Just the thing i love

Have you ever read or watch something. It cracks your heart open. And you want to keep it for your self. You want to protect it. And you’re so sure no one can appreciate it and love it as much as you do?

Well this video did that to me. I watched this a while ago.

It reminded me so many little things that i love and enjoy to see when i was living in Japan. And it also hit the creator soul inside of me.

This video is about Hayao Miyazaki when he made his last movie. The Wind Rises.

I was living in Kawasaki July 2013. And EVERY TIME i passed a mobile phone store in Bremen Strasse, I heard this theme song.

(And it’s plenty of time. Since we were living 50 meters walk from Bremen Strasse) And when we went to a mall there were posters of the movie.

The Wind Rises Poster, at Roponggi Hills Tokyo (Summer 2013)

The Wind Rises Poster, at Roponggi Hills Tokyo (Summer 2013)

We didn’t see the movie while we were there. But around March 2014 we went to see it in Blitz GI theater Jakarta, Indonesia. With Indonesian subtitle :)

I have only watch probably 5 or 6 of Miyazaki movies. First one was Spirited Away. I watch Totoro in 2013, when my friend Kei lent us the DVD. Even though its in Japanese language, my son watched it over and over, almost every day, until we bought the english version, so he stop abusing Kei’s DVD.

Still bitter we haven’t got the chance to visit the museum while we were there.  (Last time we visiting Japan in March 2015. The tickets are sold out until end of April 2015. :( ) Maybe Next Time.

Ghibli Museum. On to bucket list. :)


How to published a novel: Notes on Jejak Hati

I have cold today. And what’s the best thing to do when you have cold?Blogging off course :)

No. Really. I just received farewell email from my editor… and I thought, oh my god I haven’t even blogs about Jejak Hati yet. Not that I have to, but Jejak Hati will never exist without a poke from this editor 2 years ago.

Few years earlier Jia Effendi was Loversus editor. When she moved to another publishing house, she called me and asked if I had manuscript she can read and maybe to publish. At the time I was working on Eksistensi Rasa that I had planned as the next book after Konstelasi Rindu. But at the time KR hasn’t even on printed yet. And I looked at my neglected planned manuscript file. “I don’t have new manuscript right now, but I have some neglected book plans…” I said.

And the rest is history. :) No. Kidding.

We talked, and then she gave me a week to polished this book plan.

I send her 3 or 4 first chapters and a synopsis/plan for the rest chapter. She said, “Interesting.” And she expected a progress on the next two weeks.

I finished the first draft in less than 2 months. There’s still a series of editing/ rewriting sessions with Jia and other Gagasmedia editor (Gita Romadhona cs) after that. One and half year later the manuscript finally hit the bookstore.

Jejak Hati (photo by. Kiki the owner of KoleksiKikie)

Jejak Hati (photo by. Kiki – owner of koleksikikie.com / blogkoleksikikie.wordpress.com) 

I never thought I will ever going to write this kind of fiction as Jejak Hati.

I was always wanted to write about Borneo diamond mining and the culture around it. I read books (sent by Ersa my high school classmate), research papers (sent by Zulfaizal Putera, a (not my) high school teacher (who just moved to other post in culture department)), journals and some other stuff relates to it. But the reason this idea never become a real book because I thought it’s really hard to put them all together in one single novel without being experimental. And for something experimental I was ready to spend 5 or 8 years writing it. So I was dormant even though I have piles of book about diamond mining.

It was Jia’s background as a writer (she wrote some absurd short stories and I love that she once write about Toraja culture, and that Dangdut singer for FTV) that convinced me to finally give this idea another try. I thought, maybe Jia will understand this.

So I wrote it.

And she liked it.

And I’m grateful for that.

Although Jia resigned as Gagasmedia editor now, I hope we can still worked together in the future. (But mostly I’m secretly waiting for her novel :) )

Oh, some reader labelled Jejak Hati  as romance, culture, fantasy… I don’t even know which one is the correct term. For me it’s just a novel. (Maybe i was influenced by Gaiman a little? I don’t know. No one mention him though.)  Anyway if the reader happen to read this. Thank you all so much!



(Ps. To some book blogger who read and reviewed my book. I hope you guys don’t mind me putting the link below :*

Oh ya, ada yang bertanya-tanya apa saya jual batu Akik. Jawabannya tidak. Pas terbit malah ada yang nanya . “Kok pas banget sih, terbitnya pas lagi musim batu Akik?” Jawab gue. “Hah?”

Trus ada yang kecewa karena ngebandingin sama Konstelasi Rindu. Jawaban saya, they are two different books. Sorry if this one is not for you. Thank you for reading. I appreciate your honesty :* … )

Some of the links are below:

– Jejak Hati by Bacaan Inge

– Jejak Hati by Glasses & Tea

– Jejak Hati by Kamo

– Jejak Hati by Kikie (where i borrow the pict above ;) )

Writer Friends

I wont write book review or something here, there are other people who will do that. I just want to tell you the story how I met the writer of these stack of books below.

Shita Hapsari & Randu both are my friend, from different chunk of time :)

I’ve been known Shita for more than ten years. We went to the same architecture school together, in Jogjakarta.

I remember the first conversation I had with Shita.

It was one of my fist weeks of school. I sat at the parapet, waiting for a class. Book in my hand. A fiction.

Shita who sat not far from me asked, “What book is it?”

I look at my hand, “Oh this? It’s Harry Potter.”

“What is it about?” She asked more.

It was the first Harry Potter book, Philosopher’s Stone. Not so many person read or know the book yet.

I looked at her. I didn’t know how to explain.

“Do you know Malory Towers series?” I asked.

Her eyes lit. And she said, “Yes! I read Malory Towers in elementary school!”

I smiled. Her answer makes my explanation easier.

“Well, it’s like Malory Towers for Wizard!” I said.

Fast Forward to now.

She is one of very few person I know obsessed with harry Potter and JK.Rowling. :)

On her blog she once said, I was sort of her writing mentor. On which I think a little bit exaggerated. (Yes we did been struggled together, writing stuff for Montase (short story collection) which ended self published. And we feel we grow so much as writer sinced. But…) Rather than writing mentor, I will happily mentioned as a person who introduced her to JK.Rowling’s and her obsession to Harry Potter heheh…  ;)

She wrote this two book: Sequence (Bentang) & Dangerously Perfect (Gagasmedia)


Shita’s book

I met Randu, nine years after I met Shita for the first time.

He had published one book, and I published two books. We were invited as speakers for a Writing Seminar for teacher in Banjarmasin (South Borneo).

Although we never went to the same school or worked at the same place together but we maintain a very good communication through email and social media. We met several times after, mostly talking about writing and books, our shared interest.

He wrote a lot of books, but the two in the picture are the latest published: Galuh Hati (Mokamedia) & Liberty (Muara-KPG)


Randu’s book