December 5th 2013
Welcome to the final month of 2013! Time flies, phew…where I felt I just celebrated Christmas a few months ago, and it’s that time of the year soon. Love it! It’s gracious and beautiful. Today, is the H. M. King of Thailand’s Birthday! Salute to him and wishing him loads of happiness and grace. For the first time in years got a chance to be part of a parade and lit candles for the Majesty. It was a great feeling.
On the other hand, Thailand is undergoing a protest where a sudden outburst for proving right and bringing justice is in the air. So with that there has been a hassle and of course triggering the patience of people in the right frame of mind to get on with their life. I hope the protest ends soon bringing a smile and sigh of relief soon. Everyone wants the smiley Thailand back on its toes celebrating a progressing economy.
Congratulations to Thailand for winning the NANO Writing 2013. Yayy! Writing back after sometime has been a good feeling where there would always be something to share and cheer about. Let’s embrace the angelic grace upon on us where striving to be positive and keeping the faith alive is mandatory. We all need our life flourishing and that happens even after feeling like we are walking on a trail of thorns. The soft red carpet filled with rose petals await us bringing an amazing change and loads of happiness. Keep smiling and yes we are all getting there. Cheers and pat yourself for being strong, because YOU ARE!
November 17th 2013
Ting! Ting! Fantastic weather out here. How is everyone doing? The holidays are right around the corner.
Today is also an auspicious day. It’s Loy Krathong (celebrated every year this time on Full Moon). It’s a festival in Thailand and according to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and placed the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of negative thoughts. However, many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา). Detail information referenced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong
Also it is Guru Nanak Purab (celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism). Many Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy also celebrate this festival.
It is Full Moon and the energy around feels like continuous rays of light is being showered around people welcoming positive notions and also never giving up on your hopes and dreams. You are worth every bit of it and it is surely going to be yours.
Have a blessed and fun week ahead! I shall get back to developing Mid-term exam papers. Write soon. Boo!
November 4th 2013
Hello everyone Wishing everyone a joyous New Year, festival of lights and joy – Diwali. Happy Diwali! May each day be bright, positive, gracious, and full of laughter. Let go of those unwanted tears, failures as behind each downward notion reflects a beam of light.
October 24th 2013
Wake up guys! How is everyone doing?
A few moments ago, I was reflecting on a thought of goodness. It is so hard for people to simply do good or even if he/she does good it is all vain and all for compliments. It is quite uncomfortable when that happens when one can actually feel the gesture of the other being fake and only for his/her selfish needs. Sigh! People around are striving for the best and goodness. The task gets tougher because there is a clash between kindness and vanity. It’s quite difficult to incooperate and adjust with people around like that especially if they are the people who one socializes with. Therefore, breathe the air of kindness and understand the feelings of people who are genuinely nice and who have no or very less expectations. It’s worth the effort to be a better person and be kind genuinely.
Today I came across this wonderful story in my inbox.
I would like to share it:
A task for angels
Many years ago lived a man who was able to love and forgive everyone he met.
Because of this, God sent an angel to talk to him.
“God asked me to come and visit you and to tell you that He wants to reward you for your goodness,” said the angel.
“Any favor that you desire will be granted. Would you like to have the gift of curing?”
“By no means,” answered the man. “I prefer that God Himself choose those to be cured.”
“And what about bringing sinners to the path of the Truth?”
“That is a task for angels like you. I don’t want to be venerated by anyone and serve as an example all my life.”
“I can’t go back to heaven without granting you a miracle. If you don’t pick one, you’ll be obliged to accept one.”
The man reflected a little before answering: “Then I want Good to be done through me, but without anyone noticing – not even myself, so that I don’t commit the sin of vanity.”
And the angel gave to that man’s shadow the power to cure, but only when the sun was shining on his face.
In that way, wherever he went, the sick were cured, the earth became fertile again, and sad people regained their joy.
The man traveled many years over the Earth without noticimg the miracles he worked, because when he was facing the sun, his shadow was always at his back.
In that way he could live and die without being aware of his own sanctity.
Until then have a great day/night/weekend! More updates and video uploads soon. Special poetry dedicated to brave people – all coming soon.
October 10th 2013
Hello World! What’s been happening? It has been a crazy one month and now I get to blog. Everything has been moving in a fast pace and that’s always great. Even though it can be quite a full platter, it’s all a great appetite. I was busy engaging myself with a new network and a learning curve. The Asia Pacific Writing Conference 2013 in Bangkok went quite well. From having a book launch, panel discussions, listening to great authors/poets and academic practitioners , the journey has been great and has widen my spectrum about a new world out there.
On the other hand, juggling between a curvy road has made me realize that even if the road is bumpy, smile, smile and smile. Well, who can do that? It’s tough, always better said then done. A few great people along the way have encouraged me and surely made the bumpy road encouraging to walk on. Sigh!
Hoping everyone is doing well and surely the bumpy road needs motivation and positive thoughts. I ask myself: I need this! I want this! I have to be patient and work on it! The universe is surely listening and knows how to present things in its own way. I wish the universe is listening to me NOW!
Cheers! Have a great week/end.
September 7th 2013
Wassup World! How is it going with all of you out there? Writing has been going pleasant and the flow of words have allowed me to complete a new novel and also participate in the upcoming conference. Today, I was just sitting on this marble bench and visualizing key events of life. So many things have changed some of which are for the better. The music of Life has gotten me to dance on the tunes of harmony and yet teaching me how to be patient to accomplish my dreams.
The upcoming conference would also be a Literary Festival in Bangkok. So exciting it would be. For the first time I would be part of an English speaking session to share about Shocking, Astonishing, Fascinating, Intriguing – What Children & Young Adults Love session with other authors around the world. This would surely be thrilling and a great learning session.
Look below for details. If you’re in Bangkok, do stop by to indulge yourself in the world of books, writers, poets, and entertainment.
Bangkok International Literary Festival
‘REACHING THE WORLD 2013′ Sunday October 6th.
BANGKOK ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE (BACC)
Free - 10am – 5pm.
On the other hand, today I tried a session with gratitude. I am thankful for so many things in my life. With that thought I received something inspirational. Do read below and have a great weekend!
Renouncing or working hard
September 6, 2013 by Paulo Coelho
On one hand we know that it is important to seek God. On the other hand, life distances us from Him – because we feel ignored by the Divine, or else because we are busy with our daily life.
This makes us feel very guilty: either we feel that we are renouncing life too much because of God, or else we feel that we are renouncing God too much because of life.
This apparent double law is a fantasy: God is in life, and life is in God.
If we manage to penetrate the sacred harmony of our daily existence, we shall always be on the right road, because our daily tasks are also our divine tasks.
Relax. When we start our spiritual journey, we want so very hard to speak to God-and we end up not hearing what He has to tell us
That is why it is always advisable to relax a little. It is not easy: we have the natural tendency always to do the right thing, and we feel that we are going to improve our spirit is we work at it non-stop.
Relax, I insist. If you want some things to happen, step aside.
August 20th 2013
Hiya everyone! Today feels like a great day. The day has gone pleasantly fulfilling the routine and some spontaneous activities proved to be cheerful. Finally, I completed writing a new novel. For the first time, the attempt to complete a Thriller has been a fabulous ride. I enjoyed every bit and the characters took me to a new adventure. Six spirits are ready to spin readers around with their humor, wit, and outrageous behavior. The characters are waiting to meet the world and more about this thriller soon.
On the other hand, today is a celebration of Raksha Bandhan – in the Hindu culture we celebrate it with our fellow brothers where sisters bless their brothers and also receive blessings and of course presents – money – LOL! It’s a day where sisters can demand and be domineering for fun. A history of why it is celebrated can be checked on Google. I am glad just in time I got the chance to share on my very own paradise of writings.
Have a great week and better be good
August 1st 2013
Welcome to a new month! So magic is around the corner if you believe there is. Often one thinks of magical things occurring then it subsides with the worldly pleasures and with nature’s spank one gets into a reality check. But still – one should always believe in magic – that is – things one wishes for will surely happen. Why not! Everyone deserves it – says the Universe. Don’t give up! I shall post some beautiful messages by some people to everyone out there who are waiting to smile.
This morning on my way to work I thought I would be late, but I reached just in time. Having been going through a busy and stressful schedule, one cannot expect to smile if one is not being allowed to. (I felt that way) Hmm…but there was magic. My students made me smile and then giggle. It was worth it. Still I wait in patience, pray with my all my heart, smile like there is no tomorrow that the Universe grants the wish of many and the boon is being embraced by our souls gracefully. Sometimes, we wait and wait until a voice from inside says (maybe) let it go. Then when we start to think that way, that’s when something happens and says – HELL NO!
Today’s writing was just something I have been contemplating for days but finally got to write something now. I am waiting for my magical days and believe the wait might be worth it. Have a great week and don’t give up. The Universe is listening…I hope so! Until then – sleep well and be a nice person. Wink!
July 6th 2013
Hi world! How is everyone doing? Always feels good to get back and share something with all of you. And that is exactly what I am doing now. Firstly, would start with sharing something regarding ‘Victory.’ I do feel victorious at times then just got to work harder to see the bright side. At times what seems victorious is actually not. It may be just the surface. Time and determination would reveal whether the battle was won or not.
Read what Paulo shared:
His friends admired his courage and the women adored his charisma.
After some years the medals were so numerous that they covered his whole uniform.
One afternoon, in the middle of a difficult combat, the warrior was almost hit by his enemy’s sword.
“I have always been the best, and today I nearly lost,” thought the warrior.
But immediately he realized what the problem was: the weight of the medals prevented him from fighting with agility.
He tossed the tunic of his uniform to the ground, returned to the battle field, and defeated his enemies.
“Victory can give me confidence, but it must not become a weight to be carried.”
Secondly, one of my poems ‘MOTHER’ was featured on ‘POETRY SOUP’. I would like to share it with you. Hope you like it
Every heartbeat is bestowed upon,
Compassion embraces a child eternally
That uplifts a child’s soul in isolation in every way.
Have a great weekend and will surely share more later. God Bless You!
June 15th 2013
Hi people! Today will share something inspiring and cool. I read this and found it worth sharing it with YOU! How is your day going?
Do read this lovely poem below:
Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935 Lisbon, Portugal)
Follow your destiny,
Water your plants,
Love your roses.
The rest is shadow
Of unknown trees.
Reality is always
More or less
Than what we want.
Only we are always
Equal to ourselves.
It’s good to live alone,
And noble and great
Always to live simply.
Leave pain on the altar
As an offering to the gods.
See life from a distance.
Never question it.
There’s nothing it can
Tell you. The answer
Lies beyond the Gods.
But quietly imitate
Olympus in your heart.
The gods are gods
Because they don’t think
About what they are.
Have a great weekend!
June 9th 2013
Greetings to everyone! With the spinning globe here we are yet with in a new day and time. Glad I got a chance to write and share about an upcoming event or even about anything. The month of June has been inspiring and grateful in many ways. Being a birthday month, I received loads and priceless wishes and surprises. I also got to meet again the Honorary Dr. Kiran Bedi and hear more about the Navjyoti Foundation in Delhi. Anyone interested in progressing a child’s life do check out the foundation – You shall never regret it. Also, got to meet and greet the honorable his excellency – Indian Ambassador (2013) Mr. Anil Wadhwa. Always a pleasure to meet people whom we can get inspired from.
I would also like to thank all my readers and friends all around in motivating me in pursuing my goals and looking at the bright side.
On the other hand, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) will be having a conference again in Bangkok Thailand. For all the writers and interested people who want to know about writing do check the event out on the website - http://apwriters.org/asia-pacific-writers-supports-s-e-a-write-festival/
Below is an information snapshot of how the event will be and of course all are welcome.
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers),
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University,
South East Asian Writers Award Committee (S.E.A. Write),
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),
invite expressions of interest for
REACHING THE WORLD 2013
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
‘CREATIVE WRITING & LITERARY TRANSLATION’
Bangkok, 3-6 October, 2013
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes Creative Writing workshops and
A FREE SUNDAY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL AT THE BACC
in conjunction with
UNESCO’s Bangkok as the World Book Capital City 2013 and the 35th anniversary of the S.E.A. Write Award celebrating literary talents in ASEAN*
‘Reaching the World 2013’ is Bangkok’s second international writers’ showcase bringing together authors, literary translators, scholars, teachers of Creative Writing, publishing professionals and others from Asia and beyond. This 3-day international conference with workshops and a free public day enables writers, readers, scholars, students, publishing industry professionals and interested members of the public to network and share their work in conjunction with one of Asia’s longest-running and most prestigious literary events, the S.E.A. Write Award.
The literary conference includes keynotes from distinguished scholars and special lectures by internationally acclaimed authors, including (tentatively) Bangkok’s Governor and Chairman of the S.E.A. Write Award, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Professor Edwin Thumboo (former S.E.A. Write awardee and Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore), Dr Katy Shaw, Subject Leader for English Literature and Director of Centre 21 at the University of Brighton, and Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan, named this year as one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists.
We invite papers and presentations on the following subthemes:
– Teaching Creative Writing
– Literary Translations
– Writing (and changing?) Cultural Identity
– Food in Literature
– Music/Art in Literature
– Online Writing
– Young Writers
– Literary Fiction
– Creative Non Fiction (including biography and memoir)
– Genre Fiction
– Other related topics
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes:
- 3-day International Conference in the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building, Chulalongkorn University. Each day’s formal proceedings finish at approx 3 pm to accommodate other activities.
- Evening Readings & Book Launches
- Creative Writing Workshops
- The S.E.A. Write Awards Presentations Gala Dinner*
- AP Writers’ AGM, on Saturday 5 October. The Association’s Board and Committee Chairs will be elected or reappointed at the meeting, and priorities reevaluated.
- Free Sunday Writers Festival, Sunday 6 October, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conjunction with UNESCO’s designation of Bangkok as ‘2013 World Book Capital’.
- Farewell Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
To offer a presentation or longer paper with a focus on teaching and practice of creative writing, email Jose (‘Butch’) Dalisay, Chair of AP Writers’ Academic Committee:email@example.com. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
To offer a presentation or longer paper on literary translation, email Eliza Vitri Handayani, Chair of AP Writers’ Translation Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
If you are teaching Creative Writing at a university which offers this discipline and would like to offer a half-day or full-day workshop, send a paragraph describing the workshop you’d like to offer along with a brief bio to AP Writers’ Board Member Xu Xi at email@example.com.
If you would like to read your poetry or discuss your creative writing on the panels at the public forum on Sunday 6 October in the Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, or if you want to launch a new book at ‘Reaching the World 2013’, email Jane Camens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2013 S.E.A. Write Gala Award Presentation Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Literary Talents in ASEAN will be held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental on the evening of either Thursday 3 October or Friday 4 October, the date yet to be confirmed by the Royal Palace. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. This is a formal, traditional occasion presided over by a member of the Royal Family. Registered conference participants may attend for the special rate of THB 1,000 (US$33). Register for the S.E.A. Gala event before 19 September 2013 by emailing Somsri (Susie) Hansirisawasdi, Director of Public Relations, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: email@example.com.
Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) is a regional association for authors and literary translators. This large network seeks to advance authors’ careers.
Chulalongkorn University (‘Chula’) is Thailand’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1917 by King Rama VI. Chulalongkorn University ranks the first in the nation and one of the best in Asia. Chulalongkorn University is a research-focused institution.
The South East Asian Writers’ Awards (S.E.A. Write Award) has recognized and honoured contemporary poets and writers in Southeast Asia since 1979
May 16th 2013
Hi everyone! So what’s new. For all the readers out there – thank you for stumbling on my site and sharing your views about the content. It’s a pleasure to also contribute topics related to education. Questions regarding website theme or how fast it loads – better speak with your website creator. If it’s being done with a self created blog system, then it’s advisable to buy a book on how to create websites and warning on spam control. :)
Recently when I received a new publication of Paulo Coelho – it was fascinating. Sometimes, certain writing pieces take away a moment where what one thinks is exactly what one is seeing elsewhere. It’s purely magical.
Read this below by Paulo Coelho
Lord, protect our doubts, because Doubt is a way of praying. It is Doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our decisions, because making Decisions is a way of praying. Give us the courage, after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES, and NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our actions, because Action is way of praying. May our daily bread be the result of the very best that we carry within us. May we, through work and Action, share a little of the love we receive. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our dreams, because to Dream is a way of praying. Make sure that, regardless of our age or our circumstances, we are capable of keeping alight in our heart the sacred flame of hope and perseverance. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, give us enthusiasm, because Enthusiasm is way of praying. It is what binds us to the Heavens and to Earth, to grown-ups, and to children; it is what tells us that our desires are important and deserve our best efforts. It is Enthusiasm that reaffirms to us that everything is possible, as long as we are totally committed to what we are doing. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect us, because Life is the only way we have of making manifest Your miracle. May the earth continue to transform seeds into wheat, may we continue to transmute wheat into bread. And this is only possible if we have Love; therefore, do not leave us in solitude. Always give us Your company, and the company of men and women who have doubts, who act and dream and feel enthusiasm, and who live each day as if it were totally dedicated to Your glory.
God Bless Everyone!
On the other hand, there was a New Feature – Bhavna Khemlani’s books a pleasure to read
By Administrator on April 21, 2013
Check out – http://www.authorspace.in/bhavna-khemlanis-books-a-pleasure-to-read/
Will write soon – have a great week – end ahead. Peace and spread love & light.
May 2nd 2013
It’s getting hot in here – what a phrasal expression. Bangkok is really getting hot and so is the busy schedule getting busier. Time management doesn’t work for students as they are students and would do what they are good at – EXCUSES – LOL. I remember when I went to school, the all time favorite expression – My dog ate my homework – was always on the tip of someone’s tongue.
Sitting in the classroom and waiting for the next few minutes before I lock the door, I log into my website and type to say ‘Hello’ to everyone. Now how does that happen – its the will and the tick tock quack alerting me of being MIA and not sharing anything whatsoever on my Blog. Oh well, the past few days with all the news on financial crisis, bombs, earthquakes and of course the world where people are working have been overwhelming. These shades of life only bring to light that – Shit happens! We all got to hang on in there and it is always easier said than done. Life ain’t a bed of roses, but a sizzling plate of spicy herbs that has its own flavor and loads to learn from various aspects.
I am learning something new everyday from various people and a cloud of floating questions come my way until I decide that I got to meditate and take a break from everything. Hibernating works – its a mental shut down that clears ways energizing one to be more active and one’s thought process is better, sensible, and every emotion is worth nothing. The positive thinking aggravates into a thrilling force rather than vice-versa. Sometimes, a quiet time to yourself – feels great. It gets easier to balance and take control of certain things rather than been dragged into something you might feel plunged into.
So for today – take a few moments to yourself – feel great and prosper again like a butterfly. I shall start my lesson. Until then have a great day!
April 13th 2013
Living in the silence for a moment then why is mind talking too much. There you go, it’s time to write then. What’s new? After so many months, feels good to be home on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the famous water festival (Songkran Festival) in Thailand and the day has started breezy. The sound of the wind simply hoots a pleasure of a holiday. Glancing down from my window pane, I see a group of people dancing to Thai classical music and splashing icy water on the passerby. It is surely fun and the chirpy atmosphere is cheerful. On the other hand, I am encouraging myself to pen down new thoughts to complete my next novel. This novel has become part of turtle race and I am sure I will win. Yayy!
For now will get on with my writing and probably take a power nap later. Have a great weekend.
March 30th 2013
…And they paint the eggs. Oh, those days at school where eggs were painted, hymns were sung and it was cheery. Happy Easter everyone. Many people are enjoying the holidays and planning trips. So what is the plan this time? Don’t snooze on the chance of having a fun and memorable vacation.
Today, I went to the Bangkok Book Fair 2013, and it was like a fish market. I was amazed with the number of people of various age groups who attended it. The experience was actually interesting when it felt like I was in a treasure hunt. It felt that way since it took too much time to get into a meeting and finally I was there. Hurray! Passing through many curious readers sitting on the carpeted ground and listening to a book launch was certainly a good snap shot. Various books were being sold in many Asian languages which depicted a success of the event. It was certainly a worth treasure hunt and loads to learn from.
Have a great weekend! Don’t be naughty
March 27th 2013
In the midst of a super HOT day, there is a festivity which brings a celebration of colors and brings people together. LOL, Although I stay away from the colors - hygiene or the hours of having to wash them away, the significance of celebrating it is a good one.
Happy Holi! ‘Holi’ comes from the word ‘hola’, meaning to offer oblation or prayer to the Almighty as Thanksgiving for good harvest. (This information has been retrieved from: For more information check out this website -http://hinduism.about.com/od/holifestivalofcolors/a/celebrateholi.htm) This is an auspicious for many and does bring peace and a fun day for many.
On the other hand, in the writing world there has been some input and guidance to make it better. Questions have been asked by readers on how to make a blog or how to write better. Please go through the website and you will surely find tips on writing. :) I shall posting more examples so it would be helpful to many readers. Moreover, thank you so much for the boost in writing/sharing. As in relation to criticism on books or writing pieces – you don’t have to read or comment if it is not what you are looking for. Perhaps you are not the target audience.
Will write soon! Until then have a great week!
March 17th 2013
How is the Sunday treating everyone? Phew, it’s quite hot in Bangkok. The fluctuating weather does bring in some cozy time to share something.
Thank you to other writers’ who share other writers’ work sharing inspiration and enhancing their work.
SAARC Festival of Literature-2013 at the Grand Hotel, Agra, March 10-12. Bob D’Costa was among the featured authors. Sharing Members’ Poetry
Bob also writes that after meeting indigenous Australian writers Ali Cobby Eckerman and Lionel Fogarty at Reaching the World in Bangkok last November, he has been reading their poetry at the Progress Literary Club in Gorky Sadan, Kolkata. He has also read aloud to audiences there the work of other fellow AP Writer poets Liz Packer and Bhavna Khemlani. He plans to read more poems of fellow writers to give more exposure to the AP Writers community.
March 8th 2013
Hello Readers! How was your week? The weekend is around the corner. And it feels good. So errands and can be completed and at least the work routine won’t be a chaos. There shall be a good balance. Today is a special day – IWD. International Women’s Day is celebrated today. However, everyday is a woman’s day. She is a pride of every home. Cheers to her glory.
Sometimes, people forget to appreciate or even notice the goodness in a woman. Therefore, this day don’t waste or ignore the moment but take a step and appraise her for the great things she brings in YOUR life.
On there other hand, spread kindness and help people around you in need. Collective work brings harmony. At the moment I look forward for a fun and busy weekend. Happy Weekend and jiggle it with glee.
February 20th 2013
Hola! So how is everyone doing? With reading various news my hearty – moral support for the Russia Meteor blast and many people who were injured. Life is unpredictable huh! The advancement or the experimental can be costly to anyone. Stay safe and alert people. Embrace the glory of happiness that comes your way leaving that blissful smile.
Moreover, the moment when pondering thoughts are used to pen down phrases it depicts an array of emotions or leads to a dynamic story – it is worthy of an appreciation.
While I was strolling in the balcony and watching the sunset, I simply had this fleeting thought of how upcoming writers or established ones can unite with others around the world to bridge the gap of sharing stories. Sometimes, there can be restrictions to contests and one can be disheartened of its requirements. It’s all about the journey of appraise, appreciation, and aspiration of writing and of course the token of winning is like the cherry on top.
There are several contests and websites where one can start to share or participate in contests. Some of which are: Poetry Soup (Good for Poetry), Authors Den (Authors creating their portfolio of writing online), Blogaholic Social Network (Post of Blog/promote your work), Tumbhi.com (Share/Create portfolio under Tumbhi Writing Category – Articles/Stories/Poems – Have Contests), Booktrix.com, Firstwriter.com (contests), FanStory.com, Writersviews.com (various contests for 2013), Studentcompetitions.com, Fishpublishing.com (opportunity to be published), Graham Green Creative Writing Awards 2013, Northern Writers’ Awards 2013, Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2013, 2013 Lancaster Writing Awards, Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2013, The Kings Cross New Writing Award 2013, Commonwealth Writers Award, The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013, Bookcatcher.com (Good for a list of contests), and of course the Brit Writers Awards Submission 2013 (Dates will be announced soon) etc.
The list mentioned of writing contests will certainly be of some help to many and creating an online writing portfolio is helpful for many writers. For now Ciao! More to share next time.
February 14th 2013
Hiya! A contribution to the world – live life and evoke the love that is in there so compassion is spread and a better life is being created to spread kindness and respect. Happy Valentine’s Day to the universe. LOL, it has been a pleasant day – no dozens of flowers but a million essence of blessings and pep talks by many. Reading between the lines or listening to fun stories has rejuvenated my day. I guess – listen to something positive, dance to a music you love and kiss goodbye to those who disrespect YOU!
Will write some more later. Have a great week.
February 9th 2013
Time Flies and sometimes we realize that why couldn’t we do this and that. Also, we tend to get carried away with what people have to say at times based on their experiences and of course they care. At the end, we realize that’s not what we wanted. So, live life the way you want to. When you believe there is magic in something – it surely brings faith within you. At times we all lose the grip of seeing things, it’s alright we are humans. However, people, moments and certain situations bring a blissful moment. Especially for me, it comes with Teaching and Writing.
Paulo Coelo has put it down so well that one would recognize that life can be beautiful. Read below:
Live the life you always wanted to
by PAULO COELHO on FEBRUARY 6, 2013
Even if you were to study your own life in detail and relive each moment that you suffered, sweated and smiled beneath the sun, you would still never know exactly when you had been useful to someone else.
A life is never useless. Each soul that came down to Earth is here for a reason.
The people who really help others are not trying to be useful, but are simply leading a useful life.
They rarely give advice, but serve as an example.
Do one thing: live the life you always wanted to live.
Avoid criticising others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams.
This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.
And when the Unwanted Visitor arrives, you will hear it say:
‘It is fair to ask: “Father, Father, why hast thou forsaken me?”
‘But now, in this final second of your life on Earth, I am going to tell you what I saw: I found the house clean, the table laid, the fields ploughed, the flowers smiling. I found each thing in its proper place, precisely as it should be. You understood that small things are responsible for great changes.
‘And for that reason, I will carry you up to Paradise.’
Make a Memorable day – Bhavzparadise
February 5th 2013
How are you world! I have missed you. I hope each one you is doing great and fighting that spirit to overcome any obstacle you are undergoing. We all have a battle to win and YES we do win.
Something to share:
Don’t Feel Shy – The Container is Never Too Full
There is no one perfect book and no one perfect writing pattern. In fact, from the past decades up till now, there have been many perfect books and various fantastic writing styles by leading writers. The emerging writers have no doubt a unique skill that does draw attention captivating people from different age groups. Therefore, the whole point here is does knowledge ever end. Is the container ever too full or even over flowing? The answer is obvious – Nah!
I guess every since we were born learning something new has always been a motivation to progress in something. Learning will never end and one’s memory chip is always welcoming new things. Look at technology. It was an unexpected visitor that has conquered our way of learning. It is always important to participate. Participating in different writers group or attending a reading enables one to broaden the creativity in penning down the most difficult thing. A writer should always meet other writers and hear them share their work to awaken any hidden difficulty a writer is facing. In turn, a writer could share his or her work only to make his or her writing piece appealing and ready for success.
Recently, during 5th – 9th November 2012, the first ever summit of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association in collaboration with The S.E.A Write Award, and the Chulalongkorn University was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Now, if one hears that how should one feel? I was thrilled and simply looking forward to attend it because not much writers gathering occur in Bangkok. There was no contemplation and simply action was needed. I went with an aspiring soul and the entire conference of discussions, panel meetings, and readings (at the Asia Pacific Writers gathering and Bangkok Women’s Writers Group) turned out to be a bonanza. The chain of networking, embracing new ideas, learning more about publishing, editing, translating, and of course how to speak up for enhancement was acknowledged in every way.
These delegates had something common with one another and that was to progress. The budding keenness to unify various writers together making a change was recognized. I participated in a Non-Fiction and Fiction workshop conducted by Matthew Condon. Other members from different backgrounds like me were also available to share and speak about their doubts, new work, creative ideas, difficulties, or even just to listen made the workshop worthwhile. At the end, we all took a jar of classy information back. The constructive ideas and willingness to help does happen if one participates in book clubs, readings, book fairs, meetings, or even a literary fair as this enables the universal talent for writing on any genre possible. Any writer does not feel discouraged and of course there is no bad writing on this planet. It is just that what one writes has a different target audience.
Hence, don’t feel shy and your writing style is amazing. It just needs to be spoken about so you can progress and improve the creative literacy with better terminology. All your so called scribbles are waiting to be shared. So start now at your nearest place!
January 20th 2013
Hello Everyone! It has been ages since I wrote on my blog. This is because the server was down and wiped out all the data. Finally, it is back so I can pen down some thoughts for you. Today, will share something about writing which was published on the Brit Writers and Writers Everywhere website.
Brit Writers Blog – Hello Mr. Parrot and Hi Mrs. Doughnut! by Bhavna
Choosing a name or names for a story is an essential part of any plot. Most importantly, one must know what genre he or she is focusing on. One does not receive a second chance if the story is complete and of course published. Last week, for a creative writing class, one of student chose her name – Ashley Bunsen Burner. I was stunned because it was unusual. I asked her why that kind of surname. Her reply, “I just went to the science lab and I liked that name so I used that as a surname.” Her innocent reply and appeal to the science lab was interesting. That made an impression on me whilst indicating a link to her choice of name.
We have many books, websites, friends, strangers, and a family from whom we can ask about names. A character’s name is like an embedded jewel of trust that enhances value to readers as they may relate to. Names can create humour that the reader may never forget that character. Today, we have all sorts of names of characters from fiction and non-fiction stories that have left a strong notion. When choosing a name, the writer can create a mind map showing where the character may be from, personality traits, and in this way a name can be chosen to suit the physical appearance and background (rich, poor, elite, or a country from Asia, Africa, Europe or America). Sometimes, characters are set a different era where names can be sounding ancient but still leaving a charm. Nicknames can be given so the reader feels connected easily than remembering long complicated names – if the writer plans to put one. For example, the story – Pride and Prejudice, characters like Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth simply drove me into a new era. The wit, sarcasm, romance, and charm can magnetize a reader with a splendid characterization and personality.
Sometimes, peoples’ personalities in real life simply leave an impression that cultivates into one’s writing. The association between the personality and name activates the story line. To create humour a writer can add adjectives or adverbs – precisely a characteristic which will add a trite liveliness in the story line. For instance, Shawn Beast, Gwen Fallen, Scarlet Pie, and Nicky Wormy could create oomph towards a certain personality trait making a story fun to read along. It’s always the writer’s choice and the writer knows best about the characters since he or she bring the entire story alive. The imagination has no boundaries and so does story lines. The readers today explore various genres and sometimes they surprise the writer.
Therefore, if a writer has trouble with names or choosing personality traits, it would be better to create an outline, mind map, or even draw it which can make it easier to develop a link and not fall out of the story as chapters’ progress. Have you thought of your story? Now choose the name. With love – Rose Apple
Have a great week