你想出书吗?

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你有能力写作,也想出书,却没有管道。那么,林悦或许能帮到你。(这是一篇来自林悦博客里的文章。) 内容如下:

你想出书吗?(photo from myprivatemap.blogspot.com)

你想出书吗?(photo from myprivatemap.blogspot.com)

那天和海滨出版社主编王虹吃饭,聊起了本地出版近年来有不错的发展,致使她想开拓更多不同的出版类别。

除了食谱,游记是目前走势最好的类目。市场上已不缺本地旅人书写的旅游丛书,大致也相当受读者欢迎。政治评论个别时评人有不错的口碑,红蜻蜓出版的青少年读物销量也让人惊喜。

说着说着,我们发现本地的出版种类还是很狭窄。我推荐几个有潜能的非专业写作人给王虹,建议几个可开拓的领域,比如亲子教育、两性书写、主题性的本土挖掘 等。当然,我们从那些可能为出版社带来好销量的方向去想,至于较少受到读者瞩目的纯文学、历史和社会探索、摄影集等,暂不在王虹的考虑之内,因为我们的阅读市场还不够多元和成熟,她背负了销量的压力,若不好卖,以后要策划推出本土书籍,也许会有困难。

虽然本地的中文阅读人口很受限,但可喜的是,她每年都必须在海外华文书市来临之际,推出好些本地书。这意味着,只要有了固定的出版日期,作者的需求也就有了。

她笑说,她现在最想找的是写爱情小说的本地人,这么一个通俗的书写领域,怎么想不到谁能写呢?

不管是什麽领域的书写,我觉得若有了出路,带动了市场需求,才有机会开拓更大的版图。本地媒体也需要给予本地作者更大的报道空间,让更多读者认识他们,不然 我们就很难建立起属于大马人的视觉角度、感情皈依、地方认同等元素。不管是严肃还是轻松的文字书写或创作,都能让一个社会的面貌更丰富,这应该是我们大家 所期待的发展。

如果你有书写能力,甚至已积累了等待出版的文字,何不试试为自己找一个出书的机会?我给你一个电邮,希望那是一个渠道:seashore_m@popularworld.com

介绍 ~ 林悦
林悦是一名文字工作者。出版过《彳亍地平线》系列、《榴梿国度》及《我的私房地图》游记,也担任过报章副刊记者。现为自由写作人及旅行策划者。

林悦的博客,有空记得去阅读。你会有所收获。
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Third transaction for Japan quake relief to IFRC

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

Swallowed By The Sea (illustrated by Tomer Hanuka)

Swallowed By The Sea (illustrated by Tomer Hanuka)

Dear friends, thank you for your kindness and support. We’ve just made a third transaction of USD150.00 to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Japan quake relief.

Through the generous contribution by all friends and family, we have collected a total amount of more than RM1,300.00 to date for the relief effort in Japan. Thank you for your generosity and kindness by helping those are suffering from the devastating effects of the recent 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.

Together we hope and pray for all in Japan as well as all other countries to be affected by this event and that the recovery will be swift and complete.

In addition, another 7.4 powerful quake just struck Japan yesterday. Fortunately destructive tsunami is not expected according to The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

May all beings be happy.

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Wedding – Yeap See Hoong and Tay Ming Ching

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Congratulation to Yeap and Tay's marriage

Congratulation to Yeap and Tay's marriage

On the 6th day of Chinese New Year, Yeap (bride) and Tay were married in front their closest family and friends. They had their lovely ceremony during the Chinese New Year to embrace double happiness. Kenn-Wai and I had the absolute pleasure of being a part of Yeap and Tays wedding day.

Thank you so much for having us along and congratulation to both of you. Let the photos speak for themselves:

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Hope floats: tsunami dog found after drifting in ocean for 3 weeks

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A fishy tale: It seems almost too good to be true, but this little dog seems to have survived against all odds and was discovered by coastguards floating on a raft at sea

A fishy tale: It seems almost too good to be true, but this little dog seems to have survived against all odds and was discovered by coastguards floating on a raft at sea

It appears almost too good to be true, but this little dog has been found alive and well adrift at sea, an astonishing three weeks after the tsunami that devastated Japan.

Members of the Japan Coast Guard came across the dog on Friday as they were conducting an aerial search of the area.

Local television showed pictures of the dog scampering around the roof of the house before it disappeared inside through a hole in the roof.

Rescuers had hoped to find more tsunami survivors living inside the house but after tearing the roof open, it was found to be empty apart from the dog.

Despite its three weeks at sea, the medium-sized brown dog seemed to be in reasonably good condition considering its ordeal.

The discovery of the dog is a rare glimmer of hope in Japan where thousands of people are believed to have perished in the disaster.

The nation is now gripped by the ongoing nuclear threat posed by the unstable Fukushima plant as workers continue to battle to restore vital cooling systems damaged by the quake.

Against all odds: The dog appears to have survived by clinging to a house that had been swept away by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11

Against all odds: The dog appears to have survived by clinging to a house that had been swept away by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11

Safe and hound: A member of the Japan Coast Guard comforts the dog that seems to have survived an amazing three weeks at sea following the devastating tsunami

Safe and hound: A member of the Japan Coast Guard comforts the dog that seems to have survived an amazing three weeks at sea following the devastating tsunami

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1372506/Safe-hound-Dog-alive-Japan-THREE-WEEKS-tsunami.html#ixzz1IJLTojDe]
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地震之后

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Japan earthquake victims (photo: www.news.com.au)

Japan earthquake victims (photo: www.news.com.au)

我像一个等着看好戏的观众,看着海啸前进的片段。

长长的地震摇晃后,我按捺着颤抖的手,抓起电视遥控器。老公每次地震后都那么做。我们母子三人躲到桌子下,余震强烈,电视屏幕闪着海啸警报。东京湾的船只匆匆往岸边驶,海岸线升高,向陆地蔓延,几十分钟后,海水慢慢侵袭陆地,掩盖道路,缓缓往房子去。我像旁观者,情绪高亢,却没有多少恐慌,这一切对我来说很新鲜。或许是角度问题,从天空鸟瞰,海浪看起来那么温柔优雅,又或许,我比较愿意袖手旁观,因为这里不是我的国家。

当然那时谁都没想到情况会这么恶劣。

两天后,我发现自己身在挤满顾客的超市里。地震、海啸、停电和核漏,人们开始惊慌,大量采购。我也跟着紧张,女儿的牛奶最重要。于是惶惶跑向冷藏区,差点撞上一个老人,我闪了一下,继续往前小跑,然后把购物车装得满满,安心结帐去。我排入队伍,开始环视周围,却发现没有人推挤,没有人急得跑着抢货,人人虽然神色匆忙,却还有秩序有自律。

Japan earthquake victims (web photo)

Japan earthquake victims (web photo)

我站着,双颊发烫,实在羞愧。

然后我开始发觉自己已被卷入这场灾害,不再是一个旁观者。

灾害没有停止,汽油短缺,辐射物质泄漏,人心惶惶。我继续每天往超市钻,扛回罐头、水、干粮、厕纸、蜡烛等,几天下来,家里堆满了备用品。

直到我读到这样一则短讯:

“不要大量采购。这些东西可能是要送上东北区。我们还有三餐美味,灾区的灾民一天只有一个饭团。”

消息可能不确实,我却确确实实看到了自己的私欲与邪恶。

如果还有什么能让我更羞耻,那便是打开电视。灾区的女人在破残且空无一物的便利店里为孩子买到几个没被水冲走的零食,她对着镜头说:“能买到这些太感谢了,深僻的地方还有许多被困着的人们,请你们救救他们。”她转身拭擦眼角的泪水。

许多灾民在镜头前说他们的感受,“有这些食物,已经很感恩了”,“这种情形也是没有法子的”,“这样更要加油”。

怎么都没有抱怨?

我明白了,这大概就是彻底的团体精神。一个国家,一个人民,一个思想。

我不得不重新计量住了8年的地方,我重新认识自己以为很了解的大和民族。

原本一个骇人的灾难,却让我看到了一个勇敢美丽的民族,一个强稳的社会结构,还有一个丑陋自私的我。

晚上,我拿起一个红豆馒头,想扔进垃圾桶,却犹豫了一下。我最不喜欢这东西,平常家婆送来,我随手就丢了。但是今晚,我重新放回冰箱。为了灾区的人民,我会珍惜食物。

[文:虎子(寄自日本),刊登于星洲日报副刊]
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Second donation for Japan quake relief to Tzu-Chi

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

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Thank you friends for your kindness. We’ve made a second donation of RM400.00 to Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Malaysia.

After the 8.9 quake and subsequent tsunami, the people of Japan are short of many things, such as petrol and food. The members of Tzu-Chi will overcome all kinds of hurdles and deliver hot food into the hands of those in difficulty. The money donated will be used entirely for emergency relief and for long-term construction as Japan clears the rubble and prepares to rebuild.

Thank you and may we keep Japan in our prayers. We will make third trasnfer soon and friends who are wishing to donate, kindly contact us.

May all beings be happy.

Members of the international non-profit organisation, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, bow their heads as they collect donations in Sydney (photo: AFP)

Members of the international non-profit organisation, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, bow their heads as they collect donations in Sydney (photo: AFP)

Young and old, volunteers prepares the relief goods to ship to Japan. (Photo by Chien Shi-si; date: 03/13/2011; location: Jing Si Abode, Hualien, Taiwan)

Young and old, volunteers prepares the relief goods to ship to Japan. (Photo by Chien Shi-si; date: 03/13/2011; location: Jing Si Abode, Hualien, Taiwan)

The residents and volunteers pray together. (Photo by Chen Wei-chun; date: 03/16/2011; location: Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan)

The residents and volunteers pray together. (Photo by Chen Wei-chun; date: 03/16/2011; location: Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan)

Tzu Chi volunteers provide hot meals for the second day. (Photo by Hsiao Chi-jen; date: 03/17/2011; location: Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan)

Tzu Chi volunteers provide hot meals for the second day. (Photo by Hsiao Chi-jen; date: 03/17/2011; location: Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan)

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