John Green recently posted a video on the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel he shares with his brother Hank. In it he talks candidly about the pressure of trying to write a novel after the runaway success of The Fault In Our Stars. He mentions the novels he’s started and given up on since then, and admits […]Read More What if I never succeed?
One of the best things my parents ever did for me was to read to me. Despite not being voracious readers themselves, they still recognised how important it was for me. Another wonderful gift they gave me was to take me to the library every three weeks. It cemented my love of books and stories, […]Read More Libraries and why they matter
A few years ago, I was going through my old notebooks from primary school when I found the words “Did you know that fish live in trees?” printed at the top of one of the pages. I would’ve been about Year 5 (aged 9 or 10) when I wrote that down, so I can’t be […]Read More Fish Live in Trees, animated flash fiction
I’ve often seen a writer defined (on the interwebz) as someone who turns caffeine into words. For a long time, I couldn’t relate to this. I drank coffee as often as I drank alcohol, which was virtually never. I hated the bitter taste. I also rarely drank energy drinks because doing so gave me what […]Read More On coffee and writing
I say words to this effect a lot, but I’ve been pretty poor with my blogging commitments lately. Although I have been ghostwriting blog posts for clients, so it hasn’t been a complete productivity fail. In terms of my actual writing, I’ve mainly been trying to get my novel ready for submission. I made some […]Read More Wearing my heart on my sleeve
A little over a year ago — in the lead-up to Self-Injury Awareness Day (March 1) — I wrote a blog post called Breaking the silence on self-injury. In February this year, I was asked by some of my classmates about the meaning of the orange awareness ribbon tattooed on my wrist. It was the […]Read More Talking about self-harm and self-injury #SIAD
If you’re reading this, you’ve made it into 2016. Here’s to happiness and exciting new beginnings. 🙂 My 2015 in review Despite falling into a bit of a holiday depression towards the end of the year, 2015 was actually pretty good to me — particularly from a writing perspective. I finished the first draft of […]Read More Goodbye 2015, hello 2016!
It’s called the festive season, and you go around saying things like “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” to each other. But the truth is, the holidays can be downright depressing, even if you’re not clinically depressed. And to make matters worse, you’re expected to plaster a smile on your face for days at a time […]Read More Fighting depression during the holiday season
As you’ve probably heard, Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens just came out. As a Star Wars fan who went by the pseudonym Kenobi in high school and now has Princess Leia tattooed on her thigh, I was counting down the days until I finally got to see this highly anticipated movie at […]Read More 10 thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was about five or six years old. One of the reasons is because I was so shy, and writing was the only way I knew how to communicate and express myself. However, pursuing a career as a […]Read More Pursuing a writing career when you have social anxiety