Shubho Mahasaptami 2nd day

HH mahasaptami 2014 1.10.14

Yesterday it rained really heavy here, today we were spared by a slight shower. For the sake of the puja revelers clouds should not be pouring down, not now!

two more days and then they can have all their pitchers ready.

mahasaptami 2014 1.10.14

May the Mother Goddess fill up your worlds with love and happiness. In case you want to know a bit about traditional Durgapuja take a tour to my blog window2mysoul.wordpress.com.

Love and hugs.

Shubho Mahashashthi – Let the durgapuja begin!

HH mahashashthi 2014 30.9.14

Durgapuja- the favorite festival of Bengalis, the province of India to which I belong is about to begin in an hour or so.

Today is Mahashashthi or Durgashashthi, this day starts the five day long festival. Any minute now the priests will start Shashthikalpa in every altar where the Goddess is worshipped following the orthodox rules.

Shashthikalpa includes Pranpratishtha- that is, giving life, in case of Durgapuja it means inviting the celestial mother into the clay body. If you want to know more about orthodox ways of Durgapuja you can check out my blog window2mysoul.wordpress.com, you will get a detailed story there.

Shashthikalpa is most important for those who actually worship, not merely have fun during Durgapuja.

So, May the mother come down to every heart longing for her :)

Have a blessed Durgapuja.
May the Mother fill your world with blessings and happiness.

Love and hugs.
30.09.2014

29.9.2014

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HH 29.9.14 life loves her lovers

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last year, well I have shifted to this house, and you may or may not remember the internet was out of my reach for too long. :)

Good that it is past now!

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29.9.2012
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Don’t chase moon
If you do chase
Don’t be angry
If it does not give in
Give up.

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29.9.2011
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My wisdom is just a reflection of all the words I have absorbed. My works are mirror of all the beauty my eyes have seen…I am not unique I just love to echo beautiful sounds….

sharmishtha basu
September 2011

Teagan R. Geneviene author of ATONEMENT

1. Why do you love to write.

I believe it’s more that I can’t “not write.” I think you could take that question all the way back to Rod Sterling’s “Twilight Zone.” Naturally any number of television shows (and even commercials) captured my young imagination. However, I think The Twilight Zone was what caused me to begin to associate my very active childhood imaginings with the concept of writing stories. I remember being very young and staring up at a small black and white bedroom TV and being utterly fascinated by the stories Rod Sterling presented.

Some years later, as a preteen, I started writing Twilight Zone-ish stories. They were well received by my teachers, but not by my parents. I suppose they didn’t think the attention I was getting was appropriate. I was told to never do that again! I eventually discarded that parental rule. (She grins.)

2.The process of writing.

The serials for my blog are pure pantser (unplanned) fun. However, for everything else I work with a loose plan. I’m also a bit of a spreadsheet geek. I make spreadsheets to help me keep up with all the details. Since I have extensive experience as a technical editor/writer, I’m accustomed to using Excel and Word in advanced ways. Another thing that helps me is utilizing “styles” in Word for my novels. This automatically gives me an outline that I can keep on the same page by opening the Navigation Pane under the View tab in Word.

3.The challenges of getting published.

I’ve never tried to be published in the traditional way. I keep hearing that except for the select famous few, the publishers don’t do much of anything to market your books. So why give them a cut of the profit?

Indie (or independent publishing) is a very exciting area. I enjoy the control it offers. However, I’m not able to “do it right.” I have a demanding fulltime job. The blog takes all my personal time. So there is no time or energy left over for me to do the promotional work of indie publishing. However, I remind myself that I didn’t publish “Atonement, Tennessee” for the same reasons that bring most people to independent publishing. I simply wanted the satisfaction of knowing I had done it.

4. A little about your book/s.

A brief overview of the novel “Atonement, Tennessee” and the main characters in Atonement, Tennessee?

Atonement, Tennessee is a tiny fictional town where a lot of strange things happen. It’s an “urban fantasy” – set in the current day of our real world, but with magical elements. I added a mystery subplot to the fantasy. The story is inspired by (but not based on) ancient Celtic/Welsh mythology, particularly the myth of Gwydion fab Don. I give sneaky little nods to the myth in some of the characters’ names (such as Guy Fabdon).

The heroine, Ralda Lawton, narrates the story. The need for speed prompted me to let her have some of my own reactions and attitudes. That’s not something I usually do with a character, typically they’re drawn from my experiences, not my personality. However, with Atonement, there is a little of me in the heroine and her women friends.

Ralda moves from the big city to the quaint little town of Atonement, hoping for a quiet life. She buys an old estate house, and she is off to a good start, making friends with her neighbors and settling into the community. But her new life is anything but peaceful.

The old house is rundown but interesting, and the grounds include an old cemetery. Some of the antiques in the house have strange properties; a mirror that might show truths you don’t want to see, and a brass bed that gives you dreams of the past.

Ralda begins to unravel mysteries about her past, things she hadn’t previously given much thought. Also one of her new friends gets into serious trouble – the woman is suspected of wrong-doing when her husband disappears. Ralda and the other women set about clearing her name.

Meanwhile supernatural entities have their own agendas. Their dangerous schemes involve Ralda and she has no defense to compare with their magical strength. She doesn’t know who, if anyone, she can trust.

Teagan R. Geneviene
amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

2 in top 30 of jukepop.com serials

Boy! I never knew two drops of red can look so sweet other than when they are on flowers, birds or butterflies and other natural thingies.

Here they are, the two serials that made me one happy woman!

the strange island jp30

the tower jp30

Dont they look awesome! :)

Thanks a million times Jukepop. God bless you!

love and hugs.
Sharmishtha

looking for genuine freelance writing assignments

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In case you are not familiar with this theme of WordPress and are looking for my latest posts please check the column on right side of the post.

I often have one or more sticky posts that stay frigid while i keep adding fresh posts, sometimes my friends too get confused :)

Sharmishtha Basu

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the list of my blogs in wordpress:

1. Sharmishtha Basu’s Poetries: http://mydomainpvt.wordpress.com : Mainly Poetries.
2. Thoughts: http://magicthought.wordpress.com : Stories mainly.
3. My cyber novels: http://mycybernovels.wordpress.com : novel, long stories, musings, cartoons etc
4. Window to my soul : http://window2mysoul.wordpress.com, PRIVATE BLOG
5. Sharmishtha Basu : http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com : My haiku, piku, lanturne, tanka blog.
6. Ethereal heights: http://etherealheights.wordpress.com- Celebrating peace and beauty.
7. Earth in black and white: http://earthinbw.wordpress.com – The real world.
8. Colours and words waltz: http://coloursandwordswaltz.wordpress.com – poetry and paintings.
9. Daintypetals: http://daintypetals.wordpress.com – PRIVATE BLOG
10.And I dreamed….: http://andidreamed.wordpress.com – portfolio blog – again, no rigid contents.
11. wing of dreams ….: http://wingofdreams.wordpress.com – a blog mostly for fun
12. ethereal paints ….: http://etherealpaints.wordpress.com – mostly stories

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MY PRIVATE BLOGS, WHICH BECAUSE OF THEIR TOO STRAIGHT FORWARD MANNER I WILL PREFER NOT TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE WILL BE SHARED WITH ONLY THOSE WHO WANT TO READ THEM.

SO IF YOU CAN READ SOMETHING REALLY BLUNT WITHOUT BEING ANGRY, AND PREFER DISCUSSION OVER ARGUMENT, YOU ARE WELCOME.

Let me know that you want to read it/them i will send you invitation from there, in the email id you will supply with your comment.

If you want me to send the invitation in any other email id, let me know.

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and in case you dont already know, i have joined facebook this february and my address there is facebook.com/sharmishtha.basu.50 – my doors are always open for friends. if you feel something is missing there, that is your invitation has been mishandled or something weirder do let me know!!!

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine almost gave me a heart attack when he told me that he was seeing my facebook account, and congratulated me on my kid… then he said that that account had the same address as mine only there was a slash in place of dot. So, please- my FB profile contains a very common photo of mine, a lot of you might have seen it with my blogs, in signatures.

To make things more clearer, I will use this single header for mydomainpvt for a while, this is the picture i have shared in FB too, I am not much familliar with FB lingo, not yet, so I used this picture there too, and it comes up with my profile picture, gravatar picture like headers of wordpress i guess.

Please do confirm with me if you have any confusion…

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THOSE WHO HONOUR ME WITH AWARDS-

YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY WORKS AS AN INSPIRATION, A WIND BENEATH MY CREATIVE WINGS BUT I FEEL REALLY SHY TO SHOW OFF AWARDS IN MY BLOGS, I FEEL SELF CONSCIOUS AND VAIN. SO EVEN THOUGH EVERY ONE OF THEM MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A QUEEN PLEASE FORGIVE MY INCAPABILITY TO SHOW THEM OFF!

GOD BLESS YOUR NOBLE, SWEET SOUL THAT LOVES THIS HUMBLE BLOG AND ITS CONTENTS. YOUR COMMENTS ARE MY GREATEST REWARDS AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP TRUE TREASURE.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH MY SWEET FRIENDS FOR HONOURING.

THERE IS ANOTHER THING TOO- A LOT OF MY FRIENDS REBLOG MY WORKS, THAT REALLY HONOURS THOSE SILLY WORKS GREATLY, BUT, FOR SOME MYSTERIOUS REASON (OR MY LIMITED CAPACITY INTERNET CONNECTION), IN PAST WHEN I TRIED TO REBLOG THE WORKS OF MY FRIENDS MY INTERNET CONNECTION BECAME REALLY, MISERABLY SLOW. SO, I KNOW YOU DONT DO IT FOR PUBLICITY, HOPING FOR RETURN OF THE KINDNESS BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE SAD, GUILTY THAT I CANT RETURN YOUR PRICELESS FAVOR.

HOPE YOU CAN FORGIVE IT!

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The Thursday Post critiques STORY is up in etherealpaints.wordpress.com

TTPC

stop hibernating and join me there!

you will find my proposed form of critique in a page named CRITIQUE,
Submit the URL to your story in the comment
being the solo player of the post I am just sharing some tips- this week on flash fiction.
apart from that this week I have shared another story, will be glad if you give me your opinion on it :)

see you there!

Sharmishtha Basu

My recent posts and wordpress blogs

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In case you are not familiar with this theme of WordPress and are looking for my latest posts please check the column on right side of the post.

I often have one or more sticky posts that stay frigid while i keep adding fresh posts, sometimes my friends too get confused :)

Sharmishtha Basu

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the list of my blogs in wordpress:

1. Sharmishtha Basu’s Poetries: http://mydomainpvt.wordpress.com : Mainly Poetries.
2. Thoughts: http://magicthought.wordpress.com : Stories mainly.
3. My cyber novels: http://mycybernovels.wordpress.com : novel, long stories, musings, cartoons etc
4. Window to my soul : http://window2mysoul.wordpress.com : mainly form poetry
5. Sharmishtha Basu : http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com : My haiku, piku, lanturne, tanka blog.
6. Ethereal heights: http://etherealheights.wordpress.com- Celebrating peace and beauty.
7. Earth in black and white: http://earthinbw.wordpress.com – The real world.
8. Colours and words waltz: http://coloursandwordswaltz.wordpress.com – poetry and paintings.
9. Daintypetals: http://daintypetals.wordpress.com – portfolio blog- no rigid contents.
10.And I dreamed….: http://andidreamed.wordpress.com – portfolio blog – again, no rigid contents.
11. wing of dreams ….: http://wingofdreams.wordpress.com – a blog mostly for fun
12. Ethereal paints…..: http://etherealpaints.wordpress.com – mostly short stories

I DON’T USE SKYPE, TWITTER. My hotmail ids are acting haywire so DONT WRITE ME ANY MAILS IN sharmishthabasu@live.in – I have deleted that account, you can try your luck in the email id provided with the gravatar… but… I WILL SUGGEST YOU TO use my facebook account : facebook.com/sharmishtha.basu.50

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21.2.14

ebook writing a little help please!

Can anyone suggest me a site that will let a novice like me create my own ebook with lots of illustrations?

I cant pay a single dime, so please dont talk about those sites that merrily flaunt “free” and then give you a format from which God cant create anything and then offer you service with fees.

A decent ebook acceptable to both phones and computers is savvy enough for me.

Before you even dream about money let me tell you I HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED SINCE 2007 so dont even dream about money from me. I want to publish my works like any other writers but THAT IS NOT THE MOTTO OF MY LIFE, JUST A DREAM.

I will be immensely grateful if you can suggest a site for rookies like me, who is totally lame in these things. I wont be able to build a page in microsoft word properly. Lame to that extent!

Thursday paints 25.9.14

WC woman w lotus 16.8.14

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Have a wonderful weekend and time ahead my dear friends, wish you a fabulous time ahead.

lots of love.

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The Thursday posts are in their usual places,
sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com; coloursandwordswaltz.wordpress.com; etherealheights.wordpress.com; etherealpaints.wordpress.com; earthinbw.wordpress.com; magicthought.wordpress.com; mycybernovels.wordpress.com; andidreamed.wordpress.com; wingofdreams.wordpress.com

andidreamed.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-stories-25-9-14/
mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/musegames-on-wednesdays-24-9-14/
mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-scribbling-25-9-14/
magicthought.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/musegames-on-wednesdays-24-9-14/
magicthought.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-thoughts-25-9-14/
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-pages-25-9-14/
earthinbw.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/friday-fury-26-9-14/
earthinbw.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-blog-25-9-14/
etherealpaints.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/the-thursday-post-critiques-25-9-14/
etherealheights.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-seven-25-9-14/
coloursandwordswaltz.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-pedagogy-25-9-14/
sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-paints-25-9-14/
wingofdreams.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/thursday-fun-n-frolics-25-9-14/
daintypetals.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/Thursday-rhymes-25-9-14/
daintypetals.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/Thursday-bouquet-25-9-14/

http://window2mysoul.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/Thursday-introspections-25-9-14/

http://window2mysoul.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/Thursday-rockers-25-9-14/

Love and hugs.

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Ed Frey author of BITTER HONEY

Q: Why do you love to write?

A: I love the process of creating characters and trying the give them life on paper. That my sound corny, but it’s the reason why I love writing. I try getting on paper what is in my head, which is sometimes difficult, but that’s the art of writing: the attempt to express yourself clearly.

Q: What is your process for writing?

A: I write everyday; it’s something you must do. The myth that you can wait for inspiration is just that–a myth. Writing is a skill that takes constant practice to hone, and even then, you’ll probably never fully master it. Writing everyday whether you want to or not is the key to successful writing.

Q: What are the challenges of getting published?

A: It’s very difficult to get published, especially in today’s publishing climate. Publishers don’t like taking chances on unknown authors, so they stick with the ones who’ve been successful in the past, which leads to many of the same books being published. However, today’s authors do have other options, with Amazon E-Books being an excellent place to start. Most self-published books don’t sell many copies, but you can’t let that discourage you. Publish the book any way you can, and then keep promoting it. No one ever said writing was an easy field, but it wouldn’t be fun if it were easy.(But it would be nice–just kidding)

Q: How do you maintain hope in such a difficult field where success is few and far between?

A: If you love writing and it’s a dream, then you’ll forge on because dreams are what make living exciting. Keep writing regardless of what people tell you. The only time that is wasted on writing is the time you spend thinking about it, but not actually doing it.

Q: What is the name of your book, and what is it about?

A: It’s called “Bitter Honey” by Drayton Brookings. It’s thriller with a psychological edge. It’s available at Amazon E-Books

amazon.com/Bitter-Honey-Drayton-Brookings-ebook/dp/B00MEMVG4Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408126295&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+honey

Shubho Mahalaya

mahalaya 2014 23.9.14

and she opened eyes
filled with love and purest bliss
earth mirrored the glow

Devipaksha begins with homage to ancestors. Today is Mahalaya, the first day of Devipaksha, those of you who has been with me last year know the stories.

In most of the homes where the Goddess Durga is worshipped during the upcoming durgapuja today her eyes are drawn, that means today is the day she opens her eyes in earth, her father’s home.

We bengalis worship the mother goddess as a daughter who comes down to visit her home for five days, mahashashthi to Vijayadashami, on Vijayadashami she returns to her home, to Kailasa where she lives with her husband Shiv for the rest of the year.

On Mahalya every male hindu offers his homage to his ancestors, at-least most of them do. The banks of rivers, especially Ganges are totally thronged with priests and men.

The Goddess is still six days away but her eyes have opened and believe me we can feel it.

May all her blessings shower down on your world.

Jonathan Ojanpera the author of “watch” – an interview.

Q1 why do you write?

I write for a few reasons. The first is an innate desire to do so. I feel like my words are restless when they stay inside of me, and I have to let them out. The second is that it has been my dream to be a writer since my early teens. The third has to do with opportunity. After having been an ironworker for over twelve years, and sustaining multiple injuries, I found myself in a position to choose a different course for my life. I decided to go for my dream of becoming a full time writer. I started with freelance journalism, and have since branched out into all kinds of other areas. Diversity is very necessary.

Q2 what is the main inspiration behind your book/s?

I have only published one book so far. It is a poetry anthology of different forms and different topics. Poetry comes easy for me, so it seemed like a natural first step for me as far as publishing goes. My inspiration comes from my heart; from a place that never runs out of things to write.

Q3 what effect did it have on you and what effect do you hope it will have on your readers?

Publishing my first book was a little scary. Writing the content was easy, but actually choosing what goes into such a final thing is a daunting task. I was very nervous when I hit the ‘publish’ button, knowing it was out there for anyone to see. I hope my readers see my heart in the pages of the book. I want them to feel love, pain, fear and all of the emotion that went into the writing of my poetry.

Q4 what do you have to tell to wannabe writers?

I would say to a wannabe writer that it is a very crowded room. There are millions of people vying for a few spots atop the writing world. My main advice is to know that it takes time to learn the craft, and it takes even longer to build a substantial audience. I believe that there are many brilliant writers out there that may never be noticed because of how the industry works. Some of the most famous writers of our time have been rejected multiple times and nearly passed over. If you decide to embark on a writing career, be sure to have sufficient income while you are learning, and by all means test the market in every way you can; writing contests, blogging and any other medium to get your words in front of readers. It should definitely be a long term goal to save the heartbreak of learning just how difficult the industry is.

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You can get his work here or contact Johnny in his blog Johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com, which I assure you is a blog worth daily visits, it is filled with fantastic poems, photographs and his works.

amazon.com/The-Watch-Poetry-Jonathan-Ojanpera/dp/0692216146/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407073445&sr=8-1&keywords=the+watch+jonathan+ojanpera

All the best Johnny!

Monday Morning Interview with Author of Bea in your bonnet Charles W Martin

A book or two to go with your sunday morning coffee cup- In all my years of blogging in wordpress I have come across some amazing writers, some of them have published their own books, one of such writer is my friend Charles W Martin, honestly, he is one of the best poets I have come across, you can check out his wordpress blog if you dont believe me, if you love poetry you will thank me (slpmartin.wordpress.com).

Here is an interview’s excerpts, and the detail of his three published books.

When did you start blogging and what inspired you to do so?

I started blogging in January of 2010 as a means of sharing my first collection of poems Read Between the Minds. The book had been illustrated by my college friends and I wanted to share their art as well as my poetry. My friend John (http://everchangingperspective.com/) was the one who suggested blogging as a means of accomplishing those goals. I must admit that I had no intention in the beginning to publish a poem a day for such an extend period of time.

Is there a particular person who inspired the character “Aunt Bea?” If so who and why?

Aunt Bea, my mother twin sister, represents all six of the aunts, my mother, and grandmother. Aunt Bea’s voice is one I’ve heard almost every day of my life. The poems are family observations, lessons, and advice given to me and every other family member who had the good sense to listen. Her homespun philosophy most likely will not be found in any collegiate textbooks or for that matter in any local town crier newspaper catering to city dwellers. Indeed, she has a different way of viewing the world– a bit old fashion, sassy, and steely at times but a viewpoint which has engaged my imagination and heart.

You have developed your own special style, spare and pungent. How did it evolve?

I began studying and writing poetry in high school. Since my high school English teacher, Mrs Wills, was quite traditional, she insisted that I study and practice the various forms of poetry before ever attempting to develop my own style. During my collegiate years, I continued to write and study poetry, sitting in on graduate writing classes whenever I could work them into my professional coursework. While at university, I also had an opportunity to mentored some by Quincy Troupe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy_Troupe) …not that I was all that talented at that stage but he did lived in the same building complex and was willing to share some of his insights with me about the creative process. Perhaps, Dr. Floyd Gaffney (http://theatre.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/InMemoriam/FGaffney/index.html ) was one of the key people who encouraged me to find my own voice with my writing…he was a true mentor to many students throughout his academic career. It was during this period that I began to explore my own voice in terms of writing style: something, that I continue to do… as I suspect all writers do.

What are your plans for the future, now that you have two books out?

Actually, I have three books out, two of just my own work (The Hawk Chronicles {http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D10248&field-keywords=hawk+chronicles&rh=n%3A10248%2Ck%3Ahawk+chronicles } and Bea in Your Bonnet: First Sting { http://www.amazon.com/Bea-Your-Bonnet-First-Sting/dp/1304002764/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407528878&sr=1-3}) , and another duel poetry book with River Maria Urke (when spirits touch).
The next major project will most likely be an ebook with audio recordings to accompany the poems. Like those poets who have proceded me, I am motivated by a desire to bring about the social changes necessary to enhance the quality of life for those around me and around the world and to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

What suggestions do you have for beginning writers?

That’s always a difficult question because each individual develops their own voice through diverse processes. Exposure to other writers is always a good starting point to setup a foundation, but one must do more than mimic someone’s style to be a good writer. The writer has to tap into their unique perspective of the world and not compromise to appease others. Charles Bukowski said it best in his poem “so you want to be a writer?”…that poem says it all to me about the becoming a writer and I keep it near my computer to remind me about that aspect of writing.

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This interview is in my facebook page too, you can check it out there too, whether you are in FB or not, it opens everywhere :) http://www.facebook.com/sermistabasu