Writing

An aircraft engineer, logistician, and former corporate executive, Eric Alagan is also a keen observer of people.

Like many self-taught authors, Eric flowed with his muse and wrote thrillers, humour and even non-fiction. His writing gravitated to his passion for history and interest in geopolitics.

Now, he focuses on historical fiction rich in convoluted plots.

Eric’s novels draw from historical facts; myths; legends; and mores of the times. His stories fill with realism and transports the reader to experience life as it was in centuries past.

To give his muse an avenue for expression, Eric uses this blog. He writes flash fiction, haiku and verse in all genres.

He spends a typical day, reading, researching, writing, and revising his manuscripts.

Hobbies

He is also an exercise junkie and enjoys his daily walk-a-jogs. He loves road-biking. But after his 90-year-old grandma beat him in a cycling race, he stays away from road-biking.

He wanted to take up sky-diving but Grandma beat him to it tooβ€”she already has 84 jumps to her credit including 12 free-falls from 15,000 feet. Grandma is also into rock-climbing, lumber-jacking and scuba-diving.

Eric has decided that he will simply try to out-live her.

Updated 26 Feb 2020

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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 more about him, click on the links below:

KYM & SUE – He’d the ugliest secretary but the prettiest mechanic work with him.

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

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

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

Unhappily Ever After – Generous as he tries to be, some “professionals” don’t learn.

The Interview – His first job interview.

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

Macho Len – You’ve all come across the workplace tough guy.

A Shrewd Businessman – He learns from everyone.

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712 comments

  1. Hi Eric, I just wanted to say thank you for every “like” you give on my blog. As my blog is still a work in progress, every “like” is a big boost for me and I’m so pleased that you are following me in the process- thank you so much!

    1. Hello Jessica,

      Pardon me but I’m not following your blog or even gave one “like” for that matter.

      Hey, but no worries – I ticked to receive your updates on my reader and will be dropping by. One caveat though – I only post comments when I’m moved to say something useful. Hope you understand πŸ™‚

      See you around,
      Eric

      1. Thank you, Jessica – yes, I’ve located your blog. The problem was, when I clicked on your link it took me to a total stranger! I even left a comment on her blog – LOL!

        Hope you fix the problem soon.

  2. Eric, I ran into several young Indian engineers who had poetry in their hearts. Seems as if the mamas wanted them to have a good living so pushed the engineering and or medicine. I like the “mistress which is writing metaphor….very appropriate. When, and how did you fall in love with writing….because indeed engineers don’t write….generally !

    1. Hello Anne,

      I stumbled into engineering not out of choice. At age 16, I had to stop school and eke out a living to help my mother support the family. I took on an engineering apprenticeship and paid for the training with a 12 year bonded service. Now, people view Singapore with awe but back in the 1960s/70s we were written off as a nation. We had no options but to build our lives and in so doing, build Singapore. I belong to that first post-independence generation.

      My first love, was and is, law – closer to the literary arts, I reckon, what with the use of language and all.

      Many engineers are creative but they communicate via what they build and not via words. I like to think that I bridge that divide. Perhaps that’s why I can bulk break complex subjects into simple to understand and use ‘to-do’ lists.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

      1. Thank you for taking time to share your story . And what a story it is. I have to admit I know nothing about Singapore but my curiosity is peaked now. What an example you are of family first, hard work paying off and not giving up on your dreams of love of words and writing. Thank you ever so much for sharing .

      2. Just read a quick account of Singapore’s history.. I had ne’er heard about the years joined with Malaysia. Fascinating. I do know there is a math curriculum being touted here entitled Singapore Math, Now I have a friend in Singapore ! Thanks. . . . .

    1. What can I say, Anne πŸ™‚

      Congratulations – you landed two awards – Wow! That’s recognition indeed. Well done.

      Thank you for thinking of me and forwarding the “Being a Light in the World Award”.

      Due to time constraints, I stopped accepting awards some time ago. Nevertheless, I shall include this honour in my Awards Page > http://wp.me/P1YE83-Bx

      Thank you once again and all good wishes,
      Eric

      1. I understand completely! It takes me a long time to complete the process, but I love recognizing and encouraging others! The teacher in me? I wish someone smarter and more creative than I could come up with a similar idea which is less time intense. . . Thanks, my friend! Anne

  3. it sounds interesting to read another engineer’s blogs. I am an engineer too, in my case, it’s very creative for an engineer to write, maybe i’m a desperate engineer?! I am looking forward to start reading your posts. πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Ahmed,

      Engineers are creative in their fields – as are professionals and craftsmen in every field.

      Creativity transcends literary, visual and performing arts, although some people – unfortunately even those in media and government – propagate this very narrow view point when discussing ‘creativity’.

      Thank you and hope to see you return,
      Eric

    1. Thank you Paul,

      I am truly impressed, not only by your talent which is obvious to all who read your blog, but that you took the trouble to fashion several episodes from this first.

      Thank you and hope that you like my rejoinder which I posted on your blog πŸ™‚
      Eric

  4. Hey Eric. Long time no speak. I hope all is well with you. This is JD Lee of TrueLee Fiction.. I was wondering if I sent you a free copy of The Mediator Pattern if you’d be so kind as to give it an honest review on goodreads and Amazon… Thanks again Eric!

    1. Hello JD,

      We are all busy with life πŸ™‚ and therefore, it is not always possible to keep in regular touch as we wish to be. Always glad to hear from you.

      I’ll be happy to read and give an honest review – key word ‘honest’. However, I’m snowed down with projects and have even cut down my blogging from daily to once a week. If I can take my time and not be rushed, yes, I’ll do it.

      I’ve not given any reviews on Goodreads or Amazon – but shall see how that works out.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

    2. A review wherever you’d like to put it would be great πŸ™‚ and of course, take your time. I too have cut down on my blogging and recently posted my first short story in over a month. I think my next book, however, will be more up your alley. It’s crime-fiction.

      Talk soon,
      -J

      1. Great, JD,

        Please send over your book – eBook, I assume – at your convenience.

        Next book – crime fiction – sounds cool.

        Cheers,
        Eric

  5. Hi Eric, I wanted to thank you for the follow!
    My blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers πŸ˜‰
    Keep up the good work.
    Anna

  6. As ever, I’m awestruck by my visit here; this time to find that you appear to have cleaned house and are even more enviably organised than before. I’d hate to take a look inside your head: I have nightmare visions of many little brain-bots rushing about in there on their allotted tasks like a well-run machine on, err, the machine equivalent of steroids.

    1. LOL! I think when you look inside – you’ll probably see organised chaos πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your visit and kind words. You’ve dropped off the radar somewhat and always happy to have you visit.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

      1. Duck gliding along gracefully on the surface, feet underneath paddling away like the proverbial clappers, eh? Understood πŸ™‚

        I’ve been in avoidance mode. Too many bad things are happening; needed to take a break. Return to find the same old same old… only more so…

      2. Yes, you’re right re the first part.

        Oh dear, re the second part. I’m terribly sorry to hear about “bad things” in your life.

        Peace Bro,
        Eric

    1. Congratulations Michael on landing the Blog of the Year 2013 and The Inventive Blogger Award. Thank you also for nominating my blog.

      You are right – there is so much to be gained by blogging – mental/writing exercises is so very important, I reckon – as important as keeping one’s body in shape.

      All good wishes for 2014,
      Eric

  7. Hello Eric Sir!

    Thanks for taking time to reply. I really feel honored to follow your blog. I am so lucky to be connected to a published author and feel very humble indeed. Its nice to know more about you and about your grandparents who settled here long ago.

    Its quite interesting to know that you already know someone by the same name. I am not very new to this place as I have been living here for more than seven years. Eight years will be completed next year in April. I found your profile on FB and would love to follow the same.

    Once again Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Thanks & Regards
    Rachna

    1. Good to know Rachna – 8 years! That’s makes you a Singaporean πŸ™‚

      I retain my FB only for family connections as many are settled/working all over the world. I hope you don’t mind.

      You’re welcome to connect with me on Twitter – I recently started there @EricAlagan

      Enjoy your holidays and have a wonderful new year,
      Eric

  8. Hello Eric Sir! Thank you so much for being on my blog and like my post….I was quite busy during last months so did not get time to read posts of fellow bloggers. I was exploring your blog yesterday and it came to my knowledge that you live in Singapore…..I am also living here. I am so glad to know the fact….

    Wish you a Merry Christmas
    Regards
    Rachna

    1. Thank you Rachna,

      You’re fairly new to Singapore, I gather and must be busy with family and all. Pop over to my blog when you’re free, as I shall do the same.

      I actually know another Rachna and her husband, Sanket – a lovely young couple from India. That ‘Rachna’ reminds me of my elder daughter.

      Yes, I’m Singaporean, born and grew up here, but my grandparents came from India in the 1920s.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year πŸ™‚
      Eric

  9. Hi Eric,
    Thanks for the like of my post.
    Love the intro here on this page. I know that all of us writers love writing but I never would have thought of writing as a mistress!! That’s good.

    1. I’m getting notifications about your posts on my email site from WordPress which you have correctly noted above. However I’m not getting anything from you sent from your email site outside WordPress directly into my email address. That is very puzzling.

      1. Hello Ian,

        If it’s not too much of a bother please send me a test email.

        Thank you, Eric
        P/s Three others have confirmed that they received my email.

  10. Loved your site Eric!!! found you from lauren’s blog!!! πŸ™‚ glad that i am here!! your stories are superb and also the topics you write is my favourite genre. My whole novel is based on after life!!!! Cheers!!

    1. Hello Kaytee and welcome aboard πŸ™‚

      Glad that you find my topics to your liking. I checked out your blog too and hope to see flash fictions on ‘after life’.

      All good wishes with your writing,
      Eric
      P/s I ticked to ‘follow’ your blog

  11. Hello Eric, thanks for your feedback on the text for my poem Wonder Womb. I will re-edit and post again. Hope you will be able to see the text this time. I am liking your blogs a lot. Have a productive week.
    Wendy Francis

  12. Hello Eric, It’s been a long time since we’ve spoken (written). I wanted to let you know I finally took the leap and self-published my first book: The Mediator Pattern. It’s available on Amazon, Free Fridays in August. http://wp.me/p2sG8p-8V Hope you get a chance to download a copy.
    Keep up the writing, Eric! It’s golden.

    -J.D. Lee

    1. Hello J.D.,

      First off, congratulations on your novelette. I know the feeling must be one of relief, accomplishment and a different form of anxiety – how the reading public will receive it.

      I don’t have a kindle – not in Singapore – but read the excerpts on Amazon. Wow!

      Nixon as president in 1960. America winning the Vietnam War. You’ve changed the entire landscape, very much as in the story – cease, desist, delete and start over. You’ve taken on quite a challenge here and if the first two chapters are anything to go by – your novelette hints of a really good read.

      Well done, congratulations again and thank you also for your kind words re my writing.

      – Eric

    1. Congratulations on winning three nomination, WJ – all well deserved, I’m sure.

      Thank you kindly for passing them my way πŸ™‚

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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