Fiverr: New Level Reached!

I just hit level 1 on Fiverr! That’s a good thing, because I can now offer extras and charge accordingly. Am thinking of making “will translate script from English to Malay” as an extra for my voiceover gig. Done so. If you need a voice over or want a quick translation, hire me!

[NaoReviewing] In2It Lustful Red

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Image taken from Guardian’s Online Store

Product: In2It Lustful Red Lipstick
Available: Watsons and Guardian

Backstory: My toe-dipping into lipsticks pretty much started with me just wanting to “change it up.” A brief chat with the girls and I narrowed my choice to Essence from Watsons. As I am an impulsive person, I thought to buy it immediately. The [Wind_Goddess] and I made our way to the area around Digital Mall because I also had an appointment there.

However, the Watson’s there had closed. There was only a Guardian’s there, and it was there I picked up the In2It Lustful Red Lipstick. It was either this, or the Temptation. Wind Goddess recommended the Lustful Red… just because of the name.

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My only conditions for the lipstick was that it had to be bright red and striking without being glossy. As it turns out, finding one was much harder than it looks. I kind of lucked out with the colour on this one; it was really bright and stayed on for quite some time once you got through the first 10 minutes.

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The lipstick passed the first test. It was brilliant and bright, but not glossy on my hand. So now it was time for the real test.

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It looked great on my lips. Most importantly, I FELT great wearing it. The lipstick added a bright spot of colour to my face, hiding the fact that I didn’t wear any other sort of makeup on my face, including foundation and face powder. It’s my warpaint. :P

However, it takes quite some time to settle onto my lips. The colour would really pop out only after about 5 mins or so. It will “set” into my lips in about 10 minutes, by which I can then drink water without worrying about stains. It has low lasting power though, unlike some other lippies I’ve seen, and it’s actually fairly drying. I will usually slap on some lip balm for about 5 minutes before I wear this. Makes the colour stay longer.

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No lipbalm applies means my lips look super chapped and the colour doesn’t spread evenly. With lipbalm gets me a nice, even tone.

Lesson of the day? Always wear lipbalm before you wear lipstick. Or just get a gloss stick. :P

[Event] MPH Writer’s Circle: Get Published!

So, last week I attended the MPH Writer’s Circle (held on a weekend for once!) at Nu Sentral. The topic was fairly interesting, but I went there mainly because they apparently had a pitching session, which I did not join in the end. Everyone on the panel were published authors, with different backgrounds and specialities.

They were, in no particular order:

  • Oon Yeoh – Senior Consulting Editor of MPH Group Publishing
  • Marina Mustafa – Cookbook author
  • Jojo Struys – Health book author and guided relaxation advocate
  • Khaw Choon Ean aka Teoh Choon Ean – novelist and illustrator, former gymnast and coach
  • Anuar Shah – Fixi Novelist, property lawyer and speaker
  • Umie Nadzimah – Bestselling author (Dia Isteri Luar Biasa, Cinta Paling Agung, & Kerana Terpaksa Aku Relakan which have been turned into TV Dramas)

  • Information provided by MPH’s FB page when I asked nicely, heh

For most part, I kind of expected the questions and responses they would give. What I did not expect was the brutal honesty. Some takeaways:

  1. Science Fiction doesn’t sell in Malaysia
    Sad, but honest. There’s not much of a market for sci-fi in Malaysia. Same with fantasy. If you’re a Malaysian English writer in these genres, chances are you’d never be able to sell, if only because we already have international authors in the market. You may have a chance with the Malay market, but for English, best to go overseas first.

  2. Just do it!
    Have an idea? Pitch it to the publishers. If you’re writing non-fiction at least. Anuar’s 40 Questions to ask your lawyer before purchasing a residential property was pitched at a general book event like the one I attended, and he was asked to write it. People like Umie started writing and building their audiences slowly on places like Karyaseni (think Wattpad but specific to a publisher) before getting picked up.

  3. Most surprising thing learnt about publishing?
    That the money they make is tiny (yes, this is something I’ve heard as well). Which leads to my next point:

  4. Don’t expect to make (much) money as a writer in Malaysia
    All of them are still holding day jobs. This is where I say it’s half and half. You CAN make money writing (copywriting ahoy!) but don’t expect it to be like the States where you can make money writing books full time. Most people everywhere don’t anyway. ^^l

  5. Books are good to advertise your skills
    From what I understood, writing a book both sort of paints you as an expert in the Malaysian market. In terms of writing language, local non-fiction English books do well, but for fiction the Malay market is more lucrative. Most, like Anuar, use their written books to support their main businesses.

And that’s about it. For me, it was both depressing and yet reassuring to hear about the issues in publishing. I was glad I went though, met up with a few other writers. Now back to the grindstone for me!

Here’s my tweets from last week, in one handy reply for you.