“I Write Like…”

So I took this little test just now, that supposedly analyses your work and declares which writer your style is most similar to. Most curious!

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Book Haul!

So, the trip to the city wasn’t supposed to involve a book haul – especially when I was hardly looking for an extensive English section in Madrid – but as it sometimes (alright, always) happens with me, I find a way. Turns out that the basement of the Casa del Libro in Gran Via has a huge languages section and a wide range in English. For only about two walls worth it’s really very good!! I limited myself to four. These are the spoils. Continue reading “Book Haul!”

“Little by little one travels far…”

Extracts from my full piece, which is available on LiveJournal.

And so has the road gone, beneath my feet, as I’ve journeyed through my love for Tolkien’s work, and all the forms it is taken, and incarnations in which it was expressed. It is worth remembering, for it has been long, and much has happened, and many memories, no matter how mundane or material, deserve to be remembered for themselves. Let this be, then, something of a record, a personal indulgence, for my own sake, like a scrapbook of words preserved in the great technological cloud of our era. Let this be a map and a chart of the road that has come down from my door, which I have pursued with eager feet indeed.

It began in my seventh year, when the months were drawing down into the monsoon, and minds were turning to Deepavali and Christmas afterwards. One drizzly evening, in the largest bookstore on the island of Singapore, my home, my mother put a book into my hands that would come to change me forever. It sounds dramatic; it sounds clichéd. Whatever presumptions may try and dissuade you believing, however, it is the truth. Continue reading ““Little by little one travels far…””

Linguistic Endeavours

Today I’ve been caught up in the exciting business of learning languages!

As someone who grew up in a country that has four official languages, and a household that codeswitched between 2 and sampled from 2 more in nearly every conversation, under the upbringing of mother who is a literature and language arts teacher, linguistics has always been a niche – but integral – area of my interest. We’ve a bookshelf at home utterly flooded with books for the learning of several languages, many of which we shall likely never learn but are utterly fascinated by. I once bought a book about Beginner’s Finnish – why on earth should I ever have reason to learn Finnish? Well, anything can happen I suppose…

I am currently living in Spain and so learning Spanish, both as a course in my degree and as necessity; I also take German for the fun of it (strange statement, I realise). However, in my personal time, I like to explore other languages and teach them to myself.

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Writing Competitions

I’m excited to say that as one of my goals for this year, I intend to begin work on some pieces for a few different writing competitions. Many are currently running, with deadlines at the end of this month, the next, and May.

I’m not sure why the concept of engaging in a writing competition never appealed to me – perhaps it was the word, ‘competition’. I’m competitive, but more in the way of one that competes because one is compelled, rather than because one wills it. I do not enter myself in competitions; only once in high school, for example, did I try running for student government! Something about pitting one person against another – gnashing teeth and general malcontentedness, I suppose.

My perception on this has changed however, and I think much of it has to do with participating for the first time this year in a fanfiction challenge month (more on that to come). Completing prompts; learning to say a lot with a little in fixed-word pieces; engaging in the community, having other people comment on your work; moving towards a goal and getting a reward – nothing material in this case, just the sheer satisfaction of a fan that also happens to be a creative.

I’ve researched several competitions and will be preparing entries for about four (if my time permits me to do so). I seek no reward – only to have the experience, to try, to let other people read my work. And if I succeed? All the better, for then I shall have my words endorsed in a magazine or a website, that I can point family and friends to and say, “Look at this! Dreams can come true, for all that the cliché discourages you from the notion.”

I look forward to updating on my progress on these competitions! Soon to come, a little entry about my participation in the Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Challenge.

‘Til then, keep well, and all the best!

Sarah

 

Update on Projects

Okay, I’ve been just dreadful at updating this place ever since NaNoWriMo ended. Thus, let this be a little marker for 2017 and a tenuous promise for more regular posting.

I am currently working on three writing projects that are all at different stages.

  1. A full overhaul of my NaNoWriMo project, ‘Remember the Rise’. A top-to-toe revision that will likely involve massive rewrites.
  2. A novella-that-may-turn-out-to-be-a-novel entitled ‘An Immortal Fortress’. Currently in the planning stage, hope to start drafting soon.
  3. My 1930s historical novel ‘The Line’, which is being outlined. This is lower on the priority list and kind of just a thing I look at once every month or so.

Will try and make regular posts from now on – once a weekend, if not more often!