2016 has been a bit of a wtf year

November 17, 2016

This had been gearing up to be a bit of a wtf year from the beginning, but I admit the last few weeks still took me by surprise. Getting my first book deal early this year was unexpected, and nice, but the rest of the year has often been strange and downright depressing. David Bowie? …

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Short Story: The Mourning Hour

October 2, 2016

My science fiction short story The Mourning Hour has been published in Giganotosaurus! It was inspired by the near-future sci fi stories like the Martian, and targeted advertising. I only realized this year how intricately people can get tracked online by Facebook, Google etc, when we were doing an ad buy for a client. You can literally …

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Flash Fiction: Old Mother

September 16, 2016

My flash fiction, Old Mother, has been published by Daily Science Fiction. It’s a (very) short story about history, tea, hunting qilin, and good manners. Hope you like it~~ The story was inspired by one of my favourite authors, the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. While I loved The Last Hero, I found myself wishing …

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Life, Writing, (more) Pokémon

September 3, 2016

At the start of this month, being a highly organized person, I remembered belatedly that Singapore’s Epigram book prize was due on 1 September, which has a minimum word count of 40,000. Originally, having concluded that Tor’s novella program will most likely reject my Murder of Kings entry, I was just going to extend its …

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Short Story: The Buddha Statue

September 2, 2016

Excited to announce that my short story, The Buddha Statue, has been published in Mantid Magazine‘s Winter 2016 issue! It is available to read for free online, or you can get a print-on-demand issue off Mantid’s website. I didn’t hold much hope of any publisher actually liking this story, I have to admit. It’s a …

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Short Story: Dragon Lady’s Daughter

July 19, 2016

My first published short story is now available to purchase via Capricious SF! “The Dragon Lady’s Daughter” is the fourth story in Issue 4, an issue themed over food and drink. There’s also an author interview after the story. Capricious is a New Zealand-based magazine of literary speculative fiction and criticism, edited by A.C. Buchanan. …

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PokemonGO, Eater of All Life

July 14, 2016

I had a life once, before PokemonGO. Wake up in the morning, feed the cat, breakfast, agency work, home to cook. Brunch on the weekends. Write and freelance during the off hours. Since last Friday, that’s all changed. Yesterday I woke up early, hastily fed the cat, and sped off, pokemoning all the way to …

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July 8, 2016

The 20th anniversary of the Spice Girls has brought with it a remake of “Wannabe”, courtesy of the #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign, calling to an end to violence against women ahead of a UN meeting in September. Created by Global Goals, and launched by the Project Everyone initiative, it stars a range of singers, including Canada’s Taylor …

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On Writing

July 7, 2016

When I was 17 or so, I told my parents, very tentatively, that I wanted to be a journalist. It wasn’t that I actually liked the idea of being a journalist: it was that I loved writing, and at 17 I couldn’t really imagine any other career that might be acceptable to the parental units that would also …

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Life: An Update

April 7, 2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than four years now that I stopped practicing law and changed gears to design. I still don’t see it as having been a ‘brave’ thing to do. Bravery is about getting over your fears. I wasn’t afraid about failing or ruining my career or life, I just really …

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