Friday, December 31, 2004


The nicest way to close the year. With friends.

The first a new friend. Susan Abraham. We'd had an angry rant at each other in the e-groups. But when we stopped to draw breath, realised that we needed to heal hurts, apologise and move on. Frankly, I was surprised by Susan's magnanimity ... I'd have been angry with Sharon for far longer than she was! We also realised that as people who care about books and writing, we had plenty in common, even if there were things we didn't necessarily see eye to eye about.

So we met up in Starbucks, Bangsar Village and had a long chat which still felt too short over coffee and cake.

Thanks again Susan for the literary magazines which you went to great lengths to collect for me from the UK and Australia, and for the Artists and Writers Year Book. Especially thanks for the inspiration they provide and the reminder of all the possible markets and competitions out there.

Then bumped into other writing buddies. First of all Chet. Then had lunch at Delicious with Mercy, Soo Choon and Saras. Not planned but really what I needed, as I'm in a pretty low state at the moment.

Last day of the year. Wrap it in tissue paper, put it away.


Susan Abraham said...

Dearest Sharon,
Thank you, darling!

Shakeel Abedi said...

She is, isn't she - a big heart has our Susan.

Happy New Year to you all.

Anonymous said...

I see we've been all touched by Susan's kindness.

Anonymous said...

what does "bibliobibuli" mean???

bibliobibuli said...

Good question, Anonymous.

It means "People who read too much and so are generally oblivious to world around them."

That's me for sure.

Here's a note from Paul Mc Fedries Wordspy site:

Example Citation:

"There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing."
—H. L. Mencken, Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks

This word shows up often in collections of interesting and unusual words (though rarely in conversation!). It's a combination of "biblio-" (Greek: comb. form of book) and a variant of "biblulous" (Latin: "Freely or readily drinking").
Anyway, wherefore art thou Anonymous? Unmask thyself ... or send me an e-mail 'cos am intrigued to know who drops by my little home on the web.

Anonymous said...

eh, dowan lah! shy la! i will remain anon for a while. btw, the first anon comment was not from me. i only posted the one abt the bibliobibuli word.

for now, i shall call myself:

Slow Reader

bibliobibuli said...

Why you so shy shy one Slow Reader? I am a big pompous Mat salleh but do not eat people. (Or not usually.) Very nice to have you drop by.