Word of the Week #71:

Fettuccini

Now, now, the plan here is not to rave about Italian cuisine. I should save that for another time.

No, today, we talk about, well, today…

This day happens to be my old school’s Foundation Day, upon which we organise a city-wide Spelling Bee competition, and I was simply overjoyed to have been invited to the event.

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Word of the Week #69:

Tryst

So, this past week has hurtled by, as I have been forced to just sit and watch; not that I was particularly ill or anything of that sort, of course. When am I not ill, anyway…

Nah, I guess there are just some weeks like this one.

It is, however, disconcerting when we consider the fact that the end of the contract with my current publisher is no longer at the horizon—it is now very much in the forefront—and I have barely begun working on the editing and rewriting required to prepare the second edition of Book One.

I will admit, as have many readers already observed, that the first edition could have used a little more time and work than it was afforded. Well, I am wiser now.

To write is human, to edit is divine.
—Stephen King

Add to that the fact that the manuscript of Book Two is still not quite completely ready and one can very well begun to hyperventilate.

Quite honestly, this is one of those few instances where the word ‘deadline’ could literally be true.

But, as I keep proving to myself more than to anyone else, I am made of sterner stuff than that. Moreover, it have always found it easier to concentrate on a task when it begins to seem, to an uninitiated onlooker, overwhelming.

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
—Mario Andretti

So, now that the going has gotten tough, it is time for me to get going.

Au revoir.

Word of the Week #62:

Canter

Okay, so this post is in response to the post I made last week

It feels really odd when I say something that seems to contradict what I said exactly one week ago, but I guess it does need to be said.

You see, anyone who knows me well enough will agree that there are times when I immerse myself so deep into my work that I just cannot stop drowning. Of course, that is still prime fodder for artistic creativity, but the artist himself must pay a hefty price. Lives of artists like Sylvia Plath and, in more recent history, Amy Winehouse should serve as a reminder.

As often debated by a particularly incandescent, albeit fictional, pair of contemporary artists, is true art a flash of beauty burning bright and then vanishing in a moment, or is it something eternal that contains our soul and is passed down to our descendants? That is the question always on our minds.

Do I dare say I have the answer? Not in the slightest.

All I do know is that a horse can only gallop so much, before its legs and its heart gives way. And I still have miles to go.

So, in conclusion, we do have an update. Book Two might take longer than I earlier expected, but that may be for the best.

Word of the Week #61:

Mania

Have you ever worked so hard that others thought you were going insane?
Have you ever worked so hard that you too thought you were going insane?
Have you ever worked so hard that you actually did go insane?

No? On all three counts? Sounds quite like the verdict on a cop who allegedly killed an unarmed black guy… Anyway, where was I?

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Word of the Week #59:

Jubilation

 

Yes, this is a day that deserves celebration, and for more reasons than one.

To begin with, I have made a complete and rapid recovery from the illness of the past week, and that is always a cause for cheer.

The main milestone we celebrate today is the completion of the plotting of Book Two, also known as Arrkaya: Immortals.

I will concede, it took a lot longer than expected, and that may be attributed partly to the number of new threads that have been introduced in this book.

Also, there were quite a few loose ends to pick up from Book One, and deciding which ones need to be tied up and which ones can remain untied is a major chore.

Weaving all of these together took me over two years, but I am happy to say that the threads seem to be blending together quite well…

 So, how much longer till the first draft is ready? I don’t mean to show sound too optimistic but… A couple of weeks?

Anyway, we would let you know the status by the end of the month…

Au revoir!

Word of the Week #58:

Queasy

Yeah, I am not feeling great, right now. And, I’m not even sure why…

Just one of those days when you have a hot ball of lead stuck in your oesophagus.

Now, I don’t always fall ill, but when I do, I have to tell everybody. Continue reading Word of the Week #58:

Word of the Week #57:

Tinker

This is another of those words that I tend to use quite often.

Not to be confused with tinkle, okay, although that is another term easily associable to me.

As we discussed last week, I often do things without any significant training or preparation. It is quite akin to jumping into the water and then learning to swim just to survive. Continue reading Word of the Week #57: