Author: deonnakellisayed

  • Four Writing Truths, Sort of

    Four Writing Truths, Sort of

    finish something. Anything. Just finish. Let that crappy first draft be crappy. Let your characters be half-formed things. Let the dialogue suck. You are at least halfway there if you finish. You won’t have everything figured out. No one does. Repeat after me: my worth as a writer doesn’t depend on a brilliant first draft

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  • My Day with a Death Pimp

    Life is funny. You laugh and then you die. Seriously. Life is funny in a magical sense, for we never know who we are going to meet. I recently had the chance to interview Stimp Hawkins, an 82-year-old Buddhist and former hospice chaplain who is on a mission to make people comfortable with death and […]

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  • Ask A Muslim Anything!

    Thank goodness for local independent bookstores, especially Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, N.C. Scuppernong is brave and mighty; braver than some of our current politicians who want to close doors (and borders) to all things Muslim. The bookstore is providing space for everyday, average folks to meet everyday, ordinary folks who happen to be Muslim during a […]

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  • Rain, Writing, and Storytelling

    A lot has happened over the past few months.  Lots of good stuff! August welcomed the release of Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press). I produced a podcast featuring several Muslim contributors to the anthology. What an honor to hear from women about their journey of faith […]

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