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It seems a very long time ago. Completing my Engineering degree was the fulfillment of a dream to me – a BE, Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering.

After that I went into the work force. I worked full-time, with some breaks, for a long time. It was what I thought I wanted.

Then I started writing. And this is the most fulfilling of them all – all my professions. I have now quit work – I want to look after myself now – and spend time with my family. And I want to write.

 

Become

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When I did my Year 12 exams, so many years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to be – an Engineer, Electrical & Computer Systems, which is what I enrolled in. I successfully completed my degree and proceeded to start working in the field.

As the years slowly passed, I remembered later, after a poem or two of mine was published on the web and in magazines, that my highest mark in Year 12 had been in English. I continued to work in I.T. (and still do), but alongside it I continued to write.

Writing gives me the highest satisfaction. In seeing the words I write come to life on the page, it is like seeing and making a story unfold before your very eyes.

It is no use wondering what would have been if I had done a B.A. instead of a B.E. at university – we cannot change the past – and indeed, working in I.T., for me, is very satisfying too. I love Technology, and am a confirmed geek – in all aspects of the word. Starting out in Software Development and then becoming a Business Analyst allowed me to have the best of both worlds – writing and I.T.

So now I do both Business Analysis and also keep my writing close at hand. They are interlinked – and some have compared Software algorithms to poetry. I feel that the best way to learn and write, is to be, to become – and that is what, in everything, I try to do.

Author Interview – Aditi Bose

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Aditi Bose is a published author living in New Delhi, India. I spent some with her recently, and asked her about her writing processes. Below is the outcome of the interview:

MSS: Aditi,  can you tell me, why do you write?
Aditi: Writing helps me to de-stress. It keeps my mind off issues that worry me or make me sad.
MSS: What has had influence on your writing?
Aditi: Not really what. More of who. As a child my mother read out Enid Blyton to me and my grandmother told me various stories that are a part of Bengali folklore. But father was the one who actually made up stories. That I think has been my greatest influence.

MSS: Who are some of your favourite authors?
Aditi: I love reading Danielle Steele. The way she paints feelings through words is incomparable. And being a Bengali, I have grown up on Satyajit Ray’s Feluda series of books. No other detective tale comes. 
MSS: What is your latest publication and where can it be purchased?
Aditi: The title of my latest publication is Hama-Guri goes to school. It is a collection of five short stories for children. It is ideally suited for children who have begun to read fairly well. Of course, the younger ones would love it too if read out by the parent. 
It is currently available on Amazon and can be purchased using this ‎link – 
 
MSS: What are you working on next?
Aditi: My next is a romantic novel. But it’s not the normal chic-lit’s or the erotica based novels that have begun to flood the market lately. You shall know where the twist is once it releases. *smiles*.
MSS: Tell me a little about KiddieStory365?
Aditi: Kiddie Story 365 is my blog. Www.kiddiestory365.com. It has stories that kids can read / be told 365 days a year. Hence the name. It also has various feature pieces that tells of ways and mean parents can make children read / write / tell stories better and in a fun manner.
MSS: Where can you be found online (links)?
Aditi:
Twitter – @aditi_bose
LinkedIn – ‎https://www.linkedin.com/pub/aditi-bose/53/554/a9a
‎MSS: Thanks for your time do you have anything you would like to add?
Aditi: For all those of you who get a copy of the book, do let me know your thoughts. Flowers or brickbats – I’m ready for both. But would love to hear from you.
 
Biography – She has graduated from St. Xaviers College with Economics Honours and completed MBA in marketing from the International Management Institute, New Delhi. She has work experience in the field of research and recruitment. For the past few years, she has been freelance writing for a number of domestic and international websites.

Interview With Poet & Author Valeri Beers

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Recently I got to spend some time with Valeri Beers, a published poet from Maine in the USA. Using the opportunity, I asked her to give us some insight into her writing style.

MS: Valeri, you are a published author. Why do you write?

Valeri: Because I feel like I have to write these ideas, poems, lines or words down or I will lose them.

MS: What has had influence on your writing?

Valeri: Music has always been a huge influence on my writing. I have always been inspired  to write when listening to music.

MS: Who are some of your favourite authors?

Valeri: I really like Erica Jong, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Nicholson Baker, Stephen King

MS: What is your latest publication and where can it be purchased?

Valeri: My latest publication is my poetry book …details… , which can be purchased on Amazon as an e-book or print book.

MS: What are you working on next?

Valeri: At this very moment, I am choosing a poem to be included in an anthology. I hope to publish another book of poetry or maybe edit an anthology.

MS: Tell me a little about PoetryPasta

Valeri: PoetryPasta loves to show off new poets and their words.  I try to share educational, funny, positive and encouraging.  Send me a poem!

MS: Thanks for your time do you have anything you would like to add?

Valeri: You are most welcome Malobi 🙂 Thank YOU for this opportunity 🙂

MS: Thank you Valeri for your responses, and wish you all the best for the future!

Valeri’s book …details… can be purchased here

The PoetryPasta site can be browsed here

I hope you enjoyed this interview and I hope to conduct more in the future! If you wish to be considered for an interview please comment below. Thanks

Visit to India 2014

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We were all set for a trip to Rajasthan this time on our trip to India, in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 – but they say, a higher power ‘disposes’ of our proposals.

My husband’s (and some of my) family are in India, and we make a yearly trek there to see them. This time we had planned on a trip to Rajasthan – Jaipur, and other places on a 10-day guided journey by car – not to be. My husband’s father was hospitalised with pneumonia and was still in hospital when we arrived there.

It was a case of rushing around trying to get as much done as possible in the short amount of time we had there (we were there for 3 weeks). I was so thankful that we had our own car and personal driver this time – no rushing around for taxis!

After that, my mother-in-law had a cataract operation on one eye – another ‘invalid’ in the house for a while as she couldn’t do much for a few days – whew!

But I had the FM station on full volume when I had the opportunity, in our room downstairs – it plays all the latest Bengali, Hindi and English music, so saved I was!

Well, and then it was time to come home. I was a bit sad, if truth be told – despite all the hectic running around, I really did have a great time! Well, here’s to the next trip…this time I have an inkling that there’s a trip happening in May to a place nearer to Oz…Bon Voyage alors!

Crossroads

Lioness2 I feel that I am somewhat at a crossroads – I have been working part-time (casual) for a while, in the things I love – Writing, some Screen and Content writing, and also some Business Analysis. I left my last full-time role at the end of 2012, and am enjoying my current work.

A book of mine, ‘The Castle and Other Stories’, has also been accepted by a Publisher for publication. It is a book of 12 short stories, for YA, in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre – and I am sure that if I had been working full-time I would have not been able to complete it. I am looking forward to the launch of it on the internet.

However, I feel like I need something more. I am not sure if I want to go back to full-time work – but a source of somewhat steady income is necessary.

So, is it back to square one? The resumes and applications – hopefully something will materialise. I hope that something will come my way – when I least or most expect it. I can only try, and hope that destiny will fill in the blanks!