Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Blessings #12: It's a Fairytale

Hello readers!
Also hello to the ones I see lurking in the shadows, waiting for my A to Z entries! (-:

Today like any day, I'm blessed with many things
thankful for those many things

Before the weekend I revealed my thoughts
on self publishing a poetry collection, woohoo!
I volunteered the second time at the local Islamic school

I found a new favorite, honey walnut shrimp
it doesn't even taste like shrimp

Over the weekend I was blessed
to go to a wedding
a Palestinian wedding to be exact, it was fairy tale like
I learned so much from it about my culture
I had fun, blessed to be with friends.

-Fida Islaih
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

A to Z Preview


As you know April is coming up in a few days and that also means the A to Z challenge! I've heard it before and always thought of it. This year... I'm participating in it for the first time! April is also national poetry month and Poetic Asides has a poem a day challenge.

So my theme... instead of doing something for each... I'm combining them!

Alphabet poetry!

Duh! That's the first reason I have this blog.

Check out the big list to see who else is participating in 'The Big Reveal' blog hop.

So if you're still here, last week on my blog and twitter I hinted about something, today I'm sharing the details. It has to do with the challenges. I've seen people publish a book of their A to Z stuff. I want to do that! I even already created a cover! I want to publish a poetry collection, and that might just happen later this year... woohoo!!

-Fida Islaih
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: Palace of Stone

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I love the descriptions as she travels. I love how they say and show a land remembers her people. I love that they stick up for each other or try to help. I love that the king and queen finally listened and talked to Miri. Most of all there is a revolution and that they show how it started and the starting points of it and that things can take a turn.

There is a scene where they go to feed the poor. It reminds me of Isa (AS)'s mother Maryam (AS) as she went to feed the poor. The starting of the revolutions reminded me of the ones that recently happened.

There is parts of the whole story I took note of for my own story.

-Fida Islaih
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Blessings #11: Friends and I

Hello readers,
I'm blessed to have a night full of laughter and some philosophical moments that inspired ideas for poetry. I'm blessed to have seen my friends this weekend. I'm blessed to have made a new one. I'm blessed to have learned more things of my faith and renew what I know and my energy. I'm blessed to have more ideas for stories. I'm blessed to have learned more about myself not just directly from the lectures, but indirectly with interactions. I'm blessed with everything small like having chocolate and hearing the birds.

Even though I didn't get into round 2 of PitchMadness, I'm blessed to have tried and I want to share it with you (feedback is welcomed):

Name: Fida Islaih
Title: Deciding Hijab
Genre: YA contemporary
Word Count: 11k

Pitch: Yasmeen started wearing the headscarf. Along with covering up comes problems. There is unwanted attention from boys and misinformation. There is some good, she meets a faithful Christian girl who is interested in Islam.

Excerpt: I remember as a toddler I always go to the mosque with my mom and sister. It is another friday, yet we are rushing. My mom didn't get anything to keep me busy or put on my headscarf. At the mosque while everyone was listening, I just wandered around the room. I like seeing all the women and girls in their scarves. It was colorful.

Getting bored, I go to my sister. I pet my own hair. Then I touch my sister's scarf. She understands what I want, but doesn't have my scarf, so she sends me to my mom. I did what I did to my sister to my mom. She gave me my scarf. I went back to sister to help me put it on. After that I sat down patiently.

We didn't stay in the community too long. We always have to move. From state to state, I go to three schools in four years. Finally in fifth grade my family settled in a small town. I'm Yasmeen and I start seventh grade in a few days. Ramadan just started.

On the first weekend my parents decided to invite the community to our house for Iftar. I'm glad I made friends quickly or it would have been more awkward than it actually was. My friend, Noor and I were sitting in my room talking where every few minutes my brothers and their older boy friends kept barging into my room. I finally had enough and screamed at them.

*the full story can be found on wattpad.

-Fida Islaih
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: Out of the Easy

I was at the bookstore with my New Orleans, French Quarter sweatshirt. I saw 'The Nightmare Affair' on the shelf. One shelf down was 'The Inventor's Secret'. It made me happy.

I remember reading 'The Princess Academy'. There was book that went along with it, 'Palace of Stone'. I got it and read it as I enjoyed my Reece's peanut butter cup cookie. I couldn't finish the book because I had to leave, but I did do research from it for my fantasy novel.

I still did buy a book. I bought 'Out of the Easy'. It's funny how I wore and held a book that both told of New Orleans:

Out of The Easy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the cover. The girl behind the cage says she is trapped, but is trying to get out.

At first I was weary about reading this because the MC's mom is a prostitute and she lives in a house full of them. All she does is clean for them. I feel sorry for her. Yet as I find out she works in a bookstore and is planning to get out of town I grew to like her. I continue to like her because she goes on to help a mentally ill person. She also has flaws, she is naive and I can relate to that. She hides things in a place where things have been stolen before. She tries to keep quiet about things, but I'm happy when she finally tells about them. I understand her fear of not wanting to be alone. When I was reading I felt like I was her, jumping when she did, etc. Even though there are a few deaths and other losses in this book, there is still love and a happy ending.

-Fida Islaih
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Monday, March 11, 2013

TCWT Blog Chain - Dear Antagonists

Hello readers,

Today is also TCWT's March blog chain. The prompt: “Write a letter to an antagonist.” But I don't know who to write the letter to and what. This will be updated later today when I do. I hope you understand, Thanks! Well, I decided to write to a few antagonists instead of one, I hope you don't mind. Also, I'll warn you, there are some spoilers. If you plan to read 'The House I Loved' don't read paragraph two. Enjoy the letter!

Dear antagonists,

There is some of you I hate and some I'm okay with. I'd like for you to leave. But then how would a story happen without you.

Voldy, I know you hate that nickname. I hate that you had people kill my favorite people. But then what would be the plot of the story? So thank you! I know you're hating yourself right now. I'll leave you alone.

The government in 'The House I Loved', how can you think of destroying a house, a town with so much history. People have grown to it. You're not just breaking buildings, but hearts too. I suggest you stop, but then the story will still find a way to kill the MC. You made her and her friend die together instead of alone. It makes it sweeter. Thank you.

Doof (from Phineas and Ferb) you were the first known villain in my fictional part of life. You weren't that mean. You were more funny, messing things up. I know you hate that. I'll be nice and not remind you anymore. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Fida Islaih

Participants:
March 5th – Let's Get Writeral
March 6th – The Mysterious Scribbling Book
March 7th – Miriam Joy Writes
March 8th – Eat My Book
March 9th – The Chronicles of Odious Doom
March 10th – Miss Alexandrina
March 11th – you're here!
March 12th – Sarah Hudson Scribbles
March 13th – Musings From Neville's Navel
March 14th – April May Jay
March 15th – The Little Engine That Couldn't
March 16th – Olivia's Opinions
March 17th – The Loony Teen Writer
March 18th – Inside Liam's Brain
March 19th – Paulina Czarnecki
March 20th – The Notebook Sisters
March 21st – The Teenage Writer
March 22nd – My Sword And Pen
March 23rd – Mirror Made of Words
March 24th – Eat Write Die
March 25th – Reality is Imaginary
March 26th – Incessant Droning of A Bored Author
March 27th – Insatiable Before Death
March 28th - TCWT will announce the topic for next month’s chain.

Fida Islaih
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hearing About IWSG


I was reading Ali's post about this support group that talks about writerly doubts. I have doubts and I shall share them because that's the point of a support group.

I used to be insecure about traditional publishing, that no one with accept my writing. Then I heard of self publishing. Yet that added to my insecurities. I have no money or talent to showcase my writing. After IndieReCon I felt a better, yet once the high went away, I find it's only a little bit better. I need a team, I need help. I call for help, but I don't get replies.

That's another insecurity, I don't think I have any fans. My blog is becoming dead and I keep thinking of deactivating my twitter. The only reason I stay is for the knowledge.

And the worse insecurity, dare I say it. All the above add to me... wanting to quit writing. I have little motivation and that motivation is to show my Muslim community you don't have to be a doctor or lawyer or teacher to be successful.

I'm going to go cry now and hopelessly hope. Check out this list to see other posts.

-Fida Islaih
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