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Celebrate World Book Day. Read!

23 April is World Book Day. Since 1995, countries around the world celebrate this day to promote not just reading but also publishing and copyright. It is also the death anniversary of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Some countries celebrate World Book Day by reading their literary works. These days, reading is not much as it used Read more about Celebrate World Book Day. Read![…]

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Columbine High School Massacre

18 years ago, on 20 April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed Columbine High School with pipe bombs and gunshots. They killed 12 students, a teacher, injured 21 people, and committed suicide after. The day coincided with Hitler’s birthday and the release of KMFDM’s album, “Adios“. No one saw it coming. The massacre became Read more about Columbine High School Massacre[…]

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Happy Easter and Happy 48th Birthday!

Happy Easter! Today, I feel blessed to be 48. Yes, today is also my birthday. I just feel happy about it. It’s the year of the Fire Rooster and it’s my Chinese zodiac, too. Lucky year for me, I wish. Years ago, I wrote down on my old blog that age is just a number and listed Read more about Happy Easter and Happy 48th Birthday![…]

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Cat Among the Pigeons

I’ve heard about this Christie’s book during a brainstorming session with my colleagues in the film industry many years ago. Last year, I got hold of an e-book version and recently, I read this using my cellphone’s text reader. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie, 1959 Prince Ali Yusuf, the liberal ruling monarch of Read more about Cat Among the Pigeons[…]

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Are Your Characters Running On Empty?

You have seen this cycle before. You’re writing a novel or screenplay. You have a great idea, so great that you dream it will become the next bestseller or award-winning film. You spend days outlining and writing the first few pages. Then… you lose steam. It becomes harder to write. The momentum goes down. Writer’s Read more about Are Your Characters Running On Empty?[…]

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Desaparecidos

Desaparecidos, in Spanish, means disappeared or missing. It is a term used for the victims of forced or involuntary disappearances. Forced or involuntary disappearance is the secret abduction or imprisonment of a person. Most of the victims are political or union leaders, or outspoken activists. Usually, perpetrators abduct, detain, torture, kill, and dispose of their Read more about Desaparecidos[…]

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Character’s Goal

You have a story but it seems that the pages feel slow and aimless. You check the character and the premise, both are good enough to move the story. However, there’s a problem in the handling of the characters’ goals. We as writers understand what a goal is in storytelling. It is what the main Read more about Character’s Goal[…]

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Reasons Why Our Marriage Would Not Work — And Yet It Does

Voltaire and I usually walk together in the morning after working from home on the graveyard shift for the same company. On our way home, he put his arm around me, his right hand landing on my shoulder and said, “We’re a miracle, don’t you think so?” I thought for a second and asked back, Read more about Reasons Why Our Marriage Would Not Work — And Yet It Does[…]

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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance

There are those people who rarely read crime fiction and have good reasons to do so. But, if they give crime fiction a chance, they will understand why there is such a genre. Here are the reasons why: 1. Non-fiction provides you the facts. The fiction about it provides you the feelings. Most of us Read more about 6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance[…]