Monday, October 25, 2021

Media Appearance

Media Appearance - Author Interview

Kreately is an online publication that invites readers to join the journey of self exploration and encourages them to participate in the creation of a new, better world.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Recommended Resources

-- Recommended Resources --

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation is dedicated to sustainable management of the Lake Simcoe watershed since 1951


The Land Conservancy of British Columbia works across BC protecting habitat for plants, animals and communities. 

Land Owner Resource Centre provides information for landowners and environmental organizations. 


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Poetry Time

Poetry Time

Today we are featuring a poem excerpted from the book Collateral Intentions by Constantine Dhonau. Constantine is sharing a few poems with us between August 12th and February and he will be dropping in for an interview coming up on December 18th. He would love for you to visit him via: 

Blank Page (by Constantine Dhonau)

A new page

Another page

A different page

Yet remarkably the same as the others


Full of potential because it is blank

It is mine to create

Each day I step out of the shower



Free to create me as I see fit


Who is this person I decide to be every day?

What rules and restrictions have I set for myself?

Well, isn’t that what I’m here for?

To figure out who I am?

I’m not so sure that’s the point


Some scars and tattoos have left marks


Possible restrictions, but trivial

Every new day I decide to be



Whoever that is

Whomever that may be

I have carefully constructed 



My Self


Such a fleeting thing I am

This Me

Moments of pure insanity

Of surreality

Of the realization that I could do anything completely unpredictable

Completely un-Me at any moment


Anyone could

Moments of deciding not to

Of eliminating the seemingly outrageous 


And living them to the bare minimum

Disconsidering the alternatives

Taking these things, we would not or could not or should not do

For granted


These things

These horrible things 

Sometimes wonderful dreams


Endless possibilities of actions and non-actions

Causes and effects

Items of insanity shelved on social norms built by society





Who am “I”?

What is “Me”?

What manner of creation am I?

Do I construct myself or do we?


Who came first in my perception?

The squawking chicken of society?

Or the unborn egg of me?

Who might I be?

At another place?

In another time?


It would seem that I am infinitely malleable

Infinitely foldable and adaptable

It is simply different choices being made

Small ones

Within the parameters which allow my Self to remain


Difficulty due to indecision







Free to create my Self

To be born or created as the first or only person

It is up to me to decide

Completely free



I decide what my hands are for


Thoughts before language are abstract representations



What is a human?

Up to me

What is a person?

Up to me

Who am I? 

Who is this Me?

Up to me

Completely free

No society

No squawking chicken

Just the egg


Close your eyes now

Silent…There is nothing…

Only the egg

Full of potential


I define myself by my surroundings

Strip away all I know to nothing 

And I am nothing

In the blankness, there is me


No society

Interaction is slavery

Life is conformity with each added element

Go back now



Just Me

Add a tree

With this one element, I am forced to interact


This element will soon define Me

This one element beside myself

I will spend my life interacting with that tree

Constructing Me, all along


I will climb it, stare at it

Trying to figure out its meaning

My meaning

Life’s meaning

100 years of me, a tree, and nothing


Then it’s over

That is existence for me

Infinite moments and endless possibilities reduced to a simplified attempted constant of a Self

Am I an extension of the tree or the tree of me?


I could be reduced

But there’s more

This vacuum

This void

This construct of regulations based on decisions I never had the chance to make for myself 

Only choosing what was offered to me


You see now

Look at me

See what I am, as far as you’re concerned, and what you make me

And so you are what I make you

The empty mind is full of possibilities

But it is a slave to what it already knows


So here I am

Here you are

Here we are

Welcome to my, your, our crisis

The existential crisis

The emptying



It’s complicated in the simplest way or simple in the most complicated way

I don’t know for sure, but I’m here to say that I have a problem

I think we all do

It is our turn to decide 

The more we realize that

The more powerful we become


I am free to take the wheel, though it is not my decision alone

Nor is it yours

Together, we decide


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Friday, October 22, 2021

Author Interview

-- World of Writing - Author Interview --


Joining us today we have a teenage author sharing her experiences, influences,
desires for her writing and more. Risha Chaurasia, is an teen author, blogger and literature advocate, who spreads positivity through her writing. . At age 14, she has published 2 novels:  TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens (published at age 11). 
Risha also writes a blog on instagram - Straight From My Pen. She is a strong advocate for reading among the youth on both national and international platforms as well. Click on the book titles above to find her 2 books, or visit her Amazon Central Page. Alternatively, drop in to her page:

Q: Risha, what would you consider being your most interesting writing quirk?

A: My most interesting writing quirk is the fact that I can write anywhere, at any time. All I need is either a laptop or a pen and paper and I can write almost anywhere in this world.  However,  I also have days wherein I just can not write.

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

A: Writing my books has allowed me to discover a new version of myself. They helped me discover and know a Risha I never knew. They have helped me get to know myself better and also helped me strengthen my relationships. TRUCE, in fact has helped me be a better friend. Earlier I thought that books only changed readers but they change authors too!

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

A: I have written 2 novels titled TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens which are available on Amazon. Apart from this I have written 8 plays and 25+ short stories.

Q: Outside of your circle of close friends and family members, who would you say was the one that stands out as far as helping you get where you are?

A: Definitely my followers and readers. I have a total following of 4.2 k on Instagram and my followers are my biggest inspiration. Their appreciation and sometimes criticism of my work helps me write better. And they hold a special place in my heart.

What age group did you write for?

A: I write for young adults, teens and tweens. The reason for this is me being a teenager myself. And I believe that no one else can accurately  understand and depict teenage life better than a teen herself. My writing is relatable and provides an accurate depiction of a teens way of thinking and life.

Q: Did you find it difficult to choose the right language, images and writing style for reaching this age group?

A: No! Being a reader of this genre, I have a fair sense of the kind of language, and writing style teens prefer. And being a teen myself, it was not quite challenging to get the tone and narration. However, plotting and planning the novel was in fact challenging.

Q: How do you plan to promote this book (or series)?

A:  I plan on using social media as my asset for promotion. Technology allows me to reach readers across 7 seas and I plan on using this to my benefit.

Q: Is there anything in your book that is based on a real life experience?

A: Both my novels are in fact, fictionalized versions of real life experiences of me

and my friends. Most of the incidents and feelings depicted in these novels have been gone through by me and my close friends. However, the incidents have been indeed a little fictionalized.

Q: Why did you feel this book needed to be written? 

A: Being an avid reader myself, I often struggled to find books I could relate with and books that accurately depicted teens. Teens were primarily shown as carefree and rebellious in novels. Thus, to break this stigma and to spread a positive narrative towards teens I wrote TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens.


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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"Give me a kisse, 

and to that kisse a score;

Then to that twenty, 

adde a hundred more;

A thousand to that hundred; 

so kisse on,

To make that thousand up a million;

Treble that million, 

and when that is done,

Let's kisse afresh, 

as when we first begun."

~ Robert Herrick


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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Media Appearance

Media Appearance

Jeff Beal, host of the Marketing Strategy Session channel on YouTube, published this #interview with me a few days ago.

 I'm thrilled with how it turned out; Jeff asked fantastic questions and the conversation was so easy, so comfortable for me. 

We talked about ways of making your #marketing, #advertising and #networking efforts more effective and efficient. 

We also discussed many tips for people in the world of writing, including  the benefits of staying organized. 

* You can find our #BookPromotion guidebook at: 

Drop by and listen to this fun discussion, and do give it a thumbs-up or share it... if you enjoyed it :)


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