DECEMBER 20-something, 2014
Tag: Everything is a blur
It’s December and for some (me included), traditionally ‘tis the season to be jolly and-all-that, but instead I’m moving house and country after almost twenty years, and prepping the marketing of my two books (website design, book cover ideas, photo shoot, etc).
Below are some shots from the photo shoot I did at L'Orient in Brunei.

OhMyGosh, it was so much fun getting dressed up in all the cool gear with belts, bling and bags galore (thanks Sab and her team!) and being made up at Laneige (thanks Pat and Pauline!), and dying my hair purple at CityHair Salon (thanks Alex!). I was very sad taking off my fake eyelashes... sniff!
Now I know how Cinderella felt at the end of the ball...

Photo credit goes to Marlowe.

NOVEMBER 14, 2014
Tag: Star Wars or Six Degrees of Separation
Have you heard of Six Degrees of Separation? According to Wikipedia, Six Degrees of Separation is “the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”
If this theory is correct, I am now connected to George Lucas in an ephemeral, umbilical cord kind-of-way.
Let me explain how:
On November 14, Christopher Holm of Lucasfilm Ltd. sent me a very nice letter rejecting my request for authorization to use STAR WARS™ characters, excerpts and proprietary elements from the Star Wars motion pictures in connection with my Alana Oakley books (sic). Some of my characters are sci-fi geeks and in the original version of the manuscript, they perform a Shakespearean version of STAR WARS™ during Shakespeare Week. Cool, right? Hence my letter of request to Mr Holm. Who works for LucasFilm Ltd. Which was founded by George Lucas!
Looks like I skipped a few steps. But, whatever...
...How cool is that?

AUGUST 27, 2014
You always remember where you were for certain Big Events, like,when the Berlin Wall first crumbled (Nara, Japan), or when the Twin Towers fell (Brunei Darussalam). I was in the car, on my way to a town called Miri in East Malaysia, when The-Email-That-Changed-My-Life came through on my phone.

I instantly went into freefall. And one thought chased another, and then
another, around my head. Published.Alana.Book.Author.Me.
And before long I was fantasising about Fame-and-Fortune and talking on the phone to Hugh Jackman, and saying, “Sorry Hughie, I can’t make lunch today coz I’m hanging out with my girlfriends in Brunei...”
That’s what happens when you have an overactive imagination...
(And Hugh, I was just kidding. Call me...)