THINGS WORTH SHARING
This weekend’s Friday is a study in the power of patience: For example, our lifestyle writer Shreeja Ravindranathan began working on her feature about gaming last year. No, she’s not super-late in delivering her copy; sometimes it just takes a while to bring all the elements of a story together at the right time. In this case, it took her from sword-fights on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island to a supernatural battle held in a dank mediaeval tavern hidden near Satwa. It was mostly powered by her imagination, and those of her fellow gamers – as, of course, none of that is real (except the locations). It’s the world of RPGs – role-playing games that are played out on tables across the emirates. That growing community of gamers, who will celebrate their pursuit at this weekend’s Comic Con in Dubai, started small, and getting more people into the concept probably required a lot of patience. Read all about this fascinating world on page 30 – and let us know if you join in the fun and games.
There may be fewer dragons on Abu Dhabi’s underground poetry scene, but it’s another world we were happy to discover – no magic map or invisibility cloak required this time (although the crowds at the event Friday attended were so thick that, on second thoughts, an invisibility cloak might have come in handy). Many people share (or overshare, depending on your point of view) their world on social media, but have you got the guts to put your innermost thoughts to rhyme, and get up and read it to a room of people? No one is going to judge (but they probably don’t want to know what you had for breakfast either). The tendency on social media is to post the positives, whereas the poets, young and old, speaking their verse at Backyard Poetry once a month, may not talk about their new shoes or that glamorous holiday, but instead their emotions. I love the sound of that – and the fact that it’s so popular, too. Can we create a PoetBook or Instaverse, maybe? Read the feature on page 24.
I know many Friday readers have poetry running through their veins, because many people write in to us about their work.
Now is the opportunity to share it with your fellow reader – send us something you’d like published and we’ll pick the best to go in our next Storytellers page. Keep them quite short (haikus are welcome!) so we can fit as many as we can into the pages.
If you love writing, make sure you also check out Anand Raj OK’s profile of bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader on page 26. He’s got an unusual trick for combating writer’s block – for when patience isn’t an option – and it involves a bathtub.
Natalie Long, editor Reach me at email@example.com