In June, I’m partaking in a bookish Instagram challenge here on the blog. Pictures are required (because Instagram), so I’ll post a pic with some explanation or other every day. The challenge is courtesy of Bookriot. And if you’ve got Instagram and want to see what other people come up with, just check #riotgrams.
16 – Set Near Where You Live
I admit, this is pretty lame. We got this book as a gift from our friends when we moved here in 2012 and I haven’t used it once 😀
So, let’s talk about something more interesting. Last week I got an email from a very nice person, saying they thought of me when they read this submission call and asked if I’d considered writing a story set in Malaysia.
To be honest: I haven’t. Mainly, because the longer I live here, the more I realize how complex the culture is, and I would be afraid of misrepresenting it. For example: only about 50% of the population are actually Malay. The rest are made up of different ethnic groups where Chinese make up more than 20% of the population. Indians are a big group, too, and then there’s other ethnic groups making up the rest.
To say that the relations between the groups are complicated, is an understatement. There’s a lot of open racism between the three biggest ethnic groups. For example: as I stepped into a taxi once, the driver said Sorry if it smells bad in here, I just had an Indian customer.
My facial expression to that comment: 😳
So no. I hadn’t thought about it. Until I got that email. It kicked my brain into gear and I started thinking What if…?
I still haven’t decided, because there’s another—more practical—issue to consider:
I’m a pantser, guys. And last time I tried to plan and write an outline it all went to shit. So sending in a synopsis that I have to keep to when I write…I’m not sure about that.
I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it for a little while longer. Got any advice? 🙂