My latest fiction story from the CBC writing contest: Motu Mort. It follows the experiences of Ahmed, who seeks an identity through various adventures but questions his love and his choices when he signs up for a survival game on a tropical island. Can he save himself and other contestants from the dangers lurking in … Continue reading Motu Mort
There is a saying in English that we're never alone because we are always with "me, myself, and I." These are three common pronouns to denote ME as the subject and object of a sentence, yet they are commonly misused by English speakers. Let's have a brief look at how to use them properly. I … Continue reading English Basics: me, myself, and myself?
One of the worst pronunciation problems amongst native English speakers is the "ESK" sound. For some reason, many native English speakers pronounce it as X (EKS) instead of ESK. Instead of ESCape, people often say Xcape. This also happens with ESP, as in ESPecially, which is sometimes pronounced Xpecially. It is nonsensical when you think … Continue reading English Basics: EKS marks the spot
I started travel writing by accident in 1999. Julia and I went on our first true vacation trip that year, to Cancun, with her sister and new boyfriend, and some girls who worked at the gym that were serendipitously going to Cancun at the same time. I cannot say we loved Cancun, but our group … Continue reading The joys of writing and traveling
When I first heard of this new strain of coronavirus haunting China, it seemed a little surreal watching as trucks spewed white fog through abandoned streets. "That won't affect us," I thought at the time, but here we are a few months later and it's seriously screwing up our lives. Worse yet, it's probably only … Continue reading COVID-19 home motivation
My site is just about ready to go online. For those who may not be following what I've been up to, I've decided to start exploring a writing career and what better way to do it than to set up a blog/website. I will be updating information frequently as I write more and dig in … Continue reading Welcome