Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Currently (11)

Happy December!

I'm still reading BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I finished NaNo with 52k! I love my story. I hope to continue onto this month with my daily writing habit.

I hope to have a new mini project this month along with a couple of events to be a part of.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures. If you need gift ideas, poetry will make a great gift!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Blessings: Winning

Hello Poetteers,

It's another short post. I won NaNo yesterday!! I'm happy that I still love my story. I'm blessed with so much. I love the bit of sunshine in these beginning cold months.

Stay inspired, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Review: Carry On

Hello readers,


I recently finished CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. It's a big book but I got through it. The beginning was a bit slow but in the end I loved it and gave it 5 stars. It reminds me of Harry Potter with the magic and boarding school. It was similar yet so different. The romance was still suspenseful even though you know a bit from the bits in Fangirl (if I remember correctly). It was heartfelt and funny. It has the classical Rainbow Rowell ending.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Blessings - Generosity

Hello Poetteers,

It's a short post today. Even though I don't have much time I'm blessed to have time.

I'm blessed with health. I'm loving the ability to feel the generosity of the people around me.

I'm currently at 25k for NaNo. I'm blessed with the chance to write, to write what I love and love what I write.

Stay inspired, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Currently (10)

Hello readers,

I'm reading CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell and BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I have no time to watch much. I'm watching THE VOICE here and there.

Loving

Chocolate & journaling. Writing short stories and my novel.

Thinking about

Family and friends I consider family.

Anticipating

Next month's events

Wishing

For a sense of normalcy.

Making Me Happy

My novel. Heart to heart moments and cat cuddles. Silence, pace and quiet.

NaNoWriMo

I'm at a total of 20k!!

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Poetry - Sestina Form

Hi everyone,


One goal I set as a New Years resolution was to explore new poetry styles.

I was reading Lynn Crawford's Fancy earlier. It's a Sestina-Story. Without looking at the notes I was able to find three of the six words. I was talking to my mom and she ended up reading the story too. She didn't want me to give her the words until after she read it. She got one of the six words right. This format is interesting. It has gotten me excited and re-inspired my love for writing poetry.

I did a bit more research on Sestina and it continues to put me in awe. Some people have different ways of interpreting it. Check out this poem. The author picks six words and sticks to only those six words, just rearranging them yet the different punctuation adds to the poem.

I attempted to write a piece:

The fall of leaves
blanket the ground
the cats play in it
as it swirls into the flowers
I stay indoors with my coffee and chocolate

The smell of coffee and chocolate
lures me inside
tracking the leaves that fall
the cats follow me inside
where flowers also grow
I cuddle with my blanket

I flower into a young woman
my cats fall into one another
I'm old enough to have coffee everyday with my chocolate
I blanket my thoughts

I fall for a lover
and continue to blanket my thoughts
my cats are suspicious of him
I give him my chocolate
and make coffee
and he gives me flowers.

I cover my cats in a blanket
as they are sick
and can't smell the flowers
I'm sick too and fall
I can't smell the coffee and chocolate.

I'm covered in a headscarf
sometimes in a blanket
as I flower into a young woman
my cats are suspicious of me
people congratulate me with flowers and chocolate
as I make them coffee.


I then worked on turning it into a story:

Grow with the Fall

The fall leaves blanket the ground. I watch as my cats play in the leaves. The leaves swirl into the flowers. I stay indoors with my coffee and chocolate.

I’m outside for a few minutes to take a photo of my cats. The smell of coffee and chocolate 
lures me inside. On the path to the door, I track the leaves that fall. The cats follow me inside. The different rooms have flowers that continue to grow. I cuddle by the fire in my blanket.

I flower into a young woman. As I grow up my cats grow up too. I watch as my cats fall into one another. I let myself think I'm old enough to have coffee everyday with my chocolate. I blanket my thoughts that say otherwise.

I fall for a boy and continue to blanket my thoughts. My cats are suspicious of him. I give my lover some chocolate along with the coffee I make. In turn, he gives me flowers

I cover my cats in a blanket as they are sick. They can't smell the flowers. I'm sick too and fall into my bed. I can't smell the coffee and chocolate

Around the boy, I hide my eyes as if under a blanket.  Outside, I'm covered in a headscarf as I flower into a young woman. My cats are suspicious of my looks. People congratulate me on deciding to wear the headscarf with flowers and chocolate and I make them coffee. 


You can find information and more poems here.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Friday, November 13, 2015

My Top 4 NaNo Resolutions

Hi everyone,

We are midway through NaNoWriMo. My word count is currently at 14k. In their recent email they asked about our resolutions for the rest of the month.

My resolution is to let go of the worry of not reaching 50K.

2) to write consistently everyday (mornings work best for me).

3) to continue writing everyday towards my novel after this month is over and to continue to write after 50k, until the story is at the end.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Blessings - Everything

Hello Poetteers,

Here are some blessings I took notice of throughout the past week.

Cat cuddles - I think cats can sense when you are upset.

Sleep - take in every hour and every chance. One day you can't and will wish you took that nap.

Mothers - they are your constant. They are there for everything, they to do everything until they can't but are still there to listen. Something no one else can be. You feel it all when you read/say the word mother.

Friends - support you and are generous with their help and love.

Crafting - just like writing, it's therapeutic.

Strength - you are stronger than you think. You don't know it until you expect the need for it.

Prayer - fully trust in God and everything will be okay.

NaNoWriMo - my story is going in unexpected ways but it's good and I'm loving it. I'm currently at 7k.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Currently... (9)

Hello Poetteers,


NaNoWriMo

I'm 2k into the writing challenge.

Reading

I've read Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall. I gave it 4 stars. It is cute and better than her first book. I also read Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles. It's cool to see the stories behind some of your favorite songs. I'm currently reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Loving

I'm inspired to use my planner again. I'm also inspired to use my journal in new ways. I'm enjoying decorating them. I am also doing the #listersgotttalist challenge.

I can't help but mention the books I've read, own and those I wrote that aren't published along with those published. It would be awesome if you could vote for Her Treasures in the poetry category of the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Listening To

One of the lyrics, "will you still love me the same?" is stuck in my head. It's the song Locked Away by R. City ft. Adam Levine.

Thinking About

Family and friends I consider family.

Anticipating 

What the future may bring.

Wishing

For good.

Making Me Happy

Heart to heart moments and cat cuddles.

Thank you,

Fida 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

OctPoWriMo Day 27 - Happy Ending

Hello Poetteers,

Today's prompt is what is your happy ending?

Before creating the poem write for ten minutes asking yourself that question.

As I was writing it got a lot more personal than I would like to share.

Enjoy the parts I let you see.

As the sun breaks the horizon and rises
I want to be with those I love,
doing what I love.

I want to be able to support
and love them
like they support
and love me.

I want be healthy
want to be strong in my faith.


Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Blessings - At the Peak

Hello Poetteers,

There were many blessings to look back on.

I'm blessed to be getting good news. I love that I got to hear and see birds fly by. I got new boots for the season!

Usually I pay attention to the Autumn leaves when it's too early or too late. I think this year I finally get to enjoy them at their peak. The colors are pretty and vibrant. My eyes are more open this season.

Last but not least, this week will be a month since Her Treasures has been published.

Stay inspired, Fida

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Currently... (8)

Hello Poetteers,

You can find the origins of the idea here.

I just finished reading the sequel of SLA, ICE LIKE FIRE. I gave it 5 stars. I've read other people don't like it as much as the first. I loved it the same. In ILF, the action starts a little later than in SLA.

As for what I'm watching, stationary videos of planner to journal decorating.


I don't really have any songs stuck in my head this week.

OctPoWriMo

*Prompt: write a love letter between two inanimate objects.

Dear Book,

There is a fondness I have for you. You don't have to stay in one place. You're story has multiple pages. You get a tenderness from your readers. They ruffle your pages. They laugh and cry with you. You aren't ignored and you don't catch the eyes of those uninterested.

Love,
Picture Frame

***

Dear Picture Frame,

I'll keep your letter tucked in between my pages. I may be able to tell a story with all my pages but you, my friend, can tell a story in a few words and in the most creative way. You also can move and touch people with your art. You may have lingering eyes on you but you aren't collecting dust like me.

Love,
Book


Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Monday, October 19, 2015

OctPoWriMo Day 19

Hello Poetteers,

Dear You

Dear N, cut your hair.
Dear A, continue to write.
Dear D, be open and do more with your own work like you tell me to do with mine.
Dear F, continue to play the guitar
Dear H, I don't want to seem I only pour my bad days to you.
Dear S, I wish we were closer.
Dear C, I'm sorry it didn't work out.
Dear Y, continue to spread positivity.
Dear M, I wish we could meet again.

Dear everyone, I wish I was with you and open to you, with how I feel about myself and about you.

*I love this form of poetry aka write a one sentence letter to a specific person. You can pick a specific group of people like ex-friends or family. I chose to pick people randomly. You can find the prompt here.

**For the sense of privacy, I used only their first initial.

Love, Fida

Check out my book, Her Treasures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Step Toward Falling

Hello Poetteers,

Book Review

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern - 5 stars.

The story is about not judging people from their appearance and of redemption.

It has several point of views. One is of someone who is disabled and the other is of those looking in as an outsider. It's about how both kinds of people deal with with other people having different disabilities.

There is romance in the story but it doesn't take away from the story.

OctPoWriMo

Build bridges of relationships
and of friendships
of communication
with those you want to be with
instead of wondering
how it would be.

Burn the bridges
that don't take you anywhere

Make connections that move you.

Don't make yesterday,
today and tomorrow
of worry and thoughts
of what ifs
of regret
make it something good
something to remember.

Thank you,

Fida

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Blessings - Feelin' Bittersweet

Hello Poetteers,

Family - you realize it's not complete with one person missing after they have been with you.

Fall - the weather may drain you but there is a sweetness that comes with the season.

Night - everything falls quiet. There is silence and you heart final feels at peace. It means you can be yourself when you pray. It also means you can finally sleep.

Noise - it's quiet for so long when it comes back you know it means happiness.

OctPoWriMo

Airports
bittersweet with hellos and goodbyes
can't come or leave without tears
don't dare to say the opposite
even if you
feel strong
going strong
hope it's only a few tears
instead of an overwhelming feeling
just pray and have faith everything will be alright.

Side note: I probably would have done the whole alphabet but then I came to the letter K and didn't know what to put.

Thank you,

Fida

Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Review and Poem

Hello Poetteers,

Snow like Ashes review

I gave this book 5 stars. I can't wait to read Ice Like Fire! Before I get into the review I would like to caution you that it may have minor spoilers to Snow Like Ashes and Throne of Glass.

First of, I like the unique touch that each season is a kingdom.

Second, Snow Like Ashes reminds me of Throne of Glass. I saw a post of if you like this then try this. (I would share it if I could find it). Now I see why.

While the Throne of Glass mentions work camps Snow like Ashes shows you into the work camps.

I love both Mather and Theron. Theron is like Dorian in ways that they are both princes and despise their fathers.

Both Celaena and Meria are sneaky and amazing with their powers while still showing us their flaws.

OctPoWriMo

In a spark
an idea is started

When it rains
there is cleansing for your body

The sound of the ocean
calms you
the sound of wind
brings you to nature.

Thank you,

Fida

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Currently... (7)

Hello Poetteers,

You can find the origins of the idea here.

I just finished reading Snow Like Ashes. I will hopefully have a review up on Friday.

As for what I'm watching, still planner videos. I gave it a try.


Loving

I'm loving the feeling I get after publishing a new book! And the feeling of doing more with my poetry.

Add HER TREASURES on Goodreads.

Buy a copy on Amazon.

Check out my merch store.

Listening to

The two songs that have been stuck in my head for days are Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift and Drag Me Down by One Direction.

Thinking about

The autumn weather. There are sweet things like the crunch and color of leaves, the crisp air, cuddles and hot drinks that I love about it. Yet in reality the cold in the air is draining me.

OctPoWriMo

I've been meaning to participate this year but I've only written in response to a couple prompts.

What matters most
is if I was brave
brave enough to face my fears
enough to know my fears is not something to hide behind
but something to push you to conquer and see more of what you love
to see you love so much more


What matters most
is if I was brave
brave enough to fight
for the freedom I deserve
for the happiness I deserve.


Thank you,

Fida

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

End of Year Goals

Hello Poetteers,

Thank you Ava for getting me to think about the end of the year and my goals! Check out her end of the year goals.

Publish the book!
I've been slowly doing the process throughout the year. It will finally be released on Thursday!

See success in merch store
I recently opened a merch store and have new/more ideas for it but I have to see it go somewhere, mostly up, do to more.

Start a new project
I got a new story idea brewing but I haven't written for a novel in a long while. Hopefully NaNoWriMo helps!

Finish my GR reading challenge
My goal is 60 books but I'm six books behind. I hope I'll be able to accomplish it with my weekly trips to the bookstore.

I have a couple more personal goals too. Yet I won't be sharing those. What are your goals for the end of the year, before the year ends?

Thank you,

Fida

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Currently... (6)

Hello Poetteers,


You can find the origins of the idea here.

I just finished reading EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone . It is a story that really touched me. You should pick it up!

I watch family vlogs. I recently got into the planner/plan with me videos on YouTube.

Loving

The crisp air. The sweater weather. That fall is here.

Listening To

I'm two favorite songs right now are Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Bright by Echosmith.

Thinking About

My new merch store, you should check it out! If you have any ideas let me know in the comments. Thank you!

Anticipating

Eid celebrations!

Wishing

For a better tomorrow.

Making Me Happy

Bookstore dates. Quiet times. Cat cuddles.

Love,

Fida

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Anniversaries & A Surprise

Hello Poetteers,


Today is a special day! It’s my 2nd author anniversary! It’s A TO Z POETRY’s 2nd book birthday. To celebrate I now have a merch store!!


Find your favorite poems printed on magnets. If you have any requests, let me know by leaving a comment below.

(shop @ Zazzle.com)

Thank you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Prose Poetry: Reader-Poet

Hello Poetteers,

A Poet in a Reader 

You see her sit there with a book in her hand. She smiles and you see her shoulders shake with laughter. Minutes later you see her teary-eyed. She tries to hide herself from other people behind the book. You see she takes a part of her headscarf to catch and wipe away the tears. Every once in and while she pulls out a journal from her bag and jots down a few some things.

If you look in her journal you will find words, snippets of phrases and sentences from songs and books she read that sparked inspiration in her. 

Later she will run with that inspiration.  But that later may never come.  Perhaps she will forget.

She may remember it inspired her but not how and why. You would look into her journal of snippets and never find poems that should and one day would follow. 

She doesn’t know where to begin. She just lets go of thinking and writes. Later when she reads what she has written, she finds on the page, words from her own heart.

Love, Fida

P.S. Tomorrow is my 2nd author anniversary!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Prose Poetry: Flowers

Hello Poetteers,

The flowers sit there in a garden behind the house, blowing in the breeze and full of color. I see the softness of their petals and I run my fingertips gently on top of them. It begins to rain. I see the raindrops speckle the petals. The flowers let the sunlight hit their petals and leaves. They don’t try to hide from the sun and rain. The surroundings do not matter. They bloom in hardship and after hardship. I would find a lone flower growing in between the cracks of a sidewalk. The flowers share their fragrance with everyone and anyone who appreciates their beauty. They share their fruit with those who come early to enjoy it. Other people don't notice the flowers. They find the fruit on the ground rotten. 

Sometimes flowers send their seeds to travel. The seeds travel with the wind to spread their beauty or to get a better spot in the world.

Love, Fida

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Currently... A Cover Reveal

Hello Poetteers,

You can find the origins of the idea here.

Reading

The day after QoS's release I spent the whole day reading and finished it the same day. I loved it!

Anticipating 

I know you are all anticipating the cover reveal for HER TREASURES. Thank you to Heather for designing it.

*drumroll please*



I love it and hope you do too!

Thank you,

Fida

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on Your Syllabus

Hello Poetteers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
The topic today is what books would be on the syllabus if you taught historical fiction. 











Which of these books have you read? What other historical fiction novels would be on your list? What class are you teaching? Link up so I can check out your posts! 

Thank you,

Fida 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Blessings: Gratitude and Privilege

Hello Poetteers,


As I lay here and think about my day I can't help but feel grateful. I can easily chat with my close friends. I'm grateful for my family, for the trips we take especially camping trips. I can't wait to go hiking again!

I'm grateful for my cats. I'm grateful for the conversation I had during dinner with my family. We talked about privilege. I'm grateful to live a safe and comfortable life. I'm grateful to be able to do what I love and be with those I love.

Thank you universe and God.

Fida

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Anniversary: HUGS & KISSES

Hello Poetteers,

A year ago today I self published my third poetry collection. It is my book’s, HUGS & KISSES, first book anniversary!! 

I'm grateful for the opportunity to do this and share my poetry. I can't wait to do it again, to continue on this path. In a month I will be reaching my 2nd author anniversary!

Thank you,

Fida 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Help Needed For Little Project

Hello Poetteers, 

My book, HUGS & KISSES, turns one in ten days. I want to do something special. I would love to see pictures of you reading/with the book. Send in your pictures on Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram through #fidapoetry. 

Thank you!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Review: How to Say I Love You

Hello Poetteers,

How to Say I Love You Out LoudHow to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb makes the story seem like another shallow love story. In the beginning it does seem like a shallow love story. Later into the story you start getting hints of a deeper plot.

My favorite stories are the ones that highlights disability. It is great seeing her trying to understand her brother and herself. The message towards the one is something everyone needs to hear.

View all my reviews

Thank you,
Fida

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

4th Poetry Collection - Title Reveal

Hello Poetteers,

It has been a long time! I have a little announcement. After months of thinking and jumping between many titles I finally picked one I will stick with for my 4th poetry collection!!

Her Treasures.

The anticipated publication is late fall of this year!

Thank you,

Fida

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Currently... [4]

Hello Poetteers,


{Fun fact: What's Up Wednesday was based at least in part off of the Currently... post that had been circulating at the time. Thanks goes to Katy Upperman and Jamie Morrow for starting this up again so we all have a way to touch base now that WUW is no longer.}

Loving

Cool breezes on a hot day. Being with friends. Flowers around the house, inside and outside.

Reading

Awhile ago I finished THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandy Cisneros. I love the different style it was written in. I gave it five stars. A few days ago I finished EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by Robyn Schneider. It is beautifully written and would give it more than five stars if I could. I'm currently reading LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid.


Watching

Booktube. Family vlogs. Girl Meets World. Videos of Dabke.

Listening to

Rixton. There is a song in my head from Bee Movie that I can't put my finger on.

Thinking about

Changes a year make. Late summer nights, with friends and in prayer.

Anticipating

The ice cream and cake I'll have tomorrow! Ramadan!

Wishing

For happiness and contentment. For peace. Trust. Love. Everything good. To start now instead of waiting.

Making me happy

Friends. Bookstore dates, coffee dates, tea time. Journals.

Love, Fida

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Currently... [3]

Hello Poetteers,

{Fun fact: What's Up Wednesday was based at least in part off of the Currently... post that had been circulating at the time. Thanks goes to Katy Upperman and Jamie Morrow for starting this up again so we all have a way to touch base now that WUW is no longer.}

Loving 

Being able to relax.

I'm reading 

Of Roots and Wreckage by Laura A Lord, I'm enjoying the poems.


Watching 

vlogs.

Listening to 

Jason Mraz.

Thinking about and anticipating

Ramadan!!

Wishing 

To see some things become a reality. 

Making me happy

Cat cuddles. 

Love,

Fida