Movie, Musings, Review

Film Review: the half of it

About twenty-three years ago, I created my first personal email account. It was an account that I shared with my best friend. It was also an account that saw a lot of emails go back and forth with “pen pals”, people we did not know. There were no smartphones, no way to scan and send […]

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Review

Giftorations: Decor That Doubles As Gifts

I rarely do advertorials/sponsored posts on the blog but being that this is family and I feel comfortable writing about it because of having experienced the product personally. A few months ago, a cousin of mine Swetha reached out to talk about SEO and website traffic. Turns out she and a friend, both moms to […]

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Musings, Review

Philadelphia Writers Workshop – A Recap

All week before the actual conference, I went about my day thinking about it. I lay awake at night thinking of plot, structure, synopsis and query. Then a day before I decided to chuck it all and just go as an attendee. I vented on twitter tagging my posts with #phillyww and before I knew […]

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Musings, Review

Art Imitating Life

It is mid morning. Ideal time to declutter, check off items on my to-do list that has been constantly growing since I quit work two years ago. Instead I am in my study watching the drama unfold in Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy. I missed the show when it first aired stumbling on it one […]

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Review

Without Benefits by Nicole Tone – Beach Read With Soul

Nicole is someone I got to know on Twitter when looking for critique partners. As we swapped first chapters, I soon realized her writing was exemplary and she had much to offer in terms of feedback and the craft of writing, something I could only aspire too. So, when I knew her first book was […]

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Book. Review, Review

The House We Grew Up In – Dysfunctional Much?

I picked up The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell based on a recommendation on Twitter. The story starts promisingly enough with the eldest daughter of the Bird family arriving at the family house after her mom dies. Weaving back and forth over a period of 20 – 30 years, the story traces […]

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Review, Young Adult

Jerkbait by Mia Seigert

I met Mia Seigert on Twitter in the process of growing my writing community and was blown away by how easy she was to talk to and how much she gave without reserve in terms of experience and tips to a newbie like me. I was planning to buy her book when it comes out […]

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Books, Review, YA, Young Adult

Split – Swati Avasthi

I stumbled on Avasthi’s book by chance. Browsing my library’s YA literature, this came up as available. I checked it out and read it over two days. The story starts well enough but by the time I was mid way, my heart was racing and I was as jumpy as Jace and Christian. The pace […]

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Blogs, Movie, Review

O Kadhal Kanmani – Just about OK?

I watched my twitter feed go agog at the first trailer release of O Kadhal Kanmani. Reminiscent of Alaipayudhe was the verdict. I watched from the sidelines as the music release happened and then the movie. I jumped at the chance to watch the movie with family today and walked out of the theater wondering […]

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