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Day 41: SWF Opening Tonight!

SWF Opens tonight!

And thankfully my word count is right on target for the week so I’m taking the weekend off writing to go watch/listen writers writers writers!

Very ‘light’ festival for me–one panel (Ideas), one set of post competition comments (Golden Point) and one presentation (Books Actually) and the rest of the time I’m free to enjoy all that’s happening.

Frustrating that so many things I’d like to sit in on are happening simultaneously!

 

Meanwhile Orchid Chan is on target at 15, 092 words–will have to start tidying and streamlining next week–and the History Mystery has passed the 35,000 word mark, which means I can stop to breathe a little, at least over the weekend!

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Day 40: Looking Forward to Singapore Writers Festival!

And of course Shanghai though I’m trying not to let myself think about that yet, it’s too big and exciting and upsets all the other little things that have to be lived through (and written through) as well as I can before then. Amy Tan will be there!!! Plus a whole bunch of other people who I have to get started re-reading before next March…

But on the home front I’m still plugging away…

I’ve got the skeleton of the novella down and reached 10,286 words on that. That one’s a bit stressful because I don’t know how much time I will have for revising and revision time is usually the time when I get to adjust the ‘real’ feeling and direction.

Still if the worst happens and I don’t get this one published in time for Shanghai I’ll still have a pretty decent structure to work on…

And I will still have the history mystery of course. Which surprisingly or not is going pretty well right now. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this keeps up over the next few weeks with the writers festival going on. I have just one panel discussion (26 Oct) and one discussion cum launch of 8 Plays (4th November, 7.30pm at Books Actually) so aside from those days I’m free to attend as many of the talks and discussions as I can get myself too!

Wish it would rain some more. I think I write better (more anyway) when it rains… now I keep wanting to go outside.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Writing Life

 

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First Month Over–Already?

Things went better than I expected, actually. I got my 20,000 words done on Miss Blackmore and started a new novella.

And I’m going to Shanghai 🙂

And 8 Plays is finally here in my hands! To use a pregnancy metaphor I was gestating this babe for over twenty years and ‘in labour’ for the past 48 months!

And I really love how it looks. I’m surprised by how much I like the look and feel of it–suddenly it doesn’t matter whether it sells two copies or two hundred, I’m so glad it exists! 🙂

The next thing up on the schedule is the Singapore Writers Festival. There are so many events up this time I’m very glad being on just one panel gets me a festival pass! (because this year we have to pay to attend stuff. $15 unless you’re a student or over 55 years and I fall between the two categories right now)

There are also two big big things that I’m hoping for very, very much. I keep telling myself hoping doesn’t make anything happen but it’s hard to stop.

Anyway, for the SWF I created an ‘event’ on my Facebook page and I’m replicating it here just in case anyone else might be interested.

As I said there, I’m really excited about this panel and not just because I’m on it. The other speakers are:

Chris Mooney-Singh the poet-performer and world music artist, founder of Poetry Slam and high energy Fun person…

Fredrik Haren, author of The Idea Book which is selling in 9 languages in 40 countries. He was also recognised as Sweden’s Speaker of the Year before he moved to Singapore so he’ll definitely be gripping…

and me, Ovidia Yu. I’ll be talking about collecting ideas for books, plays and life with lighting rods rather than lightning rods and learning all I can from my fellow speakers!

Our panel is moderated by Goh Eck Kheng so please ask your questions in Good English!

Unlike previous years you’ll need a Festival Pass to attend. These will be on sale to the public online from SISTIC.

The Festival Pass is $15 for 9 days ($10 each for group purchase of 10 tickets of above)

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Writing Life

 

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Day 19: Monday…

The best that I can say is that I’m still on track with the writing/ word count for The Lizard’s Tail. I’ve introduced the victim, the murderer and suspects and the first lizard but I’m tired… spent the weekend working on the new novella and feel like I haven’t had a break in too long!

‘The Lizard’s Tail’ was also the name of a NaNoWriMo piece I wrote two years ago… that on rereading I had to split into three separate threads, one of which in a very warped way I hope to work into the present book. I love NaNoWriMo–it’s great for bulking up on tons of ideas… even now I’m wondering whether I can squeeze in an entry this year–

Marvellous Mentor Mukul says ‘focus on writing one thing at a time’ but if I separate writing one project on week days and the other on weekends that counts right? (well if I just took weekends off I probably wouldn’t be so tired, so…)

But I’m faithfully sticking to my Daily Health Challenges so I’m hoping those will do something towards keeping me from turning into a tub of lard at the computer. I swear I haven’t done a full practice for so long I can feel my body has changed and I probably wouldn’t be able to! I know–the longer I stay off the mat the harder it is to get back on but still I don’t get back on… I should just set the alarm earlier but sleep is another thing I need every extra minute of right now!

And I’m terribly behind in my own reading but Have Finished with the Golden Point short stories judging reading/ re-reading/ points assigning/ re-re-reading/ meetings with my fellow judges the wonderful Dave Chua and Meira Chand

It was great fun reading all the entries though so painful we couldn’t choose more winners–so many were so promising in so many different ways!

And we liked/ loved/ hated different stories for different reasons… yes, there were very very many discussions. But we managed to agree on the final list that we’re all happy with… still Top Secret till they announce the results at the Singapore Writers Festival of course!

And now… trying to decide whether to do yoga or go out for a long slow walk with the dogs… it’s wet but the rain has stopped so there’ll be lots of mud and smells and bugs and maybe even rats to scrabble after–doggie bliss in other words!

 

 

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