Singapore Writers Festival 2016

A quick plug about my upcoming events at the Singapore Writers Festival. I’ll be speaking at two sessions, and both are free.

On Saturday, I’ll be reading for the kids—a different chapter of Tea in Pajamas from my previous readings. Joseph Tey, the book’s illustrator, will be conducting a live drawing demo in the second half, and we’ve scheduled in more time for that so more children can join in the fun. Kids, come dressed in your PJs, and you might walk away with some exclusive merchandise and freebies!

At Sunday’s event, I’ll be reading an excerpt from my ongoing series, Everything Takes Forever, and sharing how writing helped me through a difficult time. This is for an older crowd (teens and up) as it tackles weightier (no pun intended) issues like body image and self-confidence.

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SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 4.00–5.00pm

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SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 3.30–4.30pm

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A sequel is brewing…

Just a quick update that the second printing of Tea in Pajamas will include an excerpt to Book II: Beyond Belzerac. The reprint will hit bookstores in a month or two.

So excited to get back in the groove, and hope to keep up the momentum.

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Tea in Pajamas: The Next Wave

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It’s been awhile since I posted an update on Tea in Pajamas, or life in general. Truth is, after the back-to-back book readings at West Spring Primary and Booktique earlier this year, I needed to slow down a bit and catch my breath. By around April, all 300 copies of the book’s first print-run in Singapore had sold out (it’s still available off Amazon), and booksellers were asking when a reprint was scheduled—but at the time, some other developments on the job and personal front needed my attention and thus took precedence.

For a period, I anguished about leaving full-time employment, especially over something as random and uncalled for as workplace bullying. But it proved to be as good a reason as any, and besides, opportunities soon came a-knockin’. Finding myself in a now-or-never sort of situation, I shut my eyes and took that proverbial leap of faith.

Long story short, I survived, though it remains to be seen if I will thrive. Nonetheless, I am happy as a clam with my new job(s), which consist of me straddling editorial and consulting work for two local universities and one government agency. Thankfully, I’m able to work from home for the most part, but adapting to this new arrangement has still taken me some time to find my footing. As a result, Tea in Pajamas was left on the backburner for a little bit—at least until I got into the groove of things.

Which is now—nearly four months on, I’m quite ready to revisit Tea in Pajamas. I’ve been extraordinarily blessed in that even though I haven’t been actively hustling, it seems that some people haven’t forgotten entirely about me or my little book. I’d already had it at the back of my mind to contact more schools or organisations for readings, but actually two of them made the first move: the National Arts Council (for Singapore Writer’s Festival 2016); and Holy Innocents Primary School. So that leaves me with my first important task of getting the reprint out.

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say in this post is: it feels good to be back. And to answer the many children who’ve asked: yes, a sequel is brewing.