June 6, 2017

Sending Signals

A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. – John Steinbeck Earlier this year, I became the writer-in-residence of the amazing Qal’at al-Bahrain Site Museum. It is such an honor and privilege to be able to use the space to write and dream […]
January 20, 2017

Different Drafts, Different Worlds

I’m a few weeks into the second draft of my novel and it’s tough going. The past week was entirely devoted to draft 2 of chapter 8. It’s a big, complex chapter that introduces two important characters and lots of concepts about the story world. And it took me the […]
January 4, 2017

The Plot Hole Paradox

  While writing the first draft of my novel I left a slew of plot holes in my wake. After 5 months of research and outlining, I dove in to the actual writing and the experience felt like dashing headlong down a road engulfed in flames during the middle of […]
December 31, 2016

My Ten Favorite Books of 2016

Every year I post the ten books that I most enjoyed that year – here are my picks from 2016. Not all of the books were new releases, some are decades old! But they were all new to me. I loved them, and I think you might, too.
December 12, 2016

Meet the Trailblazing Female Artists of Bahrain

I recently wrote an article about the trailblazing female artists of Bahrain for The Establishment. The article was an absolute pleasure to write; I interviewed four of the Bahrain-based artists that most fascinate me – Ramah Al Husseini, Sarah Nabil, Frances Stafford, and Yasmin Sharabi – and tried to capture […]
November 21, 2016

The Vow of the Nasty Woman

On November 9th, I woke up at 5 am, too excited to go back to sleep. I squinted at my phone to confirm that Secretary Clinton would soon become Madame President and that we had the landslide needed to say once and for all that love trumps hate. When I […]
August 14, 2016

Where to Find Me

  This summer you can find me mainly in one place – my writing studio. I’m still fighting my way through the weeds writing the first draft of my WIP. I’ve hit around the 70,000 word mark and I’m only about halfway through. Editing this behemoth when it’s time for […]
April 18, 2016

Writing Weirder

As I’m working toward the first draft of my novel-in-progress, my writing desk is flanked on one side by a wall covered in bright post-it notes. Each note has a scribble of thought on it that I feel is too important for me to ever lose sight of while working […]
April 10, 2016

Work and Light

Hello from my writing desk! I am deep in the trenches of my next novel, currently fighting my way through the outlining phase. As this is the start of a series I have to take my time and lay the foundation carefully. What this means is long days at my […]
December 28, 2015

My Ten Favorite Books of 2015

I read some amazing books this year so this was not an easy list to make. After much deliberation, I finally whittled the list down to ten spectacular reads. There’s a bit of everything, science fiction, literary fiction, YA, and one that defies easy categorization. But they were all gripping, […]
November 8, 2015

Closing the Gap

This quote has always been very near and dear to my heart. And today I need it because OUCH, I’m still reeling from the feedback from my prof and my programme director about the short story I submitted. Let’s just say there were tears. Almost all the work I’ve sent […]
August 31, 2015

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 5: Granny Moon’s Feast

Read previous installations of The Strange House Chronicles here. The kitchen of the small strange house was a tabernacle, a cathedral and a hovel all at once. The room wasn’t really a room, more like an afterthought of design that the architect (had there truly been an architect of the […]
July 19, 2015

Today, I Edit.

  Hello from my tree-top writing studio. It’s a day of editing for me, which I love. Once the frenetic chaos of the first draft is over, I feel like there’s a safety net beneath my tight-rope once again. I can step back and survey the story’s foundation. Once I’ve […]
July 13, 2015

The Ur-Magic of Yoga

A piece of my writing was published recently on Rebelle Society. I wanted to share it with you here, as well. * Yoga is the Ur-Magic, the first-and-always magic, the dimension-next-door and deep-truth-in-your-bones magic. Yoga is the Ur-Magic, the timeless-and-never magic, the memory-of-distant-nebulae-and-first-gasp-of-time magic. Before conscious thought, before song or […]
July 2, 2015

A Writer’s Rest

In my previous post, I lamented my writing struggles. That week, words were simply not flowing for me. And now, just two weeks later, I’m at the tail end of a frenzy of productive writing. You can never predict when the muse will show up, which is why she always […]
June 14, 2015

Writing the Impossible

Isn’t it strange that writing can simultaneously feel like the one thing you must do and the one thing you cannot do? When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man, with a crayon in his mouth. ~ Kurt Vonnegut Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut, for describing so precisely my […]
June 1, 2015

5 Signs You are Secretly a Writer

For many years I never dared call myself a writer. Which is funny, because it’s all I’ve ever been. My earliest memories all involve books, scribbling on stacks of notepaper, and dreaming up adventures and characters and plots. The world wasn’t an easy place for me as a kid, and […]
May 25, 2015

Words for Storm Cloud Hearts, Part 1.

Dark times lately. I feel like my heart is covered in storm clouds and I’m struggling to see the sun on the horizon. I know many of you can relate. And so, to you, I offer some words that have moved me, quotes from others with storm clouds eclipsing their […]
April 16, 2015

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 4: Cousin Stone and the Wolf

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 1: Maggie Fanny Sees a Man The Strange House Chronicles, Part 2: Aunt Mountain’s Winter The Strange House Chronicles, Part 3: Maggie Fanny Sees a Little Girl Cousin Stone found him panting against a tree. Was it a wolf with a man’s body or a […]
March 24, 2015

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 3: Maggie Fanny Sees a Little Girl

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 1: Maggie Fanny Sees a Man The Strange House Chronicles, Part 2: Aunt Mountain’s Winter In all the years, in all the decades, that Maggie Fanny had lived in the small strange house with the long green lawn next to the beside forest, she had […]
March 23, 2015

The Magic of Writing

“Suddenly, for a time, the door is open, the magic is working; a channel exists between the page and the shadowy cave in the mind. But none of us will ever know why or how.” ~ Susan Cooper   “When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the […]
March 22, 2015

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 2: Aunt Mountain’s Winter

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 1: Maggie Fanny Sees a Man In the deepest darkest corner of the strange house’s basement, stood a squat sooty stove. The stove had originally been installed more than a century before when the house’s inhabitant (a veritable giantess of a woman named Aunt Mountain) […]
March 21, 2015

Why We Write

“To be entranced, to be driven, to be obsessed, to be under the spell of an emerging, not quite fully ‘comprehended’ narrative — this is the greatest happiness of the writer’s life even as it burns us out and exhausts us, unfitting us for the placid contours of ‘normality.” ~ […]
February 23, 2015

The Strange House Chronicles, Part 1: Maggie Fanny Sees a Man

Maggie Fanny sat on the porch of her small strange house looking down its lawn to the twisty dusty road running past. Well, technically the road itself wasn’t running, hadn’t run in many years, in fact. But people still crossed it, kicking up fanfares of dust as they shuffled along. […]
February 16, 2015

When Stories Come to Life

When stories are told again and again, passed from mouth to ear and back throughout the years, a strange thing sometimes happens. If they are told in the right way and in the right places, and if at all possible beneath a new moon underneath an ancient gnarled tree, the […]
February 12, 2015

How Writers Must Think

“Our lives are at once ordinary and mythical. We live and die, age beautifully or full of wrinkles. We wake in the morning, buy yellow cheese, and hope we have enough money to pay for it. At the same instant we have these magnificent hearts that pump through all sorrow […]