I haven’t had a good mud run in a long long time. So much so that I actually considered putting my shoes through the washing machine, to my Loving Husband’s chagrin.
Breaking patterns and doing something quite different is good for one’s soul, if not for keeping shoes clean. When the road seems never-ending and fatigue starts to set in, it is time to do something completely different. The anxiety over breaking routine, followed by the exhilaration of the novelty; result: invigoration! Continue reading “Run in the mud: Nanowrimo Update Day 20”
In any given day, choices have to be made: exercise, social media, reading (more choices here: favourite blogs, literary articles, fiction fix), laundry, cooking, cleaning, quilling, napping, writing all vie for time. As you can imagine, this has become even more challenging with Nanowrimo at the back of my mind. Continue reading “There’s always time for cake: Nanowrimo Update Day 16”
It has been an interesting writing week; Nanowrimo has taken an unexpected turn. After an encouraging start last week, I was out for a day with a stomach bug. While I was lying in bed resting, I had ample time to ruminate on what my characters were doing and fixate on bits of the story that I didn’t feel comfortable with. Continue reading “Christmas Street Bling: Nanowrimo Day 13 Update”
It was a good start to Nanowrimo.. I was happy with the progress: ate well, slept fairly well, didn’t lose my cool with anyone. Even made time to be inspired at the Singapore Writers Festival over the weekend. I was pretty pleased with myself. Continue reading “Overcoming Hurdles: Nanowrimo Day 9 Update”
This is an old familiar bench on Saraca Stream Walk, found close to the Tanglin Gate of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Just five months ago, this was a rest stop for me on my recuperative walks. As I run past this bench this morning, I cannot help but pause to give thanks. To remember gasping as I took each slow step, wobbling and trying to keep balance, determined not to have to hold on to Loving Husband for support. For more details, follow this link. Continue reading “Nanowrimo Day 6 Update: Giving Thanks”
Today is the 1st of November. I have chosen to take the step which might lead to insanity, but I may also end up with 50 000 words towards my novel.
It is with some trepidation that I begin: butterflies in my tummy, less than helpful thoughts floating through my head. There is also excitement: the anticipation, adrenaline pumping, raring to go! Continue reading “Nanowrimo: And it has begun!”
I love running down Orchard Road, one of Singapore’s busiest shopping streets. There are huge department stores on either side of the 4-lane thoroughfare, which is typically crawling with vehicles. The wide walkways are often buzzing with people from all walks of life.
A quiet Tanglin Road, at the start of my run
Walkway in front of Ngee Ann City. Sculptures by Manola Valdes on the right of the photo.
Except I am there before the hustle and bustle starts up; not quite the break of dawn, but early enough where there aren’t many pedestrians on the boulevard, save the few who are beautifying the streets for those who will visit in force in a few hours. I have the place to myself. Continue reading “Running to Stillness on Orchard Road”
One of the repercussions of the long ICU stay was that I had to relearn many things I previously took for granted, like sitting up without slumping over, eating without choking, walking without feeling like my legs were going to buckle. Fortunately, these skills were quickly regained, within days of leaving the ICU.
Singing, however, was another matter. I could barely talk, so singing felt like such a long shot. In the bigger scheme of things, it just didn’t seem all that important. Continue reading “Learning to Sing Again”
Loving Husband & Older Daughter love dark chocolate, even the very bitter 100%. Younger Daughter and I prefer ours much sweeter and perhaps, milkier.
In considering where bitter fits in my life, I think our taste buds have it right: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and for the new gourmand, umami. It all contributes to our experience of food, and in a larger sense, of the world around us. It is about finding the right balance, the right combination, the right amount. Continue reading “100% Chocolate”