Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 Resolutions

Hello readers,


Today is New Year's Eve's Eve! Since New Year is just right around the corner, you know what that means. Time to write a list of resolutions. Here are a few of mine...
  1. Write more! Story ideas are floating around in my head. Need to get them grounded on paper, hehe.
  2. Don't lose my poetic mind. Keep writing those poems that suddenly have become a big hit on this blog. Because as I look back over the year of 2010 my poetry has improved; insha'allah it'll keep improving for the best.
  3. And of course post SOME of them. I do want to get published; that brings me to my next one...
  4. Write, edit, revise. Look around to see if there are some literary agents that might fit you. Then of course query, pray, and wait.
Those are some of my resolutions, the others are more personal and for side of me you don't know. See you all in 2011!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday's Melody: Hijab

Hello readers,


Tear Stained Hijab

I cry...
for my faith needing to stay united,
for people who think down of Muslims.

I cry and hope
one day they'll understand
and respect.

For I smile knowing...
I have sisters by me,
covered to protect and be free;

I smile one day
people around me will finally know
my reason.

(written Dec. 7, 2010)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Links and a Surprise

Hello readers,

Twitter has given me lots to read. I'm making today about links and awesome posts to read, enjoy reading!! I don't celebrate Christmas, but the excitement is getting to me.

A must read poem: The Grinch Who Stole Confidence

Also Lisa Green's post on 'how to resolve your story.'

It's my blog's 2nd anniversary!!! Even though posts are non-existent it still matters. Next week I'll share my New Year Resolutions for 2011. Until then have a great weekend!

thank you,
Fida

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Excerpt of Reflection

Hello readers,

I won't be part of I-reached-my-goal celebration, I finished NaNoWriMo at 6,800 words. Take a look at this excerpt.
I go to the mall some time a week before school starts getting school clothes when I see someone familiar. It looks like it is Yasmine and her group of friends. The only sad thing, though, is when I see them I immediately think of my group of friends. I miss them more as each day passes. I decide to go re-introduce myself. “Hi, I’m Sufia,” I say.

“Sufia? I remember you from my trip to Malaysia a few summers back. How are you?”

“I’m doing fine, how about you?” I say.

“The same, what brings you to Michigan?" She asks...

This is an excerpt of a Reflection. As you know my writing is my own original piece. Please do not reproduce without permission. Thank you, 

Fida

Friday, November 19, 2010

Week 3: Near the Finish

Hello readers,

It's the end of Week 3, one more week to go!! Sadly I haven't written much, I'm at 3,854 words. Time to leave you with another poem:

Tell Me Why I Keep Going

Tell me why I keep going
why I have to push myself.

There's so much to do in so little time,
I can't go my own pace, I have to go super fast;
there's no time to rest, no time to let the tears fall.

Tell me why I keep on going
why I can't go my own pace.

(Written Nov. 17, 2010)

thank you,
Fida

Friday, November 5, 2010

Week 1: Keep on Writing

Hello readers,


Okay, it's been the first week of NaNoWriMo. I still haven't written much, but I'm getting there... 2,010 words. Since it's the end of the week and you know November also brings the Poem a Day challenge... I decided to leave you off with a poem, enjoy:

In Containment

People may feel boxed in
following the life everyone wants you to have but...
Special and creative people like me
have my own path
reaching out to things others can't.

(written on Nov. 4, 2010)

thank you,
Fida

Monday, October 25, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Plan

Hello readers,

During NaNo I'll be working on my story idea, Reflection. Here's my synopsis for my story idea, Reflection.

Sufia moves out of the country, to America. There she meets Yasmine and her Muslim group of friends. Things are about to change again. They are all Muslim, but Sufia is one of few in the group that doesn't wear the hijab, Muslim headscarf. What will get her to reflect on herself?

thank you,
Fida

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

To Do List

Hello readers,


November is coming up soon and there are a couple challenges I'll be participating in.

1. The November PAD Chapbook Challenge is coming up and all about the fun and poeming! To find out more, go to Poetic Asides.

2. Also, November is National Novel Writing Month, so I'll be doing that too :D If you haven't yet, check out NaNoWriMo.

So insha'Allah (if god willing) a poem will be posted every day and my novel word count and maybe even a sneak peak ;)

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Video: Liza Garza

Hello Poetteers,

I'm on a spoken word kick. I've been watching so many videos of the performances. I came across this one. I love the rawness. I felt the emotion and cried.

Liza Garza HBO Def Poetry "My Everything" Without Edits.


stay inspired,
Fida

Friday, July 9, 2010

Currently Writing


Hello readers, 


I'm Fida Islaih. I love writing poetry. It's an art and my form of expression.

I write for Muslim American Girls magazine and a column for Modest Beautiful Muslima. Currently, I'm working on a novel and three poetry chapbooks. The novel is about a Muslim girl who is about to enter her first year of high school and decides to wear the hijab. She faces many stares and teases that she can't stand people until she meets a girl who is interested in Islam. The poetry chapbooks are poems about faith, nature, and frustrations.

Both stories are from my experiences and I hope people will understand who I am. I like to see what I write through the years so insha'Allah I hope to continue this blog through my adulthood.