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My Car is Alive with the Sound of Literary Inspiration

As I am writing a novel inspired by traffic I find my contemplative powers zoning in on the humble car. Somebody looked at a carriage being pulled by a donkey and thought: “What if I got rid of the poor animal and made the wheels turn through some combustible magic.” […]


Giveaway: Timeskipper by Stefano Benni (closed)

Timeskipper by Stefano Benni is many layers of fantastic. The author invents words and uses them consistently through out the book. For example, cigarettes are cancer sticks. Wild humor, a touch of magic, so many memorable characters. Like a vibrant intricate embroidery, it’s one of those novels you can get […]

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The Dilemma

While writing Spoonful Chronicles, I found inspiration in making recipe videos that went along with what I was writing. Now that I am writing a novel inspired by traffic, I find it hard to figure out what type of videos to make that goes along with it. I tried to […]

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Facebook refugee in search of a new digital homeland 1

My take on current social media landscape is this: I don’t trust facebook. I don’t trust google. I don’t trust twitter. I have been betrayed by popular platforms several years ago with the revelation that they are used for surveillance. The writing was on the wall. When I pay nothing […]


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Brain Stop Coloring Sheet

As I am writing a novel inspired by traffic, I find myself contemplating traffic signs. I wonder if seeing so many traffic signs is sending us subliminal messages we are not even aware of. How many time do you see. Stop Yield Do Not Pass What if our poor brain […]


Donut Earrings Giveaway (closed) 1

”Mmmmmmm! Donuts!” — said Homer Simpson and almost everybody else. The problem with donuts is that there are so many different kinds. Fosted, boston creme, clazed, cruller, chocolate flavored or with sprinkles. Just writing these words is putting a smile on my face. Which kind is your favorite? Let me […]

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Sexual Abuse in Fiction

I feel so angry. I don’t know what to do with the anger or which direction to aim it at. I am drenched in disgust. I can’t watch a Hollywood movie without thinking: “I wonder who got raped so that this movie could get made?” Despite all the serious allegations, […]


Here Comes the Flood

Yesterday I had this strange dream. The pope was dressed in his full ceremonial regalia. Seated in a lavish office at beautiful desk, he was reading the novel I am writing right now. When he was finished, he stood up, walked outside of this office, down a hallway and into […]

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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 […]


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, […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Cauliflowery Buckets, A Series of Fortunate Surprises 1

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 […]

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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 […]


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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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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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 […]

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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 […]


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! […]

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Top 10 Most Epic Book Covers

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 […]


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 3

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 […]

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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 […]