Tuesday, May 31, 2016

7 Things Authors Love

Hello Poetteers,


In my three years of being a published author I found many things I love about it.

1. Finding old ideas and new ideas for stories
2. Writing 'The End'
3. Holding a finished copy of your book
4. Seeing your book in a bookstore
5. Seeing fanart
6. Reading a good review someone left
7. I love the feeling of signing books for someone who will cherish the story.

What do you love about being an author? As a reader, what do you love about authors?

stay inspired,
Fida

Monday, May 30, 2016

Let's Recap on May

Hello Poetteers,

It's time for my monthly recap! I look back at my goals I set in the beginning of the year and see how well I progressed.

Reading

I read two novels and a non-fiction book. My first read of the month was THE GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT by Monica Hesse. I was able to pick up THE ROSE AND THE DAGGAR, the sequel to THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by RenĂ©e Ahdieh. My non fiction read was THE DESIRE MAP by Danielle LaPorte. I'm currently reading The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Writing

I'm working on a few short stories and poetry collections here and there. That's all I can say. Stay tuned in the coming months for more information. You can get a sneak peak about this in my newsletter.

Personal

I'm in a better place than I was 5 years ago. I am able to have and stick with my exercise routine.

I'll say that I was able to accomplish most of my goals. I won't be sharing next month's goals in this blog post. I have a separate post for that.

stay inspired,

Fida

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poetry Thursday: Inspiration

Hello Poetteers,

In chaos you can either lose yourself or find a light within it. My mind reels of the day's thoughts until I fall asleep. I try to think of something else. Ideas start coming. I write them down. Late night inspiration can go both ways. It can be really bad or really good. I think I got a good one couple nights ago. It makes me excited!

When do ideas come to you the most?

stay inspired, 
Fida

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Poetry Tuesday: Instagram

Hello Poetteers,

As you may noticed I post more poetry related articles than actual poetry. I have been loving Instagram and working on posting my poetry there. I'm also currently participating in a six word challenge. It is a lot of fun. I have a few other fun things planned for Instagram, so stay tuned there.


stay inspired,
Fida

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Blessings - Nature

Hello Poetteers,

I love walking in the rain or at sunset. I especially love when I get inspired while I walk. I love a good, warm cup of tea, especially when it has fresh mint from the garden. I love seeing birds hop and bunnies hopping. I love everything about nature.

What do you love about nature?

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Types of Journaling

Hello Poetteers,


Most people think of journaling as a diary. That is only one type of journaling in multitude of styles.

1. Traditional Journal
This is the most known type of journaling. You keep a record of your day to day life. You reflect on your experiences and emotions.

2. Scrapbooking/Art Journal
It contains both words and sketches. It can include watercoloring or collages. It is a book of blank pages for sticking clippings, drawings, or pictures in. ListersGottaList is a good place to start. You can create lists answering the prompt and decorate the page of what represents the things on the list.

3. Bullet Journal
It is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. I've seen people use it to track habits or log different areas of their life. It is also a place to keep spreads/collections of different lists. It is one place to keep your notes from lectures or books you read among your tasks and narrative entries. I recently got into it and you can know more by reading it. Also, there is many communities including this one where people can help you figure it all out. 

4. Friendship Journal
It is a journal that would be passed around between you and a friend. It is like letters you send each other but all in one notebook.

5. Micro Journal
It is a tiny version of the traditional journal. You can create a memory jar and on scraps of paper each time something good, small or big happens you write it down and place it inside. You can write down what you are grateful for on certain days. You can write down jokes, put pictures, tokens like ticket stubs. At the end of the year you can look through it and reflect on how your year went. You can hear Tina at Overall Adventures talk about it. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Poetry Thursday: Body Part Prompt

Hello Poetteers,


Writing is something I love. I love creating. I love exploring new things. I love exploring the old and everyday things in a new light. 

Poetry Prompt:

What is your favorite body part?

Why is it your favorite?

How do you use it.

List three good things.

List three bad things.

Sentence Starters:

I have…

I won’t…

Possible Poetry Type:

What is (blank)?

Pick out your favorite responses. Rearrange it to how it will sound good or like a story.

Example

Hands are there to pick you back up
there to pick up the broken pieces of you
Hands held each other
as each person prayed in their way

My hands lift you from your sorrow
and lift you to see the sun
your heart will lift up with happiness.

Hands turn into fists
pounding to see who is better
one day turning into pounding for help
but no one answers

Hands are shaking
wondering what is next
Hands pick up after the rumble
of the broken pieces
trying to piece them back together
to salvage what they can

Hands turns into peace and victory
of innocent human beings
waiting for the pounding to calm down
it is calm.

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rediscovering Poets: Liza Garza

Hello Poetteers,


Years ago I shared a video of a performance that moved me. It was a spoken word piece by Liza Garza. By mere coincidence my friend shared one of Garza's recent pieces a couple weeks ago. I was touched, again. Liza Garza is a poet, vocalist and songwriter.

My Favorite Poems:

My Everything - The first piece I heard from her. I cried while listening. This is what I love about spoken word. You can show the emotion you have of the words you say.

Dragonfly - I read the written piece before listening to the spoken piece. It talks about what I believe in.

Where You Can Find Her:

Facebook | Instagram | Website

stay inspired,
Fida

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Blessings #61

Hello Poetteers,


I got lucky and saw three bunnies sitting in a meadow enjoying the breeze, shade and sun. I also got to see my cat chase a bunny.

I like a cool breeze on a hot, sunny day.

I like the feeling and sweat of a good workout. You feel tired but you feel relaxed and motivated. I realized I'm more productive on the days I workout. A long walk can be enough.

I'm blessed to be working on a couple secret projects.

I've been loving banana chips. I've also been loving chocolate wafers.

What are you loving?

Stay inspired,
Fida

Friday, May 13, 2016

Getting Into Journaling

Hello Poetteers,


I've been journaling for years and I enjoy it. It's a private and intimate process.

Don't let the word scare intimidate you. It doesn't have to be a long essay about your day or your feelings. You don't have to write in it everyday.

I write long essays, short paragraphs or even just one sentence. I've missed days and beat myself up for it. I've learned that it's okay. Sometimes I write a journal entry in a poetry form.

You don't need a fancy journal or notebook. You don't even need a notebook if you feel typing it on your phone or computer is better.

Some people saying vlogging and blogging is their journaling, but I don't fully agree with that.

In your journal you are able to use strong words for how you feel and no one will see. You won't be hurting anyone in the process of healing yourself.

Stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Poetry Thursday: Enjoying Poetry

Hello Poetteers,


I enjoy poetry and I know you do, too. There is a multitude of ways to enjoy poetry.

  1. Read a poetry book or journal
  2. Listen to an audio recording
  3. Watch a recorded live performance or short film
  4. Go to a live performance
  5. Attempt to write a poem, you can find prompts here on the blog.
Stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What is Blue, a Short Film

Hello Poetteers,


One of the things on my bucket list is to make a short film. This past week I've been filming clips here and there. It is cool to pick what goes with the poem. You get to be as creative as you want. No one else is behind you telling you if it works or not. I love the ability to experiment.  This is one of my favorite poems to have recored and I'm glad to do something special for it. I hope you enjoy listening and watching it as much as I enjoyed writing and making it.


Behind the Scenes

It takes multiple takes for you to get the right clip. I thought I filmed enough but last minute I had to do more filming. I scheduled a specific day for filming but the sky wasn't what I wanted so I hand to postpone my filming day. I had a different image in my mind when I first started but it change over the week of filming and it's better than expected. 

Originally shared on my newsletter

Let me know: Do you like short films? What do you like about short films?

Stay inspired,

Fida

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Blessings

Hello Poetteers,

I'm blessed for the process and progress of moving forward.

There was one morning I was able to catch the sunrise.

I love the smell of flowers and flowering trees.

I'm blessed to have worked a lot with disabled kids. There smiles make the hard work worth it. Be sure to check out #cultivate16.

It warms my heart when I get compliments on my writing from friends and strangers.

Lastly, I love finding new desserts: fried banana with honey and roasted coconut.

What made your day?

Stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Revisiting the Poetry Bucket List

Hello Poetteers,


A couple years ago I created a poetry bucket list. At the time I accomplished two of them. I published two poetry books. I also co-lead a poetry workshop at a camp I went to. I accomplished two of the ten things on my list. Today I have accomplished half of my list.

1. Since then I published two more poetry books.
2. I've done live performances at the camps I've been to. I'm also doing some recorded pieces on SoundCloud.
3. I co-lead a workshop at one of those camps.
4. I made my first poetry short film this week and will be sharing it in the coming days.
5. If you have seen my tweets I am working on being a poetry editor.

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Behind the Poem: Resistance

Hello Poetteers,


Resistance is a poem I wrote a year ago. I wanted it to be about Palestine but as I wrote it changed to be about me. It's a confusing poem talking about both. You may be able to see it as you read it. You'll notice that parts of it is out of place:

This is not going to be a city street
with just a memory
it will have its living moments.


With the two story lines I decided to make it two different poems. I've changed to be about a person's journey. Rereading, it is one of my favorites I've written. Since then it's been revised and published in my book, Her Treasures. 


Her Treasures is available on Amazon. You can get signed copy on Etsy.

Stay inspired,
Fida

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Blessings - An Open Window

Hello Poetteers,


I'm blessed to have fun writing prompts. There are moments I have at night and morning that i'm blessed to have. I'm blessed for spontaneity. On Friday Julie gave a timed writing prompt on Instagram and I love what came from it.

stay inspired,
Fida