The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet – Aristotle
The theme for the 2016 D.K. Dutt Award for Literary Excellence was 'knowledge and education.' Bitter Root Sweet Fruit pulls together the best stories submitted for the competition, including the winning entry by Bathmaloshanee M., and stories by runners-up Ling Low and Sumitra Selvaraj.
Here are stories about teachers, sometimes wise and caring, but more often deeply flawed and of young people struggling to obtain an education against the odds. Whether it is learning to make the perfect chicken curry or coming to terms with important life truths, these Malaysian writers, both new and established, share stories that are fresh and inventive.
Anna's story, Beautiful Hands, traces Kay's continuing revelation that the knowledge and skills in one's hands is just as important as the knowledge and education in one's head.
Way back when (I don't even remember when), I submitted to the Book a Break competition in hopes of winning a writing holiday in Provence. I didn't win... but I did get included in their annual anthology.
Fancy a trip to Pluto? Or how about a fearful drive along a stretch of country road, or a long, hot, dusty walk to Nairobi? Unless you prefer to go to church with a strange woman in green tights, her hair alive with electricity. Here you have 34 stories, each one a journey, whether planned or unexpected, funny or frightening, real or figurative, shared or dreadfully alone. ‘They had a long journey ahead of them’ was the prompt: the writers here, from award-winning authors to exciting new talents, took it and made it their own. Sit back and enjoy the scenery, then, as the stories here open your eyes to destinations you’ll want to go back to again. Bon voyage! The proceeds from this anthology go to the Against Malaria Foundation.
Exiled. Powerless. The world he grew up in is changing—he feels it, feels the devastation being wrought. But what can he do so far away from home? Lost. Afraid. She’s being enlisted to help save Alam Dongeng—a magical world she knows little about. How can she tell stories she doesn’t even know? Worried. Confused. He’s long forgotten his grandfather’s stories—it’s familiar, but he’s never really believed in them. Why should he start now?
Dongengtells the story of Sara and Helmi’s awakening to magic in their own country. There’s a war to protect Alam Dongeng, helmed by the Orang Bunian and Garuda. But are the ranks of Hantu really their enemies? They may very well be fighting the wrong battle. A sequel to Coexist, Dongeng draws you into a whole new realm of fairy tales. Find out more HERE!
Insignia Vol 4: Asian Fantasy Stories
A Chinese Princess and a son of Caesar will be wed, and Garuda will not have it. He has sworn to stop the wedding, even if that means pitting himself against his old friend and comrade, Jentayu.
Jentayu's Tear is an alternative take on a portion of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa, focusing on the magical battle between Jentayu and Garuda. Exclusively in a fun-filled anthology of other magicky, fantasy stories. All set in Asia! Read an excerpt HERE.
INSIGNIA Vol.4 includes 9 Asian fantasy stories with a mix of literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces. Countries included are Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, China, India, and Nepal. More HERE.
Ten-year-old Mica hates the cold. Yet he’s bound by duty—and prophecy—to rule over the City of Winter as his grandfather’s heir. All signs seem to indicate that something is wrong and the reappearance of the Yuki-Onna in the Painted Hall is an additional worrisome detail…
The Flame of the North (North #2) follows Danis & Hana’s son as he attempts to fulfil the last portion of Dragon’s Prophecy.
This booklet isn't a how-to of worship leading, for all that it's called an "A to Z". It's not going to teach you step by step what to do, or all the things you need to know about worship leading, or even about that vast experience called worship.
Instead, it's a compilation of Anna's thoughts and reflections on being on the worship team and worship leading over the last 17 years in primarily charismatic/Pentecostal English-speaking congregations in Penang, Malaysia. Written in short sound-bites, it aims to encourage all worship leaders and inspire you to continually seek for a deeper revelation of God in your worship and in your church.
Jane Hays has been told all her life that it’s dangerous to be out in the forest past sundown. At fifteen, she’s quite sure that it’s all old wives’ tales... yet, why does her village bar the gates every night? Why do they even have gates? When she is caught in an unexpected rainstorm on her way home, Jane ignores all the warnings and seeks shelter in a cottage in the middle of the forest. Soon, she is caught up in a world of magic and beauty – and in the storm of the Fairy Queen’s wrath. The Fairy Queen is out for blood. There have been intruders - human intruders - in her domain and she will stop at nothing to find them and kill them. After all, it is only fair. She is only seeking retribution for the death that humans leave in their wake. But Jane isn’t all that she seems to be. And the events of the night aren’t as innocent as they appear.
A tale of magic, fairy creatures and family, Coexist is a novella for the young and the young-at-heart. Click here for more.
When Winds Blow Cold (North #1)
Go north, little human. Go north until the winds blow cold and you walk on water. Go north, and there you will find her.
With the Dragon's prophecy ringing in his ears, Danis travels from town to town, seeking a wife. But at every stop, he is turned away, until he enters the City of Winter itself...
When Winds Blow Cold (North #1) is an old school fairy tale designed to open your eyes to wonder.
Penang, with its mix of old world charm and modern bustle, has captured the hearts of many — making it the ideal place for a little bit of romance. Bask in the sweetness of young hearts falling in love and cheer them on when circumstances stand in their way. Walk through the pain of broken relationships and rejoice at unexpected reunions. Whether you prefer it happy or bittersweet, straightforward or a little complicated, Love in Penang offers you 18 morsels of love in various forms.
What is an imago? Can you imagine a "synbatec"? Do you know how many different ideas are sparked by a cliché phrase? Up to 400 participants took up the challenges Rachel Harrie thought up for her "Platform Building Campaign". Participants wrote blog posts containing specific words or themes of no more than 200 (or 300) words. Despite the same premise, the stories couldn't have been more different. The eBook contains 176 flash fiction stories, poems, and essays from 81 participants of Rachael Harrie's Writers' Platform-Building Campaign 2011. Everyone donated their stories freely and willingly in memoriam of Harry Moseley. Despite his brain tumor, Harry single-handedly raised 85,000GBP for Cancer Research (and nearly half a million with the help of his friends) before he died, aged eleven.
Letters to my ten-year-old self (anthology)
In Aug 2011, Nina posted a story prompt on G+. Due to the crazy response on G+ and across the blogosphere, Nina & Drew later issued a call for submissions. You'll find my submission in this free e-book here.
"Letters to My Ten Year Old Self" is an anthology of letters from people of all ages to their younger selves. Here you'll see humor, anger, loss, and love. These aren't writers perfecting their craft, these are people pouring out their hearts onto the page. Come and read, and you will find yourself immersed in memories... some of them even your own. What would you write to your Ten Year Old Self? Read this book, and maybe you'll find out.