Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Blessings: Sisterhood

Hello readers,


Beautiful souls
Scenic views
All that those two can do

Take me under their wing
treat me like a sister
bring balance in me

Care for me, help me
understand me
listen to me

Give me hugs
and gentle touches
kisses on the cheek
wipe away my tears
make me smile and laugh

Reflect on our faith
on the life we have.

Love, Fida

Friday, December 19, 2014

Poem - My True Love Gave to Me

Hello readers,

If you follow me on tumblr you would have seen this poem come together. Enjoy!

On the seventh day
of the holidays
my true love gave to me

seven skies to watch
six scarves to keep me warm
five olives to eat
four hugs and kisses to receive
three balloons floating in the air
two birds flying for peace
and the alphabet.

Love, Fida

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's up Wednesday: Mid Dec

Hello readers,

I have not done any writing but I did read a bit. I read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Girl Boss and I'm currently reading Rebels By Accident.

I did do some more outlining for a couple stories. Mostly deciding small filler scenes that will add some more emotion to the stories.

Other than that, I won't be posting next week. So happy holidays!

Love, Fida

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Books I Read In 2014

Hello readers,

Here are my top 10 books I read this year in no particular order!

1. One + One = Blue by MJ Auch
2. Persepolis part 1 by Marjane Satrapi
3. Flesh & Bone by Lee Strauss
4. Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
5. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
6. Say What You Will by Cammie McGoven
7. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
8. Snip, Snip, Revenge by Medeia Sharif
9. Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris
10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Let's see who can guess what the theme is!

Edited in Bonus:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Her Olives by Fida Islaih (moi!)

Love, Fida

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Blessings #35: Mid Dec!

Hello readers,

Blessed to have
new fuzzy socks
for the color purple

Blessed for
everything chocolatey
the candy and drink
for peppermint

Blessed to dance
blessed with close friends
and loving family.

Love, Fida

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Poetry Challenge

Hello readers,

The book I chose was MORNINGS IN JENIN. My numbers are 6, 17, 93, 90, and 48:

A nobody
little bundle
to broad shoulders
his passing

The crowd thinned
the broken heart

The people hear
comprehend and said
a good cook as you
the news everyday

Brought to her
frightened, wounded
time passed

A malady
bent over the dinner table
spoke of
don't you die?

The original video.

Love, Fida


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's up Wednesday: December!

Hello readers,

I haven't read anything after finishing HEIR OF FIRE last week. I haven't written anything for any novels. I have stuck with writing mini poems.

I have made this awesome pic to promote my poetry book this holiday:

But we can't forget this awesomeness!

I'm excited to host the Cover Reveal of Prophecy of the Six, Book Two of the Prophecy Breakers series by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West. The cover was designed by Darren Boekweg of Boekweg Books Publishing and Cover Design.

About Prophecy of the Six

We didn't know how much we had to gain by being infected with magic. We found a purpose, we found a destiny, and we found each other.

But California isn’t the new start we were promised. Dr. Child may be gone, but now we must face a military school, dangerous secrets, and a prophecy that has half the country wanting us dead. When the line between enemies and allies blurs, Sam, Juliette, Ana and I need to choose between love and sanity, between magic and survival.

Paradise has a cost. When the authorities are suddenly giving you whatever you want, they’re going to demand everything in return. And that’s a price not all of us are strong enough to pay.
Freedom feels like safety, but it’s not. There are no walls here. No place they won’t be coming for us.

No place we won’t destroy.

About Alchemy

Book 1 in the Prophecy Breakers series
We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.  
Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone. 
We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.
In 2014, Alchemy was named on of the top 50 self-published books worth reading. On December 8,9, and 10th you can buy it for free here. For a limited time, Funny Tragic, Crazy Magic and Hidden Magic are also available for free.

About the Authors

Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West met online, (which isn't as weird as it used to be) and blog together at Their first collaborative project, Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers #1), was voted one of the top fifty self published novels worth reading by Indie Authorland.

Sheena Boekweg is the author of Funny Tragic Crazy Magic, and The Waxling (forthcoming). She is a mom of three from Utah and is prepared to survive a zombie apocalypse.

As a mom of four, Melanie Crouse thinks that parenthood is exactly like a zombie apocalypse. Melanie Crouse is the author of excuse notes, thank you cards, and the novel Hidden Magic.

Sabrina West is a writer and wildlife biologist living in San Diego, California. Her short fiction has appeared in markets such as Cover of Darkness; Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine; and Kayelle Press’s Night Terrors Anthology.

We love hearing from our readers, so drop us a line at, on facebook, twitter, or Internet stalking Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Love, Fida

Monday, December 8, 2014

Poem - Blessings

Late to you
not late to me
when I don't know

Never too late or too early
to feel blessed
for the friends
who make you fearless

Never late or early
for a dance or two

Never too late or too early
for the miracles
brought by angels on earth
angels in heaven

By the One.

Love, Fida

Psst... never too late or early to check out this link: Poetteers

Friday, December 5, 2014

Poem - She's Here

I hear the garage and thought someone closed it
I hear a woman's voice and thought
it was my sister
I see my brother and thought
I saw a sneaky smile
I hear him and thought
he said a stranger is here
I'm scared and thought no
I'm excited and thought
to creep down
I'm happy and thought smiles
She's here.

Love, Fida

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's up Wednesday: it's December!

Hello readers,

I finished HEIR OF FIRE. Glad we still got to read POVs from the guys. That we got to meet Aedion and Rowan. I didn't love but did like seeing Manon's pov even though I don't get it. I might have a clue about it. The cliffhanger is killing me and I have to wait about a year for the next book.

If you did see Monday's post I won NaNoWriMo two days early! I'm outlining KALEIDOSCOPE, so that it will be easier to see the plot holes. My goal is to finish that today.

Also, PitMad is tomorrow and I might participate in that with the different story.

Love, Fida

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Blessings #34: Dec Ed!

Hello readers,

Happy 1st of December!

This year has gone by too fast. But I'm happy with how it has gone.

And this past month I participated in NaNoWriMo and actually won it for the first time and two days early, shocker, right?!

Later this month I get to celebrate this blog's 6th birthday, wowza!

That's all for now,

Love, Fida

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's up Wednesday: Winners!

Hello readers,

I'm in the midst of reading HEIR OF FIRE. Whenever I put it down to do life, it kills me. I want to keep reading.

I'm still revising DH. Realized I never mentioned her old friends. Now they are starting to appear and love her new friends.

I'm also still doing NaNoWriMo. I'm at 41k!

Earlier, I was listening to the song True Colors. I think of writing color poems for my book. I realize I have. More than a couple, too. Two about black and white. One about purple. Two about rainbows.

Then suddenly I thought of the title for the book. Kaleidoscope.

My writing goal is to write 4k today. I did it yesterday, so I'm hoping I can do it again today. I hope I can win nanowrimo within the next two days.

Other than that, it's time to announce the winners of the giveaway! I will be contacting you soon.

Thank you for participating! If you haven't won or are still interested in my books, you can check them out here.

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Love, Fida

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Blessings #33

Hello readers,

I'm blessed I could have a little blog tour for my poetry collection.

I love those unexpected plot twists in stories you read and even in the stories you write.

My biggest blessing is my friends and everything they do for me.

Love, Fida

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Day of HUGS & KISSES Blog Tour

Hello readers,

It's the last day of this belated blog tour. I decided I should share with you some known and unknown behind the scenes facts:

1. While looking for poems to include I cried reading some of them.

2. These poems took more than three but five years.

3. I was supposed to publish in late July but unintentionally delayed it until mid August.

4. It's the shortest out of my three books.

5. Shel Silverstein is one of my inspirations.

I will be announcing the winners of my giveaway on Wednesday. Thank you!

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Love, Fida

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hugs & Kisses Tour Day 4

Hello readers,

Poetry Prompt:

Write a love letter to something or someone you had to let go.

My attempt:

I love you
I'm going to miss you
I already hear your pleas
I hear my own
but I'm going to have to let you go

You don't know this
but I do
I want the best for you

You aren't in a safe place
the best place
I want you to be comfortable
loved by more than one person
to be safe

I love you enough
to let you go
know you will remember me
I will see you soon.

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Love, Fida

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's up Wed: Blog Tour Day 3

Hello readers,

What I'm Reading

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT! The first book was already great but this second book kicked it up a notch with the OMG! moments.

What I'm Writing:

I'm keeping on with NaNoWriMo at 28k!

In between I'm switching back and forth between two stories:

Reading Deciding Hijab after a long break. I forgot about her short conversation about a school dance club. I didn't even put in a scene of her joining after the conversation. More revisions to come.

The other story is one I have a sneak peak on Wattpad.

What Else:

It's day three of belated Hugs & Kisses blog tour.

Earlier this month Medeia reviewed my book.

If you have read it or is planning to read it I would love to see your review on goodreads!

Poetry Prompt:

Write about the feeling reading gives you.

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Love, Fida

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hugs & Kisses Tour Day 2: Cover Design

Hello Poetteers,

It's day two of the belated blog tour! I get to talk about the cover design. I knew I wanted an illustration. A hand drawn look a like. An animal or little child with a balloon.

While looking up cover artists I fell in love with Sarah Kettle's work. I picked her to make the cover.

She did deliver what I wanted along with more. The title had to be in the picture. When I saw the mockup with two birds holding balloons and kissing with a kiss imprint in the background, I knew it was perfect.

We just had to change some color and finalize it. She added some beautiful floral bordering and it was set to go.

Poetry Prompt

Include birds and balloons in a poem.

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Love, Fida

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hugs & Kisses Tour Day 1: Cover Title

Hello Poetteers,

It's day one of belated blog tour of HUGS & KISSES.

I already knew I would be using the older poems on my blog. I had to name my book after it.

The format is what I was thinking about. Maybe to have it like a list.


Maybe I should take out the the word poetry.


Then I decided to simply have it HUGS & KISSES. I wondered to add 'a poetry collection'. I decided against it, since I didn't do it for the other two.

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Poetry Prompt:

Include hugs and kisses in a poem.

Love, Fida

Thursday, November 13, 2014

'Hugs & Kisses' Blog Tour

Hello Poetteers,

I realize I never did a blog tour for HUGS & KISSES. It's been three months since it has been published.

So of course I'm going to have a belated one, it will last for a week.

It will consist of poetry prompts and behind the scenes facts.

Stay tuned!

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Love, Fida

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's up Wednesday

Hello readers,

What I'm Reading:

I got and read two e-Arcs.

1. Behind the Stars by Leigh T Moore. I gave it 5 stars. The synopsis was left vague which left the story to be unexpected.

2. The Attic of Sand and Secrets by Medeia Sharif. I gave it 4 stars. I love the mystery. I love the diversity.

Also, I finally... for the first time, got to read THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J Maas!! I gave it 5 stars.

You will find more in depth reviews on goodreads.

What I'm Writing:

I'm in that two week slump for NaNoWriMo. This weekend I was at 17k. It's been three days and I'm at 18k. Hopefully better days are coming.

Lists are very helpfully. I recently learned one way to revise your novel is to write one line about each page you have. It's timely but you get to see what you character or plot point is missing.

What Else:

Got an award from Jessica at Lunatic Poet, thank you! I have to give seven facts and pass it on to some of my favorite bloggers.

- I've been blogging for almost 6 years. The 6th anniversary in December.
- This is my 4th year doing NaNoWriMo

- I have 3 self published poetry books: A TO Z POETRY, HER OLIVES and HUGS & KISSES.
- I created this hashtag/team name for my readers: #Poetteers.

I award this to Crystal and Medeia.

Thank you,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mon Blessings #32: Look Back on Love Letter

Hello Poetteers,

Violet inspired me to do this. Earlier this year we were in the Love-a-thon blog hop and wrote a letter to ourselves. Here we are towards the end of the year. You can read my letter here. She was looking back on hers and decided to do the same.

I felt loved with how I addressed myself. Habibti, my love, my darling.

I'm moving along with life. Since the letter I made new friends, reunited with old friends. They are all considered my sisters. I go out more. I still feel like I need to do more. I need to make more of an effort to hangout with friends.

Since the letter I went through one of the biggest hurdles in life. It made me appreciate my friends and let them know that. Keep the effort to be in touch. I'm more accepting of who I am with being an introvert. I'm loving myself. And even more loving as I conquer my fears.

A couple specific things I mentioned are my books. They are slowly but surely being known. But I know my poems are being loved. Another thing is my job. I left it. I feel better.

I have enough love from my family and friends, my writing, I don't need to worry about a love life.

I haven't traveled much but I have plans. The world is waiting.

Love, Fida

P.S. Thank you to Katelyn and Alexa for doing this!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 8

Hello readers,

My mind is blind
to the world around me

The sun trapped at the window
soon it will reach me
soon the veil is lifted
and I can see again.

Love, Fida

P.S. It's double up day at NaNoWriMo! Double up on chocolate, on coffee, on books: #Poetteers, but most importantly... word count!

It would be great if you could support me in helping me fundraise for NaNoWriMo.

Thank you!

Friday, November 7, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 7

Hello readers,

When I'm tired
I'm compelled to stay in bed
but also compelled to stay awake
and go on with my day

When I'm feeling myself
I'm compelled
to write poetry
to find the peace and love
in and around me.

Love, Fida

This is my fundraising page for NaNoWriMo. If you are able to support me I may write you a personalized poem.

Talking about poems, I have three collections published: #Poetteers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's up Wed: Nov Edition

Hello readers,

What I'm Reading

Last month I told you I read THE EVOLUTION OF EMILY. It comes out on the 18th and thought I should share my review!

The Evolution of EmilyThe Evolution of Emily by Kate Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just within the first chapter I'm already loving Emily and her want for more. I can tell she's a brave lady. It feels good to read about a quiet main character. There isn't many of them in YA fiction. Her writing style is reflected.

I felt as though that Olivia was the main character, as well. And how could I forget Sam (from the first book)? It was great to be able to catch up with her on her life after the book.

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What I'm Writing

I am participating in NaNoWriMo ! My tip is to have an outline. It can be a full one or a one sentence pitch. I have one idea for each day.

You are wondering what if the character ends up writing her own story? That it goes a different direction? So be it. I can still put the idea if the day in. I can make it connect, work... right? We need that word count!

Also, plan your time!

Love, Fida


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 4

I may not be a superhero
but I will be your hero
or at least try

all these songs
talking about it
stuck it my head

Like another fairytale

Love, Fida


Monday, November 3, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 3

Hello readers,

I'm under a blanket of sadness
so I blanket my feelings
it's all so heavy
all too much
I want to take the blankets off
but I'm scared of the cold I'll get

Love, Fida


Sunday, November 2, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 2

Hello readers,

Together again
my sadness and I
never separate

Together again
I don't know what to do with you
I try to ignore you
manage you

Together again
to share our love.

Love, Fida

Check out the link to find the book in the picture: #Poetteers

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 1

Hello readers,

It's game over today
I don't know about tomorrow
or the day after that
maybe it will be another game over
or it won't be another game over
I still will play again

I will find my strength
stand on firm ground
or not so firm
I will roll up my sleeves
and fight all night

I will fight until it stops
saying game over for my happiness
I will play again
until my happiness is back

This sad feeling
It will soon be over.

Love, Fida


Friday, October 31, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 31

Hello poetry lovers,

We found it
we can rekindle our hope
see the memories of excitement
memories of love
I am in wonder
in gratitude
for this moment
again and again.

Love, Fida


Thursday, October 30, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 30

Hello readers,

The day before
we don't expect tomorrow
we don't expect what will happen next
it's a surprise
shakes our world

Thinking you will be lonely
later you have your first love
you thought you were safe
but now your country is in war
you thought you would always be in the middle of chaos
but later birds fly in the sky again
you are at peace

The day before
doesn't tell you
what tomorrow will be like.

Love, Fida

For the book mentioned in the picture, check out this link: #Poetteers

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 29

Hello readers,

I was blinded by joy
by grief
all from annoyance and embarrassment
I want that consuming bliss
that euphoric moment again

I don't want to be blind
from the good moments
I want to experience them

I don't want the good moments to blind me
I want to care for those
without many or any good moments.

Love, Fida

Check out this link: #Poetteers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 28

Hello readers,

No plans

Accidentally make the others
sleep in
be late

You realize
the urge to go

the hunger
for knowledge
to keep busy
to find what you love
do what you love

the hunger
keeps you up
keeps you from falling asleep
wakes you up
in the middle of the night
until you do what you need to do
until you do what you want to do

Or maybe
it's just thirst
wakes you up
in the middle of the night

Dry throat
makes you uncomfortable
until you do something for it

helps the throat

Hot chocolate
helps to fall asleep.

Love, Fida


Monday, October 27, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 27

Hello readers,

Cry myself to sleep
every night
living with insomnia

Toss and turn
every night
wonder why
I have insomnia

Too many thoughts
feelings and voices
in my mind
as my head hits the pillow

I need to learn
to quiet them down
way before bedtime;

Those precious moments
when you drift to sleep
and you don't wake
until your alarm
finally rested

I'm happy, content
can have a busy day
don't have to feel lazy
just for being tired.

Love, Fida


Sunday, October 26, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 26

Fears are something you end up liking
I'm afraid of heights
and I love hiking
nostalgic for an airplane ride

Used to be afraid of the dark
but now it's what keeps me comfortable

Used to be so scared of dogs
run away
walk away
today for the first time
I didn't change my pace
move away

It came to sniff me
I didn't care
wasn't scared

I think after getting any pet
you are more understanding their language, their love.

Love, Fida


Saturday, October 25, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 25

It's a magical moment
to experience miracles.

Miracles big and small
they are in everyday life
the way rocks form
how trees grow
face the ground or sky

The home we have
the air we breathe

Being able to feel God's presence.

Love, Fida

Friday, October 24, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 24

Hello readers,

There is no such thing as guilty pleasures
they are simply pleasures
you shouldn't hide
what you love

Everyone has their own fashion sense
has their signature dance move.

If you do hide it
it isn't good
and you should take it out
of your life.

Love, Fida


Thursday, October 23, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 23

Hello readers,

All to well
I begin again
believe it
I won't let the beast of burdens
hold me down

Begin again
in starlight

And then there was
everything has changed
time to write.

Love, Fida


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 22

Hello Poetteers,

A journey
an opportunity
to do something spontaneous
something you always wanted
have someone hold you accountable
give you a deadline

The nerves
the adrenaline
you are excited enough to think about it
have a nervous breakdown
but for once you are too excited to over think
you book a time and place

You practice and practice
the night comes
and you hear your name

For once it's not something to be scared about
you are excited, happy
the audience is too
they know you

That's one thing different
in all other times they don't know you
and you don't know the subject
this time you do

You get to the stage
and see people smiling
not looking like they are bored

You hold the mic
and start to read
transported to that world
you give emotion in your voice
for emphasis
not on your face
for fear

You finish
and leave that world
to see people clapping and loving it
loving you

Throughout the night
people come to you
saying it was good
you touched me
I'm glad you did that

Never before
have I felt this
glad the other moments in high school
haven't traumatized me
I want to do this again.

*this is based on truth, on the two different times I read to an audience from my poetry books: A TO Z POETRY and HUGS & KISSES.

Thank you,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 21

Hello Poetteers,

On daybreak I see the purity
in everything including me

I will do more than run around
I will leave a handprint
at least a fingerprint

I will leave a memory
an impression

on the world
at least one person
one place at a time

By night comes
I see I gave a new love.

*I hope I can do this with my poetry collections. I really would appreciate if you check it out if you haven't already.

Thank you,

Monday, October 20, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 20

Hello Poetteers,

Two months ago today I published my third poetry collection, HUGS & KISSES.

Also, check out my fundraising page for NaNoWriMo!

And finally, OctPoWriMo >>

Rather be
have all the chances
chasing the sun

It's more than what you think
written word wanting to be spoken
verses decorated
seeing the world

In the afterlight.


It's late
you're late
I don't want to rush
I'm tired of having to hurry
give my heart a break

Don't forget
I never do
let me know it's going to be okay

Cuz even if the stars and moon collide
the positive vibes are still in the air
centuries have passed

it's going to be okay.

Love, Fida

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 19

Hello poetry lovers,

It is a grey sky
it carries on throughout the week
the air feels chill
feels damp

The rain falls
a drizzle
sounds like tapping on my window
it gets heavier
sounds like someone left the faucet on

The sun shines the most bright after rain
after hiding behind the clouds
besides a rainbow
once it rises

The raindrops
on the flowers, leaves and grass
a beauty only sharp eyes see

those are the best moments
when you can see shadows
and know they will leave.

Love, Fida


Saturday, October 18, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 18

Hello poetry lovers,

Any luck
in being?

I'm nervous
even with those I love
I talk, ramble
until I can't anymore

My shaking from being nervous
finally stops with the talking
I'm finally calming down
I'm quiet

Grateful for the original love
from my friend
worrying about me
finding a pen for me to use
being playful with me
I'm hopeful

I tell myself
I have to be elegant
but it doesn't last long

It's like the nerves
took all my energy
I start going downhill
drained and tired

Wanting the frisky back
wanting the adventure to go on
but I also want it to end
rest awhile before the next adventure.

Love, Fida


Friday, October 17, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 17

Hello poetry lovers,

The prompt is interesting but I'm unsure about the result:

My thoughts are points
from a laser
I have to connect
My thoughts are lines of lasers
acting like guards
I have to skip

I obsessively dream
of my other life
as it leaves
polite echoes
in my mind
throughout the day

I'm trapped in my own mind
a statue by my thoughts
it feels like a punishment
like I have to book it
or I can stay
and write a book
to free myself.

Love, Fida


Thursday, October 16, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 16

Hello poetry lovers,

After three days of not following the prompts...

Once upon a time
I was on one fine wire
I was your hope

My worry ends
you are my hope
through the dawn of day
the dusk of night

Am I wrong
I know I'm not
I'm blessed
we have a love like this
we live happily ever after.

It's teen read week! Is my poetry collections one of the many books on your list? I hope so. It might inspire you to get out of your funk. Maybe inspire you to go do something, stand up for something. May just inspire something.

I'll stop now. Love,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What's Up Wed & Day 15

Hello readers,

What I'm Reading

I started and finished SOULLESS by Crystal Collier! It wasn't as scary as the first book because I've already been introduced to the villains in the first book. The revelations in this story shocked me. I didn't see it coming at all. I can't wait to see how it all wraps up in the third and last book.

Finally, DAMSEL DISTRESSED by Kelsey Macke was published yesterday! I got a chance to read it and even finish it. It was a bit hard to read in the beginning. It was an easy read but the topic itself left me anxious. It left me in tears. The music that goes with it helps make the story even that much more powerful. Reading this story I felt like I was in Imogen's footsteps, learning along side her. I love her friends. I appreciate that the author wrote about the topic of anxiety and depression. I felt like I learned more about it. Thank you for an inspiring story!

What I'm Writing > OctPoWriMo

Instead of following the prompt today, here is a poem inspired by yesterday's read.
We're all mad
Heavy with emotion
Not just about a summer love
A thousand times
A thousand years
I deal
With heavy emotions

God knows
I want you to put your arms around me
say no goodbye to me
through the dark
I need a pocketful of sunshine

You are all calling for me
I'm calling you
I'm in misery
as I'm on one fine wire
trying to remember
I'm blessed

My demons
I feel something about
being without me
I’m sinking
a thousand years

Calling you
Through the dark

Between the raindrops
All of me
Don't wake me up

You tell me
To try not to cry, little one
I’m bleeding out

I want you to try
To let me go

I need my strength

How to save a life
We both know
Human and brave

Unseen by me
Be free now
Fix you, fix me
Look into my eyes
Breaking at the cracks
Always speak too late
Breathe easy.

Love, Fida

#Poetteers (check out my latest poetry collection, HUGS & KISSES)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tues #4 & Day 14

Hello readers,

Before I get to the poem of the day, here are places books have made me want to visit:

1. Hogwarts - Harry Potter
2. Spruce Knoll - Heather McCorkle
3. Broken Branch Falls - Tara Tyler
4. Jar Island - Burn for Burn
5. Paper Towns - John Green
6. Quantum Technologies - Jamie Grey
7. Oceanside High - Jenny Kaczorowski
8. Downside - Neal Shusterman
9. New Beijing - Marissa Meyer

Now into OctPoWriMo:

Something I'm always told,
is what I plan to do
with my one wild, precious life

It's the journey
not the destination
It's not about the results
but the means of getting there.

In the world
always changing
never listening
never helping
everyone in their own bubble

Show resistance
let a revolution start
where people finally listen
finally help.

That is my heart
one day you will understand
for now
let me be.

I know it's true
it happens to me
I'd rather you read my heart
than not see my face at all.

Love, Fida

#Poetteers & happy book birthday to Kelsey Macke and DAMSEL DISTRESSED!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Blessings #31: Imperfection

Hello poetry lovers,

Like I said yesterday I'm stuck on the prompts. But I did end up writing something new this time. Enjoy!

Everyone has them
some people don't notice them
still finding a friend in you
loving you.

I see your aura all around
bright and warm
filled with love.

it doesn't matter
a friend's wedding happens
prove to you
how strong a personality
a love can be.

Thank you, Fida

(for more poems, check out my book, A TO Z POETRY).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 12

Hello poetry readers,

For once I'm stuck with the prompt. I don't have anything new to write. I did find a few old snippets I wrote that goes with the topic. Enjoy!

She has a choice
of her faith or desires
maybe she can have it both.


Just one simple desire to move on,
be out of the lull
and into a better place
in many ways.

Love, Fida

#Poetteers (for more poems like this check out my book, A TO Z POETRY).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Poem: Speaking For Children

Hello poetry lovers, it's day 11 of OctPoWriMo!

Young children
live under war
lose their innocence faster
need to be even braver
as they play, learn, fight

They will forever be
in a vulnerable state
need to be courageous

As they try to live;

I am one of them
I know these children
we have to help echo their voices.

Love, Fida

#Poetteers (check out my book, HER OLIVES, for more poems like this).

Friday, October 10, 2014

Be Aware & Day 10

Hello readers,

Disclaimer: this is only what I think when I hear this. Everyone has their own opinion and definition of it.

Mental health
more important than you think
it affects your life
something that needs to be talked about,
not ignored
you are still important
if you suffer from mental illness

Even if it's something small
take care of it all
you are still important.

My mind spins with anxiety
questioning everything
checking up on everything big and small

I'm still scared to tell people
I slowly am
the resources on the internet are there to help you
I discover journaling a worry list helps
once it's out there it's gone
in the back of the mind, not forgot
but done and moved on
a fresh start each day

Just remember to not over think
to not think it everyday
only on its important days
because you are important
deserving to smile and live.

Only some people are recognized with what they have
yet everyone has something
no matter how small
no one is better than anyone
we should not ignore those who need help
we should be a friend.

Love, Fida

Besides my own hashtag #Poetteers I want you to check this out #DontPanicButton.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Say Yes & Day 9

Hello readers,

Before I share my poem of the day I have something else to share. DAMSEL DISTRESSED comes out in less than a week, on Oct 14!! And there is a catchy tour/tag going on called Say Yes to Distressed.

So confession time! My distressing/embarrassing moment was that a close friend was changing something in them and I didn't like it. Instead of going to them I went to not another friend but an acquaintance and burst into tears and told them what happened. I shouldn't have done that. In the end it was fine. I confronted my close friend and she forgave me. We are still close, if not closer today.

Since we are talking fairytales, you should check this out: Elissa Sussman Gives Fairy Tales A Feminist Edge

Now onto OctPoWriMo:

Looking back at the past few days
and not much, no one notices
the effort I'm putting in

I want to stop and see if people still notice
if they don't i might need to change something
if they do then I have something powerful hidden in the midst of all this

Either way
I still continue
it's a way to practice for the real thing
it's a way to get an idea for a project
it's a way to release all that's in me
that bad energy I want to get rid of
the good energy I want to share
the inspiring energy I want to give
I want to love.

Thank you,



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WUW and Day 8

I'm still reading THE PROPHET. I did finish reading BONE, NEJMA and SALT. All of them were prose and poetry books, all were inspiring.

I also read an ARC of The Evolution of Emily. It comes out in November. I'll be posting my review closer to the release date.

I'm doing OctPoWriMo. I'm using it for both writing practice and to get an idea of the plot for my NaNoWriMo story:

Like the moon
pulls the tide
Seeing something
triggers my memory
pulls me into nostalgia;

People say
the full moon has powers
I don't see that
I do see
it marks my calendar;

Whether or not
the moon has powers
it pulls the tide
it casts beautiful lining
in the clouds
illuminating the sky and earth
in twilight.

Love, Fida


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 7

Hello poetry lovers,

The sun has risen
it's foggy outside
no one is outside
expect for that lone car
some birds and insects
it's like you can hear the hallow in the wind.

Love, Fida


Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Blessings #30

Hello readers,
Monday Blessings

A holiday
once it's celebrated, shows
how much belief one has, whether
good or bad, strong or weak.

What you believe
if you say it enough
show it enough
others will finally come to respect it.

Sunrise, sunset
night sky and twilight
you breathe in and breathe out
thankful for another day.


They always tell you to conform to their style
and another group says you have to conform to their style
but you are in a different world than either of them
your beliefs don't match theirs
they tell you are imperfect
that you won't do well

But you know
those who love and support you know
you are imperfectly perfect
don't you ever change
don't let them get to you
don't ever feel
like your less than perfect.

Love, Fida

Sunday, October 5, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 5

Hello poetry lovers,

The festivities continue to today, but I still have a poem for you:

Autumn upon us
the leaves on our path change color
there is a chill in the air
we change our wardrobe
to something thicker

We are melancholy for the cold
thinking it's the death of us
My body tired of the weather
but once it comes and stays
and doesn't change
we feel a little but better

But feel a lot better
like a renewal, a rebirth
when the spring breeze comes in.

Love, Fida


Saturday, October 4, 2014

OctPoWriMo: Day 4

Hello poetry lovers,

Before I get to the poem I would love to say, Eid Mubarak!!

It's a poetry revolution changing the world one poem at a time

I'm reminded of the other revolutions going on fighting for what you believe in creating a domino effect

everyone feeling courageous, spirited, energetic

Ready to be liberated after being reawakened ready to risk their lives and reclaim it
along with others.

Love, Fida


Friday, October 3, 2014

OctPoWriMo: Day Three

Hello poetry lovers,

That moment you enter
into your passions
you enter into sweet indulgence

You are in your own little world
content on what you have and do

The poetry
the calligraphy is eye candy

Doing what you love
is a sugar rush.

Love, Fida


Thursday, October 2, 2014

OctPoWriMo: Two

Hello Poetry lovers,

It's day two
of poetry writing challenges

We are excited for Octobers
as Anne of Green Gables says

We come in pairs
to laugh and cry

We come in pairs
to dance and live together.

Love, Fida

#Poetteers (my street team)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's up Wednesday


What I'm Reading

If you saw yesterday's post I mentioned difficult reads. One of them being WINTERGIRLS. I never finished it but after that I got the strength to read books with self and outside harm.

Recently I finished reading DreamlandDreamland by Sarah Dessen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing was really good. The sisters, parents and close friends she created were really great, too. I highlighted a lot of quotes. Yet the plot itself was disturbing.

View all my reviews

I'm almost done with THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran.

What I'm Writing

I am participating in OctPoWriMo. I am starting to get an idea and plan for NaNoWriMo.

What Else I'm Up To

Other than that, check out the cool update.

Love and thank you,