When I started writing (and blogging), I had certain dreams, of course. But what I hadn’t expected was how close I would be realizing them. I have a story in a soon-to-be-published anthology as well as my almost complete novel. While there’s still work to be done on that, I am excited that it’s nearing completion and soon would be a complete manuscript ready to be sent to publishers. But there has been something else that has kept me buzzing with excitement, day and night. And while I have hinted at it earlier, saying that there is some big news coming up from my end, I hadn’t really told you what it is. Finally, that moment has arrived when I can share the big, exciting news with you all.

Nine months ago I was unemployed. A day later I was a blogger and wrote my first blog post. And thanks to you all, I've started to believe in myself as a 'Writer' and that there may be some future for me as an 'Author'. Random doubts still plague me. Is what I've written interesting and impactful? Does it make the reader laugh (or cry)? Is the grammar correct? Is the story well narrated?

The Mother's Day prompt was interesting and easy enough , I guess. At least the responses seem to indicate so. There were two very interesting write-ups. Once again, from Mandi and Sonali. I absolutely loved both the articles and especially was impressed by the novelty and unique perspective in both. It helped me change my perspective and I think that's the very purpose of being a writer and also of this very challenge. Another interesting story shared recently but for an earlier prompt was written by Rashmi. I loved the way the story was narrated.

Last week, we had changed the rules a bit and upped the ante. You story-tellers had had it too easy I had thought. :D I had prepared myself to be surprised yet again with your amazing stories. And surprised I was! Mandi's story about waging war to maintain peace and Sonali's story about battling environmental destruction to save lives were both futuristic and solved some world crisis, just as the challenge rules had demanded. I was also surprised at the lack of response as I had thought this challenge would be again child's play for you. Apparently, not. So, this time let us lower the stakes a bit and make it a little easier again. :)

Last week's challenge was interesting, wasn't it? I enjoyed it a lot, especially the contradiction in the tone of the words and the actual action happening in the scene. I liked Kay's story a lot. Wicked, it was! Lisa had me begging for more and Mandi's story on 'Renewing My License' was interesting. If you haven't read them, head over now. :) But the best one, that got the maximum likes too was Sonali's crime revenge thriller. The Delhi summer heat is scorching and reading all these amazing stories is a welcome respite. Thanks so much participating in the challenge. 

A few months ago, a close friend had said this about me: “Give her any prompt and she dives right into it; writing in full flow.” At the time I had simply laughed and brushed it off. But her words came to mind yesterday after I completed the first assignment at the Interactive Flash Fiction Workshop organized by Wrimo India, the India chapter of NaNoWriMo. Published author Rochelle Potkar was our instructor. We had been given a few preparatory assignments to complete ahead of the workshop. I, being the lazy bum, foolishly thought it was okay to ignore them and decided to wing it. Closer to the appointed time, however, fear gripped me. (Those who know me will know of my chronic problem of self-doubts.) What if nothing came to mind just then, I wondered. With just a few minutes left before the workshop, I hurried through the assignment. I jotted down the details quickly.