Friday, 30 March 2012

The Starship Aprilis

The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Travelogue entries will be linked to as they appear throughout the month of April.

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This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Obligatory Birthday Post.

I was reading The Malaysian Reader, a really good local book blog which celebrates its second birthday today.

That made me wonder when my blog's birthday was. Turns out its today as well. Oops. Totally forgot!

I made a promise to myself in that first blog post (get a story published in an American magazine) and I've still to deliver on that. Probably because over the years I forgot what I started this blog for... it started out as a blog to document my writing and over time it slowly became a blog about books and writing in general.

Well, I'm still young (or so many people tell me) so I've still got time. But I'd better work harder because the competition is so much more tougher and crazier than it was in 2006.

I really want to make 2012 a year where I write more than I've written before, and so far I've been more productive in my fiction than I've ever been in the past six years. Hopefully I will be able to show the fruits of my efforts before the year is out.

For those who've been reading my blog over the years, especially those who kept asking why I didn't post during my wilderness years (2009-2011) where I didn't post much and even when I did it wasn't about books, thanks for being loyal and sticking around.

As you can see, I'm blogging about books and writing consistently again and hopefully I will continue to do so for many years to come. :)

And for those who've been bugging me for a digital copy of Haruki Murakami's Pinball, 1973, boy, have I got something special for you soon...

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