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How I Wrestled My Ego to The Mat (And Won)

I cut ALL my hair off. Shaved it to be more precise. That must sound like the most ordinary thing you’ve read in a world saturated with Internet think pieces.  Tell anyone who’s known me for a good chunk of my life that I just shaved my head and they’ll choke on their cornflakes. Let’s […]

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Vote for the Society You Want

This morning I woke up and all I could think about was my recent visit to the supermarket. During my visit, you couldn’t find an egg or a loaf of bread. The shelves were so barren you’d be hard-pressed to find a bread crumb or a speck of lint on them.  I was disappointed, but […]

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Creativity Writing

The Key to My Creative Process

I’m having a fascinating journey as a writer right now.  The past several weeks have been interesting. Some days I’ve lacked inspiration and other days I’ve been furiously jotting down ideas that I want to come back to.  Recently, I was reading a book called “Feck Perfuction” by James Victore and an idea popped into […]

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My Name Is Haroon and I’m An Artist

Far too much of my adult life has been shaped by what others wanted for me. My parents wanted me to have an arranged marriage to a (British) Pakistani girl. I did that. It ended in divorce. Badly.  My parents wanted me to get proper qualifications and do “respectable work”. So I got an undergraduate […]

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Love Is An Act of Sacrifice

“Love is an act of sacrifice” This is from my favourite poem I’ve written over the past 3 years. It was inspired by the closing lecture given by Robert McKee when I attended his Story seminar in May 2019. This line is poetic. Beautiful.  But now I have to put it into practice. I’m sitting […]

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Writing

The Best Time To Start Writing Is Now

I’ve been putting off writing this blog. The idea for this blog first emerged early in 2017. It was going to be called “Finding Haroon” Back then seismic shifts were happening in my life. Namely: 1.) I admitted to myself that I had mental health issues and sought professional help. 2.) I ended my 10-year […]