Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The End

Every story has a beginning a middle and an end. I have been writing and publishing books for the better part of my life. I started with great hope, I struggled through it and now the story my career as a children's book writer has reached its conclusion.  Though I enjoy the creative process and meeting the kids I write for, it's the reality of the publishing business that has left me completely and totally exhausted and drained.  To continue would be a sisyphean task and I don't have the energy or the inclination for it anymore. 

I've  quit numerous times before and I've come back, thinking things would change, that things would be different, and I've been wrong on all counts. Many people have the idea that writing a children's picture book is easy and that it's fun. Let me just say that writing a children's book is certainly no fairytale. It's fraught with difficulties, ups and downs. It's a rollercoaster ride. And let's face it, Singapore isn't exactly a publishing hub.

So this time this  is it. I'm calling it quits once and for all.  I still have a lot of unpublished stories; even more stories that are percolating in my mind and that is where they will stay. I am exhausted of trying to make something out of this, of trying to make a living out of this.  I'm done. Thanks to my parents and family for their love support and encouragement throughout this crazy story and it hasn't been easy. 

Some people have wondered or speculated on why I am quitting now. It's not one thing or other. It's just my decision and when you feel the time is right to leave, you just know it. I'm not the only one who has thrown in the towel and I won't be the last. Writing can be very disheartening.

Thanks to my editors, illustrator,  marketing team and publisher, Edmund Wee, at Epigram Books. You've been the best.  Thanks to my school runner/distributor, Closetful of Books.  Thanks to the editors, writers, and bloggers who featured my books  on their websites and in their magazines. And thank you to the schools who had me over for visits.Thank you to my friends for your support, patience, understanding, patience and kindness. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prayers for Manchester

Prayers for the victims and their families. Prayers for Manchester There are barely enough words to humanly describe this heinous act of hate and terror.   Despicable, deplorable, horrendous act.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blood, Sweat and Hair Loss...

After many years of sweating, bleeding and sacrificing my hair to this career - even Patrick Dempsey would have been jealous of my crowning glory - Simon & Schuster has picked up the rights to one of my books.  And the School Library Journal even had something nice to say about it!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From a Distance....

One of my favourite songs....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

There Once was a Playground...

There once was a playground…

"We're all children in a playground that was built for us but does not belong to us. So let's  be kind, let's share, and let's look after it."

There once was a playground…
By David Seow

Once, in a time so very long ago, a kind and gentle old man built a playground unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Slides of snowy mountains flowed into rivers of blueberry oceans and fields of strawberry seas. Butterflies and lightning bugs danced around windmills of giant daisies and golden daffodils. And silver swings swung from a celestial cathedral of stars…

To be continued....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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