You have failed!

I have never failed at anything.

No, I am not being a pompous ass.

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Health and Shenanigans

I am fat so you can imagine that everyone – EVERYONE – has an opinion on my health, fitness, eating habits and what I can / should do or not do. But thanks to my prickly personality, the only person who gets to hear these opinions is my mother and not me.

Since I had a health crisis two years ago though, I have started to take this business of health rather seriously. And since I have spent more than a year under the supervision of a trainer, I feel uniquely qualified to impart this knowledge.

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One day

While watching the season 2 of The Crown, there is a scene where Margaret, the queen’s sister, goes to a photographer who proclaims he can find the inner you, the hidden you, the you that even you don’t know exists behind all the layers of masks (the curtain behind the curtain as the-character-whose-name-I-can’t-remember from Stranger Things 2 said) and this is why he loves taking portraits of people.

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The end is nigh

Boredom can have profound effects on what you write next. No I am not deleting this blog because I am bored. Neither should the title suggest that. The title just signifies that December and end of 2017 is near.

Coming back to boredom, I have found it an excellent motivator in the recent past. Since the body and mind do not understand boredom (but do understand doing nothing), they obviously fight it to get back to things that are exciting and challenging.

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The Anatomy of a Blog Post

Since #MyFriendAlexa kicked off, I have been trying really hard to stick to a schedule of posting every Tuesday and Saturday. I had thought that would give me enough time to think and I’ll also get back to regular posting. Since I have replaced the words motivation and inspiration with discipline in my writing vocabulary, this set scheduling is perfect. But things have their way of working out, which is rarely working out according to plan.

Here is a glimpse of the writing process:

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#HappyBirthday Sister

Sisters are amazing creatures. They are fodder for writing. They annoy, please, trouble and save and teach you things along the way. We have screaming matches when we are together but when either of us is not at home, the other one doesn’t really know what to do with herself.

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Self destruct in 3…2…

I think I have figured out why self annihilation is so appealing – it is always easier to start afresh, wipe the slate clean, start from scratch. It may take more effort and time, and there are no guarantees that you’ll succeed this time, but it is easier to erase the board than to find your mistake and fix it.

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On Expressing Love

I am a writer. Words are my tool. The great world beyond my raw material and a blank page my mortal enemy and best friend. I can make worlds out of nothingness, take you on an adventure and occasionally even make you laugh.

But writing is a solitary and isolating exercise. Even with all these tools, I don’t know how to express love.¬†And until now, I didn’t know I have taken the advice – show don’t tell – so seriously. I believe in showing my love and support – not telling it. And consequently, my characters suck at expressing their love.

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