Updated: Aug 21, 2020
In December 2019, I started work on a story for The Birthday Book 20/20. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘seeing clearly’. Gaining sight and clarity is precisely what questions are for and what Smol Tok is about. Knowing that didn’t make the writing any easier.
I realised a few things that might even be truisms:
It’s hard to start but it’s even harder to finish a piece of creative work.
Seeing is believing but believing can lead to seeing.
What I eventually put down on paper is a piece of Singapore-centred sci-fi. That’s how I would describe it. But beyond the science or the fiction, it’s my confession of hope for the future. It's titled, "The Second Reclamation".*
By March 2020, I made my final edit and was ready to submit. By this time, the coronavirus was exploding across the world and Singapore was just about to enter into circuit breaker mode. However, you won’t find any mention of Covid-19 in my story. That’s intentional. We will survive the pandemic. The bigger question is, how will we thrive?