The Great Endeavour

I think, that at the core of every great human endeavour, every human dream and ambition, every human pursuit no matter how small, therein lies the simple desire to be accepted for who one is. In the end, perhaps that’s the only thing that truly matters – the only difference is in how we perceive that goal to be.

7 Tips for the Over-Productive Person

So this summer break has been quite the roller coaster ride for me, to say the least. Went through a lot of tough times, challenges, but enjoyed many ecstatic, triumphant moments as well. So moving forward into this new semester, just thought I’d share some tips. Namely,

7 Tips for the Over-Productive Person:
1. Know the difference between being strict with yourself and being unfair to yourself. One is a catalyst for evolution, the other is a pitfall.
2. Know the difference between working smart and working hard. Not only does one waste more time/effort, it teaches you less as well.
3. Rest time is not a waste of time. Resting is not doing nothing. Sleep heals the body, but not the soul or mind.
4. Have clear goals. Swinging in the dark will get you nowhere, not to mention the possibility of accidentally hitting other people.
5. Appreciate the world as it is, do not live in/commit solely to your destination. Accept failure with grace. Smile and move on.
6. Do not aim for an idealised state of ‘perfection’. Just be yourself, find things that only you can do and work from there.
7. No matter how hard it gets, enjoy the ride. Pull your hands free from the mud, raise your sweat-soaked head to the sun and laugh because you’re trailblazing your own path through this chaotic world – and that’s worth something.

My Top 5 take-aways from Singapore’s Writer Festival 2016 (First Weekend)

Top 5 take aways from Singapore’s Writer Festival (First Weekend):

1. “Write what you want to write.”
2. “Adversity is what makes people strong. People don’t learn from similarity, they learn from difference.”
3. “You have to leave to find home.”
4. “I’m not a strong person. That’s why I sing, because songs are for the weak.”
5. “Vividness is carved in the bone, not memory.”

Bonus take away:
“That’s how we know that when Ragnarok (the end of the world) comes, men who pay for women will be the first to die.”

My personal take away:
The whole idea of a ‘curriculum’ in modern education seems to be misguided. Education needs to be more human. It should be about discussion, not inculcation, or worse, inoculation. The Earth is round, so why are we so bent on building a tower? One day we won’t be enough to keep it standing. We should be working to expand our world instead.

(Just some thoughts about the wonderful event thus far. Will be followed up with an in-depth review of the festival and the panels I attended once I’m done with life)

The Weight of a Writer

One thousand. Those are the number of words I tried to write every single day for the month of August. Of course, I didn’t succeed everyday. But each time I failed, I made up for it, pushing my subsequent daily quotas to 1,500, sometimes 2000. It was a struggle, yes, but on the 28th of August 2016, I typed ‘THE END’ at the bottom of my 30,000 word manuscript and took a deep breath.  Continue reading “The Weight of a Writer”