Issue I October 2012

Cover image created by Milly Peng

Editorial


Reading, once a favourite pastime of any fat cat caught bored on dreary days, is now a novelty. Many struggle to read the assigned novels and texts for lectures and papers. “I should really read when I get the time” is one overdone excuse. Reading has become cursory eye pleasure; picking up the nearest gossip rag while in a waiting room or reading the newspaper diversions as a side dish to your morning sunny-side-up and tea. It is all too easy to Google image and Facebook, satisfying that niggle for the aesthetically pleasing and passing trivial trend.

Why is this? One can blame television and its bed-buddy, money-giant Hollywood. Not necessarily everyone’s favourite BFG (Roald Dahl anyone?). Or it could simply be because we have absorbed the simple concept that “we have no time”. Perhaps that is true. Deadlines, assignments, work and social lives tend to drain whatever energy capitalism leaves us. We burn the candle at both ends leaving barely enough time in between to walk the dog. I forgot that I don’t even have a dog. This is how distracted and wired we all are.

For all those library-lovers who can be found lurking in long narrow aisles, we salute you. Read on! Improve that canon of literature. Fill it with proud names such as Goethe, Wilde, Mansfield, Rankin and Martin. Provide budding authors with support and feedback. Rediscover what it is to recline on the couch, feet tucked up; book in hand, be it biographical or some fantastical gore-filled dragon-slaying magnum opus. Read what people have to say. Don’t take at face value what the "director of that movie based on some famous forever ago written novel" believes. Find out for yourself.

- Ruth Madden

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A heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this very first publication of The Scribbler, authors who, with pens, unlocked the windows of their mind, allowing readers to gaze into various landscapes of thoughts, emotions, experiences and imaginations. I hope you all enjoy these creations artistically or intellectually crafted. 

- Milly Peng

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Table of Contents


Discussing the problem of adulthood in children's fantasy literature.


The magic of little joys in our lives...


To be read with in mind the author's remark: “anti-art is the new art.”


Have you caught heroism? Come and find out!


Two Men – by Freya Haanen
Improvisation (I) – by Jonte Marshall and Milly Peng, featuring music by Oliver Dearnley
Song of the Surroundings – by Milly Peng
Shifting Power – by Leander Schulz
The Abandoned Typewriter – by Lynette Ying
Unknown Soulmates – by Lynette Ying

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