We’re coming to the end of February already? Where did all that time go? Seriously, I want to know.
Some news first. I finished the first draft of my Kayangan novel in a record 25 days! But it is a first draft and looking at it now there are so many holes in it that you could *insert suitable metaphor here. So I’m entering into the hard part of the process which is the second draft. In this part, I pretend to know what I was writing about in my first draft and try to bring everything together. It’s a slower process but deeply satisfying because it reveals a lot about what I was thinking and I find that without actually planning it, some things just kind of flow into each other seamlessly. When this happens, I and very happy. However, the opposite can happen too and I end up scratching my head wondering what possessed me to write this rubbish. Such is life.
Anyway. Revision has been delayed slightly due other work like Grin, my short animated film project which is plodding along nicely. I like talking to my animation team because they use technical terms like ‘comp.’ and ‘masking’ and it’s all very mysterious to me. I have no idea how they manage to translate what I’ve written and what Emila Yusof has drawn onto a screen. It really is like magic and I love it.
In other news. I’ve been asked by Universiti Malaya to give a TEDx talk next month. On 17th March at Universiti Malaya to be precise so if you want to catch me, go to the Universiti Malaya TEDx website and buy your tickets there. I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly I want to talk about. I knew I wanted to talk about fairy tales of course but what about them? After tossing and turning the thing in my mind, I think I’ve got a topic that will be informative, entertaining and will hopefully inspire you all. Haven’t got a snazzy title yet but once I do, I’ll post it here in the journal.
And that’s me for this month. Have a great March.