About writing and me:
- I’m a published author (only three short stories under the nom de plume “Pinky” back in 2006–2007). FTR, I don’t think this is something to be proud of! Of course it’s going to be easier to get published in Indonesia where the standards are lower, it’s not a big deal at all).
- Was really into journalism about age 15–19 (also helped run the school magazine, contributed to Kompas Muda—it was my first paying job, and contributed at focus discussion groups/roundtables for teen magazines) until I became disillusioned. “Almost Famous” (2000) is the coming-of-age film of my life.
- I also do a little ghostwriting on the side (only accept ghostwriting gigs in Indonesian).
Not very prolific, am I? LOL. I prefer to have nothing published under my own name when I have no fresh ideas of my own than have to “brainstorm” (but we all need to survive and make a living, so I do ghostwrite).
Don't judge! "This #NaNoWriMo, I'm eating for two!" That's like my tagline for #NaNoWriMo2015! They played a hipster-ish cover of "Back For Good", the Take That song. Not sure how I feel about that… ☕️ All I know is, I'm here because I felt guilty about abandoning #NaNoWriMo2015 and now I'm just going to honour it by making an effort to clean up my draft even if I won't win… I did some spell-checking (because when you're writing 80wpm in an attempt to write everything down before you forget, you misspell stuff). And I actually sat to think of the timeline… I'm short of 15,000 words in total. I sat there for about two hours, but that made me feel better already that I actually sat down in especially dedicated/allotted time and wrote some paragraphs and touched the story this month). Hm. 🔥✨ I really need to have a novelette (or at least a rough draft by NYE) and maybe start after UN YPP! But I love that I'm actually putting this on hold to prioritise an assignment where I get to learn how to use Adobe InDesign (no, I'm not going to generate my own ebook! I do plan on self-publishing, but I'm still hiring some competent/adept designer to actually put the book together… It's just that when you're somewhat familiar with how layouting works and you've basic knowledge of it, it's easier to ask for what you need—kind of like being a director who knows what it's like to be an actor, I suppose). It's so #gezellig, no? 🇳🇱 #LemongrassTea #Bitterballen #Pannenkoek #ThisNaNoWriMoMiaDjojowasitoIsEatingForTwo #🐰🐰🐰
I also run a linguistics and writing blog on Tumblr: @Djojowasito (because it’s a meaningful name).
“Hold me closer tiny dancer, count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today.” —Almost Famous (Tiny Dancer by Elton John)