K.T. Lynn is an American Muslim living in Shanghai, China. She is a social media manager by day, and a novelist by night. Her hobbies include reading, scuba-diving, and traveling. She aims to promote cross-cultural understanding through her work, which has been featured in Toastmasters International Magazine, DIYMFA, SISTERS, Amaliah, Blue Abaya, Saudi Life, and Productive Muslim.
Women in blockchain are still a minority, but they are making a major impact. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have been the focus of the latest tech boom for quite some time. Although this brand new field has a large gender gap, women are quickly rising to the forefront of the blockchain field and making big names for themselves.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to reflect on my first term as club president with glowing satisfaction. Unfortunately, my presidential debut with the Eagles Club of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was quite lackluster. Like many first-time leaders, I took on too much. Instead of planning and strategizing, I was mindlessly crossing items off a checklist—working harder, not smarter. Despite our best efforts, my executive committee and I accomplished little more than keeping the club afloat.
There are many myths about creative professions, writing in particular. Contrary to common perception, being a writer consists of more than pounding laptop keys while sipping lattes at your local Starbucks. Building a writing practice takes commitment, persistence, and vision. Here are some beginner’s tips to get you started.
My writing habits tend to follow a feast or famine pattern. Trapped behind an invisible dam, my words dry up for days. When a gush of creativity bursts forth, I’m graced with thousands of words pouring from my fingertips with ease. I crank out several pitches and surf high on a wave of productivity and optimism. All is right with the world – until all of the query responses come back at once needing copy by the week’s end...
Writing is more than a job, a hobby, or an interest—it’s a way of life. Not many people outside our crazy little realm can understand it. Sometimes, you need extra support in order to get things done. Enter, your accountability partner.
Many writers, including myself, struggle with the idea of a ‘writing practice’. All I desire is to share my writing with the world, publish my novel, and hopefully earn enough in the interim to ward off malnutrition.
Negative feedback and rejection are usually considered the worst parts of the writing journey. When your manuscript receives the dreaded form rejection letter from a literary agent or a publisher fails to respond to a pitch—it isn’t easy to view this feedback as “good”. In fact, you might be asking how a form rejection can even be considered feedback. They didn’t even respond! I promise you, all writing feedback is good feedback!
I was an accidental expatriate. Moving to Saudi Arabia was supposed to be a temporary fix. After a few months in Saudi, I would return to the U.S and pick up where I left off. It is safe to say I no longer expect to jump right back into my old life.
The Bamboo Stalk is an enthralling narrative, the story of a half-Filipino, half-Kuwaiti teen moves from an impoverished life in the Philippines to the “paradise” of his father’s Kuwait. Although set in Kuwait, The Bamboo Stalk’s main conflict centers on festering sore of an issue in the Gulf — the mistreatment of migrant labor. Although this story’s setting is in Kuwait, much of the systemic prejudice represented in the book rings true for other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia.