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Writing about reading “The Reader”

“The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink was made into a movie two years ago, and Kate Winslet won an Academy Award for her role in it, I guess so everything that can be said about it has possibly already been said. It was an impulse buy at Borders last week, along with Island of Lost Girls.…

Writing about an Island of Lost Girls

“Island of Lost Girls” by Jennifer McMohan bills itself as a mystery-thriller, and is both of these, to an extent. What I like about it though, is that it hooked me yesterday at a bookshop past, and I was up till 4 am reading it. Not because of the story, because I thought the…

Work and Writing

A whole day spent working and writing: that is my resolution for the day. After the rather unsettling, rainy days this week, today seems to be a bright day, and I’m hoping it would stay that way. Sunny, so I can talk my notebook and go for a walk, and productive, because I would have written the ending of a draft.

Not Publishing with CCC Press

I’m not publishing with CCC Press. I had almost decided on it last night and had drafted the withdrawal letter. But I wanted to be very sure and was still waiting for some more opinions. But the morning decided me. They have written to me that they’re removing me from the anthology for discussing the…

Should I withdraw my story from the Colonial CCC Press?

I have been agonizing about removing my story from the CCC Press anthology.

It is supposed to be “post-colonial” literature from Singapore, but the behavior of the the CCC Press shows it is stuck in colonial times. They want to retain the right to abridge my work and to continue to publish it not just for one year, but till they decide to let it go out-of-print.

And in the meanwhile, they are going to charge sub-licensing fees to any publisher who decides to publish the story again, including, hypothetically, my own anthology!