Walking In Traffic Coloring Sheet

As I am in the midst of writing a novel about traffic, I find myself dreaming about all sorts of scenarios that happen during rush hour. Sometimes sketching what is happening in the novel helps me with the writing process. Here is a woman taking a walk in the city […]

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Car Coloring Sheet

As I am in the midst of writing a novel about traffic, I find myself dreaming about vehicles of all sorts. Cars, buses, trucks and other imaginary mechanical creations that haven’t been invented yet. I created a coloring sheet to help me with my imagination. You can download the file, […]


Super Cute Bejeweled Ice Cream Cone Necklace Giveaway (closed) 5

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? …Mine is pistachio. Leave a comment here or anywhere else to let me know. I am giving away this super cute bejeweled ice cream cone necklace. I hope it will spark something sweet in the life of whomever wins them. This giveaway is […]

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Fiction to Uplift a Woman’s Soul 1

The information landscape, these days, is full of negative news for women. Stories of sexual misconduct and rape in the work place. Women getting marginalized in this field and that one.  And all over battery of women rights. It chisels away at my heart. To uplift my soul I find […]


Bejeweled Cupcake Necklace Giveaway (closed) 6

Who doesn’t like cupcakes?! These morsels of deliciousness can always bring a smile to my face. I am giving away this super cute bejeweled cupcake necklace. I hope these will spark something sweet in the life of whomever wins them. This giveaway is international. To enter the giveaway, click on […]

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Cauliflowery Buckets, A Series of Fortunate Surprises

It started the way many good things start. I went to a dinner party at a friend’s house. Somebody there asked me what I was working on at the time and I described the food-as-a-metaphor-for-life novel I was preparing to publish. My companion mentioned this anthology in the works where […]


Humor in Writing

In an act of total tenacity, I nominated Spoonful Chronicles for Stephen Leacock Literary Prize for Humor. You can view all other nominees here: http://www.leacock.ca/pdfs/SUBMISSIONS_2018_as_at_Dec_5_2017.pdf. Seeing my name listed along side a Giller Prize winner and somebody else who participated in writing the Simpson’s show fills me with excited giddy […]

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Giveaway: Donut Earrings

Life is like a box of donuts. Others will tell you that they already know what you are going to get. But until you dive it and try for yourself, you will never discover which one is your favorite. Hoping your box is filled with sweet and delectable moments. I […]


2017’s List of Favorites 1

The year is drawing to an end. It’s time to look back and review a few favorites. Favorite Read My favorite book I read this year is I, Who Did Not Die by Zahed Haftlang,‎ Najah Aboud and Meredith May. Two soldiers: One Iraqi, the other Iranian. They meet on […]

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Vote for your favorite book cover and title combo 16

I have been tinkering with ideas for the cover design and title for the new novel. These 5 concepts I came up with. Genre is Women’s fiction. Each one I put together on my own. Which means that they don’t look polished. Don’t worry about that. Once I decide on […]


Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” I tried to come up with the most interesting answer. Here is what I came up with. Maybe the chicken knew that the road was dangerous and decided to cross anyway. Maybe the chicken was suicidal. The more I think about it the […]

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Popcorn Necklace Giveaway

Tea used to be my favorite thing to accompany reading until I had to wear reading glasses. The hot steam would fog up my glasses and impede the reading experience. So I had to give it up, but I always felt that something was missing. Until I tried popcorn. Wow! […]


Top 10 Most Epic Book Covers

One of the joys and torments of being an indie author is the fact that I get to choose my own book cover design. A joy because the cover design is another creative outlet that can extend to telling the story. Torment because doing it right is so so hard. […]

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A Million Little Heartbreaks

To be a parent is to suffer an endless loop of little heartbreaks. The loop is punctuated with the occasional large heartbreak. They leave the womb. Heartbreak. Then they leave the crib. Heartbreak. After that they go to school. Heartbreak. They get sick. Heartbreak. Then if you did well and […]

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Giveaway: Pizza Earrings

To celebrate how well my novel;Spoonful Chronicles; is doing since launch date, I am giving away these pizza earrings. Spoonful Chronicles is a novel that tells the story of a woman a quest to unlock the secret to her destiny by remembering everything she has ever eaten. The pizza chapter […]


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Top 10 Songs About Cars

Quick! Name the top three topics that songs are written about.   1. Heart break.   2. True love.   I contend that 3. is cars. Since I am writing a novel about traffic, I decided to come up with a list of songs about cars that will be the […]


Giveaway: Donut Earrings

Life is like a box of donuts. Others will tell you that they already know what you are going to get. But until you dive it and try for yourself, you will never discover which one is your favorite. Hoping your box is filled with sweet and delectable moments. I […]

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What’s Next? 1

“What are you working on now?” I keep getting asked everywhere I go. Yes! There is a new novel in the works. The new one is about traffic. Yes! Traffic. The way Spoonful Chronicles is about food. The new novel is about traffic. I am interested in how we interact […]


Giveaway: Burger, taco and ketchup necklace

In the spirit of my new found “Life Changing Magic of giving stuff away for free” I wanted to organize a food related giveaway. After some research, I discovered that shipping food internationally is complicated. Each country has restrictions on what is allowed and not allowed, plus there are worries […]

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Book Club Questions For Spoonful Chronicles

A dear reader has asked me to provide a list of questions for her book club which is reading Spoonful Chronicles. The questions below contain mild spoilers and are intended for those who have read the novel already. If you haven’t read Spoonful Chronicles yet, please click away and return […]


All About You (survey)

Gather around. We are sitting next to a campfire. S’mores are being roasted in the fire. The hot chocolate just arrived. It’s time for you to tell me about yourself. The evening is just about to get magical. I created this survey. I would like to learn a little about […]

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Spoonful Chronicles is shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards

I am in complete shock! A happy shock. Spoonful chronicles has been shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Here is the list of nominees. Annie Daylon for Of Sea and Sand: The Kerrigan Chronicles, Book 1 Elen Ghulam for Spoonful Chronicles Emma L.R. Hogg for The Fourth Wall R.L. […]


The Life Changing Magic of Giving Stuff Away for Free 3

It all started last November. I decided to take my first book, turn it to an ebook and give it away for free to encourage people to sign up to my mailing list. Immediately, I felt this jolt of happiness running through my body. Yes! I was happy that my […]

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Losing My Father In Law 8

I have been walking around with a lump in my stomach. My father-in-law, my husband’s father, Ali Radwan Hassan has passed away two weeks ago. At age 82, in the town of Mash-had located outside of Nazareth in Israel. There were health problems, so I can’t say that this event […]


Cauliflower :: Storytelling 2

Me at the Vancouver Story Slam, an event that takes place once a month at the cottage bistro. Here is an experiment is combining dance with storytelling. Don’t know if I found the winning combination, but I will keep searching. The story is inspired by Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Kafka’s story […]

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Have your book and eat it too

“Does your novel contain recipes?” I kept getting asked whenever I told somebody about what I was working on. “No” I would answer. But, after being asked the same question about 20 times, I clued in that I need to find a way to say “yes”. “This is something that […]