For the love of stories


The first few minutes after it opens to guests, India Habitat Centre’s Stein Auditorium is full to its capacity. Luckily, there is a huge screen outside, and enough chairs facing it to ensure that most of the audience finds a seat.

The turnout comes as no surprise, really. The reclusive, retiring Ruskin Bond has left the sanctuary of his home in Landour, and travelled to Delhi to deliver what he tells us is the first real lecture of his life — the Penguin Annual Lecture, 2015, on the Joy of Writing.

Excerpt from Swati Dwaftiar’s article in The Hindu- Read more

A Passion for Life & Writing

The Powhatan County resident’s professional journey began in college at Washburn University in Topeka, where she majored in communications and theater. Post college in 1975, the Olathe, Kansas, native became a television reporter in her home state, covering the tri-city area of Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal.

Excerpt from Morgan Pollard’s article in Richmond Magazine- read more.

Getting My Bearings


Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.

Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. I have enjoyed the posts you have shared but have missed our chats.

Joe: I must say I have missed them too. I have been so busy keeping up with my writing, i have not taken the time to talk with you. My apologies.

Calliope: Accepted. Tell me where you are now with your writing.

Joe: You may know from my posts elsewhere that my days writing for the Daily News in Batavia are over.

Calliope: have heard rumors. Tell me more.

Joe: I have been writing columns for them for fifteen years now and had planned to continue indefinitely. I sent them a draft contract agreement when I first started but never heard back from them. We have been operating on a verbal agreement for fifteen years without difficulty.

Recently they wanted me to sign a contract giving them all publication rights rather than first serial rights. As I understand their proposal, I would not have any republication rights for the next 95 years. That seemed a bit too long for me.  I again proposed first serial rights. The person I talked with said twice that he would get back to me but has not.

My next column was truncated, the first time I can remember. On the next publication date, my column was not published at all. I was unsuccessful in getting any explanation. Therefore I must assume that they have discontinued our agreement.

I am saddened to leave my local readers and wished I had a chance to say goodbye to them. I will continue to post my articles in my free e-mail newsletter, my website and on various social media.

That’s my most recent development. On another front, I am continuing research for a book on violence which I am almost ready to start writing. I will keep you posted on further developments and converse with you a little more regularly.



Concept of Drifting from Napoleon Hill

curved tracks

Recently I’ve been reading a book called Outwitting The Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill.

The book is unlike any other personal development book I’ve read, as most of the book is in the form of an interview between Napoleon Hill (Called “Mr. Earthbound”) and the Devil himself (Called “Your Majesty”).

The book was written in 1938, one year after Think And Grow Rich was published, but was not made available to the public until 2011.

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Why We Love to Hate Villains, According to Science

It’s no lie that everyone loves a villain. Admit it, even if you don’t consciously love a Darth Vader or a Voldemort, the most evil villains of modern culture still fascinate us more than they repulse us. After all, they’re a very necessary contrast in movies and video games. What would Batman be without his Joker? Or Professor X without a Magneto?

But that’s not the only reason evil villains are so appealing. According to a new study in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, there’s a scientific reason we gravitate to bad guys: we desire what we don’t understand, even when it repulses us.

Excerpt from Zeynep Yanisey’s article in Maxim – Read more