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Writing In A State of Fugue

I write this in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9 - 15). The Mental Health Foundation in the UK set aside a week in May for this annual event. Their aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues “with a focus on preventing mental health problems...

The Birth of A New Book

The House of Little Sisters, published by Penguin Random House SEA A lot has happened since my last blog post. You're reading this post in my new website. I finally handed the job of creating a website to a web-magician. His name is Jared Lim. You're looking at The...

Silencing the Female Voice … no more

Crispijn de Passe the Elder (1564-1637), Tereus cutting out the tongue of Philomela c. 1600, Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash; indented for transfer | 7.2 x 13.0 cm (sheet of paper)Royal Collection Trust, acquired by George III, King of the United Kingdom...

A Community of Saints

  Cima da Conegliano (Giovanni Battista Cima),  Polyptych,  C. 1486-88,  Tempera on panel. Parish Church of St. Bartolomeo, Olera (Bergamo), Italy Behold this nine-panelled polyptych with the Virgin and Child taking the top panel, presiding over...

Painters of Colour

André DerainHenri Matisse 1905 Tate© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021 Fauvism is an art movement that was started in the 20th century by a group of artists who felt that vibrant and complementary colours, and painterly skills such as strong brush strokes were more...

The Ideal Woman: Daughter, Wife and Mother

Old Chinese posters for The Central Agency, Ltd. Fabrics company at Glasglow, Scotland from 1930 I once bought a dress from a well-known British designer that was a cross between two cultures. The dress was made to look like a cheongsum or traditional Chinese dress,...

The Sea, the Sea, Let’s All Go to the Sea.

Claude Monet, Sea Study, 1881, oil on canvas Claude Monet, Waves Breaking, 1881, oil on canvas Claude Monet, Rough Sea, 1881, oil on canvas I started early, took my dog And visited the sea The mermaids in the basement Came out to look at me By the Sea by Emily...

Synergy of Humanity and the Multiplicity of Conflict

I am mesmerised by this image of a red cliff face and a row of women, backs bent, ferrying baskets trudging up a fenced mountain path. I see steam billowing from below joining the plumes of clouds at the mountain top. The women are all dressed alike—forming a line of...

A Day In the Life of a Writer

Well, it’s been a full day’s work again today. Like for most people with regular jobs. Writing is a lonely day job, but it nonetheless takes up a whole day, if you’re a professional writer like me. Writing is my regular job.  What Does A Typical Day Look Like for...

Year Of Change

Image borrowed from Bristol Old Vic How to make changes during pandemic and post I can’t believe that we’re almost at the end of February. It seems like time has flown by under lockdown. The Chinese have just entered the Year of the Ox. And feng shui experts promise a...

The Island

The Island by Armin Greder. This book spoke to me in so many ways. I’m sure readers can imagine how.

The Responsibilities of an Author

In life, in business, and especially in publishing, it’s true that you’re only as good as your word.”  — John QuattrocchiJohn QuattrocchiPresident, Albert Whitman & Company Every story should open with intrigue. I love openings that have a double entendre. ...