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Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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Seasoning…

The SCBWI convention is coming up! In a little more than a week I’ll be on my way to Los Angeles to what could arguably be one of the biggest opportunities of my career. But then with the exception of Susan Boyle, I don’t actually think you have only one chance to impress. And in […]

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Diva behaviour and Growth Pains…

On Monday I did a favour. I spent a day storytelling at an Islamic summer camp. I wonder if it would have gone differently if I hadn’t received, a few nights before, an email announcing the visit of a self-published Muslim author who was getting the ‘royal’ treatment. It is so true that familiarity breeds […]

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Signs of Burnout…

Not sure why I should be suffering this now! But it sure feels like I am. I googled ‘symptoms of burnout’ and came across this website: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout_signs_symptoms.htm And wow, of all the symptoms listed, I have most of them! And tired! I’m bone weary! It doesn’t help that my shoulders went into some kind of […]

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A good reason NOT to get Botox!

On Friday I got one of those characteristic thick envelopes that always signals that a teacher has assigned her students to write me a letter after one of my presentations. This was from a school up north I visited a while back. It was odd too, because I’ve often judged how well a presentation has […]

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After Every Hardship…

there is ease. I keep telling myself, but I’m not quite believing it right now. I know it intrinsically, but I’m not *feeling* it if you know what I mean. We got the kitchen in on Monday. Beautiful granite counters, cabinets with that special type of closure where it doesn’t slam, I believe the colour […]

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Waxing Philosophical in the midst of mayhem…

Okay, tiling’s done, but the house is still upside down and I was starting to ask myself, “What the heck’s so wrong with a shabby kitchen anyway???” There’s something kind of tempting to living beneath your means. On the one hand you could try to convince yourself that you’re above all that superficial nonsense and […]

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The Colour of Tiles and False Modesty…

I think it was about eight or nine years ago that we first got our brown tweed sofa and loveseat from some big box store or another. We preferred the fabric to leather that was highly fashionable at the time because it was *warmer*. Leather feels so cold to the touch. We used those sofas well […]

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Week’s almost over and nada…

I had this week off. No school presentations, got a chance to catch up on my exercising and health routines and I had hoped, in all of that time that I had, I’d get an idea for another picture book. Nope. Zip. Which just goes to show how hard the darn things actually are to […]

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A Frustrating Day, alhamdu lillah.

It must be odd to hear the phrase alhamdu lillah (all praise is for God) after such a statement, but I really do mean it. Life is not just filled with glory moments! It’s also filled with mundane annoying moments. After 23 years, my dryer broke down. So we decided to upgrade both the washer […]

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The hype around Skype

Did my first skype presentation the other day and while it will never replace being there in person, it went very well indeed, and is definitely something most authors should consider offering. I had read some advice on skype visits that included look into the camera, not at your screen, to maximixe effectiveness. I had […]

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