Sparing us embarrassment.


Q: How do you say your name?

A: Uh-LAY-nuh Muh-BAH-so.

Q: You can’t be American with that name. Are you Italian or Russian or Irish or something?

A: Don’t get out much, do we? My ex-husband is South African. 

Q: What’s with those fish?

A: Those are my old goldfish. I like them. 

Q: Why is a chicken chasing a dinosaur up there?

A:  It’s a medium-length story.  Check out  Why Writers Are the Chicken Rex.  Also, I like to draw. 

Q: So what do you do?

A: I’m a freelance writer and editor.

Q: What do you write about?

A: Toads. Theater. Helicopters. Astronauts. App developers. Town halls. Pottery.  Mental health. Investing. You name it.

Q: So what’s your day job, to pay the bills?

A: I’m a freelance writer and editor.

Q: Sweet. How do you become a writer?

A: Network and stuff and pretty much kiss relaxing goodbye.

Q: Can I hire you to write something for me?

A: Yes. Get in touch at Alaina.Mabaso(at) 

Q: Can I e-mail you with “promotional” opportunities and “sponsored” or “guest” post requests?

A: Yes. If you enjoy wasting your time. 

Q: Can I subscribe to this blog?

A: Sure thing, Captain Internet. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you can’t handle that level of commitment, find me on Twitter. 

Q: Are you really a published writer outside of this blog?       

A: Yep.

Q: Prove it.

A: OK. Here are a few samples, among hundreds and hundreds of bylines. Maybe thousands.  Numbers aren’t my strong point.

A tough School District controversy in North Philly

Space training for Virgin Galactic commercial sub-orbital spaceship passengers

Violet Oakley, muralist of the Pennsylvania State Capitol

A review of the latest “Jane Eyre” film

A review of a play I pretty much hated.

A filmmaking helicopter pilot

The great toad migration of Roxborough, PA

A review of the TV show “Man vs Wild”


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