About: Privacy + Podcast + Engage

Tales of Writing + Books + Compassion + Culture + Wagging Tails = Happiness Between Tails blog & podcast!


Searching for intelligent heartfelt posts about writing, arts, and love by a novelist (tales) that’s fun (happiness) and animal-loving (tails)?

If you enjoy the ideas and sensibility here and on the Happiness Between Tails Podcast, you’ll love my novels once they’re published — “Flamenco and the Sitting Cat” and its sequel, “Tango and the Sitting Cat.” They’re my love letters to all who worry that they’re too odd or old, too damaged or young or whatever, to find happiness alone or with a partner.


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Click H-E-R-E for my podcast version of this blog, located at AnchorFM. There you’ll also find links to subscribe, hear, and share it via most any platform, from Spotify and Apple Podcasts, to Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, along with RadioPublic and Castbox and Stitcher and more, plus an RSS feed. The full list of 50+ places is at LinkTree.

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My Wedding Henna + The Henna Artist's Bighearted Alka Joshi on Saris Happiness Between Tails

#Authors #Writing #India #Pro-Choice #WomensRights #DressCodes “The Henna Artist,” by Alka Joshi is as big-hearted as the novelist! Here Alka discusses how today’s professional women of India handle dress codes. Are dress codes unbiased where you work? Got questions, thoughts, and/or experiences to share about writing and publishing? Record them on my Anchor by Spotify page — or comment at HappinessBetweenTails.com — or email me. Like what you hear? Buy me a coffee. buymeacoffee.com/SupportHBT Time Stamps (where segments begin): HBT introduction Today’s topic and about today’s guest 1:05 Alka Joshi discusses the wearing of saris in India My question for you and episode outro HBT outro Links used for the HBT blog post of this episode: Original blog post for this episode. Alka Joshi's website and Youtube channel. About the books I'm writing. Chris Miller, the super-talented photographer and her Instagram. Photos available at the HBT post for this show: Book cover of “The Henna Artist,” by Alka Joshi. Photos of me, da-AL, with henna tattoos for my wedding. Alka’s photos from Ansal University, just outside of New Delhi: Gurgaon's news bulletin board, students, architecture staff. Alka’s photo of an architect wearing a sari. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/depe9/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/depe9/support

About Me: da-AL

da-AL with Emmy
My Emmy statuette.

One of my short stories was printed in Verdad. Twice I’ve been granted the honor of attending Literary Women Festival of Authors as an “Emerging Author.”

Since I learned to hold a pencil, I’ve been a writer. My journalism awards include an Emmy (more about that and the video h-e-r-e) and various cable TV ones.

Some of my visual artist was featured in “New Directions in Altered Books,” by Gabe Cyr and California State Long Beach’s literary journal, Rip Rap. (See some of my art h-e-r-e.)

As a visual artist, some of my art is featured in “New Directions in Altered Books,” by Gabe Cyr and California State Long Beach’s literary journal, Rip Rap.)

Some of my childhood was spent in parts of Spain, much of my school years between U.S. coasts. Throughout, I was thrilled to exchange letters with my grandmothers in Argentina and Spain, as well as penpals from the schools I left behind.

My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, animals, and literature. The charming lab-mix dog in the photo keeps me from sitting too long and brooding over commas.

da-Al with youngest black lab mix
The baby of the family..


I do my best to publish something new around the middle of each week. Your comments are important to me, so if I haven’t replied to you within a week, my apologies in advance for what is surely an oversight.


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317 thoughts on “About: Privacy + Podcast + Engage

  1. Tee Wai November 10, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Great work, great blog and though I haven’t read it yet but yours must be a great book too!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Evir November 10, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Hello, Da !
    Thank your for info about your book !
    Have a good day

    Liked by 2 people

    • da-AL November 10, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      thanks for the good wishes & for stopping by, Evir 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. duskalert November 6, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Congratulations.for your book.!
    Keep writing🌷😚
    Your book will definitely be worth reading
    I’m following you plz do check out my blog and give my posts a read.Thanku in advance.💞

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL November 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thanks much for the encouragement, Jannat. Indeed, your blog is lovely and I encourage all who read this to check it out. Wishing you fun & success 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • duskalert November 7, 2017 / 11:18 am

        Awww 😍😍😍😍💗
        Thanku soo soo much💞
        🍫🍫your way.😊

        Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL November 4, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks much! Am much enjoying your gorgeous site too 😀


    • da-AL November 4, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Would love if you’d submit a guest post here. If you’re interested type Call for Writers into search box


  4. dtills October 25, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Congratulations on your book! I will be on the lookout for it 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Plantsandbeyond October 25, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Good Afternoon. Love your site and esp. your Name. I have 3 pooches. Can’t live without them. Glad to meet you and off to read your posts 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Pete J. Probe October 1, 2017 / 12:15 am

    I´m new here and scrolled down a long list of comments…sounds all good!!
    I would be interested in a book because I must improve my English and want to do it without the internet.
    And my best friend wants to improve his English too.
    May I introduce our life together so far:
    Now I will have a look at your Blog!
    Thank you!!
    Jürgen from Loy (PJP)

    Liked by 2 people

    • da-AL October 1, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      thank you – & what a sweet post there 🙂


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