So you found me. I’m glad you did. My old cyberhome used to be at Multiply but unexpected turn of events made me migrate. I’ve been here since mid-2008 but many of my old posts are still there, just in case you’re wondering. Or you could really just be wondering who I am. Okay, then.
I am Joni Cham, a wanna-be novelist. In 2010, I finally finished writing my novel. Took me about six years when I intended to finish it in just one. My presumptuousness made it quite obvious that it was my first time to write a novel. Incidentally, the novel was also my thesis for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing so because I am now done with it, I have also magically become a Master’s degree holder. Not a bad deal, all in all: I get to have a book and a degree!
So now the long and punishing process of finding a publisher has begun. I only console myself that at least the writing, which is supposedly the hardest part, is over. All the waiting is killing me though.
I should be starting on my next book project. I actually have a couple of (ok, three) book ideas in mind at the moment but I wish I have both the time and energy to actually work on them. Well at least one of them. Sometimes (most of the time, more like) I wish I am one of those people who can get on with very little sleep, because I can’t. It constantly feels like I am always on a race with time. There is always something I wish I could do or do more of.
My other interests include traveling and learning languages. I would love to take more classes to improve my Mandarin and Spanish but I’ll have to work that out in my schedule, which I haven’t done yet. To compensate, I study on my own when I have the time. Yes, I’m a geek.
I have taken up yoga again and am very much addicted to it. I do it once a week. I loooove it! Other than that, no I can’t play any sport. And I can’t drive. And I can’t dance.
My day job is at a risk consultancy firm where I am an analyst. I used to write reports about China and everything about it. Now I can’t even tell you what I do otherwise I’ll have to kill you. Ha! No, it’s not about China anymore.
UPDATE (July 5, 2012): I finally am a novelist! My first novel, “In My Mother’s House,” may be bought at these locations: www.central.com.ph/centralbooks/outlets or purchased online here: http://central.com.ph/bookstoreplus/products/AAC146
You must grab a copy.
Also, here’s my about.me page.
And my online CV.
And here are some of my prettiest pictures ever:
Please understand that I do NOT always look like the pictures above (but I would like you to believe that I do so I posted them here.) I can’t just let them go to waste is what I’m saying.
Oh, and um… other pictures I don’t want to waste: