? Check out the Kickstarter here.

2019 Short Stories

Garuda • Curiosities • Volume 6 [Buy]
Everyone Knows • OMBak Magazine [ Read ]
The Chopsticks Wizard • Kaleidotrope [ Read ]
If the Apocalypse Happens and CNN Isn't There, Did it Really Happen? • Daily SF [ Read ]
Eight Characters • Daily SF [ Read ]

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

The Apocalypse and Other Stories

February 5, 2020

That was the view from my window one morning earlier in January, in Melbourne, Australia. Air levels overnight were the most hazardous in the world. The air’s improved in the city for now, but some outer areas are still registering poor air quality, and despite the abrupt drop in news coverage – even local news …

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The Rise of Skywalker and Other Stories

December 31, 2019

I’m still fighting off the remnants of a cold and a bad allergic reaction, so this might be more of a rambling post than usual. Yes, I have watched the star war, and yeah, that was a bit of a mess, wasn’t it? I confess, my main interest in the latest Star Wars films can …

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Short Story: Garuda

December 31, 2019

Garuda is a short story I wrote that’s been published in Volume 6 of Curiosities, under their World War II edition. It’s inspired by my uncle’s memoir, which he wrote prior to his 80th birthday as a record of our family’s roots and how they survived WWII and the Japanese Occupation. His book is not …

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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.

digital narcissism

Australia activates its #COVID19 emergency response plan.
The relevant Australian laws were updated only in 2015: I wrote part of my doctorate on the laws & why past laws would risk violating human rights in a pandemic. Surreal to see use in action.
https://t.co/lrEk136odA

#BREAKING The baboons motion passed!!

The Senate has voted to wish the Sydney baboons well and called on the Government to invest in the methods and technology needed to end the use of animals for research purposes ❤️❤️❤️ #auspol

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