Thursday, August 20, 2015

Comic

Doodling comics when I should be writing ;)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dreams can be teachers

Dreams can be wicked teachers. Today's lesson: Never give up! Even if no one is going to help or support you with your dream and you have to do it all alone.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy Friendship Day!

Friendship is a beautiful thing. It's easy to meet people and strike a conversation with them, but you only become friends when you let the real "You" show through the veil we all usually put when meeting people for the first time- the kind of veil that displays emotions we don't actually feel or the person that we really are not. 
Once you find someone that shares the same interests and accepts you for "you" that's when friendship starts. How this friendship lasts over years is a challenge because friends drift apart, get busy in their own lives and the only time you hear from them is a one line text. However, if your friend, despite being busy in their own life, keeps in touch with you through a one line message every now and then through a text, then you know you have a true friend who thinks about you. It's not an easy task being caught up in your life and still maintaining a friendship with someone you went to school or college with, so even a text can be a sweet gesture in today's technology dependent world. 

While thinking about all this, my thoughts were directed to the friendships celebrated in books and movies and then I was hit with a realization that most of my stories don't mention my characters having friends. I'm still going through all the stories I've written over the years, in my mind, and I can't find one that showed a deep and meaningful friendship between two characters. 
Yes, they've pretty much all been lone wolves. 

The closest I've come to writing about friendships was "Aadita" where Raina, through her struggles forms a friendship with her roommate in college (Drina) who in turn helps her with a serious family problem. In the end, Raina also becomes friends with an unlikely character, but that's a surprise ;) 


Anyway, I'm just glad I had one story that celebrated friendships in some way, because friends are the most important people in our lives and we must always appreciate them. 

Happy Friendship Day! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Inside Out- My take on the movie


Ever wonder what goes on inside your head? Or why we feel the things we do? 
Disney's recent animated feature provides an insight into the mind of an eleven year old girl where we are introduced to the five prominent emotions (also characters) of this riveting story. They are: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. All of these emotions make an appearance as Riley (the human they live in) grows up and faces different situations.
Provided these emotions work together and create a stable working environment, our preteen protagonist Riley, enjoys her life to the fullest- like any idealistic girl of her age.
But there is no story without conflict and the emotions' perfect working system is jeopardized when Riley moves into a new city and school. Now that she is out of her comfort zone, the emotions inside her head strive to maintain stability and keep 'Sadness' from blanketing her emotion all over the cherished memories that have been vaulted. 
However, a haphazard event causes Joy and Sadness to be expelled from the headquarters that is Riley's mind, leaving the other three emotions in a lurch. 
Riley now feels neither happy nor sad and the only emotion that weighs on her heavily is Anger which starts to destroy the main aspects of her personality. 
How Joy and Sadness get back and restore Riley's personality forms the crux of the story at which point Joy learns that keeping Sadness out of the way was not always a good idea.
I've always believed that we should always allow ourselves to feel what we feel. Whether we feel happy or sad or even angry- giving in to our emotions is sometimes healthy for us, just like this movie shows us. What this movie teaches us is that we must never be afraid to express ourselves. 
Because even a 'sad' moment is sometimes what brings happiness into our lives. Confused? Watch the movie and you'll understand.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What we fear

Fear is one of those emotions that we all give refuge to within ourselves. To say that we do not fear anything would be completely false. We are all scared of something or the other and sometimes we let ourselves give in and let it engulf us.
The only way to challenge fear and overcome it is to face that intimidating emotion and accept that we are scared. After all, courage is when we face our fears, not the absence of it.

It is difficult to write in the horror genre, actually it is a challenge for the writer to work on such a story because what one person is afraid of, another may not be and therein lies the dilemma. Should the writer incorporate his or her fear into the story or find something that most people are afraid of.
Fear of the dark, phobia of spiders, clowns, etc.... The list is endless. To pick one and write a whole story around it is risky for the only reason that not everyone, including the reader may share the same fears. If I write a story on a spooky and cacophonous sounding clown, many would find hilarity rather than fright while reading such a story. And to be honest I've never feared clowns so to write such a story with conviction would be nearly impossible for me.

So what is it that a lot of people are afraid of? The truth.

That is the one thing that not many of us want to face and sometimes we fear it because then we would learn things that would subject us to emotional trauma. And sometimes the truth we learn is about ourselves and that is the hardest part of all - to find qualities that we must either learn to appreciate and enhance or change and reform ourselves.

My new book 'Horror Night' deals with such a complexity of emotions. The four characters I've created are thrown into a situation that requires them to show bravery and face their fears. What they must do to escape is what I've enjoyed writing in quite a long time. It was challenging for me to work on a story where the characters barely know each other, yet work as a team and in a twist (yes, almost all of my stories have a twist) find out how much they have in common.

So here it is, my new ebook 'Horror Night' now available and published by Club Lighthouse Publishing. It's also on sale for a limited time only! You can view it here.

Happy Reading :)