Happy Halloween~ and have a Blessed Samhain :D Here are a list of things that have made me happy this week~
(images taken from here)
First off, I attended the Nanowrimo Kickoff Party on Saturday. And I was almost an hour late… (because of the heavy downpour which made the bus move at a glacial pace) so I kinda missed everything except the last few minutes of the powerpoint slides that they had regarding the details of write-ins and prize-giving for the forum competitions.
But hey, the free junk food was awesome. And I managed to talk to people and stuff. Seriously, there were some pretty cool folk, and I’m talking about the older people, cos there were really quite a number of teenagers there, like secondary school age, which makes me feel so goddamn old and angsty about the lost years where I didn’t rebel enough, didn’t work hard enough, didn’t act like some unruly hooligan enough… Well, like I told some girl whose name I cannot really recall now, except that it started with a ‘c’, I think, I was born with an old soul.
I also had quite a long conversation regarding the stigma local writers face, the trials and tribulations of navigating the publishing industry and the horrors of editing with some people, including a published writer herself (who is super cool, and studied medieval history in university and practises swordfighting.)
And someone drew this on the whiteboard! Night Vale~ Cecilos~ :DDD
And on Sunday, the three socially awkward chums meet up to watch one of us perform at SOTA. I love love love the repertoire that the choral group has chosen, because all of these pieces are so evocative and haunting, and for some reason, the whole theme felt very nocturnal and reflective.
Also, it was wonderful to know that the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, especially as someone in the family has passed away due to leukemia, and well, it is nice to know that others will be getting help and support in these moments.
I’m also super excited for the upcoming Singapore Writers Festival. I wasn’t really going to go at first, until I saw that they were bringing in Laura and Tracy Hickman, who created the Dragonlance series, which I devoured like an addict as a fantasy-addled kid. Plus Terri Windling! :D And because I’m afraid of being lost and because there are just so many things going on concurrently, I made a proper schedule for myself with the details of the sessions that I will be attending. I’m blaming this on my ocd nature/virgo + 6th house stellium. (ah, if only I was as attentive in my studies… haha.)
I was rudely awakened at 8 am by the post woman, who rang and rang and rang the doorbell like she was possessed but I can’t even be mad at her for rousing me at such an hour, because she delivered another one of my Kickstarter projects, this one was from awesomemaps, and I can’t wait to actually put them up on my wall~ :D
And I just finished downloading this (Epica’s live concert celebrating their 10th anniversary), and I will probably only watch it tomorrow so I can fully absorb the awesome. I know people have criticised Simone’s voice as being weaker and more nasal and less powerful, but I think she still sings beautifully, and always with so much lyrical emotions. Also, her headbanging is ftw.