“The Sad Ballerina” is now for free!

Starting today “The Sad Ballerina” is on the ibookstore for free. This is for a limited time only, so check it out.

http://bit.ly/bal-ibk

Very soon it will be available on Kindle and Android. Yey!

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A Stranger Among Us


Have you ever felt the odd one out? I suspect all of us have felt like that at one point or another.

It could be while you are visiting another country, or going to an event overdressed or under-dressed, or by loving something no one else seems to like.

Feeling odd can be  more lasting than at one single occasion. Your oddness can be visible or not. It can trouble you or delight you.

Sometimes we feel unique at our oddness, but that’s never true.

What’s certain though is whatever might our oddness be, children will always notice it firstSTRANGER-AMONG-US-1-2

I got interviewed on this blog

I got interviewed on this blog. Check it out

http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/interview-with-author-cynthia-khoury.html

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Fishing for Good Luck

Too bad Felix Felicis, Harry Potter’s good luck potion, isn’t real because there are times, I could really use one of those… I swear, though, I would not use it wastefully.

When sitting within the constraints of an empty room with playful lighting, it is safe get to let my mind wander to made up places whether fantastical or realistic and get high on imagination alone. If I ‘m lucky a story-line may form, but I wouldn’t use my good luck potion to secure that.

While I was working for a company that conducts statistics for commercial purposes, I came across a problematic project. For the results to be accurate, the process  involved an interview over half an hour long and had to be conducted at the interviewee’s home. As you can imagine, finding a willing participant and who also fit the criteria was not an easy task; and I thought I needed a whole lot of luck if I was to conduct at least 5 interviews per day. Well I succeeded in doing much more than 5 per day and it was more about persistence than luck.

It is a universally known fact : writers need a lot of luck to be successful.

There is nothing I ever wanted in life more than creating stories. It’s not really about getting published. Don’t get me wrong, my ultimate goal is getting published regularly, but that is only  because my writings would obtain purpose, and my obsession with stories would have meaning. Do I need perseverance or luck to get there?

There were times I didn’t  believe in pure luck and there were times I was convinced it was ill luck to blame for my failures. In saner moments, I figured good fortune may only come when one works hard enough. So let’s just assume I had a lucky potion. There is still so much work to be done.

With persistence one may get lucky. OK, that could have been phrased better: what I meant to say was with hard work you may get to score…
When  you do your homework, you just need only a push, a bit of good luck,  to go all the way.
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The Back-story of: “The Sad Ballerina”

The kid could not have been older than five; I had been watching him for a few minutes

while having lunch. If he had been my brother, my mom would not have let him grow his hair that long, but then again she would never have him beg and sell candy on the streets. 

The kid begged the busy passing strangers on the street to buy his merchandise , and wished them good things. He recited one or two lines, rarely changing the words; they are clearly taught and pre-rehearsed many times. Mostly they ignored him, few spared him some change.

Then a 4×4  parks right next to the young beggar and a family comes out. As the father exits the car, he automatically goes for the back door to pick up a child not younger than the ghost of a child watching them go by.

It was a heartbreaking thing to see. The uncared, dirty, street urchin looking at his feet, while a family passes him by, carrying and taking care of their children.

I bought this boy food and he gulped it down like he was famished. I helped him once and never saw him again.

I wish this boy knew I made him the hero of my book, and even though I know this will not do him much good,  I just wanted to always remember him.

I didn’t know his name, so i did not give names to any of the characters in the story, but I drew him with similar features and made him courageous and responsible. Able to takecare of himself and others. He is even the key which helps the ballerina find happiness.

So my latest book is for him and all children who are living lives where they are uncared for. I just thought I’d share a little backstory about the Sad Ballerina. I enjoy it when writers do that.

I haven’t been much active lately on my blog, but i promise from now on to be much more active, especially now that i have finished my latest ibook “The Sad Ballerina.”   (http://bit.ly/bal-ibk)

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