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20140605_074311[1]I went back to work yesterday, after being on vacation for two and half weeks. Though my leave is recorded as vacation I didn’t do much relaxing. Nevertheless, what needed to be done was done.

It was so hard to get out of bed. I had stayed up late the night before to cook and get organized for work. I beat the traffic and got to my office by 7:30am. As I was walking towards my office, a random driver decided to shout out to me “Show some example!”

Firstly, I do not like people to shout at me, and a random person is even worse, but I had just finished saying my prayers, so I did not respond.  There is a school just before my office, and they play our national anthem every morning, followed by prayers. I of course, being a proud Trinidadian stand at attention for the anthem, but I do not do the same for the prayer. It’s not that I don’t respect prayer, prayer and faith is my foundation. However, as far as I know there is no rule or law that says you have to stand at attention when someone is praying.

20140605_074338[1]I assume this man saw the children standing and though I was walking while the anthem was playing. I thought to myself – what goes through someone’s mind before they do something so disrespectful and stupid? I would never consider doing anything so asinine.

I had brushed off that insult before I got to work. When I walked into my office, I found a big bunch of balloons and a teddy bear by my desk. A wonderful welcome back from my very good friend Wendy. Such a lovely gesture. I’m glad I didn’t let ‘who ever that fool was’ ruin my morning.


approvedYesterday I spent the entire day at home. I wrote a bit, early in the day, then about 9 pm I started working on my book Project which took me into Tuesday morning. I am happy to report that Selima and the Merfolk is finally in production. My assigned Design Consultant has confirmed that my artwork and manuscript have been approved. I expect the proofs in a week.

Writing has been a very long road. I’ve finally put down the manuscript and now putting the book together feels like ten times more work. Printing costs are outrageous, so I anticipate that the book will be available online in hardcover, paperback and Kindle before physical copies are on sale in my country. I have been hunting for affordable quotations for several weeks. There is one quotation outstanding that I hope will be a reasonable deal. Now I understand why so many people do their printing in Asia. However, I am skeptical about quality and legal protection. Also, if there are any problems, it will take forever to resolve them.

All in all this is a great learning experience that will make the second book project easier. Next on my list is to prepare the trailer, invitations, website and an advertisement. As I’ve said many times before, my main priority is quality and affordability so if it will take a little longer to get it right then so be it.



Does any of my fellow writers frustrate themselves about the placement of commas as much as I do?

As a soon to be self-published author, I am undecided about which punctuation standard to use: US, UK or Caribbean. I am an Island Girl, but most of the books I have read use the US standard. My books will be available online to anyone, anywhere in the world, and since I expect an audience from the US and UK as well, I wonder:

How much of a difference does punctuation style make, especially to the readers?

Today, punctuation is a clash between rules and style. I never underestimate the importance of rules because a comma in the wrong place can change the meaning or readability of a sentence.

It is a good practice to stick to the rules of one country. If a writer is fortunate to have their work published in a subsequent country (e.g. US author also published in the UK), the UK publisher may change the punctuation to suit their rules. This brings me to another question:

How should a self-published author choose a standard if they market mainly online?

In the Caribbean, we do not put commas before conjunctions, even if they separate two clauses. We follow the general rule of separating words in lists with commas. However, we do not put commas after the second-to-last item on a list, if a conjunction follows it. E.g. basketball, football, tennis and swimming.

Examples of other rules for commas

– Commas after sentence introductions. YES
E.g. As you are well aware,
On a beach in the Caribbean,

– Commas after transitional phrases. YES
E.g. Therefore,

– Commas before speech marks. YES
E.g. He told her, “Please leave me alone.”
Annie asked, “Could you be quiet?”

Good Writing

One attribute of good writing is that it should be easily understandable. A reader should not have to reread a sentence to understand what the writer meant. For this to happen, it is important to follow rules. On the other hand, a writer’s style is distinct by the words they choose, the length of their sentences and how they punctuate and structure their sentences. Their style is usually influenced by the genre or the purpose of their works.

Please comment on this post. I would greatly appreciate some advice.


SELIMA BOOK COVERMy dear friends, I cannot express the joy I feel right now. I have been working on this novel for over two years, and have never put so much effort into anything in my life. Aside from death or trouble in my family, there is not much else that can bring me to tears. My emotions took me by surprise.


The Cover

The art work was designed by Jason Jarvis, and the graphics were done by Derik Smith. What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Their combined effort was more than I had hoped for. To say that I am pleased is an understatement. This cover is amazing if I do say so myself 😉


My Surprise!

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to read my novel FOR A LIMITED TIME  at http://www.swoonreads.com/m/selima-and-the-merfolk

I would greatly appreciate your support. Be sure to rate, comment and share. The novel is young adult, so it is appropriate for children from 13 years old. I have had a few adults read it and they liked it as well.

With all of my heart I want to thank everyone who has helped me with the project. Great things cannot be accomplished without help, and I feel very fortunate that I was assisted by such talented people.

I truly hope that you love what I have put out, and will support this project.

Special thanks to all my followers, and all the people who have taken the time to like and comment on my posts.

Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year. I pray that your 2014 is 100 times better than your 2013.



Today is exactly one year since I registered with WordPress.com. I am happy to inform you that I will be posting the book cover for Selima and the Merfolk tomorrow, December 31st 2013.

Please visit. I’d love to read your comments.

Enjoy this teaser. I promise you will not be disappointed with the completed work.

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