Khanversations

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 first starting out in this field, I had to go through a sort of discipline process. I actually think that everything I went through was necessary, it was a sort of preparation for where I am now, but it is definitely possible to get stuck in a phase. When all you have […]

My husband said I left out two major steps in my last post and that’s the one where I talk about doing it, and the other one is where I complain about doing it. So let’s just call them: “I should…” and “It’s so hard…” Fill in the blanks. I know it sounds like whinging […]

Just Do it…

Been thinking of the Nike slogan lately. There’s so much darn wisdom in those three little words. One of the things you need in this writing field, besides a complete misunderstanding of the odds of success, is someone at your back that will push you to do things you kind of, sort of, feel scared […]

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The Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman…

They say that most writers are frustrated actors. I find that funny because I never wanted to pursue acting, not that it was ever a choice. Acting was considered a licentious profession in Pakistani culture and that was actually something I agreed with growing up. Besides, I never had the confidence in my looks to […]

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Pan’s Labyrinth…

Sometimes I feel like if I could only delve into magical elements, I could write a bestseller so easily! I think having religious restrictions can make it much harder to write an engaging story! Alice Kane is considered one of the grand dames of storytelling. She came from Ireland I think, which has an epic […]

The best ones…

Went to a publisher party the other night and had a number of very interesting experiences. It was chock full of people, most of whom I didn’t know, but I did see a dear acquaintance of mine and went over to say hello. She’s always worked on the business side of children’s literature. She’s attended conferences […]

Getting used to attention…

Got some more accolades for King for a Day! It got a fabulous review at Book Dragon , and this review really mentions what I was trying to do with the story! Shows that Malik, the main character (which means king in Arabic) has all the properties of a really good one! Loved this line: … By […]

It’s happened. I’ve had comments from two different relatives about it, and it’s really thrown me for a loop. Shaken me to my core. The comments weren’t from people I was expecting them from. Yeah, sure, I had one relative, ages ago, respond to my wish to be a world famous children’s author with the […]

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It was bound to happen…

When the writing gets better, the blog will suffer. I’m working hard these days, and it’s so exciting that it’s very hard to concentrate on writing something here. What I would suggest for all the new folks who’ve been joining the feed is to check out some of my older posts. I have a pretty […]

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Rediscovered Excitement…

I’ve been backing up my computer lately. And that means cleaning up the files. Oh it’s amazing how much junk you can accumulate. I have files that are so old my Word program doesn’t recognize what program created them! But I have stubbornly kept them. Perhaps one day they’ll come in useful. I’d hate to […]

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