Mohadoha Black Friday – Cyber Monday deals

MohaDoha Black Friday saleMonday the 23rd: a few days until American Thanksgiving and a week left in National Novel Writing Month. My three classes of undergraduates are working on their final papers and the adults in the novel writing course are dropping like flies. In short: my days are pretty full. Knowing how modern life is, I’m pretty sure yours are too. Despite the hustle and bustle, I did manage to schedule a few freebies/discounts for the end of the week that I hope you’ll enjoy in honor of that shopping bonanza known as Black Friday.

ALL of my books will be on sale from Friday the 27th until Monday the 30th. The best prices will be over the weekend, but you’ll still get around 10% off if you wait until you’re back at your desk on Monday morning.

Since you won’t have any lines to worry about, go ahead, take advantage of 80% off all the novels, starting this Friday. Bookmark this page and fill that gift tablet with a free Kindle app.

PS: you can get a free copy of my short story collection, Coloured and other Stories any day of the year.

3 Reasons You Would Download a Podcast

My Podcast Set I
My Podcast Set I

This summer is a mix of business and pleasure. I’ve been in the United States with the family for two weeks and I have been to one wedding, completed one surgery, held one writing workshop and finished two book events.

We are only halfway through.

While on the road trip part of this holiday, podcasts have been a crucial part of the entertainment.

I got to thinking how similar podcasts are to radio shows (which I love and have hosted for two years).

And how much I would love to host my own podcast.

What would you like to hear from me? Cooking, writing, and parenting come to mind. But what else would make you tune in? Leave me some ideas in the comments below or drop me an email via the contact page, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

The Year of the Irascible (White Male) Genius

oakland-tribune-makes-fun-of-oscar-snubs-of-selma-470pxI love this time of year because the Oscar buzz sends the film industry into hyper drive. First comes the speculation between the Golden Globes and the Oscar nomination announcements. Who will win? Who will be snubbed without a mention? This year, the noticeable lack of diversity among the list of nominees sent social media users reeling.

Award season also means you clear the schedule to have an informed opinion about the proceedings – at least it does in our house and for our friends’ who host 2 a day screenings for 4 weeks.

As I watched many of this year’s nominations, including The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and American Sniper, the same message seeped through.

If you are brilliant, stick to your dream. A supportive woman will come along, give you the energy and inspiration you need, to keep going.

Or at least that’s the Hollywood distilled version of the stories of these exceptional men.

Maybe like me you will be inspired by Alan Turing’s vision of the earliest computer. And appalled at his evisceration by the British court in thanks for his service.

Or the passion of Stephen Hawking to persist in answering the major questions of physics (and father 3 children) despite his body’s abject deterioration.

Chris Kyle’s single mindedness in protecting his men at arms as “the Legend” sniper in Iraq is a parable about focus.

Yes, these it would be nice if women’s stories were told in equal measure. Why not make a biopic about Marie Curie, for example, the only person to ever win TWO Nobel prizes?

The list could go on. For now, we’ll make do with these brilliant men. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Which film are you rooting for this year?