One Tentative Step Forward

Good news, everybody! A few days ago, I signed a contract with the literary agency who will be representing my novel, The Oddfits. Prior to the actual signing, there was other activity as well: they requested a brief author bio, a photo, and a synopsis for their catalogue, and one of the associates of the agency told me she found the novel very enjoyable to read…which was gratifying. But the past disappointments associated with this book, coupled with a melodramatic third-life crisis I appear to be going through as the result of turning 30 a few weeks ago (‘What the hell am I doing with my life? Is this the right career for me? Why have I only started asking this now?’) have left me quite fearful of hoping or dreaming, and a little tired of trying. We shall see what the future holds. I am also trying to be less ambitious and more content (‘What does the Lord require of you? Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your god’), less restless and more at peace. As part of this renewed quest for inner peace, I have bought a new houseplant, which I take great joy in staring at contemplatively.  


  1. Congratulations Tiff. I really love how your success is grounded in life and normal struggles. I am looking at 30 in a few weeks so you can advise me, jiejie.

  2. thepoetswife

    Hi Tiffany, happy birthday for a few weeks ago! I’ve been definitely through a “third-life crisis” and survived, so…hang in there! All the best with the novel (put me down for a copy) and the plant. I’ll make you a belated birthday cake soon! If you have nothing better to do, drop in at
    and see how a forty-something is also figuring out what it all means….sorry, it doesn’t stop!

    1. Thank you, Wife of the Poet. The plant is a monstera plant and doing well. I’ve been told they’re very hardy, but it was difficult finding it. One person at a nursery told me that it was rather ‘out of fashion’. I didn’t know the gardening world operated according to trends.

  3. alexander santoso

    Is the literary agency from Singapore or elsewhere ? Life is always full of ups n down, and challenges, but no matter how rough things get, remember that there are many more people in this world that has much much tougher time than you… Keep up the fighting spirit… You have just turn thirty? It is only a number that means nothing, think about 92 n 90 years old! Do keep yourself well inner n outer sides…love.. Dad

    Sent from my iPhone

    1. Hi Dad. Sigh…you’re right.

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