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.

2019 Short Stories

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 partly find on Medium [ 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 this year in July. 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.

Since 2016, I've written a few more books, but I'm currently in the process of querying agents / submitting to publishers. We'll see.

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

Short Story: The Chopsticks Wizard

October 2, 2019

The Chopsticks Wizard is a short story I wrote that’s been published by Kaleidotrope in October, featuring magic, qilin, and environmental change. You can read it here [x], and I hope you like it. Climate change has been an increasing feature in my work recently, particularly since wildfire season, droughts, and damaging winds have been …

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Joy-Con Surgery and Other Stories

October 1, 2019

September always seems to be a busy month for Melbourne, with the Affordable Art Fair, Madfest, and the Writer’s Festival, among others. Not to mention our weird holiday for Australian rules football (the AFL). Yes, we have a holiday in Victoria for a football grand final. No, I don’t watch sportsball, though my cats and …

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An Infuriating Ad and Other Stories

September 2, 2019

Don’t you just hate it when you see a good ad? The social media manager and I saw this at the train station in Burnley on the way home, and we stared at it until the train came. Hint: it’s not a typographical error. I’ll put a second hint at the end of this post …

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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.