Blogging

How to Instagram as an Author - As of 2019, Instagram is one of the top 10 social media platforms for engagement ranking second, behind only Facebook. Think about it, a platform for engagement that’s better than Twitter? Yep, you read that right!
Guest Post – 5 Steps To Your Non-Fiction Story – Karina Monteiro - My first encounter with non-fiction was Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy. I was in college when I read it. The book infused in me some of Michelangelo’s spunk, a keen interest in his sculptures, and inspired me to travel to Florence six years later.  I’ve been writing non-fiction for the past five years … Continue reading Guest Post – 5 Steps To Your Non-Fiction Story – Karina Monteiro
Guest Post – My Journey to Becoming A Writer – Paul C. Thornton - “You’ll be dead in six months.” It was May 29, 1985. Those words started me on the path to become a writer. I just didn’t know it at the time. When I wrote my first book, a memoir intriguingly titled White Man’s Disease, I faithfully depicted the scene I vividly recalled where I was with … Continue reading Guest Post – My Journey to Becoming A Writer – Paul C. Thornton
Interview with Literary Agent Eric Smith - One of the decisions I had to make as a debut author getting ready to hit the publishing world was the route I wanted to take: should I go traditonal, indie, or self-publish? I researched each route and found that they all have their own pros and cons. One of the most important aspects on … Continue reading Interview with Literary Agent Eric Smith
Navigating Fantasy: A Breakdown of Subgenres - One of my favorite things about the fantasy genre is its versatility. Almost any type of story you want to read, you can add a fantastical element and transform it into an entirely new subgenre. If you’re writing a fantasy novel, it can be difficult to distinguish which subgenre the story falls into. This categorization … Continue reading Navigating Fantasy: A Breakdown of Subgenres
NaNo Prep as a Plotter - Writing a novel takes preparation; that is obvious, but there are different types of preparation involved. The level of prep work required mainly depends on the category you identify with as a writer.
Guest Blog: Turning Social Media Followers into a Reader Fan Base - For our first Guest Blog, I’d like to feature the very talented Emma Lombard. Emma is a historical fiction author living in Australia. She was born in England but grew up in Africa before settling in Australia 20 years ago. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Emma was an editor in various industries in the corporate … Continue reading Guest Blog: Turning Social Media Followers into a Reader Fan Base
Tips To Revive Your Blog - I recognized the problem – a dormant or barely active blog. What was the solution? Simple, revive the blog
Hearts Desire – A Sonnet - This sonnet was written for an authors writing challenge that I participate in Instagram. I am no poet, but I do hope you enjoyed it.
If I Were A Goddess - As I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but smile at everything that transpired the last month and all that I have accomplished. Yes, a sense of accomplishment is what I feel when I think about July. Despite, the fact that I may not have posted much on my blog, I am proud … Continue reading If I Were A Goddess
 Top 10 Fun Facts about my WIP – Buried Deceptions - My debut novel is something that I am really excited about. I started working on it in January 2016, at the time I only had an outline or a basic idea about the story that I wanted to tell. I knew I had to do a lot of research before I picked it up again. … Continue reading  Top 10 Fun Facts about my WIP – Buried Deceptions
Confessions of a Writeaholic! - One thing I remember promising my readers when I started my blog was that the output of my blog would never be constant. I remember using the quote “change is the only constant” for this blog. True to my words, I believe the time has come for Mind and Life Matters to evolve and change … Continue reading Confessions of a Writeaholic!
Making the Transition from a Little Child’s Mom to a Tween’s Mom! - Change is difficult! Most people try to resist change as much as possible. As parents, change becomes harder when your kids are involved. Imagine how it feels when your cute and cuddly child who always wanted to snuggle into your lap suddenly begins to act as though you are their enemy! Your little baby is … Continue reading Making the Transition from a Little Child’s Mom to a Tween’s Mom!
A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine - It has been a while since I have participated in any of the challenges in this blogosphere. Every time I see an interesting challenge, I think to myself that I should participate! That’s when my everlasting procrastination takes over and before I know it the challenge has passed, and new ones take over! And it … Continue reading A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine
Top 10 Indie Books for Indie April! - Of late I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter. No, no, I am not wasting my time reading tweets with infuriating tags like “Women Are Trash” and bashing every single one of them for posting such nonsense (although, I wish I could do that!!). Indeed, over the past week, I have gained … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books for Indie April!
Getting to Work! - I was recently tagged on Facebook by my friend Piyusha Vir for the #GettingToEqual challenge. This hashtag, an endeavor by Accenture India and Women’s Web, encouraged women to share their stories on how and why they work, be it their success stories, or how they got to work. The idea is to share as many stories as possible to … Continue reading Getting to Work!
Just Another Day! - Hello Readers, First of all, please allow me to apologize for not writing or posting in a very long time! As I had mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have been busy with Grad school and have not been writing much. The good news, however, is that I am almost done with school … Continue reading Just Another Day!
The Need For Satire In Writing! - This week, I am honored to post a guest blog from Paulami Duttagupta who is an accomplished writer, author and screenplay writer. She recently co-authored in the anthology Mock, Stock & Quarrel. I had been waiting with bated breath for the release of this anthology as my friend Piyusha Vir, the Wandering Soul is also one … Continue reading The Need For Satire In Writing!
Stay Strong ‘Coz You’re Worth It! - It’s Friday morning as I write this and my mind is still racing with excitement from the Motivational Seminar I attended yesterday in San Antonio, Texas. I’m  invigorated and inspired from all the great speakers and new friendships created with other folks in attendance.    Here are just a few of the many nuggets of … Continue reading Stay Strong ‘Coz You’re Worth It!
The Hunter – A Haiku - Time ebbing to dusk    Wolves howl at the moon when hunter calls hunted Written for Ronovan’s haiku challenge – prompt words are “Moon & Hunter” Image copyright – Mind and Life Matters