Nanowrimo is HERE!

Hiya! Happy Halloween everybody! And I want to give a shout-out to those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, do remain safe and sound. Now, today’s post usually features a writer or an artist’s interview but since Nanowrimo is going to officially kick off from tomorrow onward, I thought I will do a post on it. =)

For those of you who are not in the know, Nanowrimo stands for “National Writing Novel Month“. It’s a writing event that takes place during the month of November every year and during this time, you’re supposed to write up to 50,000 words or more. Clock in your achievements every day and watch your word count grow! If you’re a procrastinator like me, then this event is a good motivator. BUT! Before you stress out about the number of words, just remember that these 50,000 words do not require editing. YET!

Basically all you need to do is to write continuously for 30 days and to hell with all your spelling and grammar mistakes! Just let your creativity flow first. Why? Because Nanowrimo knows that we are often burdened with the need for perfection. We writers constantly pause in our great work to edit, which often interfere with the story, hence this event. And if you succeed, you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful sense of achievement as well as a Nano badge to proclaim your awesomeness! =)

“If you write 50,000 words of fiction by midnight, local time, November 30th, you can upload your novel for official verification, and be added to our hallowed Winner’s Page and receive a handsome winner’s certificate and web badge. We’ll post step-by-step instructions on how to scramble and upload your novel starting in mid-November.”

Many writers HAVE succeeded in penning their novels AND published their novels. Prominent examples include the following:

Awesome, right? So what are you waiting for? Keep track of your word count via widgets like these if you have a blog. I’ll be trying my luck as well (see my widget on the sidebar) so ganbatte to all of us! =)

Good luck!

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What’s next?

Yoz! Just going to drop some updates for the upcoming weeks. =) I’ll be taking a break from blogging next week so the awesome people series will be back on 18th October. A day late, I know but it’ll just be for that week.

I’ll be interviewing Travis Low, the mastermind behind the Comics Star Awards, Funics etc. I’m pretty sure you comic artists (especially Singaporean ones) will know who I’m talking about. =) Anyways, you’ll like HIS story so do stay tuned!

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Upcoming Interviews & Wattpad

Hiya guys! Just wanna thank the lovely bloggers who have liked my various posts & interviews. =D Special mentions go out to:

The above are just a few of the many people I want to thank. If you’ve left a comment or been a silent follower of this humble blog, know that I’m truly grateful for your support even if I didn’t name you here. =D

In other news: If you’ve been enjoying the interviews I’ve done so far, you’ll be pleased to know that I have Lisa Lee (liselle.com.my) and Cheeming Boey (iamboey.com) on my awesome guestlist. Lisa is a fashion artist who has taken the fashion world by storm with her character design Liselle, a beautiful lady of high society while Cheeming is a multi-talented artist who can handle anything from game design, cartoons and even styrofoam art! XD

If you know of any other talented artists or writers that you think should be featured on AMWC, do leave me a comment after this post. Don’t forget to state the name & website of the person you’re nominating so I can go check them out myself! Hehe.

Next, see that little orange icon at the right sidebar? If you click on it, you’ll be taken to Wattpad–a platform where writers post their stories up for feedback and fandom. =D

In fact, Abigail Gibbs won a 6 figure HarperCollins publishing deal when she was discovered on Wattpad by an agent! Neat huh. It will be really swell if I can get to interview her but she seems busy right now so I guess I’ll wait till later.

Two of my stories “Rainy Skies” & “Haunted Persuasion” are currently uploaded there so please feel free to leave a comment or even…ahem…become a fan if you think I’m worth it. XD

Joyce Chng, a fellow Singaporean author of “Wolf at the Door” and “Rider”, is also there so we’ll see you there!

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Comics Star Awards 2012

You’ve been honing your skill for the past dunno-how-many-years and you’re all ready to show the world what you’re capable of. It’s time to exit that training cave of yours! Here’s a competition that might help you fulfil your dreams of having your talent acknowledged!

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Find out more details at:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ComicsStar
Official Website: http://www.comicsstar.com/

If you’re curious about Tencent AC, here is their website: http://ac.qq.com/

And some participants’ work that has already been submitted: http://ac.qq.com/Events/original2012Entries

AND YES! In case you’re worried about the deadline, which is in about 1 month’s time, here is what the organisers have to say about it:

Hi! Yup, closing date for submission is 30th Sep. But you may not need to submit the whole story, A few chapters are also welcome. Main objectives of the competition are to search for potential talents and artwork that can be further develop.

— Travis Low on Comics Star Awards FB Page —

And if you’re wondering if you have to create a new account?

 for submission, you can register an acct to submit yourself or send the artwork tocomicsstarawards@gmail.com, we can submit for you on behalf.

— Comics Star Awards —

If you still have queries, do head over to their FB page and ask away! Good luck!

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AMWC updates

Hiya guys~! As you might have noticed…I don’t blog here very frequently. =x

What I do, however, is update the AMWC Facebook page with links and news that you guys can check out. =D

So if you don’t find anything here…chances are…I’ve updated the Facebook page with something so please do drop by from time to time to see what’s new in the world of writing and manga. Sometimes I will highlight artists’ websites so ya all can learn from one another and perhaps…make new friends? =D

Have fun!

PS: If you have any particular topic you want me to write about, do feel free to email me at aspiringmw@gmail.com or make a comment below. Ciao!

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What have you accomplished in 2011?

Hiya guys! It’s a brand new year in 2012! I trust that you guys have been well and that you’ve been continuously working on your passion (e.g. writing and creating great manga/comics). =)

2011 had been a wonderful year for me…mainly coz I finally got down to doing something that has been on my mind since I first set up AMWC on SGcafe. Yup, the Comics Xchange that took place at the Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore! If you’re curious about the outcome, well…the turnout was unexpectedly low but some people did turn up for my seminar and my speakers were fabulous! A lot of knowledge were shared and new friends were made so it wasn’t all that bad despite the small crowd. I also met Otto Fong, who really is one of the coolest dudes I ever have had the fortune to come across! He too has had a very productive and successful year where his comics are concerned. You guys should really attend his talks as and when he conducts them coz he is never boring. =D

We also had Benjamin Ang (the Singaporean dude who was hired by Marvel Comics) and Sonny Liew (need I say more? Hehe) share their experiences with the young participants, many of whom are just starting out but are not sure whether their talents can take them far. =)

On the writing side, I’m…ahem ashamed to say I was so busy with real life that I didn’t manage to complete my planned sequel to Rainy Skies: Lull before Storm. =x

Yes, yes, I know…bad example. =x

So with this new year, I’m gonna be more organised and make it a point to complete it. *determined look*

I also managed to visit Taiwan for the first time~! I documented the highlights of my trip at Tourist Kitty so do visit it and let me know your thoughts! Would really love to hear about the recommended places to travel to so I can start planning for the new year! Hehe.

And yes, to kickstart the new year, I have a little something for you! A FREE webinar by Aktive Learning on “How to Publish Your Book in Singapore“. It’s a one-hour webinar on 28 Jan from 10am to 11am. Replays are available for those who cannot make it for this date so be sure to register your email to get the lowdown on how to get your novel/manga/comics published in Singapore~!

Once you’ve signed up with them, they will email you a brief guide on how to get yourself published as well as their submission guidelines should you want to consider them as a publisher. Although I have to say…their specialization seems to be more of educational titles. But if you’re planning to be like Otto Fong and produce educational comics in say…Mathematics, then this could be a golden opportunity. =)

Have fun and oh, do feel free to share what you managed to accomplish in 2011 in the comments. We sometimes forget the achievements we had managed to gain but it’s important to remember them and record them in your portfolio for all to admire and take note. You never know when someone may just sit up and take notice of your excellent work! =D

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See you this Saturday & Sunday at the Comics Xchange~!

Hiya guys! It’s going to be 1st & 2nd Oct soon! And that means the Comics Xchange is going to be upon us soon! =)

The seminars & workshops now have group discounts of 5% for 5 or more people so if you’re still wondering if you should sign up for one of them, grab this chance now. =)

Our seminars & workshops target amateur artists who want to level up their skills in the creative & business arena. The seminars, for example, feature Karen Leong who is an Influential Communications Expert. She will guide participants on how to present themselves in a professional yet influential way so doors of opportunity may open for them. Wu Di from Manga Castle will show how the law of attraction can “attract” people to invest in your passion. =)

Jerry Hinds (ACAS & Niceone Entertainment) & Aravind Menon (Jove Pater Media) will also cover the creative aspects of writing & time-saving art techniques to help boost your current level in producing comics/manga.

So we’re not just focusing on the creative side of comics, we want our participants to be business-savvy too! =) It’s good that you get to do what you love on a regular basis but even better when that passion helps you pay the bills as well. =D

And the bazaar will feature superhero body art by Function Junction, epic lightsaber fight by Fight Saber (see below video), talented artists like Collateral Damage Studios, Comix Pandora, Kelvin Chan & more so you better not miss this event. =D

 

Cheers!

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A belated Happy New Years to one and all!

Whee! It’s a brand new year! A fresh start for all you procrastinators to start planning your drawing and writing projects. =3

Ok, I admit that I’m also one of the procrastinators. =x But let’s make a difference this year! What are your plans in the first quarter of this year? I actually plan to print the first part to my Rainy Skies. LOL. Hopefully, my collaborator for the comic part will manage to gear up. Hehehe…

Anyways, apologies for the lack of updates on this blog for a long while. Will start to be more hardworking in the year to come! =3

PS: If you have any upcoming events that you want to advertise, do email me at aspiringmw[at]gmail.com.

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Chinese mangaka ‘threatens’ Japanese mangaka?

Apparently so, judging from the collective drooling over Xia Da, the 28-year-old young woman who seems to enjoy taking cute pictures of herself. =x One blogger even called her probably the ‘deadliest’ mangaka ever to come out of China. LOL.

You can check out her pictures at Wayang Times. I personally think that Xia Da has the looks to entice otakus. She’s cute and she cosplays (in Japanese schoolgirl uniforms), so what’s there NOT to love? LOL. But of course, looks can’t carry you very far if you don’t have the talent. Her blog is here so you can check her out. =3

For slides of her work…click here.

So what do you guys think? Do you usually go for an artist’s looks or their works?

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Calling for submissions for sci-fi anthology series

If you’re looking to submit your writing to a Singaporean publication, here’s a chance for you to do so!

Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (an imprint of Two Trees) and The Happy Smiley Writers Group are calling for submissions for the second in their sci-fi short story anthology series. Following on the success of their first anthology, Happiness at the end of the World, Happy Smiley and Friends are going Steampunk.

Steam…punk Short Story Guidelines:
1) Theme is science fiction steampunk with a happy ending.
2) Word length between 2000 and a firm 6000 words.
3) Deadline for submissions is 31st October.
4) Open to any age, any nationality but must be resident in Singapore. (Singaporeans studying overseas are eligible.)
5) Mail submissions to steampunk@twotrees.com.sg
6) For more details go to http://twotrees.com.sg/steampunk.html

Good luck!

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