First Draft

I finished the first draft of my first novel. All 90,000 words of it. Okay, not exactly 90,000 words but 94,059 words. The first thing I did when I wrote that last word was to slump in my chair and let out a big sigh. This was the result of writing an average of 600… Continue reading First Draft

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The Meaning of Life

We ask what is the meaning of life as if anyone could tell us what that means in an objective way. As if anyone knows. Perhaps, we are asking the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking: What is the meaning of my life? Our actions, how we treat others, and the way we live… Continue reading The Meaning of Life

How quickly we can be humbled.

I think about when I had Cochlear Implant surgery for my left ear in February 2022. I remember waking up from anesthesia and suddenly bursting into tears for absolutely no reason. I later found out that’s a side-effect of anesthesia. What was most memorable about that surgery wasn’t the surgery itself. I’d had the same… Continue reading How quickly we can be humbled.

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The Visit

Dara glanced at her husband, Dapo as he yawned. He was driving them to his hometown, Iwata. The twins were fast asleep in the back seat. She had pulled them out of bed at dawn to get them ready for the trip. They had to start the trip early because it is a long-distance trip… Continue reading The Visit

Rough Play

In September 2005, I was at my aunt’s house on holiday to spend some time with her, and her family. On one particular Sunday, when she had left for work, her daughter Kira and I had decided to go outside the apartment and play. We were still within the gates of the property. I being… Continue reading Rough Play

The Interview Morning

The alarm made a shrieking noise that jolted Dan out of his sleep. He flagged his left arm several times till he hit the snooze button on his side table. If his memory serves him right, the last time he had to wake up this early was the day he got fired at work 3… Continue reading The Interview Morning

The Taker

The road is free today. On most weekdays, cars would be bumper to bumper on this route, with hawkers begging to have their wares bought. I look around me, I don’t see any of them. I had a long day at work today.  I would have driven straight home as I always do, but I… Continue reading The Taker

My Fear of Publishing

That’s right. I have a fear of publishing stories. I’m not sure if that is an understandable or irrational fear. I’ve been writing fiction more seriously in the past months and when it comes time to edit and publish, I hesitate because a piece of me is afraid it will be judged once it is… Continue reading My Fear of Publishing

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Blind Date

Melinda got out of the shower dripping wet. She grabbed her towel from the shower door to clean off the water on her body. A phone rang in the background. She looked around the room to find her phone and spotted it on the bed. She picked it up. “Hello. Who am I speaking with?”… Continue reading Blind Date