Dark City 2

The regulars of this blog would know that I’ve had a story accepted into the Malaysian anthology of dark and twisted tales, Dark City 2. It is the sequel to the very successful and twisted Dark City, written entirely by Xeus and reviewed by me earlier this year. The second book is made up of contributors, but Xeus herself put in two hideously diabolical stories, which are absolute treats.

Before I prattle on, please note my look of abject glee in the photo below.


That’s the look of someone who had a fabulous Monday. My story in an actual book, yo.


Rumour has it that the book is already available in MPH 1 Utama. No word on when it’ll arrive in Kuching, but look out for it. I’m only halfway through but it’s a collection of wicked wicked stories and I spent my lunch hour being very entertained.

This is not a review. My actual review will be out in my usual column in a few weeks, but to be fair, I won’t be talking about my own story. But there’s plenty to talk about with the others!


*look of abject glee*

The State of October

From the Decluttering Diary
I have gotten over my love for widgets and stripped this blog down to the bare essentials. It’s only natural that it should be part of my decluttering project. It needed a new look, but I wasn’t really inspired to do anything with it until I read this article – 50 Tips to Unclutter Your Blog.

Some of the tips are quite extreme minimalist, but a lot of them made sense. I have to say that if I wasn’t willing to let go of widgets that show my visitors what I’m currently reading/listening to, I won’t have gotten rid of much! But it led to a blog makeover. I updated and added some pages, and I’m quite pleased at how it looks now.

nano_participant_icon_small.gif I’m committed. I have the bare bones of my story laid out. My characters are talking to me, which is an important point. I can’t write if they don’t tell me what they are up to!

Yes, I do refer to my characters like they’re real people.

My Nanowrimo profile is here. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting the story-in-progress in public. It was a lot of fun back in 2002, but I didn’t have any delusions of publishing that story anywhere else. If you’re interested in following what’s likely to be a very bad first draft, leave a comment with your email or email me. I’ll let you know where to access to story if I put it up.

If you choose to accept, I expect cheers of encouragement all through November. I also accept donations of fuel (chocolates and other forms of empty calories).

Happy Halloween!

Nanowrimo, I don’t know.

My 30th birthday is next week. Have you gotten your bubble solution?

I updated my Nanowrimo profile, but I don’t yet know if I will be doing it. I felt like it two days ago, but today I’m not bothered with a lot of things.

Nanowrimo is where you write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. It happens every November.

My first year was in 2002. I wrote a crazy story about how an ordinary girl living in an unnamed Caucasian country got embroiled with modern day wizards. It was online and updated everyday at midnight. I left it up until my old domain name got de-registered (another long story).

It was fun and insane and had cameos and inside jokes. I’m not putting it back up because I cringed the last time I reread it. I’m not sure if that one’s hitting the rewrite pile. It was done to see if I could. I did, which is perhaps why I didn’t see the point in a repeat performance. I’m like that in most aspects of my life.

In 2002, everyone who found out I was doing it thought I was crazy. Last time I checked, everyone is doing it. When everyone starts doing it, I know it’s time to move on to something new.

The only reason I’m considering it this time is because my fiction went places and sent me to places this year. If I’m on a roll, then I might as well get on the most obvious and probably last bandwagon this year.

But I’ll see how I feel when the time draws near. I still have a lot of things happening to me at this time, and when that happens, I don’t think of my future beyond the next 24 hours.

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