I’m considering submitting this for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This was a hard story to write, man. So yeah, if you wanna take a read, please do!
THE HONEY JOURNAL
By K. Jared Hosein
My mother’s room overlooked the clusters of weatherbeaten houses and pockmarked roads of the village. Our house stood tall on grooved pillars and was flanked by tall yellow poui trees that always seemed to shimmer a little brighter than the ones along the village outskirts. It was a house much too large for a family of four. Four, I say, because I considered our housekeeper, Soma, part of the family. Soma moved in when my mother’s episodes started.
My mother hadn’t fallen comatose. She wasn’t even bedridden. When I was thirteen, my mother simply one day went up to the old upstairs guest room and vowed never to come out. Soma, whose duty usually was to just sweep the dust out of the crannies for a few hours a week, became my mother’s full-time caretaker, as well as mine. This left my father’s alcohol-saturated schedule open for his late evening rotations with a roulette of women. Or so I was told, anyway.
My mother usually did not like having anyone else in her room. Whenever I opened her door, I never knew what to expect. On the quiet days, she would pretend to be asleep. On other days, she would begin fanning herself so fast that her own onslaught of limbs would flail her body into a fever. Sometimes she would believe I was a boy, instead of her own daughter. At nights, she would lie as if paralysed. The drapes would be pulled open and a patchwork of monochrome moonlight would reflect off her sweaty collarbones. Her eyes would blink in an asymmetrical rhythm as she whispered to me through cracked lips. “Child, why your face lookin so long?” she would say. “I prefer this room. It have ghosts in the hospital, you know.”
Anonymous asked: Are you doing a nanowrimo? You totally should!
I’m not! But I have in the past. Nanowrimo never works out for me… I’m working on a short story tonight, however.
Anonymous asked: Hey you're a teacher right? What subject/s do you teach?
I teach Physics and Biology!
inb4vaughn asked: I FOUND JU AGAIN TEHE :U
I’m now seeing this, for some reason, haha. This was in Trincity that time, right…?
Well, not exactly. I’m re-learning the GCE Syllabus for Additional Mathematics, which… when you look at it, might seem like another language.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I wrote Add. Math back when I was in Form Five (more than ten years ago *gulp*) and I did badly (I got a D… and even that was a miracle).
I never understood the subject, or just advanced mathematics as a whole. I remember complaining a lot that I was never going to need any of this in my life. That’s actually a complaint by students that I abhor when it comes to some scientific concepts I have to teach them (a la nitrogen cycle). All knowledge is purposeful, even if just peripheral.
After I finished university, I did nothing for a few months. I thought I would just kick back, watch television, play videogames and, in between, write a novel or two. Hardly a paragraph was created during those months, and it was only until I got a job (though it was just menial), my cerebrum jumpstarted once again and ideas began to flow. It’s just neurones, man. That electricity just has to flow somehow. The “writer’s lifestyle” of just sitting on your ass at home and writing… That’s probably either a myth, or a skill mastered and honed by a scattered few.
I became a Physics teacher by luck (or accident). I’m actually assessed for Biology, which I taught for a year before a replacement Physics teacher came in and promptly got fired for teaching the wrong things. I hadn’t done Physics in 10 years when they asked me if I could teach it. I said, yeah man, gimme that job. When they gave it to me, I immediately began re-learning every single thing about O’ Level Physics. And that was one of the most successful and creative periods I had in years. Even though Physics really has very little to do with Literature.
So, anywho, I started re-learning Coordinate Geometry. After about two or three hours of revision, I was able to solve midpoint, equation of a straight line, gradient of a perpendicular bisector, distance between two points, using simultaneous equations to calculate coordinates. And I was able to solve two GCE questions after just those few hours of revision.
This is probably really easy for a lot of you. But I dunno - it’s an accomplishment for me. Add. Math always defeated me. I’m back for revenge.
My name is already there at the bottom, so it’s fine ^^ Share it all you wish! I did this because I never really saw a proper one out there. Also… I find that students in general are really bad at remembering the units -_-