Lessons From the Freelancing Life: Everything Expires Eventually

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As a freelancer, change will be a constant in your life, so learn how to embrace it and grow.

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Liberty Exchange

Riding on a ferry in Hong Kong of the future, a once promiscuous expatriate has to decide between the old way of freedom with consequences, or the new way of obedience, peace and prosperity.

The ferry engine rumbled to life just as Lori Blanchard was about to start perusing a new client case file. She saw a middle-aged man walking from the bar up the aisle towards her. He had dark blonde hair, and looked like he might have been handsome when he was younger.

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Global Warming

An encounter between an out of work Greek and a Jordanian academic presents different perspectives on the European migrant crisis.

The drivers in Athens were on strike, so there were no taxis at Eleftherios Venizelos airport that afternoon. Tariq would have to take the Metro to Syntagma Square. Because he had never been to Athens before, he didn’t know which platform he ought to wait at for the train.

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The Art of Seduction

An aging lush teaches her wallflower friend a thing or two about how to pick up men.

Annette gulped two tequilas. She felt a little wobbly, but who wouldn’t in twenty dollar, six-inch platform pumps from Walmart. She beckoned the ponytailed bartender and ordered another two shots. When he came round with the drinks, she leaned forward, pushing her breasts together to see if her freckled cleavage might get her a reaction from the young man.

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“Without” Book Launch at the Singapore Writers Festival 2018

Authors Cyril Wong and Michele Koh Morollo at the 2018 Singapore Writers Festival.

Poet and author Cyril Wong moderated my Singapore book launch for “Without: Stories of lack and longing” at the 2018 Singapore Writer’s Festival at The Arts House.

My mother, Lisa Koh, my husband Andrew Morollo, and my long-time friend Tania Wu read excerpts from my stories. I even surprised myself by pulling off half-decent Indian, New Zealand, and African accents while reading excerpts from the book’s eponymous story “Without”. 

You can watch a video of me talking about “Without” – a story about the conundrum of female friendships, and a video of me reading a few snippets from the story.

My mom Lisa doing a reading.
My husband Andrew doing a reading.

So glad I got the chance to share this special event with the people I love, including my dad, grandma, sister, Godma, aunts, and good friends Tania and Yvonne.

“Without” Book Launch Party in Hong Kong

IMG-1172Wednesday, 5 September, 2018. The book launch party for “Without: stories of lack and longing” was a blast!

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The event saw a good turnout of close to 50 guests, and from the photos , it looks like everyone had a lovely time.

Photo on the right, from left: guests Bill Buggy, Dale Lockwood, Vanessa Ma, Stewart Mckay and Vickie Chan.

My anxieties about my book launch party were unfounded. The event, which was held at naked Hub@ New Street was huge success, thanks to amazing friends who showed up to support, and who made the party so much fun. Canapes from Delicious catering and drinks provided by naked Hub certainly helped everyone ease into the gathering.

Above, clockwise from left: guests Sean Macfarlane, Mehek Gidwani, Kayti Marr, Nicky Nadjithoma, greeter Dani Van De Brouke, Mark Thomson, Owen Schaefer, and Elsa Saavedra.

Above, clockwise from top: Sara Lineberger, Ema Buggy, Paul Corrigan, Vince Turcotte, Anita Edkins, Sarah Mowat and Carol Demaro, Boris Meyer, Dave Lore.

A big thank you to the night’s dazzling emcee Reena Bhojwani, dynamic greeters Dani Van De Broucke and Rachel Lim, and entertaining readers Anna Chiang, Richard Rimington, Saffron Marchant, and my husband Andrew Morollo.

IMG-1151Dani, smiling on the left, greeting guests Christine Yu and husband.

IMG-1329The lovely Rachel taking care of book sales.

IMG-1207Anna reading an excerpt from “Sounds Like”, a story about a self-sufficient and solitary sonographer who starts to resent her happily married neighbours.

IMG-1234Andrew reading an excerpt from “Global Warming”, a story about an encounter between an out of work Greek and a Jordanian academic that presents different perspectives on the European migrant crisis.

IMG-1247Reena reading an excerpt from “Summer Visitors”, a story about a young widow living in a high-rise building who starts talking to cockroaches.

IMG-1264Richard reading an excerpt from “For Better Thinking”, a story about an ambitious advertising man who turns to drugs to find the next big slogan.

IMG-1277Saffron reading an excerpt from “Guacamole”, a story about a self-satisfied wife who is disturbed by an interaction she observes between her husband and her best friend’s teenage daughter.

Three of the lucky draw “goodie bag”  winners, clockwise from top, Kevin Tang, Vanessa Ma, and  Sean Dinsmore.

Book sales at a special discounted price of HK$80, and book signing. Above, signing books for Lucy P. Jordan, Teresa Norton, Paul Panckhurst, Pieter B, and Gina Richter.

Above, clockwise from top: Vickie Chan, Sarah Mowat, Mark Thomsen, Emily Matchar, Chloe Gatrell, and Chris Dudgeon.

IMG-1301Guests mingling as the party wraps up!