Seeking closure

TL;DR – Concluding chapter for Wordless –

Read Wordless chapter 2:

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2784733/2/Wordless

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https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2784733/1/Wordless

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Many things have happened for the past years, so did every one else’s no doubt and I’ve been caught in these waves and waves of emotional rollercoasters either as a direct or indirect result or even aftermath of real life drama. I’m not going to bore you with all the details – not because it’s boring, but because the matter is over and I don’t want to hang anyone’s dirty linens out to dry.

People make mistakes, sometimes irreversible mistakes which scars another for life but when these mistakes are acknowledged, dealt with, we learn to forgive, move on and never forget. My views often clash with the elders this way – in their generation, they learned to forgive and forget. Maybe because they want to move on without any baggage. Whatever the reasons, forget that anything happened, especially for grave mistakes, is a catastrophic mistake anybody can make.

This view is especially in line with the ISO 9002 compliant company I am working in now. Mind you I’m not an expert in ISO standards but one thing we learn fast and early when first joining the company is that making the same mistake twice or thrice (especially one that results in monetary loss) warrants a warning letter or getting fired from the job.

But people are not heartless you see, so when a mistake is made, we’re to document the how’s and why’s of the origin of the mistake and then followed by the how’s and when’s of how countermeasures would be in place to prevent the same mistake.

Which brings me to the point of – if a person can make a mistake once, what guarantees that person wouldn’t commit it again in the future?

Thus it is very important that even though we have forgave someone, or some people, that we do not forget all that has happened so we do not commit the same (grave) mistake twice.

Isn’t that why we study history in school? (of course that’s not the only reason we study history)

Anyway, matters over, aftermath settled (still settling actually, the effects of emotional damage lasts as long as eternity), so it’s time to seek closure.

Which I did. It’s not a watertight closure, the past still seeps through from time to time but not enough to cause any real issues.

So then I decided to take my life back bit by bit. Not all of it of course, now that I share a life with another significant half, but still, I want the part where it rejuvenates the soul back and that is none other than writing.

After not writing fiction for years, I was getting rusty, my gears were hardly moving. So I came up with an idea to use other people’s idea to get started. Whose better idea to get than that you live, breathe and sleep with everyday?

So we have a sort of collaboration going on, I started with a few intros and then realised how lacking I am in world knowledge so this is going to take a while.

In the midst of doing so I realised having closure in my personal life wasn’t enough, I wanted closure for my fictional characters as well so I may sleep in peace and not dream up their angst whenever the past creeps back.

And so, here is the conclusion to “Wordless”, a 3K worded chapter with dialogues to conclude a 600 word short story without dialogues.

Life is funny like that sometimes.


Read Wordless chapter 2:

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2784733/2/Wordless

Read Wordless chapter 1:

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2784733/1/Wordless

Or you can simply use the drop down menu at fictionpress.

Where to buy a Kobo reader in Singapore?

***Update 05 January 2016***

As alerted by a reader, Zoeblogshop has, unfortunately, been taken down. In the mean time if anyone still wishes to get a kobo eReader, you might have to try googling an alternative reseller.

 

Buy from here –> http://zoeblogshop.wordpress.com/ 

I’m not going to start advocating how great Kobo is and this is definitely not going to start a debate of which eReader on the market is the “best” because even the greatest gadget has its flaws and Kobo is not immune to that.

There are plenty of review sites out there for Kobo (and its technical specs) and since I just bought it I can’t possibly write up a fair review on how good or bad this product is.

I am, however, going to recommend a place where you can buy a Kobo in Singapore. Local retailers aren’t carrying this product so the only way for one to get a Kobo over here is through online stores, auction sites or blog shops.

When I first discovered Kobo (which at that time was the release of Kobo Glo, the updated hardware) I searched high and low to find one. To my disappointment, the only online retailers were selling them close to 300 SGD (at the time of release) which was way out of budget for a black and white device (even if it’s e-Ink).

The next option would be MO (mass orders through certain forums but 1. eReaders aren’t mainstream here and 2. You’d never know when someone starts MO-ing for something like this. So I gave up.

As the itch to own an eReader (my eyes hate glare from LCD screens even though nowadays glare is minimised) grew unbearable, I began seeking out alternatives, I stumbled upon two sites which were selling Kobo Glo for under 200 SGD.

One was an online retailer which carries a range of eReaders, the other a blogshop selling only Kobo. Naturally I had more faith in an online retailer than a blogshop but after struggling to buy something from the site (which is supposed to be fast and convenient but this wasn’t) I turned to the blogshop instead.

Blogshops, to me, has always been something akin to Sim Lim Square (in its finest days) and so I’d avoid them unless they are credible or recommended by a friend. Sadly none of my friends even bother with eReaders.

Since this blogshop I stumbled upon accepts cash on delivery, I thought, why not give it a shot? Since advanced payment is not a must (unless you’re ordering by mail), there are plenty of chances to bail if something seems wrong.

So I sent the seller an email and got a reply in less than an hour, and within 3 hours (subjected to the seller’s availability of course), I’m a happy owner of a brand new Kobo Glo.

Fast, responsive and honest seller and definitely highly recommended. These words sound familiar? They’re definitely easy to write so I’m going to post some photos below to convince you why you should buy from this blogshop if you want a Kobo (and if you live in Singapore of course). If you’re worrying about the place to deal, location is flexible and has to be accessible and needless to say subjected to seller’s terms as clearly stated in the blog.

How I received the goods (nice paper bag):

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The full package (Sealed Box, receipt for returns and the leather case that’d cost you extra 20 SGD and totally optional)

Note: I’m not an expert in genuine leather but this casing is definitely the ‘feels-nice-in-your-hands’ leather.

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The condition of the device when opened.

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P.S No one is paying me to stay up in the middle of the night to write this post and I have a day job in a few hours too but this seller deserves a big ‘thank you’ for such good service that I had to stay up to finish this.

Yesteryear struggles

Last year was most unproductive as a writer, with all the changes happening I was more focused on handling daily matters and little on writing new content.

Before stepping into work life, I’ve heard, and read about how working writers struggle to pen a page or two everyday before sleeping or before working. It sounded achievable, albeit next to impossible and I was prepared for it.

As the old saying goes, easier said than done.

It’s not that I have never worked full time before but it definitely was a first to work in a SME struggling to survive rising costs.

Longer working hours were inevitable and at times I really wished to quit but circumstances forbade so.

And so, I stayed on, from an engineer to a document controller. It wasn’t promotion neither is it considered as progress but heck, one has to do what one has to do.

Now that I’m growing used to this sort of lifestyle, my hands are naturally itching to write. For the next few weeks, I’d be exploring new perspectives hopefully churning out something new.

Most updates will be on facebook fan page though so do keep a look out for new stuff.

Delays on new story

‘My hero’ was planned to be uploaded months ago but was held back because it is too close to home. Sure, writing it was easy when things were getting angsty and all but as we move on to resolution and make up phase to repair the damages, it becomes increasingly difficult to revisit the past.

In the mean time, I’m working on the new layout and focus for this blog while playing with new ideas and new ways to write.

Yes, Schzool will have a sequel and yes, no more self pitying tone from Zookeeper but that too is going to take a while as everyone grows into young adulthood.

Here’s a belated happy 2013 for yer all out there. Very late but well, better late than never.

Final chapters

Well, as promised, here’s the final chapters of Schzool, enjoy!

35. Recovery – No one is talking about whatever happened in the sea but that isn’t curbing the burning curiosity of Zookeeper.

36. Graduation day – Everyone’s graduating! But is everyone going to the same school?

37. Paper chase – After a freak accident Zookeep finds himself in the hospital, again.

38. Polytechnic dreams – While everyone enrolled in their dream school, Zookeeper could only mope but Tandoori believes there was still hope.

39. School leaver – Last chapter of Schzool, no spoilers!

Unker stories is still in its infancy

Well, on the bright side, Schzool is finishing soon!

Whether there will be a continuation to Schzool would depend on whether I’d be able to commit to it. However, if there ever was one, I’d be sure to have more regular updates unlike now where uncertainties await this site and I.

Unker stories won’t close down, but it’d be going through another phase of change. With a change in lifestyle, I guess my writing habits have to change according to what is practical too.

In the mean time, do look out for updates this weekend. No guarantees but I promise I’d squeeze something out for all of you out there reading this.

Surprise BUT … er Update.

This had been a pretty tough week for me keeping things together between family and work. It’s taking a toll on my mind-body well being but it also got my gears moving. With the new phone and data plan, I stored everything online and edited when I’m eating, waiting for the bus or sleeping on the train. Yeah, I fell asleep on the train doing all the editing and writing but it’s all worth it.

Here’s a quick list out –

31. Chalet – Yay ~! It’s a Schzool Chalet! That means fun, food and lots of get-together moments! But … no one planned what to do and there’s no food.

32. Times of fun – After an argument erupts, the group finally decided on something to do but none of them suits Zookeeper.

33. Haunted seas – Tandoori and Zookeeper sets out on a boating trip alone and didn’t return. It’s up to Rat to bring them back.

34. Dream of dreams – being rescued from the disaster Zookeeper tries to recall what happened previously.

35. Recovery – No one is talking about whatever happened in the sea but that isn’t curbing the burning curiosity of Zookeeper.

36. Graduation day – Everyone’s graduating! But is everyone going to the same school?

37. Paper chase – After a freak accident Zookeep finds himself in the hospital, again.

38. Polytechnic dreams – While everyone enrolled in their dream school, Zookeeper could only mope but Tandoori believes there was still hope.

39. School leaver – Last chapter of Schzool, no spoilers!