Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia

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Zambia and Bulgaria are two completely different places with all kinds of differences from climate to social environment. Yet. when it comes to me, share a lot with these two wonderful nations – one where I was born, and the other where I am being nurturedNo matter where you are, love and respect are all you need to feel at home.

-Peter Chikoyi

Almost 30 years ago, when under difficult circumstances I had to leave my hometown in Zambia to live in Bulgaria, I was naturally scared. Initially, it did seem hard to live in a new cultural environment with a different climate and new people. Continue reading “Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia”

James Smith, author of ‘Prison of the Soul,’ gives us a 5-star review on Amazon. Wow!

James Smith (James V. Smith Jr) , a former combat soldier, helicopter pilot, newspaper writer and editor, national award-winning columnist, and magazine editor has published more than a dozen military action-adventure novels, including the six-book series ‘Force Recon’. He wrote the ‘Delta Force’ series under the pen name John Harriman. He is also author of ‘You Can Write a Novel’, ‘The Writer’s Little Helper’, and ‘The Fiction Writer’s Barnstormer”. His latest best-selling novel is ‘Prison of the Soul’.

Here is his 5-star review, we found on Amazon…a thrilling moment for us…

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Panama’s Lorena Pulido on cross-cultural experiences

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One of the overreaching themes in our first volume is the value of cross-cultural experiences. Having moved from Colombia to Panama at a young age, Lorena Pulido not only describes her own cross-cultural experience in her short story “Heart of the Universe,” but also here where she elaborates on the impact of such connections.

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Why Jaya Sengupta from India was inspired to initiate the Magic Diary Project

jaya-senguptaIn July 2015,  a Coursera course I attended turned out to be transformational for me. A wonderful instructor, a lovely bunch of participants, and a creative, engaging environment of learning and sharing — it was an intense, inspiring association. I absorbed its multi-cultural experience with great delight, seeing things with a lens I never did before. So many people, so many ideas, and yet we were more similar than dissimilar really, I realized. That is when an idea struck me. Why not come together to create a book or a diary, give wings to our narratives across the globe, and forge a new wave of understanding?  And so, a desire was sown, which eventually blossomed into A Pocketful of Dreams…

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Why Danica LeBlanc is proud to be from two (or three, if you consider Québec) countries at the same time

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I was recovering from my neck injury when I signed up for the Coursera online writing course

With the countless emails, document attachments, and Facebook exchanges, the realization of The Magic Diary Project shows that a group of people who barely know each other from all corners of the globe can make a difference in achieving something towards worldwide cooperation and collaboration. I am proud to share my humble story with those of so many talented writers all over the world.

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Editor’s Pick: “Good Fortune Arrives Once” from Colombia

I have loved reading and editing all the stories I was assigned to do in A Pocketful of Dreams. But if I am asked to pick just one, I must say that  I got very absorbed in the story about a magic bird and a woman who deserves a break. Add a 1920’s wildly exciting street scene where colors change, children dance, horns blow, the circus arrives and WOW the bird’s and the woman’s life are dramatically changed forever! The story is in how…

-Lyn Cramer

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Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia

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Zambia and Bulgaria are two completely different places with all kinds of differences from climate to social environment. Yet. when it comes to me, share a lot with these two wonderful nations – one where I was born, and the other where I am being nurturedNo matter where you are, love and respect are all you need to feel at home.

-Peter Chikoyi

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