Reading Challenge – 2019

Reading and writing are a form of meditation for me. They help me understand myself and improve my life. As a writer, my reading affects my writing. As a person, my reading affects my sense of self and how I interact with others. However, I've noticed that as student life was replaced by a full time … Continue reading Reading Challenge – 2019

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Writing as a Sadhana

When I tell people that I'm a writer, they inevitably ask if I am published and where they can read my work. Until very recently, I had not been published, but had been actively calling myself a writer for about 11 years. Neither my college degrees not my profession have anything to do with writing … Continue reading Writing as a Sadhana

Culling Bookshelves

There comes a point in every bibliophile’s life when we have too many books. There are a few facts that are true for bibliophiles: We keep buying books. E-books, audiobooks, hardcovers, paperbacks We keep going to the library We have multiple copies of books We give books as gifts and are given books as gifts … Continue reading Culling Bookshelves

Review: Invisible Traces

Invisible Traces by Sarina Dahlan is an imaginative and poignant tale contained in a brief and beautiful moment that fully conveys the grandeur of love between two people. It begins with an all too familiar question, "Will you remember me?" Set in a futuristic world, Sarina Dahlan's world-building is masterful as if it were a … Continue reading Review: Invisible Traces

My “Rules” for Creative Writing

Written in response to Johnathan Franzen's rules published in LitHub. Write for yourself. Write to discover yourself and the world. There is no shame in writing for money. Getting paid to do what you love is a wonderful blessing. The tortured, starving artist stereotype is unhealthy. Let's strive to replace that with a more positive … Continue reading My “Rules” for Creative Writing

Nanowrimo: the Habit of Writing

Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month is a writing program in which participants write 1667 words daily for the 30 days of November for a total of 50K words, which is the average length of a novel. There are lots of "rules" for Nanowrimo. You should write, write, and only write. No revision or editing … Continue reading Nanowrimo: the Habit of Writing

In Defense of Audiobooks

Oral and Multimedia StorytellingStorytelling and information gathering isn't limited to just reading printed words. Oral storytelling was the first form of storytelling before written history. Many of the ancient works that we study in school were not written down for centuries. They were delivered orally and visually through a collaboration by playwrights, actors, musicians, set … Continue reading In Defense of Audiobooks

Mom Doesn’t Know Which Yogurt Container In Fridge Actually Contains Yogurt

I wrote a satire piece for Fuss Class News!

Fuss Class News

QUEENS, NY – An area-wide investigation was launched Tuesday evening when local mom, Shanti Gupta, opened her refrigerator door to find the yogurt dabba that actually contained yogurt was missing.

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Love Your Library

Just a list of reasons why people love public libraries: Books. They have thousands of free books for those who can't afford to buy 50 books per year. DVDs, because even people who can't afford Amazon Prime or a fancy flat screen TV deserve to watch movies and shows. Safe, quiet space for writing, thinking, … Continue reading Love Your Library

Indian Women Worldwide Reveal Red Dot Activates Goddess Mode; Deploys Additional Arms

I wrote a piece for Fuss Class News.

Fuss Class News

WASHINGTON DC – Reports are coming in early Wednesday morning that the bindi, also known as “the Red Dot”, on Indian women’s foreheads is actually an activation switch for what is being called Goddess Mode.

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Kill Your Darlings or Don’t

"Kill Your Darlings" is a phrase that you’ll come across if you‘re a writer or artist. Typically referencing the revision step of creative endeavors, it means that creative work can’t be good or powerful or “true art” if you don’t ruthlessly cut the parts of your work that you love. First of all, you know … Continue reading Kill Your Darlings or Don’t