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What Do You Treasure in Your Life? #WriteBravely

Participating in a blogging challenge can be a fun way to keep the blog and your writing on track. So I’ll be blogging for the next 7 consecutive days, based on prompts from the Write Tribe Festival of Words. (Please bear with this sudden flood, and I hope the posts pass muster.) Today’s blogging challenge…

Are You Happy? #Happiness #Life

At each significant stage of my life, whether it was the first day of school, or college or moving to a new place, or marriage, well-meaning friends and relatives have asked me: are you happy? I’ve given garbled responses, of course, because unlike common belief on the subject, there is no yes or no answer,…

How have you been? #life

Life has its way of forcing you into what you need. For the past several days, that’s what it has done to me: given me enforced bed rest. I haven’t been keeping well this year, and this weekend brought another crash. Weather in Singapore being its hot and humid tropical best, I’m trying to stay…

How do You Reduce #SocialMedia Angst?

Editing has exhausted me this entire week. Add to the fact that I was unwell and still don’t feel a hundred per cent and there’s this tendency to droop and focus on gloom and doom. My social media feed full of news of carnage, aggressive conversations without nuance or patience, and stories about leaders, who…

Novel #writing: On finding the Right Literary Agent #QueryTip

Novel writing isn’t for the impatient (or wise, for that matter). I’ve been writing mine since end 2011, and this year, I’ve finally found a literary agent for it, and for my writing. An insightful editor, an entertaining conversationalist/ email-writer who doesn’t mince his words, and a wry tweeter of cat pictures: Ed Wilson from…