…to start off a blog by being at the beginning of some projects that may or may not come to fruition?
It’s risky at the very least, I’d say. But potentially very exciting for you, dear reader, because even I don’t know how it all ends!
What are the projects? The first is a creative endeavour. A novel I started in 2005 is now finished and there’s a very high probability that it will be published by a Singaporean publishing house. They’ve expressed a lot of interest, but no details have been discussed yet. I will be meeting the head of the publishing firm next week to discuss it. Until I have anything signed, I’m hesitant to publicise this possibility as fact. I emphasise to you and my hopeful self, this is still just a possibility. But it can’t hurt to tell you the title: The Oddfits. It’s a humorous contemporary fantasy novel.
The second project is some research which will hopefully eventually lead to the publication of an academic book on nature and contemporary Indonesian literature. Broad, eh? I’m still poking around, trying to find good specifics to focus on, and think I will try to find out more about literature by writers from Kalimantan. To get a better idea of the literary scene and some opinions from Kalimantan writers, the plan is to travel to Kalimantan in January and get some more information from writers, presses, and so on. In my humble opinion, research on contemporary Indonesian literature is very difficult to do well from afar: I think it requires a certain amount of groundwork. Many literary works and scholarly works on those literary works can be difficult to find outside of Indonesia. And I’m trying to go beyond the more internationally-known authors.
The problem is: don’t know anyone in Kalimantan yet. I’m focusing my efforts on Kalimantan Timur (Kaltim) first, and am now in the process of trying to email various people involved in the Kaltim literary scene. No replies yet, but I’ve only tried two people. If you have any suggestions or connections…help!
I’ll try to swallow my pride and let this blog document not just my successes, but my near-successes, dead-ends, better-luck-next-times, and new tries.