This is a serial novel. To view Chapter Four visit: https://abdallahalalfy.medium.com/phonecall-from-heaven-chapter-four-db7ef68d1745

By the time his cab had rolled up to the hospital gate it was already getting on in the day. The hassle from that junky-mugger incident had taken quite a bit of time and the traffic had been irritatingly slow to the burger place. There was a queue the length of the Mississippi when he got there, and the traffic to Jad’s hospital had been (if it were at all possible) even worse! Joshua got out and made his way past the gate then headed to the very far…


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*Trigger Warning: Violence, Murder, Etc*

In our dreams, we visit many places. Some of us anyway. And dreams come in many forms. There are dreams we don’t realise we’re dreaming, and then lucid dreams. Dreams that we know are dreams. A subtype of lucid dreams are dreams we can control. Seems straightforward enough. Right? Would that things simply fit in their boxes so elegantly. Not every dream we control is one where we know that we are dreaming. And some dreams, we only partially control. Today you hear the tale of one such dream. …


A guide to Search Engine Optimisation for Writers

If you’re earning a living from writing, or you’re attempting to, or even just flirting with the idea, the odds are you’ve come across this phrase before. Search Engine Optimisation. The odds are you’ve also read the abbreviation for that phrase: SEO. Whether you’re slinging copy, boosting traffic on your personal blog, or trying to drum up interest in your latest chapbook or novel, taking SEO into consideration nowadays is paramount. Several of you have likely been told that you need to improve your SEO skills for better career opportunities. …


This is a serial novel. To view Chapter Three visit: https://abdallahalalfy.medium.com/phonecall-from-heaven-chapter-three-4d872f6b0d8a

Looking around him he could see that Chinatown was changing. It wasn’t the place he remembered 20 years ago as a kid. It hit him that at some point of most people’s lives, they swear they’ll never forget certain things. But in the end, people remember what they remember, and forget what they don’t. This went for everyone, Joshua most of all. But he still remembered better than most. And those who remember better than most are doomed to take longer to truly move on. All that aside, in…


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Josh sat idly spacing out at his desk for about 10 minutes when his cell phone rang. “Lake here” he answered without looking.

“Hello Josh.”

Josh went silent for a minute

“Who is this?” he finally asked.

“You might have forgotten my voice over the years Josh but the last time we talked was this morning. You know it’s me.”

“I’m gonna get checked out.”

“I’m sure you will. You weren’t very nice to that girl.”

“She wasn’t very nice to me,” Josh growled.

“Still. That’s no excuse. What’s…


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I look outside the window. The snow is picturesque. In Canada, the cold has a tendency to get into your bones, but inside, in a warm and well-heated building, the white blanket covering the world is deceivingly beautiful. Canada in general is a beautiful country. In the summer, it feels as gorgeous as it looks outside. In many ways, it’s the perfect setting. But I am far from a perfect man. I do not refer to my faults, though they be many. I refer to the homesickness from which I suffer. I close my eyes, and I’m in Egypt, driving…


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Why publish yourself? Because nowadays, you can do it for free. Traditional publishing and the paths leading towards it are unfair, uneven, and generally inconsistent. But if we’re going to bash traditional publishing for its irregularity and unfairness, it only makes sense to be fair ourselves. You need to know what you get out of traditional publishing before postponing it. Or even outright rejecting it. So let’s begin by highlighting its advantages.

Pros

1. Buying You Time


The origins of Ras Al Ghoul in Egyptian Folklore

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Quite a lot of people heard of a character called Ra’s al Ghul. In the DC universe, and films based on DC publications, Ra’s al Ghul is a major antagonist, frequently clashing with Batman. He leads several groups, the most prominent being his “League of Assassins”. But in fact, the DC villain was not the first character to bear the name. Another character bearing the name appears centuries earlier, in Egyptian folklore. …


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Need cash? Rhetorical. We all do. Whether you’re looking to supplement income from your main career or you’re tired of your main gig and want to take time off and earn your keep differently, here’s a list of interesting, exciting side gigs that earn well enough to be main gigs if you want them to.

1. Become a Body Guard — In some legal jurisdictions, all you need to hire yourself out as somebody’s personal protection officer is a Security Guard license, which is relatively easy to obtain. Often you take a short online course, a live, hands-on, first aid…


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I’m going to give you a broad idea of what you need to start your own radio station at home. Via the internet. You know what you want to broadcast. Music, interviews, comedic monologues or maybe you just want to go off on rants no one around you wants to listen to. Whatever, that’s your business. This article’s just meant to help you make it happen. In the most basic sense, you need very little in the way of equipment.

To start your own radio station you need:

1. A reasonably functioning PC / Laptop with a reliable internet connection.

Abdallah Al Alfy

Writer, Commentator, Pharmacist, Some-time poet. Love me. I command it.

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