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At a crossroad...

At a crossroad…

If I took a picture of my brain right now, it would show up somewhat like the image on the left.

I’m so confused these days on so many levels, real and fictional, that all I can do is curl up and brood.

No wonder then, that my blog has taken a month-long hiatus, without me knowing anything about it.

I’m tending towards famed dog-whisperer Cesar Millan’s advice to a client who has problems with dog-walking– “When you walk, don’t look out, look in.”

That’s what I’m trying to do, look in.

See you on the other side, as soon as I emerge, maybe in a month or two. Till then, I’m shutting shop.

Here’s hoping I don’t get lost.

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • I guess it is a month since you wrote this post. Maybe you are about to return? I hope so. Now I have finished writing a novel, after saying I would never write another one, I look forward to reading your excellent posts. Most of us need a prompt — something or someone to give us that little push in the right direction. It came for me when I was asked if I would write a novel based on a short story I submitted for an anthology. It was jolly hard work after quite a few years of only writing a few short stories. (My last novel was written in 2004 with changes and new editions up to over a year ago.) Is the book any good? Well reading the manuscript kept a disabled friend highly entertained right up to the last page. The book will be published later this year. Even if it does not sell, it will have been worthwhile. Like you with the swimming, the ‘doing of’ is an achievement in itself.
    By all means ‘look inside’ — a story is there, waiting to be written.
    Now I must finish reading your wonderful short stories. So many things have to be put on one side when I have to concentrate on a big project. An age thing, I expect.
    Best of luck, Damyanti. You are an inspiration to others, just as you are to me.

  • bronxboy55 says:

    Just know that there are a lot of people who will wait patiently, and will be happy to see you back. Including me.

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  • Marian Allen says:

    I’ll be here whenever you get back. Miss you when you’re gone, but I’ll be thinking about your recharging your batteries. {{hugs}}

  • Sometimes the best thing to do is step back and take a break. Take care of yourself.

  • Sheilagh Lee says:

    hugs we’ve all been there.

  • Hope you don’t get lost either!

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