By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
My soul will itch if I don’t. My mind will self-destruct if I don’t stitch up its chaos with the linearity of language and an ordered narrative. Writing is good psychological housekeeping. Or akin to sleep writing.
Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
I’m usually working on a few things across genres to keep my writing limber, which makes each project that much longer to complete, but also means each project has a taste of the other. I am writing short stories for a collection, poetry for a collection, editing an anthology and an online journal and other side projects. Writers are very much attuned to their environment, which involves society, which hinges on culture and politics, which is lived reality – or nightmare. My writing reflects my chance encounters with any topic that piques me at the very moment when my fingers bleed ink (or digital ink, which is black, and now I’m thinking of squid ink so perhaps I’ll write about linguine or octopus erotica).