Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fasting with a Disability

Hello readers, 

We know fasting long hours is hard. We know fasting in the heat is hard. Have you ever thought of fasting with a disability? 

God says those with long term illnesses don't have to fast. Yet I want to try and push myself. I want the experience and good deeds. 

We are a little over being halfway done with Ramadan and here's my reflection:

Some days I can fast all day without getting hungry and some days I'm starving or aching in the last few hours. It depends on how much I drink and what I eat in the morning before I fast. I drink two large bottles of water. I have soup and dinner rolls, without those I'm hungry. 

Even on those starving hours I push myself saying I have only this much time left or that I need to finish my to do list or I should try napping and helping my mom. Other times I do break my fast or don't fast one day (or more). 

There is also the extra prayers. I try to stand throughout most or all of it and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don't. I just end up sitting. Yet these extra prayers are not mandatory. If I'm nor feeling well I pray less or not at all. 

With these long hours I have a very bad sleep schedule. Yet I'm blessed to see my friends everyday (and not have to worry about school when this is over). 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jul TCWT Blog Chain

Hello readers, 

This month's prompt is: “Take any character from one of your books and put them in a therapy session. Write a (short!) scene about what happens. (You can include multiple characters and make it a group therapy session.)”

I'm taking my MC, Fayha, from WOULD YOU BELIEVE. 

Therapist: What has been going on?
Fayha: My long time friend is leaving her faith and another friend is bullying me.
T: How is this friend bullying you?
F: She tells me I shouldn't wear certain things or can't believe I believe such things or would do such things. 
T: How does that make you feel?
F: sad, mad, useless. 

I hope you enjoyed that and you are interested in reading the story. I might do this two those two friends of hers to help my story. Thank you, TCWT for the inspiring prompt. 

Btw, I've been interviewed on Saba's blog and Tina's blog about my writing journey and poetry campaign. Check it out!


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mon Blessings #16: Begin of Jul

Hello readers,

I'm blessed that Ramadan starts tomorrow!!! And I just came back from a Muslim youth camp!! I'm on a faith boost!

Reflecting on yourself and having confidence were the two big things taken away from camp. Of course, the fast-paced made sisterhood! 

I've written so many poems, but you're going to have to wait a bit because they are under consideration for the camp's upcoming issue. 

My goals are to lessen my time on the Internet. I made a goal to go on only on the weekends. I want to read/understand the Quran and better my prayers. I want to do little things like exercise and watch the sunrise and help my mom. 

Love, Fida 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Daughter of Chaos cover reveal

Hello readers,

LOGLINE: Nothing is more terrifying than the witch who wields red magic.

From Goodreads: Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.

Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.

But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.

DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.

Bio: Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.


Friday, July 5, 2013

What's up Wed & IWSG

Hello readers,

This is a couple days late because I was at camp (which inspired me)!

Today I'm insecure about my crowdfunding project because with the promo I feel like one of those spammers and I feel like I don't have much support. I did though find some people to help with editing, formatting and designing.