Well hello and welcome to this space. Firstly, a brief mention about the blog title.
If you have known me for a while now you would know I am a writer by passion (and now that I’ve gotten out of the day job, by profession). Not that I haven’t been at the odd job or two, but that’s another story for another blog. So that accounts for ‘scribe’. The awl, being a point-making tool, lends a figurative twist. After striking out combinations that sound like pub names and children storybooks I was left with ‘Awl and Scribe’. So there you have it.
And yes, I should have seen this coming.
One of the reasons I threw in the towel was so I could finally complete those personal writing projects I began but never could finish. With that, I was also toying with the idea of making my personal works public but it would be putting my heart out on my sleeves, and I wasn’t sure it was strong enough – we writers can be narcissistic creatures.
Since I have been egged into public display by you-know-who-you-are, this blog will house a collection of (i) selected pieces I have written over the past twenty years, and (ii) new stuff that I will be writing for the rest of my life. Access them via the Writings tab to the right of this one or via Recent Posts at the side panel. Comments, feedback and ideas are most welcome, seriously. Address them to Awl and Scribe if you please.
A few other points:
1. Contractions and slangs will appear rather frequently – please excuse them.
2. As mentioned, a selection of personal pieces are made available here. If you are really keen, ask me for private access to the rest of my stuff but trust me, the better ones are already here.
3. Though I have been writing commercially for years, I am surely not the best writer around. Please take all content with a pinch of salt (belachan does the trick too).
Now, what would you like to start with?