July 2012 marks the first anniversary of me being a published author. My latest book, Hilang was launched on 29th June 2012 at Pesta Buku Selangor. Hilang can also be purchased online at fixi.com.my/hilang or amazon.com. Usually it'll take about 1 or 2 months before new titles are available at major bookstores in KL.
If people asked me 8 years ago about my 5 or 10 year plan, I know being a writer would not be part of it. Writing is still a surprise to me. I never imagined myself doing creative writing. My friends have always told me that they're confident that I'd make it big some day (in the corporate world). But deep down, I knew that's not what I wanted to be.
Opportunities come and go for me to climb up the corporate ladder, but I don't think I care anymore. I spent a couple of years thinking what I really wanted to be. I knew I didn't want to belong to the 'C-class people' in this rat race. CIO, CEO, CTO - they all spell 'mega-stress' to me.
One day, a year ago, I sat down and decided to write. After that, things just got better and I felt happier.
Suddenly my 9-5 job became more interesting when I started taking up more challenges and new projects.
It's mind boggling to some people on how I manage to juggle work-family-writing. I don't have tips or recipe for others who plan to follow what I do. I'm still me and not granted with any super power. But for those who know me well, I'm the type that will finish what I started. I may not be as talented as the person sitting in front of me, but I always make sure I meet deadlines and deliver as per the expectations.
As a result, I've written 2 Malay Novels and 3 short stories within 12 months. As a busy working mother who couldn't seem to find the time for gym, massage and spa, that's quite an achievement, I think. ;)
I am so lazy to arrange the layout of this blog entry, but here are some pictures that make me smile this whole week. Hope they inspire you too! Cheers!
|Yeay! Going home with some stock|
|Ran out of idea, should have brought the Mutiara Kata book.|
|Di Pesta Buku Selangor 2012|
|My novels: Jerat(2011) and Hilang(2012)|
|Short story compilations: Kopi(2011) and Gasak(2011)|