Sunday, November 04, 2007

Meeting Dark City 2 writers

It was such a joy to go around meeting Dark City 2 contributors, many for the first time. I was going around delivering books and cash/cheques, and met everyone for the first time. Chua Kok Yee. Jennifer Wan and Bissme are such fun and talented people. I also learnt things about them I never knew. For example, who'd ever have thought Jennifer Wan actually worked in my very same building? Who'd ever though Chua Kok Yee is such a young, cool-looking guy in an absolutely cool industry? Who'd ever thought Bissme is tall, dark and handsome?

I also made a boo boo and described Chua Kok Yee as a MU fan because his character in the Penalty seemed to keep placing bets on MU. He went ballistic of course and declared he's NOT a MU fan but a LIVERPOOL one. (cringes, please don't kill me). :) Mea culpa. It's just I got so into his character I immediately assumed he would bet on MU.

Besides, we got our first unofficial review from Lydia Teh, who called me when I was overseas last week to tell me she stayed up till 3 am reading the book. Blog about it, Lydia, I naturally yell over the phone! But she called to say she loved Chua Kok Yee's story, The Penalty, and my story, Signature Spa.

I've been told the book is already available in MPH 1 Utama, which buys directly from the distributor. I guess the rest will slowly follow suit once the POs are raised and the books transferred to the warehouse.

As for publicity, I begged Star for some and Sun will put out a review. Haven't approached NST yet.

13 comments:

Argus Lou said...

Oh dear, and I thought Kok Yee wrote the bio-bit himself.

Xeus said...

He wrote the bio, Argus, but it was in my Editor's Note, I think :) He's forgiven me since, but I've, like, totally ruined his street cred :)

Argus Lou said...

Ah, i see... poor KY, can't face his fellow Liverpool fans now. ;-P

Jenn said...

Hey Lynette - I just checked your blog. Woohoo. Do you mind sending a copy to me? Can cut part of my payment for postage ;).

Thanks!!

John Ling said...

Wonderful. Look forward to seeing those reviews!

Xeus said...

Dear Jenn, no prob. I'll see how much it is to send you 8 books. Pl mail me your address.

Dera John, I contacted your dad already :)

Kokyee said...

Yeah, my street cred is totally gone now. But as I told Xeus, maybe it'll help to promote the book among those Manc U fans.. hahaha..

Lydia left some nice words on my blog too. I really appreciate that.

Btw, I have done 2 sketches based on characters from Dark City 2. It's sort of like fan-art.. hehe.. i just hope Tunku Halim and Ahmad Azrai don't mind my liberal visualisation of their creations.

Argus Lou said...

Hey, Kok Yee. Did you post the sketches somewhere? Would love to see them. (Ha ha, MU fans get the chamber of horrors!)

Kokyee said...

Hi Argus, you can see them on my blog at http://koky33.blogspot.com/

:)

Xeus said...

Kok Yee, you are incredibly talented. I can't even draw a sketch to save my life and so I admire anyone who can.

Argus, I agree with you The Penalty is a pretty strong story.

Tunku Halim said...

Wonderful news that the book is out! Can you do the same for me? Registered post to Australia and deducting postage?

Xeus said...

Sure thing, TH. Saw your name up for Lit Blogger's already in Jan, can't wait!

Lydia Teh said...

Hi Xeus, haha, very smart of you lah. Will put up a post on it later.