Parallels

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This one was published by my university’s student newspaper 🙂 Now you can read it here, or follow the link: http://www.palatinate.org.uk/?p=63474

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We could’ve been perfect,

But we weren’t at all –

You lived to party,

While I stayed at home.

You’re Nickelodeon,

And I am Fox Kids.

You talked too much,

When I wanted peace.

You were forgetful

And driving me mad,

Yet charming and funny –

You weren’t that bad.

We’re complete opposites

But at a faraway point,

On the line at infinity

Parallels join.

Blogger Recognition and Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards

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I know I haven’t been here in a while… First of all, a BIG thank you to Mon and Lubnamaryam for these wonderful awards! Be sure to check out their blogs for some inspiration and a touch of eccentricity 🙂

Let’s start with the Blogger Recognition Award.

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It all started once upon a time, in a land far far away with a short story titled Mr Jones. Initially, I intended this blog for short stories only, but, somehow, it turned out I get a bit poetical at times, too.

My advice to new bloggers is write about what makes you feel good. And include some info about yourself, because that’s where I always go when discovering new blogs – I want to know about your writing and about YOU.

Here are my nominees:

  1. Lubnamaryam

2. Wakuwafu

3. Scifanfiction – thank you, Aaron, for your heartwarming review of A Heart’s Desire!

4. Charlie, my fellow Aquarius 🙂

5. John

6. Saaransh

7. Esoofi

8. Marty

9. Annie

10. Daniela

11. Taehreh

12. Digestibleink 

13. Axel

14. Kungfuslacker

15. Vandhana

RULES: (copied from Mon’s blog – note, the gifs :))

» Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

» Write a post to show off your award!  Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

» Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.  Provide a link to the award post you created.

» Provide a link to the original post on Edge of NightThat way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD

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Here are my answers:

  1. ‘Dream come true moment’ in life so far – Self-published an ebook 😀
  2. Fav food – Sushi
  3. One thing I’d like to change about the world – make sushi free for everyone around the world 😛
  4. Fav place to travel – to the Moon and back 😛
  5. An ideal weekend – good tv show/good book + Ben&Jerry
  6. Who is the most important person in your life? – They know who they are 🙂
  7. How important is ‘Religion’? – everyone has the right to their own beliefs
  8. Your take on the world in one line – it’s a great day to be alive 🙂
  9. What do you like about my blog? – You post a lot on a variety of topics! There are “random” posts, there are posts about love, there are poems! Your blog is very versatile 🙂
  10. A thought/incident that changed your perspective of life – oh, there were so many… 🙂

My nominees are:

  1. Nadège
  2. Rozy
  3. Sonu
  4. Toni

Rules: (once again, copied from Mon 🙂 She’s got sooo many awards:) Seriously, check out her blog!)
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
3. Nominate FOUR other bloggers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination – this rule I’m going to break. Just three questions for you, ladies:

  1. Who is your favourite author?
  2. Describe your perfect day.
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“A Heart’s Desire” is released TODAY – Free!

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Evelyn wishes to know the exact time and date of meeting with the love of her life. Her heart’s desire takes her millions of light years away from home, when a deadly virus starts spreading across the universe, freezing the hearts that are yet to find true love…

A mix of science fiction and romance. It’s a story for anyone who enjoys an element of romance and “Inception”-like feeling to it.

“A Heart’s Desire” is released today!

Teal & Copper (ebook)MairaBakenovaThank you everyone for your support and kind words, for all your time and appreciation of my blog! You make me feel happy with myself and my writing. It is a real honour to be surrounded by such accomplished writers and poets. You’ve been the most supportive, and I can’t thank you enough.

I hope you enjoy reading my short story. It is my first attempt at self-publishing. I know it’s not perfect, however, I’ve put a lot of time, effort and a piece of my own heart to make “A Heart’s Desire” the best it can be and worth your while.

If you do like it, it would mean the world to me if you could leave me a review at your favourite retailer.

You can find “A Heart’s Desire” on:

Smashwords ps You can also read my Smashwords Interview to get to know me better 🙂

iBooks store

Kobo

Barnes&Noble

…And Amazon too 🙂

The Creative Blogger Award!

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My second nomination! I don’t know what is going on right now! Haha 🙂 Thank you, Vikar! Aka Mr. Wonderful-author-of-one-of-the-most-honest-and-beautifully-written-blogs! I believe one has to possess a strong spirit to write about their emotions and their life, in general, and share them with the world. You do this splendidly 🙂

 

Five random facts about me:

1. I am a big Sailor Moon fan! Moon Prism Power forever!

2. I watch a lot of tv series, from the Big Bang Theory to the Walking Dead. “If Daryl Dies We Riot!”, if you know what I mean 😉

3. I believe in the extraterrestrial life.Who knows what’s really out there… Oh! And thank you, Nasa, for finding Kepler-452b! 🙂

4. I just can’t get used to Pluto not being the ninth planet of the Solar System anymore.

5. I love sushi!

My nominees are: 

Soraya

Gwenice

Toni

Emily

Lady Earlene 

Diana

Jerry

Matt

Frédéric

Being an Eccentric

The rules are as follows:

1.Share five random facts about yourself.
2.Nominate some blogs and notify the nominees.
3.Post the link of the blog that nominated you.

A Heart’s Desire on Amazon! 6 Days before the official release date :)

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Evelyn wishes to know the exact time and date of meeting with the love of her life. Her heart’s desire takes her millions of light years away from home, when a deadly virus starts spreading across the universe, freezing the hearts that are yet to find true love…

Teal & Copper (ebook)MairaBakenovaFor some reason…which is that, being very busy these days, I forgot to change the release date on Amazon ^_^… “A Heart’s Desire” is now live (on Amazon only) and can be found by clicking the picture above.

It’ll still be ‘officially’ released on Smashwords, iBooks Store, Kobo and Barnes&Noble on July 31 🙂

A Heart’s Desire. First Look

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Seven days before the release, here is your first look at “A Heart’s Desire”

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From her very early years, Evelyn knew whom she wanted to be when she grew up. She was a child of a school principal father, who taught her responsibility and discipline, and a romance novelist mother, who instilled in her the desire for true love. Her books inspired Evelyn to dream of the world in colours as seen by those with love nestled in their souls.

By the age of fifteen, she had developed a clear idea of the manner in which she would like to meet her one and only. It will be the evening after a chilly torrential rain, Evelyn wrote in her diary. A sudden quickening pulse will break my reverie. I will run outside, following the thrill of anticipation. As I breathe in the petrichor, out of the corner of my eye, I will catch a glimpse of an enigmatic figure approaching me out of the twilight. From this single glance, my heart will melt like an ice-cream cone on a hot summer day, and then I will know he is the one. But that wasn’t enough. As much as Evelyn was enchanted by the concept of true love, she remained her father’s daughter. Planning ahead grew to be a part of her nature, and Evelyn resolved to learn the exact time and date of the meeting with the love of her life.

Fortunately, there was a place that could teach her the art of seeing into the future. It bore the name of the Intergalactic Institute of Excellence. Located on Prometheus, in the Scholarium system of the Andromeda galaxy, some 2.5 million light years away from Earth, the Institute was not only the most exquisite piece of architectural thought in the whole universe but also the ultimate destination for those who wished to learn a thing or two beyond the knowledge of earthlings. The IIE was an educational paradise for anyone who was lucky enough to get in.

Evelyn applied for the Starlit Reading course and subsequently became one of those lucky few, to the bitter disappointment of both her parents. They called Evelyn’s choice irresponsible, even her mother, who urged Evelyn to accept a place at the local college. Their words stung, and yet the pain was what made her even more determined to go.

Things packed, she took a bus to the airport. At the tickets counter, there was just a single passenger in the line, a three-handed alien woman, complaining about a mix-up in her booking.

‘What about if I allow you to travel to Prometheus free of charge?’ the agent suggested. He had a soothing voice, but Evelyn couldn’t see his face from behind the woman’s wild gesticulation.

‘Oh! Thank you so much, kind human. You truly are a gift from God.’

It was Evelyn’s turn, when her phone buzzed. She greeted the agent, but her gaze was focused on the phone screen. “Do not come back,” was all the message said. The words shot through her like a blizzard. Evelyn shivered and blinked the tears from her eyes.

“A Heart’s Desire” available on July 31. 

Pre-order at iBooks Store, Kobo, Barnes&Noble.

Get it on Smashwords on July 31.

Trust me, I’m going to be fine – The Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge. Day 3

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Trust me,

I’m going to be fine

Without the shade

That brings another lie.

Those toxic accusations,

You made them up, but I forgive.

You slashed my skin,

Yet it is you I will outlive.


“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge”

– William Shakespeare 


My nominees for Day 3 are:

The Voiceless Heart

The Chaser of Dreams

A Standard Issued Life

The rules for this challenge are:

1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.

2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.

3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂

Daydream – The Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge. Day 2

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In my daydream, I have found

The universe, liberating my words,

Making me bounce on my toes,

Freeing the spark like a bird,

Riding the tidal wave of absurd,

Escaping mistakes of the past –

Evolving into my real self at last.


“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein 


Breaking the rules here a bit, but I am very busy these days. Still, Day 2 poem is here 🙂

My nominees for Day 2 are:

Dean J. Baker

Dharmesh Joshi

The Spirit of Poetry

The rules for this challenge are:

1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.

2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.

3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂