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 and though I did not delete my old posts there, Multiply closed down so now those entries are being housed by Blogger, 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 am clumsy. I think I have underdeveloped motor skills. I can’t play any sport. And I can’t drive. And I can’t dance. I trip on my own. I think that’s one of my many talents.
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 why not include these too?