Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Hiatus

Hello Poetteers,

We are nearing the end of the year and I need some much needed me time. I have decided to take a break from blogging. I wanted something more and have decided to attempt to also take a social media break. I am planning for the break from both to be a month long one.

See you next year!

Fida

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NaNoWriMo Recap 2016

Hello Poetteers,

During the month of November, I attempted at NaNoWriMo. I took a different approach. Instead of writing a fiction novel I decided on a non-fiction project. This project will be a nonfiction story of my journey as a writer. It is something that has been bugging me to be heard and I'm finally listening. It's what I've been leaning towards. Since I thought of it in the beginning of the year I keep getting new ideas for it. I got the final push I needed from #NaNoLounge.

Sneak Peek #1
From the beginning, I was already having an endless amount of spelling errors. I was a bit excited about finally working on this story idea. Another thing I kept doing as I write was ending it with referring to read more in a later chapter. For the first week and beginning of NaNo I wrote for 10 consecutive days.

After that, I felt the slump and unintentionally stalled the project. I didn't think about it, I almost forgot about it. I picked it back up on the 22nd and wrote for a couple more days. The word count that I needed to catch up on was overwhelming that I stopped again. A couple days after that I told myself I need to try and at least get a few sentences down but a few story ideas were already creeping in.
Sneak Peek #2 
I'm disappointed that I didn't continue to push myself to work on it. But I'm not mad about not reaching the 50k winning goal. I finally got the project started and that's all that matters. I'm opening myself so much, much more than I do on my blog and social media. Throughout the project, I made some discoveries about myself. I'm surprised and happy about the journey of writing about my journey. Some day it will be a publishable book.

stay inspired,
Fida Islaih 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reflection on Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,

Recently I took up an opportunity that was given to me. Last month I apply and got the internship from Dream On Youth. Remember the Monday Blessings series I did on the blog. I want to bring it back. I did it a bit differently today. I'm over on Dream on Youth sharing what I'm grateful for.

Stay inspired, 
Fida 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

How I Title My Poems

Hello Poetteers,

Don't have time to read right now? Download the PDF version.

I loved sharing with you ways to title your poems. I decided to give you my secret to titling poems.

1. Find an adjective that describes the emotion your poem is giving.

2. Find a repeated word.

3. Put the two together.

4. Does it reflect your poem?

Example:

Take a look at my poem, Weary Hope. I repeated the word hope, so i knew it needed to be in the title. The beginning of the poem talks about being weary, so that was the adjective I needed to add. Together I came up with a title that would make the reader wonder and pull them in to read it.


For more help on your poetry titles, I have a cheatsheet available! Also, in my editing services I help you with choosing a poetry title. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Poetry Collaboration: Flickering Light

Hello Poetteers, 

This past week I've been working on a collaborative piece. Here is the result of that collaboration. 

Flickering Light


Pain is my light getting tired
with the anticipation
a heaviness settles into my heart
Pain is the loss
of never seeing the good again
you feel helpless
like getting the news of death
and not knowing what to say
to yourself or others
you don’t want to hear anything
you stare into nothingness
and wonder if it will get better

accepting the pain, you can move forward
from deep sorrow
to the process of healing,
healing is the reversal
of a decomposed heart
a radiant light
replacing the darkness within
a soothing ointment to one’s soul
it gives hope to endure the circumstances,
strength for the journey,
courage to be bold,
to comfort others who are afflicted
but most all
to know you are not alone.

by Fida Islaih & Rebeca Perez

Check out more poetry by Rebeca at Blend My Love.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fight off the Lack of Motivation

Hello Poetteers,

Every once in awhile we get in writing slumps and feeling the lack of motivation. There are several ways to get ourselves out of it.

1. Take a break
Spend a day away from your writing and come back with a fresh look.

2. Read
The works of others will get you in a new headspace and may inspire some new ideas.

3. Do a poetry prompt
Forcing yourself may do the trick.

4. Change up your writing style. If you write free verse try a poetry form.
Sometimes you need a limit.

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Tour: Timeless by Crystal Collier


Hello Poetteers, 

Let's welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her brand new book!

Title: TIMELESS

Series: Maiden of Time, #3

Author: Crystal Collier

Pages: 253

Publication: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Raybourne Publishing

ISBN: 9781629830056



TIME IS THE ENEMY.

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

Buy: Amazon | B&N

What reviewers are saying:

“A magical, fast-paced, romantic adventure…” --T. Drecker, Bookworm for Kids

“A story of love...true and forbidden love. There's mystery…tension, action...everything.” –Chrys Fey, author of Ghost of Death

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer


Alexia had assumed his home was a hut in some local village. “Where is it you came from?”

Deamus motioned upward. Alexia followed his aim to the warming sky, stars fading. “From the stars?”

Both hands disappeared behind his back as he considered her closely. Something in his stare solidified, and he leaned forward, lifting an arm and pointing. “There. Out beyond those lights
waits another earth, one where…where we live without fear. Only those with Passionate
blood dwell there.”


The idea whirled her head like a top he was spinning just to watch her grow dizzy. Amos stepped between them. “Tell me about this place.”

Deamus backed away, gaze shifting shyly to the ground. Alexia touched his arm. “Tell me.”

“The other land was created long ago by a powerful man. There has never been a man more powerful.”

To create an entire world… Alexia still couldn’t quite fathom it. Only God possessed that kind of power. “When humanity began destroying…the Passionate, he knew he had to stop them.” He brought his fists together and pulled them apart to illustrate. “It would mean separating two worlds. He studied and gathered and worked for decades to make his dream a reality, and at
last, he did it.”

Alexia gave him a skeptical frown. “Separated two worlds out of one?”

“I heard me somethin’ like this story before.” Regin scratched his chin. “Weren’t there two sons and some kind of battle?”

Deamus stilled and shifted away as if he’d forgotten about his larger audience.

“Do continue,” Alexia urged.

“A bridge was erected, a bridge of light that allowed our kind to pass over, but the cost of channeling so much power was the man’s life.” Deamus bit his lip. His chin shook and he looked
away. Quiet accosted them. Alexia wondered if he would continue when he straightened his shoulders, lips puckered in a frown. “He left two sons.” 


He gave a quick nod at Regin. “Both studied his arts and followed in his path, but
one was tempted and drawn into dark powers, the kind that consume the soul.” 


A line appeared between his eyebrows. “The other watched over and protected the
Passionate—mostly from his brother.”


Alexia glanced up at the disappearing stars and shivered, feeling suddenly very small. “And how do you know of this other world?”

Deamus’s head tilted, hope shimmering in his gaze. “It is my home.”


Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

Find her online HERE.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Find Time to Write

Hello Poetteers,

Life may get in the way and make it hard to find time to write. 

1. Wake up early
The silence, the fresh mind and clear head can get the gears going. 

2. Stay up late 
There is something about the night that puts your head in a different place. 

3. Tell people
When you tell someone you have this urge to do it. You have someone to hold you accountable.

4. Stay away from distractions
I've said this before, don't go on your phone or social media until after you start working. One thing that will make it easier to do this is turning off the notifications on your phone. 

5. Take advantage of your breaks
The words will eventually add up and seeing it will make you want to complete it.

6. Keep a notebook with you
Ideas have a way of creeping up on you and come at the most random times. You don't want to forget them. 

7. Schedule it into your already busy day
When you see it on your to do list you have a better chance of doing it.

8. Leave off on a cliffhanger 
When you leave off like that you look forward to the next time you get to sit down and figure out the rest. 

9. Braindump
Having all your ideas down or an outline gets you one step closer to writing the story. 

10. Meditation 
Sitting in silence, you get to reflect on your day. You get in touch with your intuition. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Add Your Book On Goodreads

Hello Poetteers,

Don't have time to read right now? Download the PDF version

Being an avid reader and writer I've seen both sides of how Goodreads can be beneficial. Sometimes you come across a book you can't find on Goodreads. Adding your book on there is easier than you think. The information is already there on the site but I'm here to make it even easier. 

1. Join the author program.

2. You will have an author dashboard to update. One thing to do is link your blog or website. 

3. Add your book


4. Fill in all the details

5. Save and it'll be a part of your dashboard

6. You can share the cover now or wait until after the reveal on your blog. When you have a decision, you are able to edit the book.

7. Share the link for others to mark it on their TBR list and later share their review.


8. Your dashboard is a place for readers to ask you questions. You can have giveaways. Lastly, you can add the option to preview your book. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Poetry Prompts

Hello Poetteers!

I'm bringing in the new month with a new set of poetry prompts! It's a bit different. I gave you 15 prompts. You can do it all in the two weeks or take the whole month to do them. I'll be participating along side you. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.


You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference, or download the PDF version.

Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.Tag me (@poetfida) so I can leave some love.


Get help with your poetry prompts with these questions, get your copy when you sign up for my newsletter.

stay inspired,
Fida

Monday, October 31, 2016

Poetry Prompt: Compliment Your Body

Hello Poetteers,

I have another body part poetry prompt for you. You can check out part one and part two here.

Questions to ask yourself:

What was a friend’s compliment you remember?

What body part was it of?

Do you like or dislike that body part?

How did the compliment make you feel?

If you disliked, how will you start to love it?

Answer these questions and keep your favorite responses. With those responses make it into a poem. Share it using #dailypoetrygram.

Example:

They love my smile
see me always smile
through the unsaid struggles
and the tears that couldn't stop from falling

I love my smile
hearing them say that
it grows bigger

but underneath it
my smile is crooked
the overbite gets in the way
still trying to accept it's a part of me.

stay inspired,

Fida

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weary Hope, A Poem

Hello Poetteers,

I have a new poem for you! This month is coming to a close. I've been attempting to participate in OctPoWriMo but I didn't do well as the poem below is the one poem I wrote.

Weary Hope

She was drained of hope
yet she was forced to trust
everyone talks about prayer
she gives it a try
day by day
there is a growing feeling
of hope and genuine trust.

Have you been participating in OctPoWriMo? Do you have a poem that needs editing help? Message me and we can work together to bring out the best in your poem. 

stay inspired, 
Fida

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Poet Names for Your Cat

Hello Poetteers,



This week's Top Ten Tuesday is to list names you would give something. I chose some top poet names for your cat. If you would like to save this for future reference, you can download here.
  1. Poe 
  2. Rumi 
  3. Kay 
  4. Frost 
  5. May 
Reader Submissions
  1. Milton
  2. Alfred
  3. Oliver
  4. Dickinson
stay inspired,
Fida

*updated on Jan 11th, 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016

Every Part of the Poem Matters

Hello Poetteers,

Every part of the poem is important. From the spelling to wording. From the title to the ending. From small things like grammar to big things like emotion. Don't put a deadline on yourself when finishing a poem. It's added pressure that will make it hard to think. If you do have a deadline ask around for opinions and help.


I'm available to help edit your work. Message me with your poem! Also get a pricing package + free editing checklist when you sign up for my Poetteers List.

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pull at the Heartstrings

Hello Poetteers,

Emotion is the heart and magic of a poem. As the writer of the poem you want it to feel right in the heart. If it doesn't, it won't send the message. Let's say you wrote all that you could, or think you could. The emotion doesn't come across. Questions can be asked to pull it out of you. To do that you need an outside source.


I'm available to help edit your work. Message me with your poem! Also get a pricing package + free editing checklist when you sign up for my Poetteers List.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Phrases Sound Out of Place

Hello Poetteers,


Reading is important for editing your poem. There has been several times in writing poetry where I read it several times and each time I didn't see the mistake. One time I wanted a friend to read a poem of mine just because I thought it was good. They noticed the mistake. If I didn't ask it would be an embarrassment if I published it.

Reading your poem aloud also helps you see the flow and structure of the poem. You able to tell what words you skip, where you pause, where phrases sound out of place.

You can't get away from the mistakes. Sometimes even a second set of eyes can miss it. I've noticed errors in my published work. We can work together to have none of that or at least lessen the errors. We know when we write we focus more on getting out the story. Having an outside and second option is needed.


I'm available to help edit your work. Message me with your poem! Also get a pricing package + free editing checklist when you sign up for my Poetteers List. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October's Daily Poetry


Hello October! I'm bringing in the new month with a new set of poetry prompts! I'll be participating along side you. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.


You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference, or download the prompt list pdf.

Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.Tag me (@poetfida) so I can leave some love.

stay inspired,
Fida

Friday, September 30, 2016

Breakdown of 'I Lived'

Hello Poetteers,


This is up to my interpretation. The artist may have or may not have different thoughts. I enjoyed the lyrics and believe them. It's about living your life, not waiting for things. It's about going after it. It's about enjoying the little things. Live in the present. It's basically a song to sing when you tell someone life is too short to worry and wait. There shouldn't be doubts and regret. You shouldn't keep the what ifs open. Have faith in your struggles. Lastly don't let sorrow hold you back.


I hope you take a listen,
Fida

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Bucket List

Hello Poetteers,


Last week was the first week of Fall. Let's celebrate by creating a fall bucket list along with a second list of things you want to do before the year ends. I do have two lists but for this blog's sake I'm cutting it down and combining them.

17 Before 2017/Fall Bucket List

1. Read all the books to finish my Goodreads challenge
2. Participate in Inktober
3. Do NaNoWriMo
4. Go to an open mic night
5. Practice calligraphy
6. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
7. Take a day trip and listen to your favorite Fall Mix
8. Take pictures of the changing leaves


9. Press leaves you collect in your journal
10. Mail your friends themed cards
11. Do some Fall Cleaning
12. Make plenty of “pumpkin” typos
13. Make handprint turkeys
14. Write two short stories
15. Decorate bedroom
16. Jump in a neatly organized pile of leaves
17. Take a walk through a park and try to catch falling leaves

stay inspired,
Fida

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Important Transitions of an Author

Hello Poetteers,


In the 7th grade I learned about poetry but I was turned away from it. A year later I was taught about poetry and fell in love with it. I enjoyed the assignments and wrote a bit extra but I didn't continue. Throughout the year I got into it and eventually started a blog. It was a place I could share all my poems. A year after starting my blog I had my first piece published.


Towards the end of 2011 I started to learn about self publishing and read self published books. On Feb 2012 there was a independent author conference. Later that year, in the fall, I published my first poetry book. I called self publishing my business. My blog continued to be for me. Within the past year I've been working on my blog from being for me to being for my audience.

stay inspired,
Fida

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Poetry Prompt: Least Favorite Body Part

Hello Poetteers,


Last month, I gave a prompt to write about your favorite body part. Today I want you to write about your least favorite body part.

Questions to ask yourself:

What do you dislike about your body? Why?
It is something you can hide? How do you hide it?
What can you do to start loving it?

Share your poetry response on Twitter or Instagram with #dailypoetrygram.

Example:

I thought I was secure
loving myself
but it revealed itself
I wasn't
my shoulders looked big, announcing itself

I always covered them
even when I didn't have to
I let myself feel comfortable in that

Now I let myself sit with the uncomfortable
it holds up my head
holds the wight of the world
it shows my strength.

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A to Z Poetry Anniversary


Hello Poetteers,

Three years ago today I got to call myself a published author. Three years ago I published my first poetry book, A to Z Poetry. The journey was and still is full of discovery. It was the push I gave myself. It was the push that started it all. I'm so grateful for this.

The connections I made with people opened doors for me. Those people shared their knowledge with me.

For the first time there was a free online conference for independent authors. It covered everything from design to distribution. I got to teach myself what would have taken years in a matter of months.

It was a lot of trial and error. It is all about networking and what you can bring. There is more to come. I'm excited and can't wait to share it with all of you!

Stay inspired,

Fida

Friday, September 16, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Poetry Titles

Hello Poetteers,

As I keep on writing poems I find some titles I create for the poems stand out to me.
  1. Scars Are a Rebirth
  2. I Hear Your Wish
  3. An Ending to an Open Dream
  4. Falling Flowers
  5. Raining to Reflect 
For poetry title formulas I have created a Poetry Titles Cheatsheet

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, September 15, 2016

evolution of my own writing

Hello Poetteers,

You may know this if you've read my much older work.

My poems used to be dark and centered around frustration. I was vague and each piece didn't show much growth.

My poems now are varied with darkness and hope. It's shows love and growth.

I didn't push myself and now I really have to push myself/let go to be vulnerable in my poetry. It feels good to see depth and see its personable.

I'm proud of my work. In a few days I will be reaching my third author anniversary!!

stay inspired,

Fida

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Top 5 Poetry Title Formulas

Hello Poetteers,

As I write over the years I noticed that I like to stick to similar title forms. I went through my books and a handful of poems to see what I find.
  1. What is _______ 
  2. _________-ing 
  3. _________ and ______ 
  4. The_______ 
  5. _______ in _______ 
For more formulas like this I made a Poetry Titles Cheatsheet

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ways to Title Your Poems, Part Two

Hello Poetteers,

You have the title of your poem. If you don't, I give three suggestions in part one. Placement of your title is almost as important. You don't want the title to take away from the poem.

1. Have the title on top of the poem.
2. Put your title at the end of the poem.
3. Some poems already have a title placed for you. For example the acrostic has the title on the side of the poem.

stay inspired, 
Fida

P.S. There is a poetry title cheat sheet now available!