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

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What makes Addiction, addicting?

I’ve been asking myself all day why I’m addicted to spider solitaire, and I think I may have found an answer. It goes back to something I never mentioned, because it’s rather pathetic. A very successful author I know (she won the Newbery for goodness sakes!) once confessed that she played the most difficult level of […]


Well I guess I must be getting more tech savvy because I did indeed figure out how to unhide my spider solitaire and freecell. And since I’d done my work, I was itching for something to do, and I did go in and ‘unhide’ them. Well, I was too embarrassed to blog about it, but […]

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It’s an Honour just be Nominated!

I know that’s a cliche, but really it’s true. Had some good news over the past few days. Wanting Mor was nominated for the 2010/2011 Hackmatack award–that’s a reader’s choice award (in Canada they’re commonly referred to as the tree awards because they’re often named after trees–hey we’re Canadian–we have a leaf on the flag!). The […]

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My Daughter’s Diary

Many years ago I read one of my daughter’s diary. I was standing right in front of her and started reading her thoughts from grade five up to seven. It was honest, touching and in places, hilarious! The kind of writing one does when they don’t expect anyone else in the world to be reading it. […]

Outsiders looking in…

I always used to wonder why God seemed to put so much emphasis in the Quran on sending a messenger to a people from among their own people. It’s repeated over and over again. I thought, what’s the big deal if an outsider were to come and point out what they were doing wrong? After […]

Western perceptions

There’s a line in Patricia McCormick’s book Sold where the mother says any man is better than none. It’s an interesting line because there are indeed some women who feel that way. In fact in writing Wanting Mor, I thought the stepmother was a bit like that too. But actually my stepmother is much more […]

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It was a National Book Award finalist but it’s written in free verse! Gosh I hate free verse novels. They feel like the writer cheated. They’res kind of artsy fartsy. I think the first one I read was Kiss the Dust. It was good but I think the format is annoying. I mean why couldn’t […]

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A STONE IN MY HAND by Cathryn Clinton

Just finished reading it, even though my head’s all plugged up and my eyes are watering. First of all, the good stuff: it’s kind of well written. A bit wooden, but not bad. I thought some of the imagery, her wanting to fly away like the bird Abdo was a bit nice. There seem to […]

urrreeerrrrggghh. Sick!

Can’t figure out the right consonants and vowel mix that perfectly imitates the groans coming out of me. Woke up with a sore throat. Took my Cold Fx but sometimes you just have to be sick I guess. Got through the day without sneezing too much, it hit hardest when I got home. Bought three […]

Alas, alack, and woe is me!

I pressed some strange button when I was opening up the game of hearts (which I am definitely NOT addicted to!) and up popped a list of files which included both my nemeses Freecell and Spider Solitaire, and like a junkie fresh out of rehab, I have been indulging far too much! I did get […]

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