Thursday, March 17, 2011

To Write or not to Write

I used to astonish people whenever I told them I was a writer. Many of them went catatonic for a millisecond not really grasping whether it was a gag or if I had been taking Valium (the local version of Prozac). The word writer does have a mystical ring to it.

Of course I was young then, a teenager. I had that self-important look on my face when I uttered those words. Some of those poor people stared at me, mouth agape, as if the earth were ready to devour me anytime.

I was proud of my poems, crude as they were. I had an early fan base you might say. My weepy love poems were a hit among friends and classmates who harassed me for copies, whether to give as a gift to their inamorata or to use as a target practice I really do not know.

My poetic career fizzled out once I learned I couldn’t really make money out of it. I wrote on the side though, hoping and wishing, that maybe, the Muse would tap me on my shoulder once more and say, “Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” with a Lou Rawls totally cool boom voice.

I switched to writing romances for a while. After a few titles, (which I know in my heart had become hard to find books collected by my fans) , I decided that it was time to move on and become “serious”, so I wrote a World Literature textbook.As of this moment I'm waiting for it to come out. Until it has seen the light of day,I would confine myself to blogging. So there.


Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Excellent! I did not know of your interest in writing until I read this and a book review. I do like you style of writing, keep it up. Luckily we have blogging as a source for publishing works! I am a fan of good books and writing. In Singapore we did not have a Book Club to join and about a year and half ago a group of strangers including myself, met online on We decided to meet and form a book club to discuss books, authors, events etc and it has been a monthly event since then. Our small group has grown a bit and strangers have become fast friends. All the best with your writing!

ami de manila said...

I have heard about shelfari. maybe I can join sometime. I have been reading eversince I can remember.Thanks for your comments!They make my day.

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Shelfari was unique when it started, its now a part of Amazon. You can have a virtual library for the books you have read, planning to read, ones that you own, you can rate them and so on..I am not active on that anymore but do check in once in a while. Our latest book club meeting is on 30th August and we are going to be discussing a classic "Little Women"..there is also an upcoming event from 22nd Oct-30th October called the Singapore Writers Festival and 100 authors from around the World are going to attend. Yes, as you can see, books is a passion for me, as are wildlife issues and aviation of course :) I am happy that my comments encourage you.

ami de manila said...

I have read "Little Women". My fave is "To Kill a mocking Bird."

Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Thats a good one too..we have been re-reading classics lately here as well..good. Happy reading!