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The writing life of Damyanti Biswas
The writing life of Damyanti Biswas

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Bestselling author of several books of crime fiction, and writing teacher extraordinaire, David Corbett speaks on #writing , the #writinglife , #reading on Daily (w)rite today. He's one of the kindest, most insightful, and generous teachers I've had the privilege to learn from.

To read his fantastic insights and to ask him questions, visit: http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/04/06/writing-advice-david-corbett/
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http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/06/18/homeless-own-pets/

"When I’m feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, my mini Labradoodle, Josie, climbs on my chest to calm me down. She won’t take no for an answer. She’ll be like, “Go ahead, tell me to get off. I don’t care.” I have PTSD and her doing that is a grounding mechanism for me. I feel things and she just senses it. She’s like my soulmate in dog form. My therapist loves her.

My animals are my #family. The oldest is Jamie, a Jack Russell-chihuahua I got eleven years ago when I was living in a house with my ex-partner. Jamie has had two litters and I’ve kept three of her puppies. In total, I have five dogs and my cat, Buddy, who I found abandoned in an alley nine years ago.

I’ve been #homeless for eight years. I grew up in Olympia, Washington, but my parents were very abusive and I didn’t want to be anywhere near them, so I left for Oregon. I have agoraphobia and severe anxiety. I also have diabetes and need to have a refrigerator so I can keep eating healthily. I live in a motorhome that I have nowhere to permanently park."

How is the situation of the homeless in your community? Do they receive assistance, and #support towards rehabilitation? Do any of them own #pets? Do you believe the homeless have the right to own pets? Would you consider sending some help to Ryan?
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Check out this #IWSG guest post on authors and #socialmedia via +Chrys Fey:

Authors don’t need to be on social media if they don’t want to be.

Nowadays, social media can be a drag. There are things we might like about it, but then there are things we probably hate, like the drama, feeling as though we don’t do enough on Facebook or Twitter, or even losing writing time because of keeping social media accounts updated.

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/06/06/social-media-chrys-fey/
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#SocialMedia can be a power for good. Loved this positive story, worthy of being shared on the #WATWB tag.

Woman who appeared on HGTV finds out she has cancer from doctor watching show - ABC News
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For anyone reading this post, what is your blog about? Why did you create it? How long has it been around? What are your plans for your blog?

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/04/20/what-is-your-blog-about/
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Reading novels and short stories has been my salvation for as long as I can remember. In the past few months, I’ve struggled with travel and other family issues, and reading has once again come to the rescue.

What novels and short stories are you reading? Would you recommend a book you read this year? Drop me the title in the comments, and I’ll look it up!

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/04/13/reading-novels-and-short-stories-2/
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In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share the story of Yash from Project Why, who I wrote about here.

Yash landed on Project Why when he was barely two weeks old, born out of wedlock to parents of different faith. Such children are often ‘branded’ for life in India and his future looked bleak. Chances at any normalcy were non-existent as both his parents were married to other people. There were recriminations and even violence. The child watched it all.

A failed adoption later, Yash was sent into a very good school by Project Why. But now, due to lack of funds he might lose access to this excellent education.

Donate to his education: every rupee or dollar would go a long way in making sure this boy gets the education he deserves.
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It is my absolute pleasure today to welcome Clarissa Goenawan, debut #author of Rainbirds , published just yesterday by Soho Press. I’m excited for her, and urge you all to check out her spanking new book. She’s here today to dish out tips on the #Pitchwars contest held on twitter.

#amwriting #publishing
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