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Sunday minis: Life’s a big, fat, female dog
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No spoilers! What were your teenage reads? Pacesetters 5/10
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By the time this night is over
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The Bookshelf 2019
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NaNoWriMo 2019
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What I read in November
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Cracks
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When we…fire!
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Books of February
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19 for ’19

The Bookshelf 2019

Man proposes. Life disposes. In my case, woman disposes…, you get my drift, don’t you? The other day on Facebook, I saw a video with the man in it counting: “1, 2,3 – “, his fingers ticking off one book after the other in a pile balanced on a chair. “- 22, 23, 24 – “. Tick. Tick. Tick. “ -50, 51, 52. One for every week of the yea -. “ I clicked it close, a frown gathering on my forehead. I knew where he was headed with all those books and refused to acknowledge the nagging thought that I had, once again, fallen short of my target number of books per month and, consequently, annually. So, I shelved my tallying exercise until I could no longer procrastinate on it. Until well…today. Here’s my count for the year about to end. • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson Ashamed to confess that I’ve never read this classic. Finally did when it was one of the recommended reads for my son. Replete with photos too. • Steal like an artist – Austin Kleon A trade book to set me in the mood for my writing year. • Creativity: The Perfect Crime – Phillippe Petit As insane and delightful as his acts of tight-rope walking • Wake-up: It’s time for your sleeping pill – Robert • New Ways to Kill Your Mother – Colin Toibin I was stacking up on the trade books like I was running out of time. • After the Darkness – Sydney Sheldon First novel of the year from one of my favourite fiction authors • Prisoner of Birth – Jeffrey Archer Swiftly followed by another by yet another favourite of mine. Second time around reading this but couldn’t let it pass me by. • Digital branding – Daniel Rowles Back to the trade world. We live in a digital everything age now, don’t we? Let me improve on my digital footprints somewhat • The Subtle Art of not giving a F**k! – Mark Manson • Born on a Tuesday – El Nathan • Sycamore Row –”more

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NaNoWriMo 2019

Looking back now, I am a far cry from the writer I used to be. My laurels include nailing the daily writing routine to a T; posting stories weekly on WhatsApp every Sunday for close to two years and building a community through it; writing my second novella; putting together a mini memoir about my siblings and I; and most importantly, penning my first novel ever. NaNoWriMo put all of these in motion, and the ideas for more have not stopped.

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When we…fire!

A rush of emotions engulfed him simultaneously. The delight at her presence. Her choice of welcome. The unexpectedness of it yet extremely pleasing and totally welcoming. Her jasmine scent assaulting his senses. Their combination instinctively sent his arms sliding down her back to rest on her waist, moulding her supple curves to the hard contours of his.

Her soft lips parted under his urgent ones as he kissed her right back, taking charge of her spontaneity. She closed her eyes and sighed, savouring the taste of him as a delicious shiver ran down her spine.

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19 for ’19

1. Be thankful. For everything, and in everything. Always. For another year, another opportunity. 2. Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied. – George Horace Lorimer 3. Be prayerful. For direction. For steering in your affairs – personal and professional. 4. Choose faith over fear. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair 5. Be mindful. Of that which you allow into your space – thoughts, people, sounds, visuals. etc. Derailment can come from unexpected quarters. 6. How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything. – Unknown 7. Be self – centred…sometimes. Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. – Karen A. Baquiran 8. Take risks. If you win, you’ll be happy. If you lose, you’ll be wiser. – Jason Statham 9. Be cheerful. Laugh often, long and loud. 10. When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind. – Dr. Wayne Dyer 11. Be rich. In knowledge. In adventure. In laughter. In family. In health. In love. – Unknown 12. On your mark, get set…read! For entertainment. For enlightenment. For 15, 30 or 45minutes daily. No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius 13. Be laser-focused. On your passions. On the work of your hands. On that which brings smiles of satisfaction even when disguised as work. 14. Avoid being poor, a situation where you have too much month at the end of your money. – Unknown 15. …Talk without cellphones. Love without conditions…. Smile without selfies. – Unknown 16. Don’t quit. Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius 17. Play the moments. Pause the memories. Stop the pain. Rewind the happiness. – Unknown 18. Don’t make excuses. 19. Be deliberate. Don’t just wish for a prosperous 2019. Make it so. Write down your plans and see them through (or use this as a compass). The new year can’t change you; your mindset can.”more

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