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20 Questions with Mira Prabhu

Don Massenzio interviews Mira Prabhu, a brilliant writer and loving friend. Please enjoy learning more about Mira, her life, and her books… ❤

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Today we sit down with fascinating author Mira Prabhu. She is joining us to tell us about her work, her inspiration and a bit about herself. Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions: Q1) When did …

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“I Love You” . . . Why Are We So Afraid to Say It? – Guest Post…

The Story Reading Ape has kindly granted me a guest post on his magnificent and magnanimous blog. Thank you, Chris. You’re a gem in the blogosphere. Would it embarrass you very much if I told you that I love you? ❤

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My sisters and most of my friends and I regularly tell each other “I love you.”  I usually speak the phrase freely and easily but have noticed over my life that many have difficulty receiving as well as speaking the sentiment.  I wonder why that is . . .

I think many of us are afraid of what “I Love You” might imply.  Certainly it depends on who is saying it and in what context.  A lot of us have received salacious messages from people we’ve friended on social networks, and that is never comfortable — nor is it appropriate.  And it most definitely isn’t love.  But lust is an entirely different subject and not fodder for this post.

Among true friends, why are we so afraid to speak our hearts?  Do we think the sentiment might be misconstrued?  Instead of…

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A Thriving Thursdays Introduction – Guest Post…

Teagans Geneviene serves up a little humor and advice, along with engaging trailers to her books, as a guest on The Story Reading Ape. Hop over and enjoy this delightful post 🙂

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I was delighted when our Ape in Chief invited me here to the tree-house to do a mini-series.  Those of you who know me, are used to seeing me write fiction for my blog, Teagan’s Books.  However, for these posts, I’m sharing my “office” side.  While it’s not part of my job at the moment, I’ve written a log of motivational messages.  I continued that via my LinkedIn blog where I do mini posts.

We’re inundated with  information. That can result in a lot of gigo… garbage in — garbage out.  Yet one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  When I stumbled across this quote, I thought it was a little gem.  Let’s give it a try.

Make a list of things that make you happy.

Make a list of things you do every day.

Compare the lists.

Adjust accordingly.

Enough said.

Thank you, my dear Ape, for…

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Pendulum Type Action – Guest Post…

A delightful guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog by Craig Boyack on writing short-form fiction…

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Thanks to The Story Reading Ape for this incredible opportunity to run four monthly articles on his website. The big question is what exactly to use this space for. Quite honestly, I do want people to buy my books, but I am the brand and will stick with that for a few paragraphs.

One of my great loves is short form fiction. These can be micro-fiction, short stories, even novellas. I grew up reading these, and was saddened when they nearly died out.

In hindsight it’s easy to see. Short form was the preference of magazines and newspapers. If you look back far enough some of our classic fiction came from those media, and not what we call novels. Sherlock Holmes came to light this way.

When the Internet took control of our lives, most of the paper media faded away. We get our news online, or on television. Magazines…

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Using the Seasons in writing – Guest Post…

A lovely piece by Jemima Pett on writing the seasons; or perhaps seasons that feel like characters? Hop over to Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog to enjoy the charm of this article…

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I’m a big fan of September. It’s the time when the countryside takes on a mellow look, apples hang heavily off trees, and the harvests are in, or nearly so. Birds that have an autumn song to proclaim their territories are in full blast singing to keep away this year’s kids, who are now on the look out for their own patch.

Of course, it’s also back to school time; traffic patterns change, and life in your household probably returns to the ‘where’s my schoolbag?’ drama of the mornings.

The race is on to get back from work or school before it gets dark, snatching the last few minutes of daylight to do essential things outdoors, whether sport, gardening or playing with the animals in their pens or hutches. It’s why I have my guinea pigs indoors – nothing comes between us…

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Nostalgia Post No.1: My Grandmother’s Indian Head – Guest Post…

Lorinda J Taylor  shares a bit of family history centered around an intriguing family heirloom. Hop over to The Story Reading Ape to see her lovely photos and share a bit of your nostalgia…

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It sits on the floor and the cat is scared to death.  She’s never seen at eye-level a nearly life-sized plaster bust of a Native American Chief in full-feathered headdress.  She skirts the edge of the living room, never taking her saucer-sized eyes off this menacing object.  We all laugh hilariously.  LOL, for sure, if that abbreviation had even been known back in the mid-1960s.

 I’ve been hauling that thing around ever since then, through many moves.  Right now it’s sitting on the sideboard in my dining room, surrounded by antique photos, as you can see in the accompanying pictures.  That’s my grandmother at the left of the left-hand picture, with two of her friends, taken in the 1890’s when she was a “teenager” (another term never used in those early days) and the belle of the small town.  And that’s my grandmother in the middle picture…

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4 Top Tips For Self-Publishing Your First Book With @Pokercubster

Debby Gies  is a master of many things, not the least of which is indie publishing. Head over to Sacha Black’s blog to read Debby’s excellent guest post and garner some very important tips on editing and formatting your manuscript, writing your book blurb, and developing your cover…

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Self pub tipsWriters have a shit load of decisions to make:

Who to kill today, knife em or hang em, daily word count totals, book prices, whether to drown your book blurbing sorrows with vodka or wine… the list goes on.

But one of the biggest of all decisions of all is whether you’re going to run the rat race to traditional publishing, or  push the shiny red button yourself and claim the indie badge.

I made my decision. My blood runs thick with indie colours.

Publishers have their place, I’ll never see my books in a store *weeps* but that sure as shit ain’t enough of a reason for me to go begging book in hand to their doorstep.

Maybe there will come a time when I might need them and I’ll wander up tail between my word covered thighs. But I haven’t slaved over my book for two sodding years, only to be told…

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Smorgasbord Autumn Reading – Krishna’s Counsel by Mira Prabhu

I like to think of Mira Prabhu as a spunky visionary wielding ruthless compassion. Her books delight, mesmerize, enthrall, and encourage the soul to grow, if even a little. Catch this delightful interview on Sally Cronin’s blog…

The Negro Spiritual – A Historical Document – Guest Post…

Outstanding guest post by Yecheilyah Ysrayl on The Story Reading Ape’s blog explaining the power and significance of and the veiled messages within Negro Spirituals…

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The so-called “slave songs” of the United States are best understood when they are considered as expressions of individual Negroes which can be dated and assigned to a geographical locale. They are, in brief, historical documents”. – Miles Mark Fisher, Negro Slave Songs in the United States

Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt’s land
Tell ole
To let my people go!”

During slavery in the United States, there were systematic efforts to strip the identity of the captive. When the so-called African was taken from the West coast of Africa, it was not a simple transition of country, to ship, to land, but he had to undergo an entire initiation process before stepping foot on the plantations of America. His name, being the most important, was taken from him, followed by his way of life which was stripped from him, and his history book taken from…

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