Writing, for me, has always been a little of this and a little of that, and this past week was the perfect example. While finishing up the revising of my novel A Season for Fools for the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, (a short listed finalist for the 2009 Wisdom-Faulkner contest), I also checked the proofs for my short story, “The Future Barrister” which will be appearing in an upcoming edition of Descant, a literary journal in Canada.
Then May Lee, the editor of Quill, requested a rewrite of the article “Writing about Your Adventures and Misadventures” based on my book, Tropical Affairs: Episodes of Expat’s Life in Malaysia for their April-June 2010 issue. She offered some helpful suggestions and I did some additional cutting and adding where necessary, glad to have another look.
Penang Players contacted me and are interested in putting on my comedy One Drink Too Many, which I had adapted from my short story “Neighbours” from Lovers and Strangers Revisited. I went through the play a few times, revising where necessary. Previously they had play-read it twice (once the whole thing, then about half of it in 2006 as part of my book launch) and are now considering a full production in 2010, something I’m naturally looking forward too – my first play!
I also drafted an abstract for a Creative Writing workshop for a conference here in Kuching and pitched a proposal for another workshop in Miri. Then I followed up on an interview for International Living, a US magazine for expatriates, by sending some suggestions and catchy photos, including one of me holding a crocodile on the set of Anna and the King.
In addition to teaching at Unimas and writing in my journal, I also took notes on an article ideas, pondered a few rejections, finished reading Perrine’s Story and Structure (11th edition, a college textbook anthology of short stories while re-educating myself to take my writing to the next level) and did the preliminary work for judging the Azam-Petronas Writers Awards. (I’m one of the judges for the Media section.)
Even now I’m posting this blog.
Yes, writing is a little of this and a little of that.
-Robert Raymer, Borneo Expat Writer
*Update, the 20th anniversary
of Lovers and Strangers Revisited
**Here's the link to my website, to MPH online for orders for all three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia and for Trois autres Malaisie.