Since we’re one month away from the release of The Lion Eating the Sun, here’s a teaser of the upcoming collection’s contents, a partial list of poem titles anyway. Some you might have read already (e.g., “Mandy”, “Maybe”, “The Purple Lady”, “Too Soon”), some still remain in the vault (e.g., “Nessie”, “The Alchemist”, “Hey Little Johnny”, “The Black Sheep”). “How I Know I Love You” is sacred. I've had it in the vault for a long time and refused to share to the world. This time around, it’s ready. “Nessie” was inspired by a Twitter game. “You Who Don’t Know Him” gave me “Scarlet Forever” feels.Read More
A gigantic insect almost made me cry. The threat of a small bug about to jump on our skin can make the hair on our arms stand. Imagine a giant bug doing that to you. If you don't shit your pants, then kudos to your guts of steel. However, it's not the event of a huge insect that pushed my eyes to welling with tears but it's death instead.Read More
My name is Xeno Hemlock and I have a confession to make. I killed Gina Watson, twice, and I loved her. But who the hell is Gina Watson?
Well, she was just the most important woman in my life for the past three years.
WARNING: Skinny Love and the Bagel and I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me spoilers ahead.Read More
The release date of my upcoming novel "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me" will be pushed from December 2016 to March 2017. Melodrama aside, I've been working on this project (Walden & Hyde included) for almost three years. Three more months wouldn't hurt to make it the best it could be.
See you next year!Read More
A few days ago, I submitted the cover chapters to my illustrator and it thrilled me. I'm very excited to see the concept art Jun Kim will come up for my upcoming novel. Jun made the wonderful cover for my book Walden and Hyde (which you can download for free).
Anyway, here are the second set of snippets from the novel. These may vary in the final published version.Read More
In this article, I outline how I created a throwback book project. Fellow writers (and even non-writers) who want to create a similar project can hopefully get some tips and pointers here.
The first step was to specify what kind of book I must have by the end of the project.
- A retrospective (throwback) book to represent the past year
- A self-published digital book that will be available for free and must be released not that far from the anniversary date
- The book will only be available in PDF format, not in EPUB and MOBI (this choice was due to time-constraint)
My favourite expression ran rampant in my head when I looked at the copy of Walden and Hyde on my iPad. "Holy guacamole!" More than 10 years had passed when I first imagined I'd author a fiction book. Many things had happened since then. I pursued a different path, lost a lot of confidence in myself, sank a few times into depression, questioned my existence, rediscovered myself, and, finally, wound up on the path meant for me. I both wanted to cry and leap for joy as I browsed the book from beginning to end. "This is it baby. You have written a fiction book," I muttered to myself.Read More
I can’t recall all my personal victories I let pass without my acknowledging of them.
I didn’t keep track. I didn’t even count.
I never did.
For most of my life, I thought the only thing worth celebrating was the attainment of the ultimate goal. All the preluding notes toward the grand orchestral finish didn’t warrant any mention, recognition, or merit. As long as the big prize is still yet to be coveted, there’s no reason to celebrateRead More