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Monday, January 24, 2011

New Blog

I'm going to be blogging here. I will try to update when I can. It will be about music, movies and books. They will range from the crude to the sublime to the ridiculous and to the tender. I will talk about everything: sex, drug, love, hate, racism, but they will always have connection with the arts. The truth is that I totally lost touch with blogging, because I started pursuing another life: 'filmmaking' and having tasted what it feels like to make films, I realised that criticism of any sort needs to be tempered with softness and constructiveness. Filmmakers really are tough-heads!

Currently, I'm working on two film scripts that have eaten deep into my brain. I could not finish or didn't even do anything on my first film, The Distant Light, because of fund. As a friend described it, it was an elephant project and I thought I could do something with the little money I had, but hey, I couldn't, so I'm back to writing to see if I could raise some money and go back on set and finish this work.

Then again, my second novel, The Orchard of Memories is almost done. I like having titles before even starting a book. With a title in mind, I'm able to focus. This new book is excitingly fast for me. I haven't had so much fun writing a book before, but this is a new dimension and I'm liking the characters a lot. We can relate. You know how it feels when you write about a character, as a writer, and the character begins to talk like you. It's weird, right? This is happening.

I am reading a lot too. Now I have two big books I'm enjoying now. Reading them simultaneously: Eiji Yoshikawa's The Heike Story and 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg.

My first book, The Abyssinian Boy, however, is out in India from Serene Woods and could be ordered through

I should be in Delhi for the launch. So, if you are in India, please get your copy and wait for your boy. You're the reason why I write...


Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar said...

Namaste, Onyeka. 'The Orchard Of Memories' is a lovely name. How are you doing? Best wishes always :-)

Onyeka Nwelue said...

Namasteji, Hansda. Thank you so much. I am doing well. You?

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar said...

Hi, Onyeka. I'm fine too. Thanks for a lovely Republic Day post :)