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

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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