My Top 5 Anime Titles of All Time

If you have read my debut novel, 3 (Tiga), you will know that I often draw inspiration from Japanese culture.

After all, there are a lot to be loved from their culture, don’t you agree? From the scrumptious food, elegant buildings and traditions, and to the ever so popular anime and manga culture—I can comfortably say that they helped me shape my identity through my younger years.

An inseparable part of this Japanese culture is, of course, has something to do with their animation industry.

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Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece—those are just some titles that you might have heard about at least once or twice, even if you have no interest in watching them. The culture of watching Japanese animation—dubbed anime—has become so immensely popular that a lot of people has even built some sort of a cult around it.

Now, as much as I love anime, I can’t say that I watch them 24/7. I used to enjoy them almost every day during my younger years, but nowadays I turn to anime as a short escape from my daily grind. Think of it as my way to recharge my mental energy after I forced it to work all week long.

Here are some anime titles that I thoroughly enjoyed. You might have heard of them, or you might have not. But I really think that these titles are worth a try when you’re bored. Who knows, you might get hooked and become a fan of these anime titles yourself! Continue reading

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My Writing Playlist: Unspoken Words

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Femme – Kajiura Yuki (梶浦 由記)

Shizuka na Hibi (静かな日々) – S.E.N.S. Project

Lost Memory – S.E.N.S. Project

Itsuka Dokoka de (いつかどこかで) – Hama Takeshi (濱剛)

Deja View – S.E.N.S. Project

Since I completed the first draft of this project during Lebaran Holiday of 2017, I didn’t really need the music so much. But still, there were some really difficult scenes that prevented me from going on a full writing sprint at times. These songs were what I used to listen to whenever I was feeling stuck at writing a certain scene. Continue reading

One Acknowledgements Page I Didn’t Write (Unspoken Words)

There are a lot of parties involved in the writing process of my newest book, UNSPOKEN WORDS. The writing part—sure, it was pretty much solitary. But I owe the conception of this book to a lot of wonderful people, and I am here to convey my gratitude to each and every one of these individuals.

And yes, this list is going to be pretty lengthy. Because pretty much the reason why I didn’t include this acknowledgements in the book is because I didn’t have enough time (and pages) to fit this in. Continue reading

How I Wrote a Novel in 9 Days (Unspoken Words)

It is no secret that my productivity comes in waves, and an irregular one at that. Sometimes, it even bothered me enough that I had to organize a writing retreat in order to get back to writing.

However, I have to say that my experience in writing Unspoken Words was quite peculiar.

If you have been following me on Twitter, you would know that I completed the first draft of the book in just 9 days.

Yes, you did not read that wrong. Even I still find it difficult to believe at times. Sure, I completed my debut novel, 3 (Tiga), in 14 days. But never in my wildest dreams did I hope to accomplish the same feat in the near future.

Yet, in reality, I kinda… did.

And it wasn’t until months after completing the manuscript, revising the draft like crazy, and witnessing the book being displayed in bookstores, did I start taking notes of what could possibly be going on when I wrote the book.

Of how a writer with a very demanding day job could finish writing a book in just 9 days.

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I hate to break this upfront, but the key to accomplishing that is discipline.

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My New Year’s Resolution for 2018

Depending on when you are reading this post, it might be 2018 already. I had considered to post this right when the year changes, but decided against it since I would most likely be celebrating the coming year with family and close friends. And I never liked scheduled posts since it doesn’t feel personal.

So please allow me to say the following:

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

2017 had been a great, smashing year for me. I got to finish a new book, open my very own Tokopedia shop, and even successfully arranged my own writing retreat. And although some hardships were to be expected, I am very satisfied of what I had accomplished in 2017.

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My newest book: UNSPOKEN WORDS, is now available in your nearest bookstores (Indonesia only)

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Of How Unspoken Words Came into Existence

When I ran a poll on Instagram the other day, a surprising amount of respondents requested for me to post more information about my upcoming book, Unspoken Words.

Some requested for information regarding the characters, some about my outlining process, and the rest were an equal mix between my writing process and publication date. The response, of course, took me by (a pleasant) surprise.

To be honest, I had been mulling over the idea of sharing more about Unspoken Words. And there is a good reason why I haven’t been as active as I wanted to be in sharing information about the book:

I didn’t know how to talk about the book without spoiling everything about it.

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Let’s just say, this novel is the most personal one I have penned so far, and writing it had been an emotional roller-coaster to me. Just like when I once wrote my debut novel, 3 (Tiga), finishing the manuscript for Unspoken Words actually left me in a state somewhat similar to being hungover. Continue reading

How Taking a Short Writing Retreat Boosted My Productivity

Disclaimer: this post will feature a lot of pictures, just so you know.

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A stunning art exhibition I found. I believe it was showcased in the Esplanade building.

I have mentioned in one of my previous blog posts that I wanted to go on a creative writing retreat. Not the fancy residency kind, of course. What I’m talking about is but a short escape somewhere. It should be far enough from my usual daily routine, but it also should be within my budget—so it shouldn’t be too far, either.

Last October, I was offered a cheap flight ticket to spend the weekend in Singapore.

I took it without hesitation.

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Post NaNoWriMo 2017 Thoughts

After my bold statement last month on how I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo, you must have been wandering, where have I gone this whole month?

(Or maybe you haven’t, but let’s assume that you have.)

I am going to answer that question by letting you know where I am right now, as I believe it describes what had been happening in November for me:

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Beautiful view from the cafe I’m at. More information about the cafe at the end of the blog post.

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My Writing Playlist: 3 (Tiga)

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No, I’m not releasing an album. I just edited the picture myself out of boredom

A lot of people has been asking me, what kind of music do I listen to when I am writing my novels?

Now the truth is, I don’t necessarily need music to keep me in the zone. Of course I listen to them, but I wouldn’t consider music as my absolute writing essentials. I do have to admit, that music can help writers picture certain scenes better when used—which is practically what I am using music for: to help me write certain scenes that would be rather hard to write otherwise.

Below are the tracks I listened to when I was writing my novel, 3 (Tiga)

 


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Percakapan Sebelum Matahari Terbit

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Pagi kemarin, saya terbangun dengan mata yang masih mengantuk.

Mungkin sebenarnya ini bukan sesuatu yang aneh atau janggal, karena toh, pada dasarnya saya memang bukan seseorang yang biasa bangun pagi hari. Bekerja pada sebuah perusahaan swasta yang menuntut saya bangun pagi setiap harinya sama sekali tidak membuat saya terbiasa dengan kegiatan bangun tidur sebelum matahari terbit.

Namun harus saya akui, di saat-saat seperti itulah, ketika saya baru saja terbangun dari tidur saya yang nyenyak, selalu ada momen-momen inspiratif yang selalu menjadi bensin saya untuk bekerja di siang harinya.

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