Changes Are Coming

On this day, two years ago, I made a decision that brought a sense of purpose, joy and a whole lot of friends into my life. Looking back I realise that I haven’t always stuck to it as regularly as I’d have liked to, but I’ve gained so much from it that I cannot see myself stopping any time soon. On this day, two years ago, I started a blog called Pages That Rustle.

Happy SecondBlog Anniversary

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The Inspiration Circle – Nov ’16

I’m scheduling this in advance because my exams are starting today. I don’t know as of now the outcome of my NaNoWriMo stint. Contrary to claims made previously (and personally), I’m no Oracle. However, I am of the opinion that no matter how it ended, I will need a creative pick-me-up after the hours of exhausting effort. If you participated in this manic writing marathon too, I’m sure you will quietly nod your head because you’re too tired to manage even a feeble affirmative. Welcome to the remedy for your depleted creative reserves! Here’s your last chance to stock up on some inspiration before the November clock runs out. Now that we all realised that I will make a horrible salesman, let’s cut to the chase.

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#NaNoWriMo Stage 3

This one’s just going to be a quick update because I really, really need to get back to writing. Current word count is 15,331 and the impossible goal is looking, well, impossible, at the moment. Sure, it sounded doable last week and it probably still is. But time is the great equaliser, isn’t it? The one thing we all could do with a little bit more and probably waste it if we got it anyway?

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The Blogger Recognition Award

This post is going to be short because I have tests this week (You know those things that creep up on you when you never really want to see them? Yeah, that kind). This post has been long overdue. I think I was nominated a month ago. (Time flies!) The special fact about this one is that I’ve been nominated by three of my blogging friends – Surabhi, Jajwalya and Sriraksha. 😀

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Decisions of a Lifetime

I spend a lot of time reminiscing, I don’t deny, for it is easier to imagine an age where the biggest decisions I had to make was the brand of chocolate I wanted that week. I wish I was still that little, that carefree and that sure of my choices. As the years passed, the impact of my decisions got larger and larger. Now I’m faced with the worst of them all – what am I going to do with my life?

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The Hidden Layer

Every story has a grain of truth inside it, but only the discerning reader cracks open the nut to find that seed inside.

Ever since my holidays have begun, my rate of reading novels has sky-rocketed and I’m fresh off finishing the Bartimaeus sequence by Jonathan Stroud right now. For those who haven’t read it, it has the potent mix of humour, adventure, good characterization and fast-paced plot to ensnare your mind. I know it’s going to be a while before I pick up another fantasy book as it has given me a lot to mull over. Narrated mostly from the viewpoint of the djinni Bartimaeus, some of the lightly thrown yet meaningful comments that this thousand-year-old magical being weighs on your mind long after you close the book. This led me to think about the subtle underlying layer that all good stories contain without exception.

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A Good Antagonist

Every fairytale needs a
good old-fashioned villain
.” – Jim
Moriarty in Sherlock (The Reichenbach Fall)

Whether you were taught to fear the power of Sauron and his Ring, or
intimidated by Hannibal Lecter’s character, you can’t deny that the servants of
evil are the cornerstone of any story. It is a universally acknowledged truth
that poorly constructed villains fail to grip the reader’s attention. In this
post, I’d like to outline what every well-written antagonist must possess.
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