I'm not a good parent. In fact, I often display downright ugly parenting! Why? Because I'm prone to violence, even if nine out of ten times I never follow through with what I'm tempted to do. And as for that tenth time that I do follow through? Let's just say that after my son gets … Continue reading The truth about ugly parenting – Alternation
It's finally happened - I've forgotten the joy of writing! Guess I should be glad it happened sooner for me than later. You see, I started my writing life a long time ago though I didn't know it then. As with most, writing first came by way of elementary school. There, we all had to … Continue reading The Joy of Writing – for its own sake!
Photo by BROTE studio on Pexels.com That's right. You heard me. Today's International Men's Day! Well, all I can say is... WHAT??!! I mean we're all over the place when it comes to the women, right? There's the far more famous annual International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8th, which I wrote about before. Also, … Continue reading International MEN’S Day?! Today? Shut up!
Yesterday, while trying to write well (or I should say rewrite well), it finally hit me. I had been agonising over the written drafts for my book for months, to make sense of what I wrote. The various paragraphs and chapters needed a serious re-look. Somehow, despite having followed a carefully mapped-out process and structure, … Continue reading To write well? Go from “here to there”, small and slow.
I know I’m supposed to offer grace, but I can’t. Not now, not yet. Not when I’m still living through my Waterloo; my daily dose of stay home parenting blues.What am I talking about you ask? I’m talking about “model breadwinning fathers" Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash There are many such "model breadwinning fathers", … Continue reading “Model breadwinning fathers” make stay home dads look like losers
Photo by Bersam on Unsplash Twirl How fastThese ceiling fans they twirlMy mind's a whirl just looking Is it Sunday now or Tuesday?It's never been this blurMy memory But you, you go so fast tooIn and out of my wardZipping pastThe cold side rails of my sickly sterilised bedOn the way to Never Never (Never?) … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #2
HURL There’s the wallRun to it and Hurl yourself against itAgain and again and againDon’t waste it Til you’re completely bruised and batteredTil you fall to the ground all spent and splattered Here’s another Throw yourself at it tooLike a long-lost friendBack from world’s end Wrap your arms around itAgain and again and againDon’t relent It’s like … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #1
Hey guys, How you been? I'll be honest. You both not making it back for meals on weekends? It's a phenomenon that's happening more often these days than your mom and I care for. Sighhh...this dad is hardly seeing his sons anymore. And to think it seemed like only yesterday I was still trying to … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #6 The Name-droppers
Picture from ABC.net.au Yesterday was the official start of our annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) happening between Oct 30 and Nov 6. As with most events this year, practically everything in SWF would be conducted online. Now the kick-off event last evening threw up a name that I had heard of but whose work I … Continue reading Zadie Smith on Writing: “It’s a Performance!”
Earlier this week, I read something that sounded too goody-two-shoes to be true, but which made my blood boil and my resolve harden! But before I launch into a tirade, let me take a deep breath and consider why I nearly reached boiling point. Then I'll come back to explain what I mean. My Blog's … Continue reading Raw & unfinished? Just write what’s true and right