About Eric Alagan

Short 182-word Bio

Eric Alagan, author of Property Valuation, a Singapore bestseller, has self-published ten books and with each book, he continues to develop his voice and writing skills.

‘One never stops learning until one’s last breath, and perhaps even beyond,’ he says.

An aircraft maintenance engineer and former corporate type, Eric spent several decades in international business which has given him a front seat understanding of how businesses and governments operate. He illustrates his intimate knowledge of institutions, people, and their motivations in his geopolitical thrillers and literary historical novels.

Regarding his novel, Code Shield, A Peek into Singapore’s Secret Services, Dr Leon Comber, Monash University Australia, former Special Branch operative, and author, has this to say,

‘Alagan’s expertise is well brought out in this book.’

Married for 37 years to the same wife, and she continues to love him. Her love, just like Creation, remains a mystery for him.

He spends a typical day reading, writing, and revising his manuscripts. He is also an exercise junkie and enjoys his daily walk-a-jogs. Occasionally, he even manages to outrun his 90 year old aunty.

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If you have the time, go for the long haul below 🙂

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WELCOME!

The above picture – Paris, December 2008 – when I still had (some) hair. Road biking – a lifelong hobby – not as fast as before but 2 out of 10 times, I beat my 90 year-old aunty (especially when she has a 50 kg rice bag strapped on her back).

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As your time is precious, my posts take no more than three (3) minutes of reading time. Many take only a few seconds – especially the poems/haiku and flash fiction.

I also have a business blog – Business  Courses and Tips for Entrepreneurs and Managers. Check it out 🙂

My blogging schedule:

As many of you know, I’m a self-taught and self-published author. After ten books and one local bestseller, I’ve hit a wall. I love writing but publishing can be a chore and I don’t have the distribution channels.

To up my game and reach an international readership, I need professional help – a literary agent. But I don’t believe in sending out 300 blind queries. Researching agents and what works for them is time consuming but the right and respectful way of going about before contacting a prospect. Couple this with my daily writing, revisions, and editing, and the hours disappear. Therefore, I’m cutting back on my thrice a week posts.

As of 26 March 2018, I shall post once a week on Mondays. This will accord me time to respond to your comments with the care and consideration they deserve, and also to visit your wonderful blogs. Thank you for your understanding.

Monday – Haiku. My replies to your comments will take the 5-7-5 haiku format. And when your comments help, I will also add a flash fiction in keeping with the theme of the haiku or your comment. Hope you enjoy my replies 🙂

Wednesday & Friday For unscheduled announcements and posts. If I feel compelled enough,  will also share posts from other blogs.

More to come…

All good wishes and thank you for honouring me with your visit 🙂

—– Eric Alagan (updated 24 March 2018)

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What others say – from some good friends and kind souls

Eva Matson blogging as gabrielsfury

Christy Birmingham blogging as Poetic Parfait

Paul Grignon blogging as Paul Grignon

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If you would like to know a bit more about me, click on the links below:

KYM & SUE – I’d the ugliest secretary but the prettiest mechanic work with me.

Silver Earrings & Tattoos – I’d no problems employing gangsters.

The Youngest MRO Engineer – I almost tripped up the Singapore system.

Turkey Shoot – I worked in a high risk environment where people actually got killed.

Unhappily Ever After – Generous as we try to be, some “professionals” simply don’t learn.

The Interview – My first job interview.

On the Job Training – Sometimes, the worst is for the best.

Macho Len – I am sure you’ve all come across the workplace tough guy.

A Shrewd Businessman – I learn from everyone.

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711 thoughts on “About Eric Alagan”

  1. Hello Eric,

    Glad to know that you and the 90 year old aunty are still competing and staying young.

    I have been following your blog since the day you started and have seen your great versatility in writing. Over the years, you have presented varied subjects, styles, techniques and types of writing, provoking your readers to think, evaluate and immerse ourselves. Your blog is like a never ending journey of discoveries, surprises and twisted humors. Most creditable of all are your response to every single comments, where you took great effort to thank and very often build on with further inspirational stories or haiku. Whether it is a flash fiction, a short story, haiku, poem or business subjects, you commit significant effort.

    My sincere wish for your work to be recognized so the world can enjoy and benefit from your talent. I believe that God gives us talent so we can share, improve and inspire. Your perseverance is commendable and I will always root for you.

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    • You’re ever so kind and encouraging, Windy,

      Thank you so very much and I hope your wishes (and mine) regarding my work comes true.

      Perseverance and constantly learning and applying new knowledge and skills are keystones. And a dose – a very large dose – of luck plays its part too, I reckon.

      Thank you for keeping me company in spirit. 🙂

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  2. Hi Eric,

    I don’t know why I haven’t visited this page before, but I just did and love it. Great photos and kudos for the cycling, too! Not to get mushy, but I’ve truly appreciated your long-time support to my blog and all your wonderful comments that have kept me going. I truly believe that this blogging forum is another form of classroom; there is so much to learn. Anyway, thanks for your ongoing support and friendship in this online world. Keep up your awesome fiction and haiku writing, also! I’m always in awe with each new visit.

    Cheers, and have a great week!
    ~Lauren 🙂

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    • Hello Lauren,

      Lovely of you to visit and you’ve come bearing gifts of high praise. I’ll try to live up to at least some of them 🙂

      You’re right, I’ve always seen blogging as a platform to meet people from all over the world. And what a learning experience! So, very true.

      As bloggers/writers we all need one another to cheer us on, and lift us up when required. Over the years, I’ve had several bloggers private message me via email and that has been another level of interaction.

      Like you, when life caught up, I dropped off blogging. But I’m glad to be back and shall continue for as long as possible.

      All good wishes, my dear, and god bless you and your loved ones,
      Eric 🙂

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    • You’ll always live up to the praise, Eric, and I agree with all you said, too. There was a time when I thought I was completely done with blogging and writing, but I was inspired again, and so it continues…glad to have you back and God Bless you and your loved ones, as well…

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  3. Hi Eric, me again 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind me reaching out in a comment — I couldn’t find a way to contact you privately (you can always delete this comment…)

    I wrote a new blog post recently:

    https://wibble.blog/2018/02/27/using-gravatar-to-build-traffic/

    … and since then I’ve been paying more attention than I used to to which Gravatars link to their owners’ websites… and which didn’t. I was surprised to find that yours doesn’t! This makes it more difficult for others to find you. Please take a look at my blog post linked above, which explains the easy steps you can take to fix this 🙂

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  4. Hi, Eric. Just tried to follow a link from a comment you’d made on ‘Wibble’, expecting to find your site. I was met with a page that said ‘ericalagan.wordpress.com doesn’t exist’. You might want to look into this, as you will be missing out on traffic to your site because of your name change. You should be able to set things up so that http://ericalagan.wordpress.com/ acts as an alias for https://ericalagan.net/ericalagan/ — which would mean that the great many old links that exist to your site still work.

    Here’s hoping you’re well, and wishing you all the best for 2016!

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    • Thank you for this heads up.
      I’ve “changed” to ericalagan.net several years ago and it has been working fine. Perhaps WordPress is playing up. I’ll contact them.

      I’m well and trust that all is well in your neck of the woods too.
      All good wishes for 2016,
      Eric

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    • Oh, okay I see the issue now > “ericalagan.wordpress.com” was never my domain name and I’m stumped how it shows up in your blog as belonging to me.
      Anyway, many thanks for the visit and alert.
      Cheers!

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    • From what I know about how these website thingies are set up (I used to be in that business myself, many moons ago) I bet ‘ericalagan.wordpress.com’ is the subdomain of wordpress.com you were allocated when you set your account up — in the same way that pendantry.wordpress.com is the address of my blog ‘Wibble’.

      I’m just trying to help… I believe you will be losing traffic as a result of this, and would suggest you check your DNS configuration to add ‘ericalagan.wordpress.com’ as an alternative to ‘ericalagan.net’.

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    • Hello Colin,
      I truly appreciate your concern and help – please don’t get me wrong. I did a self check – WordPress allows this – whether traffic is re directed and confirmed that it is so. When I first registered with WordPress the sub domain ‘ericalagan.wordpress.com’ was already taken up by someone else and I had to use another sub domain.

      But I’ll recheck with WordPress Support.

      Many thanks 🙂

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  5. “The only constant is change.” This is beautifully said and so very true. Great blog!

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  6. It is a delight to discover your blog. I look forward to reading your posts. (BTW, I occasionally edit technical copy for engineers–a different breed of creatives–and appreciate their work). You apparently have left/right brain activity galore.

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    • Hello Catherine,

      Great to have you here and welcome aboard. I visited your blog and clicked to receive your posts too.

      We are all complex, I suppose, and thanks to our education system, sometimes we tend to put people in pigeon holes. I believe everyone uses their logical and creative sides. However, some disciplines do tend to view these abilities in narrower regimes, as it helps with better understanding.

      Thank you for your kind words and we’ll bump into one another, again – I’m sure.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  7. Eric, I’ve written about you just now. I cited you as one of three people I would want to know the answers to four questions. No obligation, but the questions are good… Come and read my praise of you, http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2014/05/21/the-rabbit-had-it-right-i-am-late-for-a-very-important-date/ HuntMode 🙂

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    • Well Huntie,

      I feel honoured truly, but for now, have to decline due to deadlines.

      But tell you what – I’m going to keep this in view and probably tackle it sometime in June, if it’s okay.

      You’re full of praises for my writing – and I hope to be able to live up to them.

      With humble thanks and all good wishes in return,
      Eric

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    • I’m just delighted you’ll give a whirl. Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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  8. Claire Cappetta said:

    Congrats on your new book! Shared shared and shared 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful day. Happy ‘Book’day…. because it is kinda like having a birthday

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    • Hello Claire,

      We’re in the same boat and I wish you all the best with your virtual party and new book launch too 🙂

      It’s not my first book – but the first which I’m marketing and self distributing.

      God willing, everything is possible 🙂

      Cheers,
      Eric

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  9. Thank you for following my blog! I look forward to reading some of the materials you have written. I hope that you find interesting writing on my blog as well….

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  10. Congrats on your book – I wish you all the success you deserve!!

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  11. You definitely are! I will stop spamming your page now LOL- thanks for being so patient!

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  12. Hopefully that has sorted it, I’m sorry, it didn’t really go the way I’d planned there but again, thanks for your support and I hope you will continue to read my blog even after that mishap!

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    • No worries – I left the following on your About page – please confirm that I’m on the right blog 🙂

      “Hello Jessica – looks as if you sorted out that computer glitch. All good wishes with your blogging 🙂 Eric”

      Cheers,
      Eric

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  13. I’m sorry, I’ve just clicked on my name and for some reason it’s linking through to another person’s account! I’m sorry about that, my blog is about creative writing!

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    • You’ll have to redo your settings, Jessica

      Check the WP forum pages or Tutorials for help. If all else fails – contact WP Support. Your link is driving traffic to the wrong site.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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