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Nothing like a little stress to get me clicking away on my keyboard again. I’m surprised to feel a flicker of anticipation and excitement despite the <sigh> rules. Thank you, T.L. Gray and jennasands, for kicking me in the butt and getting me moving again.

11 Random Facts about myself

  1. I prefer the company of animals to that of (most) people. I don’t have a pet now, but I hope to have one when I live alone/people I’m living with are no longer resistant to the idea of another resident, albeit with fur.

2. I’m effectively trilingual in English, Chinese/Mandarin, and Japanese, in their spoken and written forms. Although I can’t speak Hokkien and Cantonese without sounding like I’m butchering them, I can understand the two, to a certain extent. I hope to tackle Korean next, for both practical and personal reasons…and as usual, I need to put action to my thoughts.

3. People often think I’m driven, highly ambitious, and opinionated to the point of being deaf to what others are saying. I can be all three, but there are other sides to me. Unlike what they think, my motivation is also not money, status, power, or anything along those lines. I just like to do things – whatever they may be – to the best of my abilities, and that alone gives me pleasure. If I’ve aimed for the high-flying life, you can bet that right now, I’d have a position in a government body, with a few subordinates under me, and regular income to cover all my needs and more than a couple of indulgences. I could have that, but I don’t want that.

4. I’m growing out my hair. It’s driving me crazy, what with the humidity and my rebellious waves, but I so want a change after sporting a super short crop for about three and a half years.

5. I write with my left hand, but brush my teeth and serve/throw balls in games with my right. For the teeth, I blame it on a scary dentist in my childhood.

6. I’m a closet Pokemon game fan. Not that I buy any memorabilia, but I love that the games incorporate a story into them, and I love seeing the different designs of pokemon, their battle moves, and the funny dialogue that the game developers come up with.

7. I have a tendency to drink anything that’s put down in front of me. There have been occasions when I’ve mistakenly drunk out of somebody else’s cup. Keep your mugs close when I’m around.

8. While I think nail polish is all right, long nails on men put me off. If a man ask me out for a date and I notice that his nails are long, I don’t think I’ll agree to the date. It’s superficial, but that’s the way it is.

9. A nearly seven hour flight without human interaction, movies, games, books and sleep is nothing to me. I spend the time thinking, and sometimes, not thinking. And if I want entertainment, I just look around me at my fellow passengers. People are the fodder for my imagination.

10. I’m about 1.58 metres tall, but I can jump a distance of about 1.80 metres.

11. I loathe the thought of showers and baths and the whole process of scrubbing myself clean. Once I get in there, I’m okay and am actually glad to be there, and when I’m out, I love the scent and feel of clean skin. But when it’s time to shower, I moan and groan and think that it’s the saddest time of the day. I never figured out why that is so…maybe because I think it takes time away from the things I want to do (more)?

11 Questions

  1. What am I working on right now?

Myself. I’m always working on myself. Right now, I’m learning to listen more and to speak less. I’m reminding myself that others don’t have to know everything that’s on my mind. I’m learning to judge whether people are ready to hear the things I say, or if they’ll just think that I’m interfering.

On turning my life around. Not in the sense that there’s going to be a drastic change, but in learning to entrust Him with my anger, hurt, fear and everything else that I can’t control in my life. I’ll need to dive into the job market again, and I have no idea how that’s going to turn out and where I’m going to be and what I’m going to do, but I trust that everything will work out according to His will.

On writing, nothing at the moment. There’s Leah’s story lurking somewhere inside my head, but many details are still hazy. I hope I can knuckle down to iron those out, and finally put the story down on paper. I know, hope is hope…and talk is talk, right? I definitely need to take some self-discipline with both my hands and hang on to it.

2. Where do I write and why?

I write sitting on my bed in my room. No reason, actually. It’s free, and I can be in my pajamas. Although if I have a garden or a lawn, that’s where I want to be writing on a sunny, breezy day.

3. What was the first creative piece I remember writing?

I had a school assignment that had us writing a story based on Hazard, a song by Richard Marx. I left the protagonist innocent and my conclusion was that no one killed Mary; she committed suicide. I no longer recall her reason(s) for doing so, but I remember I wrote seven full pages loaded with drama, friendship and a love gone wrong. My teacher handed back our assignment and declared in front of the class that I make ‘a really bad short-story writer but a fantastic novelist’. I was mortified and immensely pleased, both at the same time.

4. Where do I find inspiration?

My life experiences. Nature, the people around me, world events, books…in the shower.

5. When did I decide to become a writer?

There was no conscious decision or an ‘aha!’ moment. I’m not a writer by profession but I write to keep my sanity in this crazy world. I realised from a young age that I’m more comfortable writing than speaking. I’m not verbally expressive and find it difficult to say how much I care about someone, or how grateful I am to people for their support or assistance. Somehow, I have less trouble writing about my feelings. It’s not the anonymity that makes me feel safe; I’m perfectly fine with the people whom I love knowing exactly who loves them. (People whom I don’t like, well, they probably know that I don’t like them even if I don’t write a note and sign off with my name on it.) I just can’t deal with the happy tears brimming in their eyes or the urge I see shining out from those eyes that signal that they want to give me a big hug. Despite all appearances, I’m not good at dealing with organic life forms and all the mind games that we play everyday.

6. The book that has most influenced me as a person?

This is difficult! I think I take away a little something, a little lesson or awareness, from every book I’ve ever read, but to talk about influencing…hmm, I would have to go along with T.L. Gray to say that it’s also the Bible for me. Change is difficult for people, especially one that involves attitudes and mindsets. Your lifestyle may change, your appearance may change, but your heart and what you are…at the risk of sounding depressingly pessimistic, I don’t think people can change permanently on their own, or with the help of other people. Only God has such life-changing influence.

7. What book(s) most influence my writing?

Is it funny if I say that it’ll be whatever book(s) I happen to be reading at the moment? I do so love J.K. Rowling’s writing style – a little bit formal with that classic English humour and wit.

8. Why did I choose my genre?

What genre? I don’t pick a genre consciously, and I hope I never do. Whatever fits a story will be in the story. Granted, there’ll probably be recurring themes such as friendship, romance, and finding oneself, and elements of mystery in my writings since my interests lie in but are not limited to those areas.

9. Is there a book I’d like to see on film?

Can I pick a manga instead of a book? I’ve always, always wanted to watch ふしぎ遊戯 (Fushigi Yuugi, loosely translated as Mysterious Game/Play) played by real people instead of being just ink sketches on paper or cartoon on TV. Most of the characters have some kind of superhuman ability (healing powers, enhanced intellect, monstrous strength, to name a few) and that’s enough to hook me in. Did I mention that the female protagonist gets to be surrounded by seven drool-worthy men? It’ll be like a childhood (okay, teenage) wish come true if this really gets onto the big screen. I only hope that the movie/drama doesn’t become campy.

10. What am I currently reading?

I just finished re-reading the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series by Charlaine Harris. Going to get started on Frost Wolf, fourth book in the Wolves of the Beyond series written by Kathryn Lasky.

11. Elevator pitch for my WIP?

<Silence for 10 seconds>…Assuming that I’m the WIP, can I just let my writings sell me, and not the other way round?

Nominees

  1. http://jeffsuwak.com/blog/
  2. http://littlewritelies.com/
  3. http://ianblackpoet.wordpress.com/