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Category Archives: Essays

Assignment One- Question 2

Question 2 of Assignment One of my writers’ course required that I write a narrative about a visit to a funfair, playground, supermarket, a place of interest, my favourite place, or anything that may interest my readers, etc and be very tactile and descriptive about observing my surroundings. I started out writing about my most […]

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The Writing Course

I signed up for a comprehensive creative writing course with the Writers Bureau of the UK a month ago. I finally got down to doing something like this for myself. It’s an online program, very flexible- I can take my own time to finish the assignments (30 in all), so long as it is done […]

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The PhD that never was

[I found this when I was cleaning up documents in my computer. I was invited to submit my research proposal outline to enrol in the PhD program at Monash University. So I prepared this first draft, sometime in December 2002 while I was in my first year of legal practice, but never sent it out. […]

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The Fallen

He wandered through the darkened streets, looking up at the windows of houses. In the distance, the church bell rang with a loud peal. He closed his white hands over his ears, straining, hurting. Beauty in pain, he was once told. Embrace who you are, what you have become. His heart pounded beneath his chest. […]

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Redemption

He lay prone on the hospital bed, breathing raggedly. An oxygen mask was clamped over his face. His eyes were closed and sunken deep within their sockets. She sat quietly beside him, drinking in the sight of this once-gigantic man, now reduced to mere skin and bones. The horrific memories of her childhood came flooding […]

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Mr. S

“Mr. S is here to see you”, the receptionist announced to her. She looked up absent-mindedly from her flickering laptop screen, twirling her hair around her index finger. Her legs were stretched out beneath her, her body ensconced in a well-fitted striped skirt and black blouse. She stood up, slipped her bare feet into her […]

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The Crying Baby

She begged the baby to stop crying, but it wouldn’t. The room was small and hot and sweat furrowed between her eyebrows. Her cheeks burned red from the heat, her eyes were bright, darting around the room, hoping to discover something that would distract the baby and stop it from crying. It was a pretty […]

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Lighting the cigarette

Was there ever such a cold evening? She couldn’t remember the last time it had been this cold out. She sat on the bench, surveying her surroundings with a critical eye, pulling her jacket closer around her lithe body. The park was almost empty, except for a harried mother half-dragging, half-ushering a small boy homeward […]

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Fearless

When we are born and begin our lives, we are fearless. I am terrified of creepy crawlies. I hate snakes: I gag at the sight of a snake on the National Geographic channel. Snakes are my biggest fear. But I found an old photo of myself, taken by my parents when we were on holiday […]

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From the horse’s mouth

Does she know? It has been over a week. I was terribly ill then. She took care of me for the first few days of my illness. No stress. No indulgent or useless conversation. No pollution. No fiery, spicy food. Warm water slowly seeping into my insides. I felt loved. She allowed me to rest. […]

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