Tell us about yourself.
Well…. I am allegedly a 36 years old, mature, responsible human adult. Unfortunately, most people view me as a teenager trapped in adult body with access to a credit card and no sense of fiscal responsibility 365 days of the year.
How did you get into doing what you’re doing right now?
I got a degree in Hospitality and Tourism, and then went looking for a job, then discovered that I didn’t like doing that. Then I made the mistake of getting a degree in Game Development, which I enjoy more than I enjoyed working in Hospitality and Tourism. So…. I started ranting and writing to give me something to do during my limited down time…. Right now, I drive for GRAB, enjoy my freedom to write, game and work when I please, but its not an easy job to have.
Where did/do you get your inspiration from?
I think of things. I used to carry a notepad and pen around for when the idea strikes. Now I carry a cellphone with a notepad and camera, so I can generally keep track of what inspires me to write. Sometimes I get ideas for entire articles, sometimes it’s just one scene, or game mechanic, or a vague plot.
I’ve got about a terabyte of stuff like that, and when I need ideas or some inspiration, I start going back through this archive. Something generally strikes…. But whether it’s a usable something is another issue entirely.
Do you have a special process of writing, or any kind of ritual pre or post writing?
I have some rituals. Prewriting is generally a pot of coffee that I’ll basically drink my way through as I write…whether it’s an article, a fanfiction or some rant. To be honest, to me, writing is a lot like having sex: – You start by knowing what you want to write, then when you get in to the process it gets…Crazy…messy… all kinds of wet’n’wild and after an hour or two, you’ve got something that you are satisfied with down on paper.
What kind of stories do you personally gravitate towards on AL?
If you write, you read. If you read as a writer, you read everything. I particularly enjoy the supernatural pieces and the confession pieces. There’s a lot to be said for being able to live vicariously through the writing of others.
Why do you think it’s imperative for people to express themselves and share their thoughts?
The moment people lose the freedom of speech, the right to self-expression, then as a society we are in trouble. The moment the first restriction is cast, the first thought censored, or worse: – self censored, then as a society we have lost the ability to have civil discourse. From there, only chaos and carnage reign.
A Caveat: free speech is however, not hate speech.
A Second Caveat: you are entitled to your opinion. I am entitled to tell you just how fucking stupid you are because that is my opinion.
What attracted you to AL in the first place?
The chance to just write whatever I want and get it up and out there for anyone with an interest to have a read. It was all about having a platform where I could what I wanted, and no be a slave to someone else’s objectives/directives/desires. That the attraction. The freedom of speech afforded by AnythingLah. As to why freedom of speech, freedom of expression is important, refer to the previous question.
THE FUN QUESTIONS
What’s your favorite book, and why?
I don’t have favorite books. I have favorite authors and the list is long. But the top three to me would always be:
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Unfinished Tales, The Simarillion.
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter Series
Dan Abnett – The man has way too many fantastic series to his credit, but my favorites by him will always be the Eisenhorn trilogy, The Ravenor Collection and of course Gaunt’s Ghosts.
What’s been on your mind lately?
Getting a regular full time 9am-5pm job that would give me the evenings and weekends free to actually write, game and livestream in peace!
What’s the last text you sent?
I sent this as a joke to a dozen friends: – “We’re fucked. They know everything. GET THE HELL OUT! NOW!”
The result? Three left town as advised, four dropped everything and joined the French Foreign Legion, and five got divorced. This band of twelve don’t even know each other in real life. I don’t think I’ll have any friends left once they realize it was a joke.
What’s one thing about you that surprises people?
That I am so damn tall – according to them at any rate.
What was something you’ve done that made you feel extreme happiness?
This is something that has changed over time. I guess you could say it was a series of “firsts” …. The first nerf blaster, that first lightsaber duel, the first LARP I participated in…I get in to a lot of weird and unique things that I hope to last for a long time. But there are experiences that can only happen once. The second and third time onwards, that magical something…just…. disappears.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
To get me through the next 10 or so years (between 18and 28), quite a few things: –
- Stay low, move fast, and empty the magazine, reload and empty it again.
- That girl is not worth it.
- That other girl is DEFINITELY not worth it.
- That Guy is not worth it
- Fuck the Strategy. Screw the Tactics. Refer to “a” above!
Where is your happy place?
My new favorite coffee shop in Ara Damansara. It’s new, and very home. I like the atmosphere, décor. Warm wood tones, soft lights, and good music. I would give them a proper shout and all but because their coffee is good, reasonably priced, ice cold and blacker than my own heart, I want to keep the place to myself. So, I am NOT sharing!
Stay tuned for our last Writer Wednesday for International Men’s Day next week! 🙂 In the meantime, check out posts by Adam Majid here.