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

Archive for February, 2011

It’s official!

They sent out the press release and now I can say that I’ve won the GOLDEN KITE award for picture book text!!!! The news has literally left me numb. I’ve been numb since Wednesday evening, when I first found out. This morning I woke up and thought, “Wow, I really did win the Golden Kite […]

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Note to Self…

If you want to avoid future disaster, make sure you READ the dates of the presentations you’re supposed to go to accurately! Omigosh, I am such a chucklehead! I almost gave a teacher librarian a heart attack with my carelessness. It clearly said Wednesday February 23rd on the booking notice. I clearly wrote it down under […]

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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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“As Good as Wanting Mor…

but completely different!” That was the verdict from one of the toughest critics I’ll ever face,  one of my daughters! She was talking about the sequel to Wanting Mor. All three of my daughters, having grown up with me in the book writing business, can see right through it and are extremely hard to please, and […]

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The Canscaip Presentation

Well, well, well, it seems as though I didn’t over prepare! I think I actually spoke for about an hour. I’m embarrassed really! I felt so totally surprised when after forty minutes I was allowed to go on, and on, and on. My hubby would have said I was babbling, but then he’s got extremely […]

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Of the Canscaip News!!! Many people might be too young to know the song I’m referring to. (It’s Cover of the Rolling Stones by Dr. Hook here: ) I know, I know, it’s an odd choice! I mean only mostly industry people know about Canscaip and the newsletter it produces. Who cares if I get […]

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Missing Storytelling…

I had a gig today. It was at the St. David’s Anglican church, in their parish. It was just north of Donlands Ave. and Bloor, a real Muslim neighbourhood! Just up the street was Wilkinson Ave. P.S. where I’ve presented at so many times, but this was for the Mosaic Storytelling festival. I didn’t think […]

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It’s Official! I can tell the news!

They just sent out the press releases! I won the 2011 Charlotte Zolotow award! It’s for the best picture book text for the whole year! And my book Big Red Lollipop won! Between this and the New York Times pick, wow! And wait till you see the runners up! They include the likes of Mo […]

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Keeping a secret!!!!

I’ve had some FANTASTIC news that I can’t tell yet! Oooh, it’s excruciating! All day yesterday I’ve been pondering it, hardly able to believe it! And just the night before I’d been thinking that I really was crazy to think my work would ever really get recognized. Well, in a few days I’ll be able to […]

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