Thursday, February 16, 2017

SHERLOCK HONG _____ Celebrate #BuySingLit and win yourself a book voucher, remember to check out the very catchy Sherlock Hong Song too

Hello friends! Here's a chance for you to win a $30 #BuySingLit voucher. Just check out this post by parent blogger Little Blue Bottle and answer a simple question about my Sherlock Hong Adventures series of books. That's easy!

Do share this information with any of your friends who might be interested.

To help you along, here's the story of how my Sherlock Hong Adventures series came to be. And I also featured Little Blue Bottle aka Lyn Lee here some time back.

As part of the BuySingLit activities, I actually wrote and recorded a brand new Sherlock Hong Song. You can listen to this when you head down to the Whispering Wallpaper event between 24 to 26 February 2017. Just look for the highly distinctive illustration (photo above) and pick up the special listening cup attached to it.

Have fun, and happy reading! :)

— D

Win your #BuySingLit voucher here

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

100 WRITERS _____ Come join us for this #BuySingLit campaign event + talk stories, happening soon

As part of this year's #BuySingLit campaign, I'm doing a one hour story writing workshop session thing at the end of this month, limited seats and there will be an official announcement soon, do sign up if you're planning to start on your own story, or if you need help with something you're already working on. Especially if you've been following our 100 WRITERS fiction writing support group. Looking forward to hanging out. Some details below, for full information see the official campaign website here.

— D

ABOUT #BuySingLit
#BuySingLit is an industry-led movement to celebrate stories from Singapore.  Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’, homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature. Through buying and reading local works, you support the writers who bear witness to our lives, as well as the businesses in our community that deliver these stories to us. Most of all, you will experience the profound joy of unravelling the multi-faceted world around you.  

SingLit Story: How not to write like a robot or zombie 

26 Feb, 10am - 12pm

Bishan Library,
Programme Zone, Level 2
5 Bishan Pl, #01-01, S(579841)

Admission: $10 per pax

Join authors Don Bosco and Nicholas Yong on a fun and exciting two-hour writing workshop, during which they will help aspiring writers use their imagination in clever ways and turn their ideas into great stories. Participants will also receive a $5 book voucher that they can use to buy any local book.

Bosco will start with the basics of fiction writing. He will take the participants step-by-step through the writing process to create captivating characters, build a rich storyworld, plan the plot and write memorable scenes. He will also give tips on how to manage the creative process and explore different genres. Yong will then present his segment titled ‘How to Write a Zombie Novel’, guaranteed to spark participants’ imaginations by tapping into the current popularity of zombie stories.

Organised By
Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

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by Don Bosco
Proudly published by Marshall Cavendish

Ebook worldwide: December 2016
Paperback worldwide: April 2016

Readers in Singapore: 

is my exciting YA thriller co-authored with Ning Cai

Read my Medium post:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello dear readers ... and welcome to 2017

Woah! It's been such a long time since I last posted anything here. I actually had a proper update scheduled for the first week of January. But I've been running around too much to put it up. Insert excuses here. Heh. Well, this is just a quick note until I settle down and get back on track. I do post occasionally on Instagram and Medium, though. You can click over and have a quick look. I'll wait.

Biggest update right now is that this year I'll be taking part in a few sessions at the Asian Festival of Children's Content 2017, you can look up my schedule here, under 'D'. There are special Early Worm / Early Bird tickets, full festival registration info here. And as a recap, here's all the fun I had at the last AFCC.

These few months, there's a roadshow going around for my Superkicks fiction series for middle grade readers, all the book info here, and my co-author Benedict Boo will be visiting schools across Singapore for talks, games and signings. Do get in touch if you'd like us to visit your school too.

The SingLit Campaign this year is a new thing organised by the National Arts Council, and it looks like my books will be featured as part of two official events, via our co-publisher Marshall Cavendish. More information soon. I'm working on a Special Surprise for this. Which is a secret for now. MYSTERY is my middle name.

Oh, I was featured on The A List about my resolutions for 2017. Scroll down this page to find me, somewhere near the middle.

And at the same time, what else am I up to? Preparing new titles for this year. Oh, the thrills! Meetings and meetings. Promoting my other two recent books, Magicienne (a YA thriller I wrote with Ning Cai) and Imagine All This: How To Write Your Own Stories. Also, getting the new studio space ready. Like, painting the walls and new furniture and drilling and stuff. Photos soon. Probably on our Instagram first.

Happy reading, write what you love, and may you have many super wonderful adventures in 2017!

— D

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

100 WRITERS _____ Kicking off NaNoWriMo 2016 in Singapore really early + your free 100 WRITERS story writing workbook, scroll down to the end

NOTE: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project, which is a support group for fiction writers currently hosted by StoryCode Singapore. Find out more here

This photo above: I was at the NaNoWriMo SG Kick Off Party last Saturday. Eager and early.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November. How it works is there's an official website in the US which provides tools and community support to help you finish writing a novel between November 1 and November 30. Ideally you end up with a rough manuscript that's over 50,000 words. Just have fun and it doesn't matter if you don't finish. There are now NaNoWriMo chapters all over the world, and you get to organise your own local meetups and group writing sessions at cafes and schools and any other suitable spots.

This NaNoWriMo SG Kick Off Party is usually scheduled for the last weekend of October, but since that will be a public holiday this year, the event happened a week before. Early birds indeed! Credit for putting this together goes to a small team led by the dynamic duo sarahcoldheart and Joelyn Alexandra, AKA the official Municipal Liaisons, AKA local volunteer reps. I featured an interview with these two here last year.

One highlight on Saturday: Singapore author Clarissa N. Goenawan talked about how her NaNoWriMo project from a few years back actually ended up winning the 2015 Bath Novel Award and earning her a proper literary agent who then got her book published by Soho Press in the US. Wow. What a fantastic NaNoWriMo success story to inspire all of us. Clarissa also wore some cute red Halloween horns because the dress code was Out Of This World, which is the official NaNoWriMo theme for this year. I wanted to take a photo with her but she had to leave before I could.

This is Raven Silvers, she used to be the Municipal Liaison and still helps out with events. Thanks to NaNoWriMo SG for this photo and the next one.
What else we did at the party: there was an introduction to the whole NaNoWriMo thing which has helpful because quite a number of people were new to this, there were some quick tips on how to write and keep writing and just keep writing until you reach the end of the month, and also there were quiz questions with prizes. The prizes included some interesting goodies and also two copies of my new book IMAGINE ALL THIS: HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORIES. Congrats again to lucky winners Shannon and Lakshmy!

And there was cake too. A yummy star cake. Which is an important tradition at local NaNoWriMo parties.

Missed the event? Never mind. You can still sign up for a free NaNoWriMo account here, and then get active on the SG forum discussions here, and at the end of November you can turn up for the official TGIO Party (Date: Saturday, Dec 3, 2016).

Free download (PDF) here
Here's my post about last year's NaNoWriMo closing party. Time flies. If you're going to take up the challenge this year, you can download my free story writing workbook to help you shape up your ideas, plan your story, and fill it with exciting scenes and captivating characters. It's called the 100 WRITERS STORY WORKBOOK and the free download (PDF) is here.

Happy writing, everyone! :)

— D

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LATEST! My new book

available in stores around Singapore mid-October
Proudly published by Marshall Cavendish

Ebook worldwide: December 2016
Paperback worldwide: April 2016

Readers in Singapore: 

My SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) 
has been nominated for this year's award. Please take some time 
to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 
1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

Vote and win here: