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Grace In Small Things: #71 of 365 (Writer’s Edition)

1) Going for a meeting with like minded people and leaving feeling not only energised but inspired.

2) Plot ideas finally making an appearance in the head after a long hiatus.

3) Getting a book that I enjoy reading signed by the author and finding out that she goes through the same challenges that I do when I write.

4) Signing up fro script frenzy and reading scripts to get ideas on screenplay formatting.

5) Knowing that my imagination is still going strong and well, as I can picture the scene clearly in my head as I read the script for Hider In The House and I have never watched it before.

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Happy Smiley Writers Group Meet #3

It was the third meeting of the HSWG and for the first time, I left the meeting feeling superbly energised and not feeling guilty for not writing or contributing anything at all. Anyway, let’s just recap what happened that day.

I arrived on time to find Geek Terminal full of people from an event for something that I have no idea what it was all about. Four of us had to squeeze into two tiny tables. Fortunately, two out of four of use were using netbooks, so we had space for drinks and food.

My first drink of the day was a soda that I just picked at random. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

I didn’t know what to expect since the names were in Italian. The soda came in this interesting bottle with a 50s look. I thought it was cool. It’s something I imagine a soda bottle from the 50s would be like. The soda tasted like apples with a bitter after-taste. Interesting taste, I thought.

Once I was done with the soda, due to the fact that I was at a cafe that served really good coffee, I had caramel latte. The coffee art on the drinks at Geek Terminal are always my favourite part of any coffee drink. Even the glass that it came in was interesting. Too bad I was in such a hurry to taste it that I totally forgot to take a picture of the glass.

The highlight of the meeting was a visit by the author of Undercover Tai Tai, Maya Calica.

Sarah Coldheart and I were totally fangirling her and with good reason. It’s one hell of a funny book. The best part of the book, other than the fact it’s chick lit, is that it’s based in Singapore. Do you know how many good chick lit Singapore stories are out there in the book stores? Almost none because everything is either ghost stories or erotica.

Anyway, we fangirled and there was much discussion on the whole writing about chick lit for NaNoWriMo thing. Only another chick lit writer will understand the ‘challenges’ that we go through when writing.

After the fangirling thing, Sarah and I whipped out our copies of her novel and we had it autographed!

That’s her, writing in my book. You have no idea how big my smile was when she was autographing it for me. I may have even giggled a little and I’m not a giggler.

Yes, it was an awesome day for me. Not only did I get a book autographed, had coffee and basically enjoyed myself, my fellow writers inspired me with their enthusiasm. I finally had some ideas going for a stalled project that I started two years ago but never completed. I’m looking forward to completing that one this year.

In other news, I signed up for Script Frenzy.

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I can’t start until after the 16th of April since that’s when I have my exam. I know that I won’t be able to finish it but I can always try.

I have the creative writing itch again and if I don’t get it done, it’s going to bug me until I do.

Sidenote: You can read more on the HSWG meeting at Seriously Sarah.

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Grace In Small Things: #70 of 365

1) I’m not much of a dessert person but once in a while, there’s nothing like a good bowl of sherbet to complement a good meal.

2) Shirley Temple. The drink, not the actress.

3) Playing with my 9 months old nephew.

4) A good cook book for food inspirations. Also, the pictures in the books are awesome food porn.

5) Bodyache in all the right places after a good, strong, yoga workout. It shows that I’m working the right set of muscles.

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I realised that I’m not a good juggler. I’m having trouble compartmentalising between work and school and I’ve been letting my work slide. That’s never good but it’ll also be just as bad if I let my school work slide too. It’s been almost four months and I’m still trying to get a balance.

I realised that I have absolutely no interest in cancer research or anything related to it. This is some what of a surprise to me seeing that my mum is a breast cancer survivor. Shouldn’t I be more interested in it? I’m actually more interested in the manipulation of genes and the result of what happens to it. Sure, cancer research has that and more but I don’t particularly like dealing with anything human related, especially if it involves working with animal models.

I realised that it took about four months and multiple assignments to help me brush up on my journal article reading skills. For someone who can barely get through the introduction without falling asleep, is a major achievement. However, it could just be that it’s the fact that I’ve been reading environmental papers instead of the ones that are related to work, and that’s why I’m enjoying it more. Ask me again when I’ve read some work related articles.

I realised that juggling school and a full-time job has killed my inner writer. It’s harder to come up with stories in my head and I no longer have fantastical landscapes in my head to picture the characters in.

I realised that I haven’t been blogging as much lately either. Lack of time, energy and the dread(ed) Pirate Roberts writer’s block isn’t helping much either. I’m falling way behind on my Grace In Small Things list.

I realised that as I write this post, I’m just wasting my time until I need to go for class.

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