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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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When I was growing up I could never understand why it was so darn difficult to remember good jokes. When an occasion came up and someone asked me to tell a joke, my mind would suddenly go blank and I couldn’t remember any. Most entertainment is like that. Yeah, it makes you laugh at the […]

Frankly I never thought this would be a problem. Never anticipated that there’d come a time when people who have little to no affinity for my faith would write stories about it just to get their foot in the door of children’s publishing. And to have come across the phrase ‘professional Muslims’ in a wonderful […]

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The things you can learn from sports…

I’ve been watching Oprah’s Master Class off and on. Wasn’t planning to watch tonight’s program about Grant Hill, because honestly I didn’t know who Grant Hill was. I watch basketball sometimes, usually when my son in laws are over, but I can’t say that I’m a huge fan. But watching Mr. Hill,  I must admit […]

The exhausting slog of marketing…

I’m worried about the telephone bill. I’ve made about five calls to Malaysia in the past few days and I’m wondering how much that will translate to in terms of cost. Yes the calls were short, but still… I’m going to Malaysia insha Allah. Just the name conjures up such interesting feelings within me. I’ve […]

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A Day of epiphanies…

I’ve been walking around in a bit of a daze the past few days because of an article I read by chance. I was satisfying my curiosity as usual, delving into stuff that was interesting but didn’t seem to be directly related to any writing topic, when I came across a link to an article […]

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50 years old and sick again…

Sigh! I had the most interesting Saturday! Out of the blue my hubby wanted to go down to visit my parents. Then he said my in laws were invited too. My birthday fell during last week. We don’t celebrate birthdays. But something in the back of my mind thought, “Hmm.” Then, “Nah!” When I was […]

Totally Distracted…

Sorry guys, I have a LOT of stuff going on right now! No ‘news’ as of yet, but I do know that I’m being stretched to the limit in terms of my writing–finished that Hajj novel, working on revisions of that next novel, trying to get a nomination essay completed (it was due yesterday) and […]

Yesterday (technically–since I’m writing this past midnight) my seventh grandchild was born. I found out his name when his father called me at 4:15 pm. It’s Sulayman (not sure if I’m spelling that right). So now my three grandsons are named: Eesa, Ibraheem and Sulayman. Translation: Jesus, Abraham and Solomon. Very prophetic! Can’t wait to […]

Hate to admit it!

But non-fiction is a LOT harder than I thought it was! Here my hubby goes cranking out a book a month, and not only are they coherent, you can actually finish reading them without your mind wandering or your eyes going crossed. I’m six pages into my book on getting the bully off your back and I […]

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Playing the Waiting Game…

So I mailed off the Hajj novel this afternoon and I did so without rereading it for the umpteenth time. Not sure if that was a mistake or a stroke of genius. Only time will tell. Now comes the hard part…waiting. And the only thing that helps with the waiting is working. It’s really pathetic […]

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