The Next Phase

I’m once again commencing regular updates of my novelling – both as a record for posterity’s sake, and also as a mechanism of accountability. You’ve got to deliver if you’re not the only person with a stake in something. That’s not to say you shouldn’t deliver if you’re the only one that cares, but it’s much easier to fall away into self-perceived mediocrity and sloth otherwise, and don’t I know it.

So, as a quick roadmap of the journey ahead, I’ve started revisions of A Sanctuary of Thorns, a story first conceived in 2013 that has undergone stupendously radical changes in the five years that followed. It’s finally in a place where I think I have a conceivable way of expressing the tale I want to tell. Over on my personal blog, I’ve outlined the general steps I’m going to take in the process of preparing it for eventual publication. Continue reading The Next Phase


OP-ED: Hemlock, A Love Story

It’s Valentine’s Day today! I never used to enjoy the holiday, considering it a gross consumerfest with little regard for the story of St. Valentine and what his martyrdom represented. I’ve since changed my view, and choose to view it as a day celebrating the endurance of love and compassion.

In honour of it, I wrote a piece for the university newspaper telling my favourite love story of all time. 

I hope you enjoy it!

OP-ED: No Armour Against Extinction

I contributed an article about the desperate endangerment of Pangolins to the most recent issue of my university newspaper, The Stork. You can check it out here! I also did the illustration 🙂

Interestingly (and a bit disappointingly, I’ll admit) this article was far less popular than my previous rant about Fake News – 8 Facebook shares versus 44, respectively. I was really surprised, but upon further thought, perhaps I shouldn’t be. Humans are far more interested in discussing cryptocurrency and market competition than the anthropogenically engineered extinctions that will only be ramped up with the advent of rapid climate change. Sigh.


January Sum-Up Post

January has been a big and busy month for me! I do know, though, that it’s only going to get busier…


I spent a beautiful Christmas with my family back in Singapore. Mum’s birthday is just before Christmas, so we basically had two days of food and funtimes! It was really great to be back home with the cats too, especially Mila, who’s terminally ill but managing alright. Whenever her arthritis complies, she runs around having fun and playing, and she goes out for her walk every day even on the bad days, which she never used to do (she’d just stay inside sleeping). I think it’s like with humans – when you brush death, you have this sudden, ecstatic urge to start living. I’m so glad she had the strength to stay on until New Year’s. Freyja, Oliver, and Molly are also doing well. Molly is ridiculously fat now, it’s amazing. Oliver is still moody, but we’re also seeing that he’s starting to get on in years! I think he’s being a little dramatic about it though 😉 Freyja was up to her usual antics of course! Continue reading January Sum-Up Post

OP-ED: A Grain of Salt

I recently contributed an article to the very first edition of my university’s student-run newspaper, The Stork (so named after a resident campus stork and mascot). I was very grateful to be selected as the featured article for the op-ed section. Titled A Grain of Salt: 2017 and the Reign of Fake News, it’s a short, sharp little piece lamenting the sorry state of the press last year. I must warn that it does have a political slant – how could it not? – but I’m very proud of this piece, particularly linguistically, and I hope you enjoy it too. I look forward to contributing to the newspaper in future!

You can read the article here.


Of Albatrosses and Elves; or, How I Became a Writer

How did you become a writer, word nerd?

This is the question posed by writer Gabriela Pereira, who runs diyMFA, a site, book club, and writing community altogether – one which, incidentally, I just joined. I’m glad to have found it and I’m thrilled that the first prompt came minutes after.

So, how did I get mixed up in all this? I suppose it began as most stories do – in the childhood home. Continue reading Of Albatrosses and Elves; or, How I Became a Writer

“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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