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SFF Author and Rhysling-Award nominated poet, music student (piano, classical guitar, composition, music theory). Codexian. Literary Academic (Senior Lecturer).

Fiction in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Strange Horizons, etc.

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Bibliography: https://mythopoetica.com/bibliography/

My debut novel WATERMYTH (2024) is out now!: https://mythopoetica.com/2024/01/10/places-to-purchase-watermyth-ebook-discount-period/

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for a gloomy

  1. Toasted bagel with beetroot-cured salmon, cream cheese, chives and capers for breakfast.
  2. (Apple Arcade version)
  3. 10 years later, 's Singles has become my emotional support album of 2024 because I can't stop playing it and it starts my day right.

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Well, since I still appear to be on Masto today, here's another .

  1. I wrote three poems today which weren't half bad. Good start to my National Poetry Month challenge (a day late but three poems means I'm still ahead...for now)
  2. Today's music: PJ Harvey, Grizzly Bear, Andor soundtrack, Jessica Pratt, Hauschka
  3. Managed to gather enough energy in the evening to make my beef stroganoff which I shall pair with buttered papardelle for the rest of the week.


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Been awhile, but I guess I could do a today.

  1. Unravelled a knot that had me stuck in a chapter of
  2. Listening to The National all morning while working on my Oral Literacy lecture.
  3. Enjoying teaching (and in so doing learning more )about Literacy. Fascinating field, many intersections with my focus in Popular Culture, Literature and Philosophy.

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for

  1. Avocado hair conditioner at a fraction of the price of my usual conditioner (I'm downscaling most of my beauty/haircare). Smells great!
  2. Salted peanuts rock my world.
  3. The peculiar friendship of Odo and Quark always has me smiling.

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for , which was not too bad, all things considered.

  1. A moment of appreciation for stuffed vegetables in any shape or form. They exist across cultures and cuisines. They are splendid.
  2. I'm still on my Iced Latte kick and they still make my day.
  3. Passionfruit and sunflower oil shower gel.

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Trying for again:

  1. Kumquats and a yummy mini papaya granola bowl for breakfast.
  2. Quiet reading time on a Sunday evening. I'm still reading Jenny Colgan's Mure series.
  3. Watermelon and lemon-scented shower foam.

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I almost wanted to say "Bah Humbug" for today's , given I'm hobbling about on a walking cane today and am likely to need it for a few more days until my spine calms TF down. But, let's do it anyway.

  1. The weather's nice. Not too hot, not too cold.
  2. Kumquats and a mini papaya granola bowl for brunch was lovely.
  3. My blood sugars behaving after I reduced my insulin dosage as an experiment (don't do this at home, I'm following doctor guidelines).


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for a sleepy Saturday night

  1. Hanging out with a friend, officially my first social Saturday in years (though we've hung out on weekdays before). Trifecta of great convo with a fellow introvert, great food and bookstore met.
  2. Top-notch instant ramen and buffalo wings for dinner while watching DS9 s3, "The House of Quark" which had me laughing so loud.
  3. The fact that it's a Saturday Night and I'm about to crawl into bed with a book.

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Question for the

Which brutal peer review has words stuck in your head for years and which you occasionally use yourself.

I'll go first:

  1. Infelicity
  2. Scuppered -- as in I scuppered theory. Thanks, I think.

Both instances, I both winced and marvelled at the usage of said word.

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@sramsay @academicchatter I would have winced receiving that one too!

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pour

  1. The music of Neko Case (again), I've been warbling along with Blacklisted (the album) today.
  2. The compositions of Rebecca Clarke which I've been listening to again today.
  3. Two more copies of sold. Whooo!!! 💃 🎊 🎉

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for Thursday

  1. The music of Neko Case. Was listening to Middle Cyclone on the commute home from work.
  2. Made some inroads into the revamping of the lit review for this article I am revising. 😮‍💨
  3. Lovely Iced Latte from Family Mart and I also enjoyed the croissant, having decided I just wanted a light lunch. (this also means the packed lunch is going to be dinner)

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for

  1. Some quiet reading time this afternoon since my brain needs the respite.
  2. Granny smith apples with asam powder.
  3. The music of Chopin on a quiet evening.

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Belated for since I'm still awake.

  1. The music of
  2. Playing Dowland and Pratten for a glorious three hours (inc. class).
  3. The fact that the past teaching semester is over (but we have a very short break before classes resume in March and there are meetings every week and other academic deadlines). But still, school's out! Whee!

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for a frantic deadline-ridden Monday

  1. The music of Big Thief and Boygenius. Also, Kim Gordon is truly the GOAT.
  2. Thinking about -- I'm really hooked on this rewatch!
  3. A yummy lunchbox with my ayam masak lemak cili api (after such challenges inc. having to cook it twice!), rice, sambal cencalok and bendi/kacang panjang masak belacan.

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Do you like slow-burn epic fantasy mashed up with domestic fantasy? Ever read an epic fantasy that started in a kitchen and thought, "Damn, I wish there was more of that!"

Well, so did I and that is what I took into writing this series!

Think kitchens, a Kitchen Witch, lots of loving descriptions of food amidst byzantine conflict, political machinations and wars between merkingdoms. Plus, mermaids and faeries in a postcolonial portal fantasy universe. That's the Cantata of the Fourfold Realms, and Watermyth is the first novel.

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  1. Yummy mutton biryani and iced masala chai for lunch.
  2. Jessica Pratt's new single. I can't wait for the new album!
  3. Cautiously good academic-publishing-related news in my inbox this morning. Not set in stone because there's always peer review but still a good start to the day.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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for a deadline-ridden

  1. Music: The Shins, Fleet Foxes, boygenius, Andy Shauf
  2. Apple-flavoured demisoda (Korean soda brand)
    3.Feeling my deadline-related ducks are somewhat in line although I'm panicking anyway!

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on a super hot day and Lunar New Year Eve

  1. Iced Coffee is always extra delicious on hot afternoons.
  2. Alll the dragons and dragonlings on . Yess.
  3. The music of has been keeping me company all day.

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for a in which I am trying to recover from work-related trauma/awfulness.

  1. The fact that I am 40 candy away from finally having a !
  2. Sales have been super slow in February compared to January so I was happy to see three books sold this morning. (yes I put D2D on block site so I would stop refreshing sales reports but apparently that did not work)
  3. My favourite shanghai noodles and salt-roasted chicken from a teenhood favourite restaurant. 🤤


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Since I'm posting here again despite still in the thick of grading here's my for

  1. Since I took the day off for some home-related emergencies I also got my grocery shopping done and don't have to be stressed about it for the rest of the week.
  2. Leftover banana-cherry pancakes and home-made chicken sausages for breakfast.
  3. Found kumquats at the store!

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on a rainy when my body, mind and soul is still in trauma-recovery mode and post-bloodletting mode

  1. Chocolate Fudge and banana cake
  2. Star Trek
  3. A nice snuggly blanket (from IKEA because I'm bougie trash)


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for a rainy

  1. More book sales for . Have now exceeded my target for the first month of its release. By 1 book. Hey, I'll take it!
  2. Melted Brie with crackers. Yum. Apparently you CAN zap Brie in the microwave. But not for too long. The only problem is that I am now out of Brie.
  3. For now, has receded.

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Positives of the week that just passed:

  1. Sales of are picking up.
  2. I rejoined Codex Writer's Group and didn't realise how much I'd missed about being a Codexian
  3. I can't get over the offer to contribute to a potential special issue at one of my top 5 bucket list journals. I feel a bit weird saying this because I know it might all just fall flat; I've been disappointed before. But I'm hoping for the best. It was a good reminder of why I'm in academia, so I will be content with that.

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to round up a super-nightmarish workweek

  1. Julia Holter's new single! Love it.
  2. Some POSITIVE academic developments not related to my dayjob. But it's really nice that I'm still getting invites to contribute things etc. Also this one is for a bucket list journal for which I've been wanting to submit stuff for ages (but lacking the courage).
  3. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise.

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on yet another trying day.

  1. Managed to clear a big chunk of red tape off my academic to-do list and send out some emails.
  2. My post-publication angst has changed into glee at being a published novelist. Probably because now I have major work-related unhappiness and despair but we'll focus on the glee.
  3. I'm about 5km away from evolving Pawmo on

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for a challenging

  1. Airfryer chicken nuggets because every now and then I am about 12 years old.
  2. Warbling along with Mitski on the commute.
  3. More book sales, and an increase in the visits to my site(s). The stats page is making me happy. As is

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  1. s4 --these Battle of Umbara episodes are visually very stunning!
  2. Airfryer straight-cut chips. So good with sea salt, vinegar and grated black pepper.
  3. My post-debut novel publication brain seems to have finally calmed down after a really emotionally rough week.

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for the day that's passed (it's the wee hours of the morning here and I'm still line-editing my novel).

  1. Everything I planned on cooking today turned out wonderful.
  2. A good music practice session today.
  3. With age comes less emotional angst over silly things, although I still have my metaphorical teeth-grinding moments over seemingly random negative interactions. I've had a sort of epiphany that the metaphorical teeth-grinding is my subconscious telling me there's a bigger problem that needs to be addressed/fixed. Still, I'm glad at least that I am more settled in myself and less angsty over dumb things during holiday seasons. If you know you know.

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Since you've had to endure my stressed-up babble on your feed the past 24 hours, I will post for more positive vibes.

  1. I'm so relieved that so much of what I was stressing out about re: publishing is so easily fixed.
  2. Great music: mostly Debussy and Ravel but also the playlist I made of my favourite indie tracks from 2023.
  3. Peach and Apricot scented soy wax candle leaves my bedroom smelling delicious.

Happy Holidays, all!

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for Tuesday:

(1) These cute little gingerbread biscuits from M&S are so yummy. Buttery and not to sweet!
(2) Listening to Bryan Ferry's These Foolish Things (album) as I crushed deadlines earlier.
(3) Apart from some mild chronic pain episodes, reached my third checkpoint in my tapering off of gabapentin without much event. Onwards to the next checkpoint in another 48-50 hours (roughly 51 hours today).

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Here are the other posters (and the original poster) for the Memory Studies in Literature and the Humanities II: Memory, Space, and Mobilities webinar.

The webinar will feature a keynote from Professor Emma Bond who will be talking points from her second monograph "Writing Migration Through The Body" which was really helpful for me in working through the knotty subject of mobility in relation to memory. Apart from that, this webinar is very much postgraduate oriented and will feature 7 supervisees of mine, and papers from me and an academic collaborator/friend (Dr. Sanghamitra Dalal). We'll likely be closing registrations by Monday as we already have 129 registrations so if you were interested and thinking about it, do sign up as soon as possible.

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Poster 2: Memory Studies in Literature and the Humanities II: Memory, Space and The Humanities Featuring the Guest Speaker: Dr. Sanghamitra Dalal
Poster 3: Memory Studies in Literature and the Humanities II: Memory, Space and The Humanities Featuring the Convener/Presenter: Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan

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for a rainy

  1. Today's music (so far): Bombay Bicycle Club, and a whole lot of Father John Misty. I'm going to be listening to all night now though.
  2. I enjoyed going grocery shopping even though I was tired, because I came home to change out of work clothes, and got to wear my darling denim jacket (not always possible in this climate).
  3. I got my favourite Malay grilled squid and nasi campur for lunch. It's getting more and more pricey so I only treat myself every now and then.

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for while I try to stay awake.

  1. Today's music: some classical (Debussy) but mostly I woke up with St. Vincent in my head so I listened to her 2015 album on the commute and later while working. Then segued into Father John Misty. Good times.
  2. Visited new-to-me pokestops and a good gym battle after my afternoon trip to the pharmacy!
  3. Started prep on the paper I swore I wasn't going to present on Tuesday and am now quite academically pleased with myself.

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Exhausted for today:

  1. It's nice to be in pjs and home after a long working day.
  2. Hot chrysanthemum tea on a rainy evening always hits the spot.
  3. Yesterday's late night payasam also hits the spot for tonight's dessert. So lovely! (also all gone now).

As a bonus, here's a quick meal hack: if you're out of indian vermicelli or can't find it, spaghettini works really well and has exactly the right texture for payasam. Just don't tell the italians you're using it in an indian dessert! 😉

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for Monday

  1. It's a public holiday so I get to slay academic deadlines (or attempt to) in comfy loungewear while listening to chill music.
  2. The pear and lemon cake I baked last night is so heavenly today.
  3. The peach and coconut candle that is burning right now is simply lovely.

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I appear to be back. So, let's do

  1. New pots and pans for my kitchen make me as excited as a kid getting a new cookery toy set. Finally got rid of the teflon, replaced with some very nice (also non-stick) pans from a local brand. Very pretty and reasonable (these 11.11 sales are making me go bonkers).
  2. Listening to Grizzly Bear and Kate Bush today.
  3. Sanditon! I can't get over how good it is, now that I have finished watching s3 (and am actually partway through a rewatch of everything)

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tired wave at Masto

Whirlwind November. Don't know if I am coming or going. Got an article publication, an article acceptance (with minor revisions), and another article revisions required but prior to peer review. This on top of everything else + two medical appointments due. I'll clock in more regularly in December when I expect I will want to be more sloth-like. Wish me luck! 😬

ps: is also in do-or-die mode. Publication by December or bust!


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Embodying Space in Hypertext Through Psychogeography: A Creative Writing Workshop
15 November 2023 – 25 February 2024

This creative writing workshop explores the ways in which spatiality and narrative intertwine in the production of hypertext writing projects. In the webinar that kickstarts this workshop, participants will be briefed on general ideas and theories revolving around games-writing, narratives, spatial theory, psychogeography and hypertext fiction.

More information and link to registration form: https://mythopoetica.com/2023/11/07/embodying-space-in-hypertext-through-psychogeography-a-creative-writing-workshop/


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Brief visit (hi, 👋 ) because I promised the event convener Dr. Sam Hirst that I would promote this on Masto:

I'll be talking about P Ramlee's Sumpah Orang Minyak within the context of Malay Folk Horror and abjection for the webinar series.

Eventbrite link here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abject-and-sublime-malay-folk-horror-with-dr-anita-harris-satkunananthan-tickets-748851845027?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

TW/CW: there is sexual assault in this very old Malay movie. I'm drawing comparisons between the descent into abjection in the protagonist here and Lewis's The Monk.

ps: I will likely surface to post deets on two more events: one a creative writing workshop exploring spatiality and the hypertext with Dr. Darin Bradley, Dr Ewan Awang and Dr Fadhli Kaidhzir as guest speakers (I'll be doing the hypertext fiction workshop part), and the second one my second Memory Studies in Literature and the Humanities webinar.

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for today

  1. It didn't take me too long to get home from work today.
  2. A clean home is always nice.
  3. It's a rather desperate week in terms of getting stuff done + academic deadlines as always, but getting stuff done always give me an inner glow of satisfaction. That whole eudaimonia + arete cocktail thingo.

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Academic Updates: I've got at least one article in the bag re article acceptance, final copyedits all done. Waiting to hear from the others...

There are other urgent things to settle, however: The two events I am running in November, and I'm going to be giving a talk at the Romancing the Gothic series of events, also in November. Which means I'm prepping for two talks -- I'll be presenting a paper at the Memory in Literature and the Humanities webinar I am running on the 28th of November.

Keynote: Professor Emma Bond.

I'm also writing two grant proposals (which will make four grant applications sent in this year) and preparing a handful of PhD supervisees for proposal defense, and another handful for paper presentations.

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for , before my Thursday night chores take over my concentration.

  1. Portuguese Egg Tarts craving happily resolved after a bit of delivery drama.
  2. Clearing 4 things off my to-do list.
  3. Looking forward to yummy dinner while watching another episode of

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Hello masto, I'm home (late again)!

Managed to clear a handful of anxiety-inducing things off my academic to-do list, which is another win for today. Got my groceries in (I have them delivered to my office) because by Friday and the end of the last class of the week I'm going to be too beat to even think of weekend groceries (it's going to be Korean food this weekend. Well, that and more pizza), and ordered dinner because I was craving portuguese egg tarts and then found a place that does halal Kristang food, and got excited. Sadly, the egg tarts didn't arrive, I whined at the delivery service for a refund, but then I got egg tarts from another place. THE END.

Dinner, then laundry, then checking my PhD supervisee's dissertation (Malaysian Literature) because final submission is ...SOON.


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  1. Finally managed to make my Salmon Kedgeree -- and had it both for breakfast and for dinner. Delish!
  2. Hearing back from two of the speakers I invited for two separate events, which brings me much closer to finalising the programme nitty-gritty for both webinars.
  3. Clearing some more things off the to-do list. Although the list seems to go on for miles. And miles.

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We're three weeks into the semester here and it's been go go go and trying to manage all the deadlines while also grappling with chronic pain and fatigue. My to-do list has me sometimes in tears. I've already told my music teachers that class is impossible for the time being. I love my job, but I often wish doing it wasn't such a pain in the you know what.

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How's my night going? It's late and I'm sending out invites and responding to invite responses and other fully networking academic issues. Stuff I couldn't do during the day because of other duties.

Goodnight now. Here's Patrick Watson. I saw him live in 2010 and that was such a treat! Some of the best gig photos I ever took also.

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While I have your attention, my first newsletter will come out after Watermyth is published.

Why should you join? Well, if you want to read Watermyth, I'll do a giveaway ON VIDEO (for accountability) to give away free ebook copies of Watermyth.
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@bookstodon Just a note that my first newsletter that some of you have signed up for will be coming out by the second week of January. However, owing to the fact that tinyletter is going to be shutting down, I'm porting everyone over to the announcement list I've set up on my hosted account. You'll be (if you're one of the subscribers) be getting an email with a link you need to click for consent.

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