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Silence isn’t Defeat

I’ve been very quiet lately. That’s one drawback of being an extrovert. My coworkers and others have been asking me if I’m OK—because I’m not as chatty or energetic. When I’m tired, I’m quiet. I’m quiet because I’m trying to process in my mind. I feel exhausted, frustrated, and grieving. It’s been an intense, depressing…

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Freelancing isn’t Free Work

As a freelancer, there is the flexibility in schedule, not having to deal with traffic jam, and creativity to build your own brand. It’s rewarding. However, it takes hard work. Unlike working for someone, I do not have a boss who gives me work or feedback, a marketing or sales team who brings me clients, a…

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Missing in Action, Back to Blogosphere.

I haven’t been lately blogging. I’m now embracing married life with a 7-year-old stepson. Luis and I tied the knot on July 23rd. Even for a small wedding ceremony and reception, it gets hectic and at times stressful during the last couple of weeks. So many details and tasks. Luis and I got away to Narragansett, Rhode…

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The Third-Culture Kid or International Baby Names

Some people prefer gender neutral names for different reasons. I’m wondering about something similar with ethnic names. It’s not about being ashamed of your ethnicity or name. I have no problems with my very South Indian name and didn’t change it to an “American” or Anglo name. It’s about celebrating the cosmopolitan international mindset that I…

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Writerly Wishes for the Year

Most people are familiar with goal setting. One of my habits is having a journal entirely devoted to writing goals where I list them and then reflect or journal about it. It’s short and sweet but this keeps me on track. Having writerly wishes is different from goal setting. Think about the time you were…

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Writers Conferences: How to Make the Most of It

Summer or spring time seems to be the time for writer conferences. Writers conferences are not only a treat but a great opportunity to network, get inspired and refreshed, and of course pitch your ideas to editors and agents. I have attended writer conferences for years, been involved in organizing it, and when I was an acquisitions…