2020: The New Normal

Dear You-Out-There-Somewhere-In-The-World

Thank you for reading my blog and following it since I first started it half a decade ago. As we approach the middle of this exceptionally trying year (no thanks to COVID-19), I find myself reflecting on life; the width and depth and breadth of it. While magic reviews have been updated constantly, it’s been quite some time since I last made a blog post. So much have changed. In fact, I don’t even feel like the same person anymore. Evolution is inevitable, I suppose 😉

In a blink of an eye, I graduated from Adulting 1.0 to Parenting 2.0 and feel so blessed every time I hold our little bundle of joy. Skye was born in the midst of the pandemic this year but amidst the struggles, it’s the basic things like family that keeps one happy and filled with purpose at the end of the day!

Then there’s my writing; my 6th book is scheduled to come out early next year after the launch has been pushed back due to the current situation. As always, I’m still involved with teaching and leading writing masterclasses/ workshops… my involvement in last year’s Singapore Writer’s Festival where I led a crime fiction writing masterclass (aptly called Murder S/he Wrote), as well as, being involved in panels and roundtable discussions, brought me great joy. Nothing beats happy faces from aspiring writers, and the thank you emails after.

Now, if there’s a young person out there reading this who dreams of being a writer (or any creative/ content producer really), I’d encourage you to chase your dreams and allow your passion to lead the way. I did poorly in school, only realising I’m dyslexic when I was much older after appointments with an educational psychologist, but I managed to get so far because I followed my heart. Trust me, twelve year old Ning would never believe that she would one day receive the NAC Arts Scholarship to do her postgrad studies in the UK! Life has a way of surprising you, so hold on to positivity and hope… especially during these difficult times.

Do the things that make you happy. No matter what the rest of the world might think. Live life and don’t merely exist.

You got this!



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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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