Friday, February 28, 2014

New Term: Soundtrack Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

1. Take a playlist and press shuffle
2. Pick 7 songs
3. Write down the titles and/or lyrics
4. Play around and poem!


Frozen cold

dry or hot
it's a circle of life

in the corner
of Arabian nights
or under the sea
you got a friend in me

Just a spoonful of sugar
or building a snowman
you got a friend in me.

Just dream more fun
cuz dreams are wishes
your heart makes you
got a friend in me.

you got a friend in me
you will be in my heart
forever and always.

Stay inspired, Fida

For future reference, download the PDF of the soundtrack poetry prompt

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's up Wednesday

Hello Poetteers,

What I'm Writing:

The first two weeks of feb I wrote everyday like I wanted to. The third week I wrote just three days. We're on the fourth week, I hope to redeem myself with lots of writing. I did write several poems for my WIP these past couple of days.

If you didn't see on twitter or Monday I found a book to be a comp for my WIP, so I'm really re-inspired.

What I'm Reading:

The fourth book I read this year and the one I refer to above is THE PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith:

It's a short, fun read. I really loved it. It's fun seeing the common things the two have and the differences they hide. It's just fun seeing how the puzzle pieces of seeing each other fit. I'd give it 4.5 stars.

My next two reads with be DRAGON SEER by Heather McCorkle & ELEVATED by Elana Johnson.

The books I want to read are all on my TBR list but the tops ones are this month's releases, especially MAYBE ONE DAY and BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE.

Love and thank you, Fida

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Blessings #25

Hello Poetteers,

HER OLIVES has been out in the wild for a week!
• I didn't say this in the review, but it took me three tries to finally read ZEITOUN. I'm really glad I did, I really love it.
• on both days of the weekend I attempted an internet free day, but lasted four to five hours both times.
• I finished reading THE PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I know what book will be the comp for MAYBE LOVING YOU.
• my friend is attempting to write in Arabic to me.
• whatever coffee my dad got from the ROYAL CUP is very yummy!

Love and thank you, Fida

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Review: Zeitoun

Hello Poetteers,

A while back I was at goodwill and got some books. One was ZEITOUN. And I finished it earlier this week. Here's my thoughts:

This book has annotations. Mostly in the beginning, then stopped. It's a humbling feeling seeing Quran verses in this book. Seeing someone love the words of the Quran.

There is lots of annotations about dismissing instinct vs wanting to give into it.

This person knows what to highlight. I like the quote, "if a sailor finds the right port or right woman he'll drop anchor."

I loved reading the story of how Zeitoun and Kathy met. "She had a wide, shy, electric smile. He wanted that. He wanted to make her smile like that. He wanted to be the reason."

I really loved reading her friend's and Kathy's convert stories. It will make you fall in love with Islam. It did for me even though I am a Muslim. It's all in how the message is given. Seeing it made me smile and tear up.

I love what he did with the fishes. His tent adventure. What he did with his canoe. Helping people and dogs. I love the constant reminder of the Quran and prayer. I love the metaphor he made about God. I love how he found the horses, relating to his talk. It's more than sad that he disappeared. I loved reading their story of traveling to Syria. To Spain. And their inside jokes to motivate her.

Then I stopped mentioning everything I loved and focused on reading. It's a bit scary to with what happens. That's why I can't believe this is non-fiction.

Based of this book, here's where I want to travel:

Syria, of course! Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa, Lebanon and Palestine


Homemade bread, McD's, or any Mediterranean/Arab dish


Waiting On The World To Change and Say, both by John Mayer - first song I heard as I started the book.

Payphone by Maroon 5 - Kathy and Zeitoun's conversations.

Lighthouse Tale by Nickel Creek - as Kathy told the church on her thoughts on accepting Islam.

MUSLIM by Native Deen - as I finished the scenes of Kathy's convert story.

• Dream On by Yusuf Islam - Zeitoun's thoughts on his childhood.

I Love You So by Maher Zain - during Zeitoun's disappearance.

Stand Alone by Native Deen - for his staying behind and help. His suffering through prison.

Won't Go Home Without You by Maroon 5

Have you read Zeitoun? What did you think of it? If you have or haven't read it what food, country and song triggered in your mind by the word Zeitoun? Let me know in the comments below.

If you're still reading, comment below that you're awesome!

I'm restarting the HER OLIVES blog tour for the following week. You can go ahead to do any promo or answer any of the prompts:

Bouns | Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Just link it up.

Love and thank you, Fida

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wordy Wednesday: Four Poems

Hello Poetteers,

I answered some prompts from POETS ON A PAGE and thought I should share (:


Dirt roads, ghost town
old, empty, alone
a mailbox, a flower still stands

A sign, someone lost
gives hope, settles
a house, a store
comes up

Once arid, now alive.


Hydrate myself for the day
giving love to a cute, little furball
to expand my giving love
for later
a garden, a ball
mysterious to guests
receiving roses
find one, a lover
reveal myself, we escape
we dance
I leave
letting my head fall
into dreams of seeing him again.

They Say

They say write without thought
without critique
I do this everyday
they say do something different
I can't
if it'll ruin my love
if it'll cause me to think too much
just let me be.


Why write of such a sad thing
yet I started this love with sorrow
but now I look back
glad I did
it helps us heal
but now may be different
I get sick, I laugh
I won't question anymore
God is here, helping me.


Dark and cold
bringing aches and sorrow
it's all too long
a sign of sun
water splashing
maybe coming sooner
ready as ever
like me.

Love and thank you, Fida

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HER OLIVES release day

You know my love for poetry. You may know or not know of my love for Palestine. I combined both into a beautiful book collection.

I put my heart out there more than any other poem. It's about struggle. Hope. Victory.

I hope you come celebrate its release with me.

Goodreads | CreateSpace | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Love and thank you, Fida

Monday, February 17, 2014

HER OLIVES: Top Six Behind the Scenes Facts

Hello Poetteers,

Her Olives comes out tomorrow!! Here are some behind the scenes:

1. Other titles I was thinking of was JASMINE AND OLIVES, JASMINE AND HER OLIVES or HER OLIVES.
2. My sister almost made a cover for the book.
3. It took me three years to write all the poems. Poems require inspiration not force.
4. My drafts went from a collection of poems in order they were written to a story. Then back to a different order of collection will see when the book is released!
5. Until two months before publication I was still adding poems. The gray area of advantage and disadvantage of self publishing.
6. This was mostly inspired through twitter. The other half is my mind. I didn't meet anyone hinted in my poems. Except for my dad and grandmothers obviously. 

Now onto the blessings of the week:

• Had an awesome weekend on twitter with the Love-a-Thon.
• My mom's homemade bread.
• Last but not least the wake up calls/reality checks God gives us with all these news of death. May He protect us all, ameen!

Love and thank you, Fida

Sunday, February 16, 2014

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 5

Hello Poetteers,

I have put my heart out there with my poems, but I'm about to do it with a letter. It's personal and hard for me, so be kind, please. Thank you! And here's my love letter poem (:

Dear Fida,

Habibti, no matter how bad and hard it is right now you will be in a better place with awesome people, old and new. Those who listen to you, understand your silence and wait for you to talk. Know you need a heart to heart, but sometimes just want a hug and their presence beside you.

You will overcome your disability and fears. You will get out of that job and get a new, better one. You will see your writing succeed with love, touched souls. You will find someone who loves you more than your crush or maybe it is him or not.

You will get to do more travels. You will be inspiring, a good role model and mentor. You will get to be more you.

Love, Fifi

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 4

Hello Poetteers,

This challenge is all about mash-ups. We have to put together our bookish life with a non-bookish passion. It's easy once you know your passion.

I love reading and writing stories and poetry. I love music, food and travel.

I want to travel everywhere. Backpack in Europe. Explore Asia. Help Arabia. Try all the different foods. Probably with the characters of PAPER TOWNS. They have a good plan in place.

You got to listen to music when you're driving or on a plane. UNWRITTEN is a bookish song. Or anything Natasha Bedingfield. Or anything bought for my phone. I just like background noise when I read or write. Yet I like to hang out with the songs I first heard of when introduced to music, instead of the newer ones. Maybe in our travels and meals we bump into my favorite artists and get to do some cool stuff like write, sing or just explore with them.

At the end and even during the adventures I'd keep a journal of poetry and what we did.

There I got everything I love to fit!

Love and thank you, Fida

Saturday, February 15, 2014

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 3

Hello Poetteers,

I have a story for you:

One day, I was WRITING with PARK. Out of the blue, a CAT came out of nowhere! It was so FAT, SLOW and ORANGE. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we RAN. We hopped on CAR to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because UNWRITTEN came on and made me HAPPY. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until a DOG appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while PARK stayed on CAR, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn't get up, and felt SORE as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a RUSTLE among the leaves, and felt SCARED. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of BLOND hair and BLUE eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a BED. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a ROOMMATE and NURSE in the room, along with SANDWICHES and WATER. The door suddenly opened to reveal LEVI, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he SMILED and said, "Don't be shy. It's okay."

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about WRITING, COOKING and DANCING and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was CUTE and couldn't help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came MAJID. "Don't let him charm you away, my love!" He yelled, running at LEVI. They each had KITCHENWARE in their hands and began to fight. "Stop!", I yelled, feeling so TORN. They didn't listen to me. Before I could intervene, LEVI fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

"What was that?" I asked, staring at the empty space. MAJID dropped his weapon, and came over to me. "Magic, but you are safe now, HABIBTI." He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as I DO ADORE started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my DREAMY luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

***be sure to leave a comment on what books these book boyfriends are from. And which artists these songs are from. I hope you enjoyed it!

Love and thank you, Fida

Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge 2

Hello Poetteers,

Here's my book valentine, enjoy!

Dear Book Boyfriend, I can't just pick one, yet I can't cheat. I'll create one myself. I love one who is shy and sensitive. One that is willing to help me. One who shows his strength and finishes his job. One who shows his love, but respects my boundaries. Maybe I did find my one book boyfriend. Maybe it's you, Park.

Love and thank you, Fida

HER OLIVES promo: Spine Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

As you know HER OLIVES will be released on Tues and I thought I should do some promo, enjoy!


Her olives
sought the wind
from mornings in Jenin,
habibi (my love).


From rooftops of Tehran
to mornings in Jenin
three cups of tea
habibi (my love)
reclaim your heart.

Love and thank you, Fida

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello Poetteers,

My blog title fits right in with today, lol! I couldn't share my blessings on Monday for book promo. But today's perfect!

Here are the moments I felt the most loved:

• Co-writing a poem with Misoon.
• Spontaneous visits to my BFF.
• A surprise phone call from a childhood friend I hadn't seen in more than 10 years.
• When my cats come sit by me.
• Being able to stay in contact with former teachers.
• Chatting with friends via twitter.

And many more...

Thank you Kate for the inspiration, check out her post!

Love and thank you, Fida

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HER OLIVES: Title Choice

Hello Poetteers,

It's day two of the blog tour. Besides the cover and poems I needed a title, too. Here's how I came to it:

Jasmine and olives
two beautiful things
that make up Palestine

Jasmine and her olives
sounds like a picture book

Her olives
referring to Palestine as her
and the olives, olives
to me as her
and olives as my poems.

P.S. HER OLIVES is releasing exactly a week from today. Yet today is someone else's release day.

After reading the six chapter sample on wattpad I knew I would have to buy it. SOLVING FOR EX is an awesome book by Leigh Ann Kopans and you can enter a giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Love and thank you, Fida

Monday, February 10, 2014

HER OLIVES: Cover Image

Hello Poetteers,

It's the end of the blogfest, yet you can always go back. The link is open until the book's release. Today is the start of the blog tour.

Finding the Right Girl

First she was just a drawing
changed to
her dress was short
needing too be modest
found one
but her seating inappropriate
found a third
long sleeved, skirt wearing
girl in boots
if you look closely
she even looks Arab
the one for HER OLIVES.

Love and thank you, Fida

Friday, February 7, 2014

Last Day of OLIVE JAZZ

Hello Poetteers,

We have reached the last day of OLIVE JAZZ, sadness. Today's prompt is simple. Write about the country you're from.

You can always go back to old prompts (day 4, 3, 2, 1) and respond to them separately.


You can be cool and respond to all of them in one poem.

Thank you, Fida

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Hello Poetteers,

We are reaching towards our last day of this poetry blogfest. Today will be Two for Thursday.

Your second to last prompt is to write about a struggle and victory or struggle vs. victory, anything like that.

You try and try
keep being put down
but finally one small thing done
more done
until something big
you keep going.

Option two is inspired by Janet Gurtler. Write about things you thought were true.

Things I thought were true
that I could know only one language
that all flowers are real
that your actual heart
looks like a heart
that everything is good

Things I thought were true
that I was confined
that I couldn't get better

Things I thought were true
that my faith
was only about physical things
that love was hard to get.

P.S. I'm adding new goal. I want to reach 15k in my WIP by the end of the week. Practically have three days left. Yet my WIP is already at 10k. That means I have to write 1k one day and 2k over the next two days. Please cheer me on #WriterRecharge!

Love and thank you, Fida

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Olive Jazz Day 3 & More

Hello Poetteers,

Today is day three of OLIVE JAZZ. The prompt is write about a stranger and an enemy. If you want to go back: Day Two. Day One.

My goal is to write everyday and edit at least a page a day of MAYBE LOVING YOU.

I finished my writing for today. I still need to edit today. I did get four pages done yesterday.

P.S. You should check out the BLITZ team. In small, you spread love to bloggers. One blog I think you should check out is Cafuné, if you love poems, bookstore observations and intimate things.

Love and thank you, Fida

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Olive Jazz Day 2 & Goals

Hello Poetteers,

Today is day two of OLIVE JAZZ!! The prompt is a little simpler than yesterday's: Write about family vs friend.

Family vs. Friend

Family is someone
that always stays
while friends come and go
Family is those who understand
the craziness of your family
yet friends give you
an outsider view
on how to deal with family

Family is back home
where all the extended members
live in the same house
or at least the same street

Friends are those
who live near by
become your family
when you don't have one.

P.S. A group of girls are hosting a writer recharge this month and I'm joining in. My goals are to revise a page a day for MAYBE LOVING YOU. Write 6 days a week. You can check in at #WriterRecharge.

Love and thank you, Fida

Monday, February 3, 2014


Hello Poetteers,

We will resume regular schedule after Feb 18, 2014. This week is the poetry blogfest for the upcoming release of HER OLIVES.

Today's prompt is to write a poem about a typical day in freedom and occupation.

Good luck! Here is my attempt:

Occupation vs. Freedom

Occupation is
your land taken
going trough checkpoints
at every corner
to enter another city

waiting in long lines
not knowing if you'll get through
if they are in a good mood
or bad mood and shoot.

is living wherever
getting what you need
and even what you want
and a good amount of it

Freedom is
is the ability to go anywhere
without being watched or hurt.



Yes there is Independence Day
or anniversaries of loss days
and harvest days
and different kinds of love days

Yet we need more days
to show our love for the world
and our countries

Yesterday as a Palestinian
I celebrate
as a Palestinian is represented on TV

Today I start a celebration
of my upcoming publication
of Palestinian themed poetry

Everyday should be and is
a day worth celebrating for.

Love and thank you, Fida