Meet the Mainiacs: Lucky Holmes

Welcome to a strange little corner of my brain, inhabited by made-up people and almost-humour. While I take a break from thinking over Christmas, please enjoy getting to know the main characters (or mainiacs, as I call them) from my novel, An Experiment in Time and Memory! Featuring:  Me, the author who has a strangelyContinue reading “Meet the Mainiacs: Lucky Holmes”

The best writing tool you own

What tools do you use for your craft? What do you write, or sketch, or compose on? I’m so tech-reliant these days. When I was a child, we had a two-hour screen-time limit per day, and honestly, I can’t remember what I did with the other hours! Now that I use my computer for work,Continue reading “The best writing tool you own”

Four (more) things I’ve learnt while editing my novel 

Wow, has it really been four more drafts? (Has anyone been keeping count? Because it might have just been three… I can’t remember anymore @_@)  Amidst procrastinating the ninth (I think?) draft and wondering if this thing will EVER be finished, I’ve learnt a lot about writing and editing from An Experiment in Time andContinue reading “Four (more) things I’ve learnt while editing my novel “

A Lesson in Vivid Descriptions from Captain Phoebus

Descriptions are so hard. It’s hard enough getting all the important details down (including the ones I just take for granted as being there), let alone drawing my audience into the setting, making them feel like they’re in the world with my characters, caring for the same things.  And once I feel like I’ve finallyContinue reading “A Lesson in Vivid Descriptions from Captain Phoebus”

Five Composing Tips for Newbies

I struggled to love my music in my first year of my Bachelor of Composition. It took months for me to be happy with the music I was hearing back from my computer, but when I did, I loved writing music again. Here are some tips that I learnt from my teachers and my ownContinue reading “Five Composing Tips for Newbies”

Five Writing Tips for Newbies

I have to admit, I feel unqualified to be giving writing tips. I’m struggling to think of some (and this seemed like such a good idea two weeks ago…) and feeling called out by each of them XD. But these are the tips that have, I think, helped me the most so far. I hopeContinue reading “Five Writing Tips for Newbies”

Five Songwriting Tips for Newbies

Someone asked me for songwriting tips the other day, and I realised I don’t have any really specific tips on my blog. I always thought that I couldn’t write a list of songwriting tips because I don’t have decades of songwriting experience! But maybe it’ll be helpful for songwriting newbies to hear some tips fromContinue reading “Five Songwriting Tips for Newbies”

The Purpose of Music According to Glück

I just submitted an essay for my history class, which I wrote on the composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Yes, I’m one of those weird people who find history essays interesting, and since Gluck had some good thoughts on music and opera, I thought I’d share some of my essay with you. (Don’t worry, IContinue reading “The Purpose of Music According to Glück”