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I write poetry, stories, madness. I transcribe my life into words. Beauty can be found anywhere and I guess I'm here chasing after my muse. Yet again. To contact:

Congratulations to Nafiza!

Congratulations to Nafiza, who successfully defended her master’s thesis today! It was a wonderful defence. All the best to you, Nafiza! You put a lot of work into crafting your thesis, and I (for one) thoroughly enjoyed hearing what you have written. Congratulations!

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VPL central branch book sale

VPL central branch book sale

Books, glorious books!

If you live in or near Vancouver, the Central branch of the Vancouver Public Library is having a book sale today through Saturday, starting at 10 am. I was down there yesterday evening as they set up the books — very low prices and lots of good books! Central branch is on Granville, just a few blocks east of the Vancouver City Centre station on the Canada Line.

Just in case…

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The Horse Road by Troon Harrison

The Horse Road by Troon Harrison

The Horse Road

The Horse Road by Troon Harrison takes a fascinating slice of history and plants it firmly within the believable world of a girl and her horse. Set in the steppes of Persia, where traders, farmers, and horse-loving nomads meet, Kalli (Kallisto) is the daughter of a Scythian warrior-turned-slave-turned-wife-and-horse-trainer and a Greek merchant. Kalli’s father is scarcely ever home, and her…

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Book Lists: Books That Deal with Bullying

Book Lists: Books That Deal with Bullying


I just wrote a review for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina and I talked a bit about how books may help kids deal with their own issues so here is a list of books that deal with bullying in various ways. I haven’t read them all myself but they’re worth looking at.

For further reading:

  1. Holes – Louis Sachar
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  3. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson…

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Review: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Review: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina


Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Candlewick
Source: Library

“SKANK is scribbled in ballpoint pen on my desk. I don’t exactly know why my heart starts to thump. It’s not like there aren’t messages and other handiwork all over this school. Take auditorium seat J-8. I found out during last week’s Expectations of Excellence assembly that it’s got a faded image of a penis carved on…

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Afsara: A Story in Fragments

Afsara: A Story in Fragments

So I wrote this story for creative class and the reaction wasn’t very good and I understand why, especially from a North American p.o.v. So I figured I’d post it here for your reading pleasure (maybe).


My name is Afsara. I am not an angel.
There is no point in pretty words dressed up in golden shine tarted up splendor. No point in that. And no point in you. Or me. And yes, the syntax has…

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Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Death; An Emotional Read.

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Death; An Emotional Read.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read (because difficulty of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy– however you want to interpret).


I’m going to choose emotional reads because if I find a book difficult to read I usually stop reading it. So the following are books that made me keel over (almost) with all the feels:

  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. You understand right? I…

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At Nine Worlds, I purchased a copy of Zen Cho’s beautiful collection entitled Spirits Abroad, published by the Malaysian press Buku Fixi. I was struck by the publisher’s manifesto, which appears on the back of the flyleaf. In this manifesto, the publisher states:

We will not use italics for non-American/non-English terms.

The publisher then goes on to say: “Nasi lemak and kongkek are some of the pleasures of Malaysian life that should be celebrated without apology; italics are a form of apology.”

Reading this and considering italics as a form of apology, I find myself thinking of writers coming from countries that have endured colonization, from countries where English is an imposed tongue. I find myself asking: do we really need to explain everything to the imagined Western reader? I think of italics, apologies and explanations, and the connecting line between these words.

If we have read and consumed work from writers from the West without complaint, if we have gone that extra step to fully engage with that work, surely we can trust that those who seek out our stories will also take that extra step to meet us halfway.

Three days till thesis defence, you guys. I am both nervous and a bit nauseous because of reasons. But let’s not get into that until I absolutely have to. What I want to talk about is reading and how I’m enjoying reading so much after such a long time. I have given myself permission to read what I want to when I want to so even though I have books to review, they’re all books I want to read. I think having my Kindle stolen may have been a good thing because loss aside, it made me realize just how much I love reading physical books. There’s something to be said for convenience and the ease with which you can take books everywhere with a Kindle but if you are a tactile person like me, then feeling the page, the actual page and not a virtual manifestation of one, is priceless.

Books I Read Last Week:

  1. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
    I’ll do a review of this but I didn’t actually like it as much as I had hoped to.
  2. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
    This was fantastic. 5 stars.
  3. It by Alexa Chung
    Eh. 2.5
  4. Will O’the Wisp by Tom Hammock
    I liked this. The art was beautiful and the story solid. 4 stars.
  5. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
    Cole was fun. 4 stars.
  6. Skip Beat 3 in 1 vol. 22-23-24 by Yoshiki Nakamura
    I love Skip Beat so this was an automatic 5 stars for me.
  7. Cast in Flame – Michelle Sagara
    The only thing that saved this one from being 2 stars is my hope that the next one will be better.
  8. Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
    I enjoyed this quite a bit. 4 stars.
  9. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattermer
    I enjoyed this somewhat.

Currently Reading

  1. The Cabinet of Curiousities by Stefan Bachmann et al
    This is to my liking. Short themed stories. The book is huge so it’s going to take me a while to get through but I figure a story a day will suffice.
  2. Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
    I haven’t actually started this one but there are dragons.

To Read in the Upcoming Week

When I finish Vigilante Poets, I think I’ll slip back into fantasy. I’m thinking about reading any of the following:

  1. Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
  2. The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
  3. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Reading Forecast Three days till thesis defence, you guys. I am both nervous and a bit nauseous because of reasons.

How I Live Now by @MegRosoff: The School of Hard Knocks

How I Live Now by @MegRosoff: The School of Hard Knocks




I feel like a lot has been said about Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now, but it is the inspiration for a thought that won’t take very long to explain. How I Live Now, which I thoroughly enjoyed but which I wouldn’t quite call a dystopia because of the lack of any discernible malevolent governing force, begins as a summer/back to school book in many ways. Daisy, our MC who’s real name is Elisabeth,…

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Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater


Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher

“Wait —” Sam said. “Have you seen Isabel yet?”
My fingers still felt the shape of her. “Da. We embraced.
Angels sang, Sam. Those fat ones. Cherubs. Cherubim. I
must go.”
“Don’t bite people.”

Ostensibly, Sinner is a companion novel to The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy but I haven’t read that (it wasn’t really my…

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Losing My Self In Three Different Ways

Losing My Self In Three Different Ways

Actually, this post was supposed to me groveling for my lack of presence to anyone who cares but as it is, I think I’ll talk about something else instead. Identity. It’s a topic dear to me. It’s the theme of the book I wrote and it’s what I have been searching for ever since we moved from Fiji to Canada. I’m sure this search would have been present in Fiji but I’ll never find out because when I…

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The Cover Wars


“A boy on a quest against the power of the storm”

Eleven-year-old Danny’s parents are storm chasers – which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren’t the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny’s parents don’t come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny’s yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he…

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