Guest Blogger: Manan Pandya Interview


Recently, I got a reply from Manan after my Call for Guest Bloggers. He is from India and like me he is also a blogger! He asked me if I am willing to have guest bloggers and I was more than happy to do so.

So, without further delay, let’s hear from Manan!

 

1. Who are you?

I’m Manan, a student of computer science living in India. I’ve been a writer for school magazines for as long as I can remember. I’m also a professional sportsperson having played five different sports at state and national level.

2. Why do you write?

I write because I love it. I believe that through my writings I can connect with people and be that external stimulus they require to do what their heart wants.
 

3. What kind of stories/posts do you enjoy reading most? 

My reading genre varies largely but I do enjoy romantic and thriller novels more.

 

4. Tips for readers/Mayur on how to improve their writing?

Lastly, it would be hard for me to point out tips about improving your blog as I am unfamiliar with the audience. However I would say that the obvious – keep posting regularly.


His Guest Blog post will be published tomorrow night so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Manan for the support. Feel free to check out his blog here.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

 

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Guest Blogger #6: Megan Interview


A while ago, I posted a Call for Guest Bloggers, Megan from ‘Invisible World‘ responded. She found me on Community Pool from Daily Post.  Currently she is one of the contestants for the upcoming #NaNoWriMo and obviously she wrote fiction.

Her long form fiction is amazing, particularly because she wrote about immortals and I love immortals. Her post will be published here tomorrow night. So let’s hear more from her shall we?


 

1. Who are you?

Megan, plain and tall. 

Just kidding! You can drop the plain and tall part (hopefully all of you have seen Sarah Plain and Tall…if you haven’t, well, go see it!).  

Actually, I guess you can keep the “plain” part in (and now that I think about it, I am tall.  So you can keep that part in there too.  What the heck.  Just call me Megan plain and tall), because I’m just your average blogger.  Nothing special about me.

Except for the fact that I have a whole world going on in my head. Yeah, that’s perfectly normal.  There’s nothing strange about exploring a world that only you can see, and meeting people that only you can talk to. 

Relax people.  No need to call the funny farm. I’m talking about my imagination.  If there’s anything remarkable about me, it’s my never-ending imagination and my constant quest to find ways to share it.  Maybe I’m not so plain after all.  (So you can stop calling me Megan plain and tall now  😉 )

 

2. Why do you write?

I write to share the aforementioned “world” with you.  What good is imagination if it isn’t shared?  My goal is to tickle your imagination, get the gears in your head turning, and make tears slide down your cheeks. 

Oh yeah, and make you laugh.  I can’t just leave you with tears running down your cheeks.  What kind of blogger would that make me?  

 

3. What kind of stories/posts do you enjoy reading most? 

I love fantasy.  There is something magical about…well magic.  Duh.    Besides fantasy, I enjoy reading anything in the historical, dystopian, or science fiction genres. 

 

4. Tips for readers/Mayur on how to improve their writing?

Don’t give up just because you aren’t _____ enough.   You fill in the blank.  We all have those times when we think we aren’t smart enough, talented enough, or skilled enough to write.  And maybe we aren’t.  But that doesn’t mean we should quit.  We never will be skilled enough if we don’t keep at it. 

 No one is born with the ability to write well.  Anyone who ever achieved their dream had to work at it.  They had to make mistake, after mistake, after mistake before reaching the level of expertise they were aiming for. 

And guess what?  Even then they made mistakes, because without mistakes, you can’t learn.  And you don’t stop learning until your dead.  (That escalated quickly.)  So my sage writing advice is, keep writing or you’ll die. 

 


Her Guest Blog post(fiction) will be published on Monday night so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Megan for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

 

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Guest Blogger #5: Melissa Ruddy Interview


A while ago, I posted a Call for Guest Bloggers, Melissa from ‘In Between Moderation‘ responded. She kind of liked what I do so she asked me to write a guest blog for and that you can check out here.

Her blog is all about balance, and she herself tries to achieve balance in her life and try to help other reach the goal. She herself is a amazing writer, her blog post is inspirational.

So let’s hear more from her shall we?


1. Who are you and why do you write?

I am a mom of two, a wife, a full-time employee and someone who is trying to not overdue things while at the same time trying to fit everything in. I write because I need a voice, I need reflection, I need the sanity of the outlet it provides.

2. What kind of stories/posts you enjoy reading most?

The posts I read vary greatly depending on my mood, sometimes I  blogs about cake decorating, recipes, finance, family life, really anything that is written in an interesting way.

3. Lastly, any tips for readers/Mayur on how to improve their writing?

I am always more likely to read blogs that are broken up with some white space and have a few pictures. If it is a long block of text, I tend to skip it. It might be good writing but it just seems to arduous to read.


Her Guest Blog post(non fiction) will be published on Tuesday morning so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Melissa for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

 

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Guest Blogger #4: Alisha Khan Interview


I have been unfair to the guest bloggers who responded to my call. For the delay I have cause I am sorry.

After I published my call for guest bloggers, Alisha responded. I remember her comment on my blog about a few months ago and I followed her. From that day to today, her progress in the blogging world has sky rocketed and left me in wonder how did it happen?

A great writer, fiction and non fiction, Alisha’s blog is amazing and her name “LifeEventsObservation‘ is apt for what she write. She gave answers to some of my questions:


1. Who are you and why do you write?

Considering the extent of the universe and the population dwelling in it, I am a nobody! I am just like a drop of water going unnoticed in the massive ocean. I want to be that drop of water which is prized in a desert.

I’m a nervous jerk born in the beautiful land of Karnataka who stays in Mumbai. I have survived for nineteen years.The St Paul’s High School had imbibed great values in me and now I’m studying Media.

I write because I think that’s what I was made for. It soothes me. It makes me euphoric. It heals. And more than writing is my love for reading. I’ve read over fifty novels, have kept a record of every book I read and that’s what I consider as my greatest achievement. Without writing and reading, I’m valueless or that’s what I think.

2. What kind of stories/posts you enjoy reading most?

I enjoy reading the human interest stories the most. Also horror stories but a good horror story that practically makes your skin crawl is hard to find.

3. Lastly, any tips for readers/Mayur on how to improve their writing?

Keep writing and reading. It helps you discover yourself. What better way to say it than quoting George Martin, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”


Her Guest Blog post(non fiction) will be published on Monday morning so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Alisha for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

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Guest Blogger #3: Kailash Nath Interview


After I published my call for guest bloggers, Kailash here responded. I have read his fictions via daily post comments and I can say he is a really talented writer. His blog is full of fiction pieces that will entice you into reading more of his posts.

Without much adieu here is the interview that was supposed to go on yesterday! Sorry about that Kailash. Do check out his blog!


 

1. Who are you?

I am Kailash, and presently working as a Software Engineer. I am 21 years old and Like to sing (Though not a great singer), write, read and also travel.  Theres nothing much other than that to know about me.. 

I started telling stories since I met one of my friend who used to believe everything I say. One day he suggested me to write whatever I say and it becomes something interesting to read and like that i started a story and have got a good feedback from my friends and this encouraged me.

I dont like to say lies like I feel great while writing or something like that as I dont feel so. But whenever I see someone reading my story and telling their opinion I like myself…. So I write to be happy and like myself

 

2. What kind of stories/posts you enjoy reading most ?

At the starting of my reading habit, I used to read novels by Agatha and Sheldon, I.e., Murder mysteries and crime fiction. But later i also read books like TH\he alchemist and The kite Runner, Shiva Trilogy
 which also made me like those genres…..
At present I have written a story of crime fiction and working on a story which is something related to human emotions…..

.3. Lastly any tips for bloggers(myself included) on how to improve writing?

And the tips…. I myself am a amateur writer so I need tips from some seniors… Some of the tips I got were to maintain tempo of the story neatly not rather fast nor very slow… Another tip was to give more attention to the characterisation of the different roles in the story.. anything and everything that a person in the story does should match their character and it should not change drastically….
Thats it about me.

Like I promised, a short interview!

His Guest Blog post(fiction) will be published on tuesday morning  so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Kailash for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

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Guest Blogger #2: ‘Stressed Mess’ Interview


After I published my call for guest bloggers, Ms StressedMess here is one of the few to show any interest in this

Thank you! So here is her small interview & you should totally check out her blog, ‘Of Silver Linings And Stormy Nights‘ she is although new at her blog, she has a talent for writing fiction that blows you away and a visit or a follow to her blog is definitely worth it. Her fictional post series ‘Let the Masks fall away‘ are what made me follow her!


 

1. Who are you?

I am a 19 year old student from Mumbai. I come from a family of writers so writing is something that comes naturally to me. Its both a stress buster and my favorite way to pass my time. 

2. Why do you write?

I LOVE TO READ. I read everything from the generic teenage romantic novels to sci fi to books about deranged criminals. Just give me a book and i am a happy girl

3. Lastly any tips for bloggers(myself included) on how to improve writing?

I think the more you write the better you get.Also, It is always good to have a few people who will read what you write and give you an honest opinion on it. 


Like I promised, a short interview!

Her Guest Blog post(fiction) will be published on Monday night so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

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Guest Blogger #1: Brent Kincaid Interview


After I published my call for guest bloggers, Mr Brent here was the first to respond. Though initially I was hesitant to go ahead with this guest blogging routine because of a lack of response, I am going ahead with this anyway and I will run this series of guest blogging till I run out of bloggers.

Thanks Brent! So here is the small interview on Brent and you should totally check out his poetry blog ‘Poet but know it‘ That has about 868 poems on it!!! It is a fresh take on things. A veteran is here on my blog!


 

1. Who are you?

About seventy years ago I was born in Kansas City, dead center of The Bigotry Belt. After leaving high school I worked, got cast in a couple of plays and sang in two nightclubs. I moved from there in my early twenties to Hollywood on what ‘the right’ likes to call The Left Coast. Yeah! And, damn proud of it!

I stayed there for twenty three years during the gay revolution, including but not limited to defying the police who threatened to arrest all of us, I marched with a thousand other gays down Hollywood Boulevard in 1970 chanting “Out of the closets and into the streets!” and doing the flutter kick with a dozen other young gays. I stayed there, acting in plays, singing in nightclubs and making absolutely zero effect on my career as a famous entertainer.

The rest of my time there, I worked for the telephone company, bought a house and then retired from Ma Bell to Tucson, Arizona, where I met and married the love of my life. We have now been married twenty-four years. 

2. Why do you write?

Twelve years ago we moved to Kauai where I am working as an artist and poet. I am sort of the staff poet on a Facebook magazine called The Blue Route, a progressive newsletter.

3. Lastly any tips for bloggers(myself included) on how to improve writing?

The best advice I can offer to bloggers is two old saws.

First: be brief, be correct and be visible.

Second, avoid, as much as possible unless for comedy relief, using old phrases like “a good time was had by all” and “my jaw dropped to the floor”. That is about the best advice I can give anyone who wants their piece to be read by anyone anywhere.

Remember the words of Oscar Wilde: “If you want to be famous, get your name in print as often as you can. There is no such thing as bad publicity. Any publicity at all is good publicity.” While I don’t agree with that 100%, it is basically good advice.


Like I promised, a short interview!

His Guest Blog post(poetry) will be published on Monday night so do come back here to check it out.

Thank You Brent for the support.

PS: I am still open for more guest bloggers and I encourage more to come. If interested then contact me on: itsmayurremember@gmail.com

To whomsoever it may concern(Too Honest)


I had an interview today.

And their response at the end blew my mind.

Not my preferred job profile, but its better than sitting at home and doing nothing. I have to start somewhere, if its at the bottom of ladder so be it. My ego can eat shit.

I made my share of mistakes in the interview. But I stuck with what I said, I didn’t try to dodge a question thrown at me with tact because I don’t know how to and also I don’t want to. My interview, my chance to show the panel who I am. To make them hire me for me, rather than some braggadocio.
They asked where do I see myself in next three years?

I replied I don’t know. I’m still determining where my life is headed. Honest.

They asked me about my educational knowledge. I answered everything.

While admiring my integrity, the interviewer suggested that I learn tact. That I am too honest, which will most of the times unnerve the opposite party, they said. And as a sales executive that’s the last thing they want.

I don’t expect the company to hire me and I am trying to jot down the mistakes I made. So I learn. I am not reeling. I am not upset neither am I ashamed. Rather I am complacent. And with a cold fury.

I read this article a long time ago at the time when I was not looking for employment. I loved it for what it was. Honest.

So here I write a letter for my own, maybe my own cover letter(open to your advises)

You can look at my knowledge and my technical abilities from my resume, my certificates. I am more than that.

I am a biomedical engineer. An industry not well known, in a sector where people advice not to work in. And I’m a fresher. No experience and naive.

I am Honest.

I hold it not as a weakness that others can exploit, I look at something that holds me unique among my peers.

I am not gonna manipulate you. I am not gonna lie to you. Not going to make excuses. And when I’ll give you my word I’ll mean it.

The world belongs to the cunning and the streetsmart. Ones who are unparalleled in the trait of enthralling you in the words they utter. I am not one of them. I speak true & honest, I give you a unspoken  choice to either accept what I say or don’t.

Maybe one day I’ll learn better. I am too raw in knowledge, too innocent in tact as the previous guy said, but I’ll learn. Either to successfully show it to you that my honesty isn’t a liability but a strength that I see it as. As a skill that you can help me hone.

Or I’ll learn to be tactful and cunning, just one of the thousands.

I’m untapped potential.

And how this proceeds is up to you. I’m asking you to give me the opportunity.

And I mean it when I say I’ll give it my best. Absolute best.

Regards,
Mayur Wadhwani.