Hannah Shin: “Your Work Is Your Duplicate”

Born in a family of artists, Hannah Shin is no stranger to arts. Her father owns an art school and teaches arts and fashion. So does her mother. And she means the business. Shin, who is Korean, just graduated from her Bachelor of Arts course in London and she already has around 30 paintings. So…

Can Fiction Writing Make You a Good Journalist?

So this girl called Choi Seung-yon is a graduate of a local university. The frustrated reporter works for an online newspaper called “True Story” in Seoul, Korea. Getting bored for the unclear future of the business and being always at work without breaking some good pieces of news, she pleads to her employer,”I want to…

Haruki Murakami: “Writing a Novel is NOT a ‘Healthy’ Type of Work”

It’s confirmed. Writing a novel, or basically any writing-related profession, is physically unhealthy in the long run, but that’s only if you ignore your own well-being! Unlike most authors, Haruki Murakami is pretty much fit for an author at his 60’s. He’s not young anymore obviously but maybe he can run much faster than a…

Write Freely, Edit Cruelly

“I find that discussing an idea before I’ve written it is often the best way to kill it stone-dead.” – J. K. Rowling Doesn’t it sound too obvious? I’ve known this since like… forever? Discussing about an idea with anybody else prior to writing it and push the wildest imagination to the point of exhaustion…

How Blogging Landed Me a Job

It’s true that blogging is my savior. I guess blogging is another channel to bring my writing to a much wider audience, which later paved my way to the job I’m having now. Here’s my story.   It’s been always my fascination to live a life as a writer. Not only as a career choice…

How to recover from a social faux pas

We all know we shouldn’t talk behind people’s backs. there is karmic danger in uttering the words but there is a real danger too in being overheard or getting caught. Whether you accidentally hit “reply all” or spoke into a voicemail you didn’t know was recording, there’re always ways to recover. Here are three steps…

Day 1 #WritingChallenge: How to Begin?

I take on the challenge. I hate being called a loser, especially by myself. And here I am now. Still on my netbook, typing this very blog post I don’t even know how to begin. I simply type anthing on my head. I don’t judge . I just type. That’s what those prolific world -class…

DriveBooksJkt: Donate Your Used Books Now!

Scott D. Hanna of Drive Books Jakarta and Nila Tanzil of Taman Bacaan Pelangi were joining the Social ‘Yoga Gembira’ band. They hoped us to take part in the charity! Donate your used books NOW! 

I Hereby Quit Practicing Fiddle …

If a novice fiddler must have a role model, I believe it’s gotta be Sharon ‘the Posh’ Corr. Apart from her gorgeous cheek bones and one-of-its-kind nose (can’t help saying that), she plays like a goddess. And as for me, I’d really like to be an accomplished fiddler yet the lack of time to rehearse…

Verb as Complement

What is a verb complement? A verb complement is the arrangement of one verb as the object of another verb. This happens 4 ways in English: 1. With infinitives Examples: I asked her to leave. I wanted to leave. I helped him to leave. I stopped for the child to cross the street.   2. With gerunds…

Looking in the Eyes of Love

Just a song I used to listen to a lot in 2001-2002… “Looking in the Eyes of Love” I wonder should I tell you about all the crazy things that I have done I’ve been hiding all my life when I should’ve stayed I tried to run I’ve been searching for an answer In the…

Tenses

SIMPLE PRESENT Affirmative : Aladdin plays all day long in the streets of Baghdad. Negative : Aladdin doesn’t play all day long in the streets of Baghdad. Aff.question : Does Aladdin play all day long in the streets of Baghdad? Neg.questio : Doesn’t Aladdin play all day long in the streets of Baghdad? WH question…