Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's up Wednesday!

Hello Poetteers,



What I'm Reading:

I've read THE CONSPIRACY OF US. If you loved watching NATIONAL TREASURE you will love this book. I have also read FAIREST! Which, of course, I loved!

What I'm Writing:

My WIP is at 11k. My goal is to reach 17k by the end of this month.

What Else:

My book, HER OLIVES, reaches its 1st year of publication in a less than a month, on Feb 18th. I would like to do something special. I want to put together a collage of you guys reading HER OLIVES. Can you do that and tag it with #FidasOlives? I would like it by Feb 12th.

If you don't have a copy yet you can buy here.

Thank you and love, Fida

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's up Wednesday: Projects!

Hello readers,


What I'm Writing:

Like I said last week, I have a new idea for a story. I'm writing it but I'm so much slower than I usually am. I don't like the thought that keeps coming back saying the idea isn't good enough. But I know it is a good idea.

I'm currently at 6.6k. My goal is to try for 14k by next week.

What Else:

Since HER OLIVES will be one in less than a month, on Feb 13th, I'm doing a little fun project for it. And I need your help. My message on tumblr:

"My book, HER OLIVES, reaches its 1st year of publication in a month. I would like to do something special. I want to put together a collage of you guys reading HER OLIVES. Can you do that and tag it with #FidasOlives? Thank you!"

If you don't have a copy yet you can buy here.

Love, Fida

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday Blessings: That made up last week.

Hello Poetteers,

An overflow of poetry

A side shoulder hug
a full body hug
which is truly a hug?

Which is better
a hug or kiss?

An abundance
of learning
and love

A picture of you
these small moments
make a dull day not so bad

You can still
feel sad
and have faith.

Love, Fida

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's up Wednesday: Books!

Hello readers,

I finally read The Kite Runner! The descriptions and writing was beautiful.


I love how the title
means something in the story
shares a moment
a memory
the kite runner
you should see it
in mornings in Jenin.
I may have shed some tears
But I didn't cry
reading either one of their stories
I was sad and shocked
But I grew up
knowing the truth
knowing their stories
while others didn't
it is my burden and my duty
to know them.

What I'm Writing:

The short story idea is on hold. I got a new idea for a new story on the theme of hijab. I'm excited! I'm already at 2k. My goal is to have 10k by the end of this week.

What Else:

A month from today, Her Olives will have been published for a year!


Love and thank you, Fida
#Poetteers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Blessings - Bright Places

Hello readers,

My bright place is when I write poetry.
Miracles.
Music.
Hot chocolate.
Stargazing.
Thinking of friends.

What small moments are your big moments? Bright places?

Love, Fida

Friday, January 9, 2015

Poet Spotlight: Nayyirah Waheed

Hello Poetteers,


Instead of my own I decided to share one of my many favorites from Nayyirah Waheed's Salt:

i am terrified.
then i remember
i am
giving birth to a continent.

i remember
that
i am giving birth
to
a continent over and over.

Рthe process | writing a book | the ancestors were my midwives | ash̩.

Love, Fida

You can find my own poetry books here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: New Year!

Hello Poetteers!

I surprised myself these few days of the new year. I made a goodreads goal to read 60 books this year. I lowered it from last year's 90 books, which I didn't reach. I hope lowering it makes it more attainable.

I've already read two books!

Inside Out & Back Again - which I loved. It's a MG novel in verse about a refugee. I'm used to reading YA, so this was a light read even though there are some emotionally touching scenes. I gave it 5 stars.

The Luxe by Anne Godberson - I enjoyed reading it but it was predictable. I enjoyed the time period and writing style. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Sadly though, I haven't done much writing. I'm trying to write a short story a week. It's not going very well and I need the inspiration/motivation. Hopefully that will change.

Love, Fida
#Poetteers

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year & Miracles

Happy new year, Poetteers!!

With each smile
each word, each conversation
each prayer
you see
life is getting better

Believe in miracles
in the ones that come in small forms
because they are truly big

And one day
and even bigger miracle
may just appear

But don't expect it
cuz even then
they will come unexpectedly
in ways you haven't even though

You thought
you thought everything
you really didn't

That is the blessing
of life, of the universe
of God.

Love,
Fida

#HerOlives