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Opening Doors of Perception

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Experience

Writing Fiction

The world of fiction has always been intriguing, enticing, and an adventure. I grew up reading Anthony Horowitz, Christopher Paolini, Cornelia Funke, Phillip Pullman, William Nicholson, Garth Nix, Matthew Reilly and Michelle Paver among others. The temptation to delve into a fantasy world and shadow your favourite characters as the plot progresses has always existed for me. I love depth: the conflicted villain, the struggles between morality and personal desire, betrayal and reconcilliation, and the list goes on…

The fiction I write tends to centre around the science fiction and fantasy genres although occasionally it ventures into becoming simply emotive writing. My writing has appeared in Fifty-word Stories and From The Lighthouse, and I hope to write a full-length novel one day. If you're interested in reading some of my work, have a look at this page
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Writing Articles

As a child, I was never too keen on non-fiction; I associated the word, non-fiction, with lacklustre facts, mind numbing details and obsolete knowledge. Newspapers left me with inky fingers and a mild headache, filled with dreary stories and financial nuances. Fast forward a decade or so, and I suppose I’ve changed a little. Opinion pieces offer the promise of understanding and a different perspective on unchallenged beliefs. I’ve therefore been embarking upon the expansion of my exposure to different text forms, submitting articles (and the occasional book report) to various online magazines and publications, including Bizarre Culture, Palatinate Books (Indigo) and The Tab. If you're interested in reading some of my work, have a look at this page.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Editing

Editing is an activity that I've only recently ventured into, but it's something I really enjoy. With the occasional copyedit that I do for Bizarre Culture, I strive to find the balance between precision and authenticity while correcting grammatical slips and awkward phrasing along the way.

Graphics

As the Graphics Officer of the Durham University English Society as well as the Publicity Officer of Heads Up Durham in my second year of my undergraduate degree, I have had extensive experience crafting, organising and creating posters, flyers and logos throughout the academic year. I am adept at using Photoshop and love scrolling through a myriad of artistic creations. If you would like to see more of my graphics work, have a look at this page.




Hobbies & Interests

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Aerial Arts

Strength and flexibility are key to aerial arts, a series of performance arts that include aerial hoop, aerial silk, dance trapeze and pole dancing. Having tried all of these, I’ve built up my core strength, learnt the value of determination, and gained the ability to keep a smile on my face, even through the most painful moves. I appreciate the performance aspect of aerial arts as well as the fluidity and control you gain over your own body.

Musical Pursuits

Having begun with the piano for eight years and learnt a significant amount of musical theory (most of which I’ve promptly forgotten after my grade five musical theory exam), and a brief stint with the violin, I’ve moved onto teaching myself the guitar, albeit at a more relaxed pace. I play both for myself, and in the college big band at university. It’s a great way to relax, and the focus needed to achieve the level of finger dexterity I seek to attain gives me the occasional welcome distraction from my academic studies.

The Smile Effect

The Smile Effect is a small-scale project that I founded three years ago and have been running since. It aims to bring a little happiness into the lives of friends, acquaintances, and random strangers on the internet. Having grown up in Hong Kong, one of the fastest-paced cities in the world, I felt the need to bring a little more positivity into the community. Publishing a motivational quote or a picture of a kitten, puppy or otter on Tumblr daily alongside regular posts on Facebook of images and links, The Smile Effect aims to maximise its impact and give people a much-needed break from the stresses of everyday life. If you’d like to hear more about it, there’s a Facebook page here and a Tumblr blog here.

Design & Innovation

Having done robotics as an extracurricular activity for two years, the need to build and create is an ingrained itch that I scratch occasionally. I started off small, trying my hand at creating a balancing stand for my keys, a floating paper lantern, and a self-watering plant system among other things. I designed a way of reusing old wax from burnt out candles by creating my own wick with cotton embroidery thread and melting the wax in a double burner into a new candle. I’ve dabbled in chainmaille, experimenting with different weaves and jump ring sizes. There are various odd fixes around the house, solved with electrical tape, glue and rubber bands. Evidently, I’ve also tried my hand at coding, having created this website from scratch. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.