Whose novel about the COVID times would you like to read?
Modern days writing contests are nothing but a way to profit from an uncountable number of people who want to get rich and famous from their writing. You pay the entry fee, you pay extra for the critique, then you wait for more than half a year for the organizers to get back to you. In the end, the chances of your work being selected are comparable to winning a lottery. In the meantime, you cannot publish your work anywhere, nobody reads it, and it is as good as if it never existed. It is also a good way to take lots of works off the market and reduce the supply.
If your only goal is people reading your work, keep away from the writing contests. “As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor”.
In the digital age, all that will remain after us is the content we have generated and published on free services. These services will keep our content perpetually alive in the hope of monetizing it.
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Stanley’s happy life, all fun with no responsibilities, is suddenly being threatened from many directions at once. He finds himself in a whirlpool of events between Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. He hates making choices and taking responsibility, but will there be a price to pay for this?
And, all of a sudden, a new story is quickly taking shape. Probably a novella, taking place at pandemic times in Singapore. As always, dark, sad, and weird. Likely at least two characters will get killed along the way.
Just imagine for a moment, that the virus is gone, but all the other things that surfaced during this time are here to stay.
Finally, the first draft of the new story is finished. Now just need to decant it for a while and polish here and there. Another sad story, taking place between Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines.
Many changes are afoot in the world these days. Some might be good, some others not as much – using the virus as a pretext, fueled by fear, in the disguise of “temporary” measures. The first priority, of course, is to stay safe. The second one is to retain sanity and clear mind, don’t give in to the pressure and don’t let yourself be manipulated. The third one is to find ways to stay creative, productive, and useful. If previously you needed some special setting for this – find a way to keep some part of it at whatever circumstances you are now. If you need to forget about the outside world for this – there are technical means to do so. It will not be perfect or easy, but, by all means, keep your creativity alive. Remember to keep your body in good shape too, the productive brain requires at least some exercise. Once life gets easier again, you’ll say thank you to yourself.
I think that both the virus is real, and it is being used as an excuse or cover-up for something more nefarious, like the global economy crash or preparation for war. Or it is a war, depending on where you draw the line between the war and sabotage.
Meanwhile, while a big part of humanity is celebrating Xmas, a new short story had reached a critical mass and is quickly taking shape. This time, the action will bring you to Hong Kong, Macau and Philippines. Stay tuned!