Doldrum Saturdays

The weekend has rolled around, yet again. And your writing to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. You have a million and one other things you have to do before you feel like you can 'indulge' in your writing—things like laundry, dishes, feeding yourself, working a 'real' job that pays the monthly bills, resting …

What’s better than writing? Winning (a writing prize)!

Exciting news! So, the literary journal that's my blood, sweat and tears, The Eloquent Orifice, has been invited to participate in Sing Lit Station's inaugural Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry! The Prize seeks to reward the best poems published by a Southeast Asian literary journal/publication in 2017. The winning works will be awarded $1500, $700 and $300 …

Katsushika Hokusai

I've never been a particularly big fan of early Japanese art. It's not that I didn't like it—it just didn't move me the way classical European paintings do with their deeply intense, emotive imagery and light and shadows, such as Anguish by August Friedrich Schenck. When I first saw this painting—housed in a large room with more …

Creative block?

Ever find yourself in a state of creative stagnancy? In a state where all you do is stare at a blank screen/canvas and nothing comes out of you besides a salt-and-vinegar-chips-flavoured burp? If you've never had the pleasure of experiencing that dark hole (literally—cause the blank canvas can certainly drain you dry), you're lucky. I've …