This year I figured that success is actually three steps away.

1. You take the first step. Purely an impulsive act.

2. You may be pushed back, way back than from where you started. Rejection that you need to accept gracefully.

3. Try a leap this time because you realized earlier that a step wont do. Persistence and determination do the trick, if you’ll take my word.

Bingo! You have what you wanted the most, ergo success.

Proudly announcing, that Precipice Volume 3, A literally Anthology of Write On Edge, is now available for pre-order, with a release date of 11.17.2014, courtesy the Bannerwing Books.

This year’s theme “Boundaries” was open to contributions from authors all around the world. The contributing authors granted the honor of publication include :


Duffy Batzer

Valerie Boersma

Shelton Keys Dunning

Sara Healy

Dina Honour

Ashley Kagaoan

Laura Lord

Jennifer Williams

Elizabeth Yon


Elaine Alguire

Melissa Kirtley

Morgan Kellum

Andrea Mowery

Kristin Shaw

Janice Wilberg


Habiba Barry

Angie Kinghorn

Kirsten Piccini

Find my words and their’s in:



Print editions will be available for purchase on 12.1.2014. The pre-order link is:

Happy Reading!

©2014. Habiba Danyal


The Librarian.

Ali gave himself a last look in the mirror before picking up the pile of books resting on his table. “Mom! Going to the library,” he shouted, skipping the stairs in two’s and three’s.

“Library again? Oh….Ohkay. Be careful, love.”

I wonder what that boy does with all those books. I have never seen him reading.

As he entered the library he saw her. She was arranging some books in a shelf. Dressed in black today, she looked ravishing. As she turned around to stack some books, she acknowledged his presence with a smile.

Ah! That deadly smile. Man! She can kill a dozen guys in one go.

“Read them already, have you?” She ruffled his hair as she moved around him to reach her desk. Ali noticed the bangles on her creamy hands. Her nails were painted scarlet today. Not talon-like nails, but trimmed just to the right size!

She waved her hands to gain his attention. “Hey! Where did you go? Off to Narnia?”

“Puhleez! I am too old for Narnia.”

She chuckled. She knew he was a bit touchy about his age. And the kind of books he read!

Just then darkness engulfed them. “Oh damn! They are cutting off the power supply for 3 hours now. Let me light the candlesticks.”

“Need any assistance there, Madam?”

Both of them looked up to see a handsome man, walk in and up to her. Even in the faint light of the only candlestick she had managed to burn, Ali saw her blush.

Oh shit!!!

©2012.Habiba Danyal
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For Write On Edge’s Red Writing Hood Prompt – Clue.

In honor of the classic Hasbro game and the unforgettable performance of Tim Curry as Wadsworth the Butler, your flash fiction or creative non-fiction piece this week should include the words “candlestick”, “scarlet”, and “library”. The words can be in any context you wish, and you have 250 words (247 of which you can choose yourself).

7 HP Spells That I Wish Actually Worked!

J.K. Rowling is up to it again!!! Writing a book I mean. 🙂 But this time it happens to be a book for adults – that means us. We, who have grown with the HP series and we, who stuck with Harry till the very end! Yaaay us! The HP generation.

Now that I am done with breaking news – the topic at hand. I was lying down being my usual lazy self, when I felt thirsty and I just couldn’t wouldn’t get up and drink water. At that moment I wished “only if the Summoning Charm would work!” So that’s how I worked up this blog. And since it was thanks to the Summoning Charm that I thought of this topic so it just had to be on the list!

Starting with no.7 [ don’t know why but it seems to be the fashion here at word press these days to list things in the descending order]:

7. Summoning Charm – Accio : summons objects

For a lazy bummer like me, the news of this spell being functional would be like vacations announced early! The number of things we can summon without moving our butts! At the same time it can give birth to accidents I suppose – at least in my room! Something or the other will always be in the air and if they happen to be my books… Uh oh! They do have the potential to knock people senseless!!!! Nevertheless, who cares as long as I don’t have to move. 😉

6. Alohomora: unlocks objects

Now this is one useful spell! Since childhood I have had a thing against locked objects – locked cupboards, locked doors, locked diaries! I remember once trying to open my elder cousin’s diary with a safety-pin – it got stuck in there! Don’t ask me what happened later on…..curiosity killed the cat! Although I had practised the trick on a door several times but I guess there is a difference between picking locks with a bobby pin and a safety-pin! With this spell being functional…. bingo!

5. Tarantallegra : forces opponent to dance

Oh yeah! There are quite a few people I would love to see dance. Not for self-entertainment purposes but for self-contentment purposes! People like those in the administration department of my university and other such stupid government offices who make our lives miserable by constantly keeping us on the go!

4. Rictusempra : to make the victim laugh uncontrollably as if being tickled

This is THE spell for whiners! People who whine about just anything and everything! And the worst part is that you gotta listen to them because 9/10 times they happen to be your own friends!! Huh…it may give them a life and since laughing exercises are  so much in fashion these days – they can laugh their so-called problems off! And when they will hear themselves blabbering in that laughing mode – their woes that sound stupid only to you otherwise, may sound stupid to them as well, which may deplete the store of their whine-ries!  😉

3. Legilimens : delves into the mind of the opponent

For two-faced gossip mongers who call themselves your friends! People who flit from here to there chirping away bits of gossip and spreading rumours. People who can give you diabetes with their sugar-coated sweetness and cuteness. People who will if need be, use your shoulder as a rung to climb up the ladder of success! Legilimency will certainly be a punishment for such people – for they would know that you are scanning their lies, sifting through their emotions and weighing their intentions! Who knows, you may get lucky if their guilt kills them – keep them fingers crossed!

2. Levicorpus : dangles your opponent upside down in the air

Aha! The Jackpot spell if it works. For anyone and anything that annoys me. And since it’s a non-verbal spell – nobody would know that I cast it! The no. of people I can think of at the moment and that stupid cat Zulaikha who roams about in my university and is no less than Mrs.Norris! Irksome to its core it is. I wonder who named her though! Any way, moving on to no.1…

1. The Body Binding Curse – Petrificus totalus :  renders the victim completely immobile

The perfect spell to put on all those nerds of your class! All the ‘know-it-alls’, the ‘sir! I have a question at the last-minute of the lecture’ geeks, the ‘sir! can you please explain it for the 40th time as I am too thick-headed’ dorks and the ‘I have finished all the course, started revision and now I am gonna haunt your dreams’ idiots! Freaks! Weirdos!

Sigh….. If only these spells would work – life would be sooo much easier!

©2012 Habiba Danyal.

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