What Will Happen to Your Body After You Die?

Writers after deathSome people do not like speaking or thinking of death, but is a part of the process of life, its only predictable part, the very end. Writers routinely deal deaths to their characters, and readers often bemoan these.

Death will come to all of us, and the body that has been ours for all our lives will be ours no longer.

Religions prescribe what should happen to a body after the person has passed on, but some countries allow its citizens to donate their bodies for research. I recently read about one such ‘Body farm’ in Texas— on a writers forum, of course.

I confess to not bothering too much about what will happen to my body once I die–in Singapore you are a compulsory organ donor, you have to opt out of it if you don’t want to donate. Beyond organ donation, I’m not really bothered about what happens to my body. I’d love for it to be of use to other humans, animals, plants. From dust we rise, and to dust we shall return.

Writers are often called upon by their art to imagine various situations, and readers/ TV audiences absorb a variety of stories about people, living and dead. Based on these, and your life experiences, what are your thoughts on your body after you are gone?


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What have You Published Recently? #writing #reading

Writing and getting published are both challenging. Some people call it fun. For me it is work. Occasionally joyful work, but work, nonetheless. Most of my joy comes right after I’ve finished writing something.

Publication brings validation, the much-needed pat-on-the back that we fragile creative souls need from time to time.

I received a small one last month, at the Litro UK.

Here’s an excerpt from my piece, Almost there, and back again(Click link to read the entire piece)

He sits right there next to her, nuzzling her neck, whispering half-drunken stories, not caring who’s looking, her husband’s friends, or his wife. Rob’s breath fans over her throat and ear, warming her against the light evening chill. She’s waiting for him to make a suggestion, can already hear it whisper within her. The world’s axis has tilted, she imagines the hum of bees who cannot sleep; in the back-garden around them obscene May tulips wilt, their last, gold-dirty-musk smell mingling with barbecue fumes.

published articles stories and novelsFor this weekend, I’d like to read what you all have published in the past few months, whether it is a story, a poem, an article, a novel. So I’m adding a Linky list, open till Monday, and invite you all to add links to your recently published pieces. Anything in the last few months is great.

I’ll delete spam and keep the list tidy, so if you want to browse through the list, read and encourage others, you’re most welcome. The link will remain up, till further notice. I loved the experience with reading posts on my last linky– check out the wonderful blog posts shared there!

In the linky, please do the following:

  1. Link to the piece/ novel you want read, and not to your blog. I’ll delete links that lead to home pages and websites.
  2. In the Blog Title part of the Link form, add the genre and the title (For instance: Novel: The Old Man and the Sea).

Do NOT do the following:

  1. Do not add spam links.
  2. Do not add homepage links to Websites/ Blogs.
  3. Do not add more than one link.
  4. Do not ask me to edit/ make changes to the list. (I edit typos without being prompted, don’t worry).

I hope to have a few things to read by the weekend!

Here’s the Linky:



What have you published recently? What do you think the publication experience gives you? Do you read online journals or magazines? What books have you recently read, and would recommend? What is your comment on my piece at the Litro?


I co-host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post Fvourite Placethe last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.

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Do You Read or Write Short Stories? #writing #IWSG

Here on Daily (w)rite, as part of the guest post series, it is my absolute pleasure today to welcome Frances Gapper, a brilliant, nuanced, and versatile author. Her latest collection of short stories, “In the Wild Wood” has blown me away, and I recommend it for lovers of quirky, unusual fiction with a touch of the surreal. She’s been widely published: you can read some of her work online in the Irish Literary Review and the London Magazine.

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Short Stories Frances Gapper1. At what age did you start writing fiction? What prompted you?

I was lucky to attend a very good primary school, St Mary Magdalen’s in Mortlake, southwest London, UK. Mortlake: a death lake, but a good one to learn to swim in. Creativity of all sorts was encouraged and I wrote poems and stories. This would be from the age of five or so. I first tasted the delights of fame when an early poem of mine starting “The fish in our tank swim round and round / Round and round without a sound…” was stuck up by the school goldfish tank. I could quote the last line too, but I won’t because it was a bit weak and falsely jovial. Also I won first prize (five shillings) in a book review competition, no one else having bothered to enter. My friend Jane Eccles, whose beautiful drawing Night Tree is on my book cover, went to this school too.

2. What are your preoccupations as a writer? Which of your short stories/ collections would you recommend to a reader who has never come across your work?

My preoccupations as a writer – loss mainly, I guess. Loss in one form or another. I tend to assume all fiction concerns itself with loss and/or death, although I’m probably completely wrong about that. But certainly mine does. As for a recommendation of something to start with, I think ‘The Tiny Key’, a booklet of very short stories (bundled with two other booklets) published by Sylph Editions in 2009.

3. Which authors have been your biggest influences?

There are writers you love to read but whose work doesn’t influence your own writing (or at least you’re not conscious of it), others whose brilliance has a dimming effect on you. More rarely, an amazing writer comes along whose work refreshes and inspires you. It’s so for me with Stevie Smith, Ali Smith too. And all the writers listed below have influenced me in one way or another, as have very many others.

4. Could you name short story authors we should all check out?

Probably your readers will know all or most of these authors already, but here’s a short and eclectic list: Ali Smith, Grace Paley, Helen Oyeyemi, Stevie Smith, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Jackie Kay, Leonora Carrington, Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Raymond Carver, William Trevor.
See too my essay on Robert Aickman: “Aickman thought the ghost story akin to poetry in its compression and intensity, and his work has been described as ‘English Eerie’ and ‘English Kafka’…” (Aickman’s motto ‘Never explain or apologize’ – which was also the motto of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s mother – is a good one for short story writers, I think.)

And my essay on Dorothy Edwards: “Hovering awkwardly on the fringe of the Bloomsbury Group, virtually penniless and dependent on a friend for accommodation, Dorothy Edwards lacked the two things Virginia Woolf considered vital for a woman writer of fiction: money, and secure private space…”

6. What tips would you give to those starting out on short stories?

  • Learn all the rules, so you can choose the ones to disobey.
  • Read how-to articles, via links on social media, then think to yourself this may be good advice but I’m going to ignore it. Comma splices, for instance, seem to be the latest no-no – well I love comma splices. And exclamation marks!
  • Interact with other writers online.
  • Enter competitions and send stuff out. Lots of people will think your work is crap/meh; this will help you to moderate your own views and be grateful for the occasional kind word.
  • Never explain or apologize (see above).

7. What does your typical writing day look like?

Do You Listen to #AudioBooks and Stories? #AmReading

Audiobooks have been around for a while-– I’m new to them, because in my part of the world, Audible isn’t as good as in many Western countries. I listen to a lot of podcasted stories, the New Yorker podcast being my favorite. I’m listening to Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam even as I write this post. It makes for such a soothing rhythm, a beautiful waterfall of words to keep me company.

Listening to Audiobooks is not reading, some of my friends tell me. But that isn’t true, because according to research quoted in the linked article: “...once you are good at decoding letters into sound, which most of us are by the time we’re in 5th or 6th grade, the comprehension is the same whether it’s spoken or written.”

I like Audiobooks and listening to stories and podcasts for five simple reasons:

Have I Missed Your Blog Posts? Add Your Post Here! #Blogging

blog posts I've missed!Last month, I spoke about how blog posts become my lowest priority once life or writing kick into high gear, and invited you to add a few of your posts I’d missed. Loved all the posts in the comments, and felt glad to be given a second chance at visiting them.

I keep missing good blog posts, because I often can’t find time for more than one weekly visit to all the blogs I follow. When I do visit, I sometimes hop away after a quick ‘Like’ , meaning to come back and write a comment, but don’t always manage.

I’m writing a fair bit these days, so of course, August has been a sort of lean month, blog-visits-wise.

In short, I thought I’d add a Linky list, open for a week, till the 7th of September, and invite you all to add your old posts from August that I haven’t commented on. I’ll delete spam and keep the list tidy, so if you want to browse through the list and visit other blogs and make friends, you’re most welcome. The link will remain up, till further notice.