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I’m thrilled to be part of a team of 7 writers who collectively wrote 100 Prayers for Mothers to Pray – a prayer book published by Our Daily Bread Ministries to coincide with Mother’s Day tomorrow. I was also asked to write an essay sharing my parenting journey while coping with breast cancer.

I’ve written children’s books and personal essays but this is the first time that I am writing prayers. It was doubly meaningful because the editor matched the prayer writing to the age group of our children and hence, allocated us writers topics close to our hearts.

 

Prayer-Thankfulness

1 of 11 prayers that I wrote 

 

This is also my first time writing for Daily Bread Ministries and I am privileged to be in the company of writers who are all mothers serving in different mums’ and children’s ministries.

Thank you to super-editor Ruth Wan-Lau for inviting me on board this meaningful and heartfelt project.

Daily Bread Ministries (DBM) is not funded or endowed by any group or denomination. They do not put a price on their books as it is a ministry. But you can bless DBM Ministries with a love gift when you requests copies of books and other devotional resources from them. Check out www.ourdailybread.org/singapore for more information.

 

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I was delighted to attend the opening weekend of my Bunny Finds The Right Stuff show, to find out that the shows have sold out!

I was doubly happy to have watched the theatre show with one of my favourite people Arlene, and her family. Arlene was my biggest cheerleader when I went through chemotherapy in 2016, sending all sorts of creative videos and messages to cheer me up. She’s also been an amazing supporter of my books and writing and a super-dear friend.

Bunny found the right stuff in knowing that he was deeply loved by his Maker and his floppiness wasn’t from lack, but from love and countless hugs. He also realized that the right stuff was the stuff of friendship.

Likewise, I rest in the knowledge that I am loved by my Maker and built up by the stuff of precious friendships.

BunnyShow2018 with Arlene

With the fabulous cast of Bunny Finds the Right Stuff theatre show

 

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The book-to-stage adaptation of Bunny Finds the Right Stuff starts its show season from 4th May 2018! Previously staged in 2016, Esplanade is re-staging this show by popular demand.

Bunnyshow (edited)

Little Day Out is giving away 2 free tickets to the show (deadline for contest entry is this Sunday 15 April). Read Little Day Out’s review of the show and my book as well as details of the contest here.

Thank you Little Day Out for your lovely review! I was a ‘hoppy’ happy camper reading it :).

 

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For 5 Saturdays over January and early February this year, I ran a memoir essay writing workshop at Central Library, organised by National Library Board. After Finding My Voice with my own memoir and several recent personal narrative essays, I was happy to guide aspiring writers to write that burning story in their hearts.

I took 17 participants through the process of developing the one-important story that they wanted to craft, and then guided them in shaping their personal essays. As many wrote their stories of their personal journeys for the first time, I was privileged to have been privy to very deep sharing by participants over the weeks of the workshops. Many wrote about their families and others about significant life-changing moments.

It’s been an intensive few weeks for me as I discovered that I am an OCD editor who nudges willing newbie writers repeatedly in courting the write relationship with their readers. We wrapped up the final workshop session with everyone reaching the finish line this last Saturday, just in time to switch gears for Chinese New Year celebrations!

MemoirWorkshoppic2

 

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I’m a hoppy camper with a sprightly leap! Esplanade celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and will be re-staging Bunny Finds the Right Stuff, based on an adaption of my book!

Show details are here:

Bunnyshow (edited)

Esplanade15thyear (edited)

 

Box office is now open and you can book your tickets here. So hop over there!

Related:

Bunny Finds the Good Stuff – Opening Show @ Esplanade

 

 

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As I sit down to reflect on the year, I’m wondering why I thought I had a barren writing year. Several big things didn’t turn out as I wanted but there have been so many other things to give thanks for:

1. An Audience of One

It’s been largely a year of writing for an audience of one (me writing my spiritual journal for my own consumption). Although I worried excessively mid-year about my lack of output, I realized on hindsight, that I really needed this time of quiet reflection. I had lapsed back into my rocking horse character (in The Tale of Rusty Horse), concerned about crowd opinion and fretting because one person commented my writing is a hobby.

2. Arise and Read!

In April, Caleb performed at the ARISE! children’s praise concert. The concert opened with Caleb & me doing a book reading of Prince Bear & Pauper Bear. I had never envisioned that I would be on stage with my kid for a mother-son reading. It was a proud mum moment for me.

book reading2

 

3. Prince Bear & Pauper Bear re-staged

In April, The Learning Connection restaged Prince Bear & Pauper Bear over a 10-day run, with requests for extra shows. It was special as it marks 10 years since Prince Bear & Pauper Bear was published.

Storybox theatre

 

4. Writing in the Garden 
In April and May, I ran two public workshops for Gardens by the Bay as part of my writing residency. It was an experience, especially running my first outdoor walking workshop with about 20 families.

GBTB photo 2(PuaySee)

Photo credit (Ong Puay See)

 

5. Pauper Bear and Rusty Horse go Slovakian

In May, the Slovakian edition of my books were published and I got them hot off the press when my Slovakian publisher came to speak at AFCC – the Asian Children’s Festival of Children’s Content. It was an added delight to hear my publisher Petra read a page of the book at the conference where she was a speaker.

Petra's daughter

 

6. More Wild Writing

I completed one more picture book for Wildlife Reserves Singapore. This latest book centres on another endangered animal, following on from my first book Why did the Pangolin cross the Road? The bilingual book be out early next year.

 

7. Global Publishing Conference

It’s been a busy few months as I am on the local organizing committee for Littworld 2018, the global Christian publishing conference to be held in Singapore next year. I thank God that we finally secured the conference venue in November and completed the conference publicity brochure.

LittWorld2018_brochure_1-4_COVER

 

8. Up Close and Personal for Christ 

In October, I shared about my faith and writing journey  at Christ Methodist Church’s “Up Close & Personal” talk series. It was a timely sharing as I became a published author in October 10 years ago.

Christ Methodist talk

 

9. Addressing Cancer with the Word

Late this year, I was invited to submit contributions to two Christian anthologies of sorts. I have completed my submission for one and am in the midst of working on the other. Both involve personal reflections of my recent journey facing breast cancer.

 

10. Write Residency

I just completed my year-long writing residency at Gardens by the Bay. It was deferred from last year as I had been undergoing chemotherapy then. Although I had a slow start, I found new momentum to write in the past few months.

 

11. Find Your Voice, Write Your Story

I’m now preparing to facilitate a 5-session workshop series “Find Your Voice, Write Your Story” on memoir writing in January 2018. Seeing the applicants’ profiles and work samples, I envisage a meaningful exchange on our personal experiences through the written word.

 

As I look back at the year that is passing, I’m reminded to look to God for the year ahead. I started 2017 with grand plans and expectations for my writing but they were all derailed and vanished like a mirage. It disappointed and humbled me. Yet, as I look back, I can now see that I have so much to be grateful for.

So, my writing plan for 2018 is summed up in one word – Gratitude. I look forward to seeing where that leads me.

The mind of man plans his way but the Lord determines his steps.

                                                                              – Proverbs 16:9 (NASB)

Related Links:

2016: Fairytale launches, Off-the-chest blogs & other Write moments

 

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Over the weekend, I did a book reading at Bukit Panjang public library as part of NLB’s Read! Fest. It was the 1st day of the library’s reopening after 10 months of renovations. 

Located within Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Panjang public library comes with a frontage that looked like a snazzy retail shop. The display shelves are like that of a bookshop, with fancy ceiling lighting designs that brightens the atmosphere and invites people in. 

I had the pleasure of reading Tibby & Scaredy Snout to a full room of over 50 adults and kids. As there were a good number of older kids in the room, I also gave them a sneak peek into the process of publishing a book.

Last evening, a mum told me that her 6-year old son had been in one of my book readings last year. He told her that he wanted to be an author after my session.

I hope that my readings can continue to encourage and inspire children to find joy in books even as they progress to primary school and beyond.

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