Friday, September 15, 2017

My First Spoken Word

Hello Poetteers,

Since we are celebrating A to Z Poetry and my 4th author anniversary I thought I would share with you my first poems. The very first poem I wrote was when I was 5 about a doctor and a cat. While learning about poetry my first poem was about where I'm from. But that was a school assignment. I believe that piece set the tone and foundation for my writing career. That summer I wrote my first unprompted poem about my thoughts on Malaysia. The poems 'Writing Journal' and 'Sisters' were part of the first batch of poems written.

Eventually, I tried spoken word. It was more of a poetry reading. My first one was part of a class assignment. I was nervous and quiet but being able to sit down helped calm me. What also calmed me was looking at a familiar face. After reading the first couple of lines I forgot the nerves and that an audience was watching me. I was feeling the poem. Afterwards, I asked a friend how I did. I was loud and clear. I didn't think anything else of it.

Two years later I went to a youth faith camp. I had just published my first book a few months ago. I decided to go for it and share a poem from it. My friends were encouraging me to share. My nerves were through the roof. I was practicing through the whole day. Before the actual performance, I did a practice one in front a few friends. I was getting excited.

I hinted about it in my blog post about needing spoken word.

I couldn't sit still in my seat. My friends were amazing and understanding. They let me be one of the first acts of the night. Everyone was sitting in a half circle and the room was dimmed. The mic helped me be loud and clear. But my performance was short. I cared but also didn't. 

I loved the sound of fingers snapping as I performed my poem. After doing my first spoken word I felt excited by the warm feeling it gave me. I wanted to do it again and have that feeling again. It was empowering and gave me the confidence I needed. With this experience, I'm growing as a poet. It was once a bucket list item. Do you remember your first time and how did it make you feel?

Read more: annual look at bucket list | poetry transitions

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Poet Lesson: Write Poetry Slowly

Hello Poetteers,

Yesterday was day three of the slay edits challenge. The prompt was a poetry lesson. See my response in the video below.

Stay inspired,

Friday, September 8, 2017

Inspiration If Needed

Hello Poetteers,

The other day I found a deck of index cards with a post it note that read "inspiration if needed." I made this back in high school in a creative writing class. I think the teacher made us do this in the beginning of the year for when we felt like we had nothing to write. It has been a few years since I looked through it. Some writing things have changed while others didn't.

There are 19 ideas written on these cards. It reads of chocolate, sisterhood, a few quotes, and song lyrics, cities and tourist sites, free spirit, small gestures, volunteer work, struggling Muslim, unbearable heat, spring, blossoms, and birds chirping. One just said, "my favorites." Another tells me about national poetry month and writing one poem a day.

I have participated in NPM a few times. The ones that surprised me are volunteer work and free spirit. I have no idea what I meant by that. I do enjoy my chocolate.

Looking back I used to write a few poems about countries but haven't continued. The same goes with nature, I used to write a lot but then stopped. I'm trying to get back into it. I'm still inspired by song lyrics and small gestures. To this day I write about sisterhood and being a Muslim.

Comment: Has your inspiration changed?

Read more: Raise the Inspiration | Inspiration Behind Hugs & Kisses 

Stay inspired,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Poetry Affirmations

Hello Poetteers,

Turn your fears into poetry affirmations. I mentioned #PoetteerChat, you can find the summary to the specific chat on Storify.

Stay inspired,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Inspiration Behind Hugs & Kisses

Hello Poetteers,

Three years ago I published Hugs & Kisses. To celebrate I want to share the inspiration behind the book. I get my inspiration from any and everywhere. My poems Strip Me and Let it Go are inspired by songs of the same titles. When everyone read my poem Let It Go they all thought of the song and teased me. I had shared the poem as a spoken word piece. I couldn’t get the song out of my head and it made the poem feel odd. You couldn’t think of the words let it go without thinking of the song. I feel the poem is different from the song.

If I wrote it with more distance from the song, the comparison wouldn’t feel so heavy. It’s not always like that. The song Strip Me is not as popular as the song Let it Go and is an older song, so the song isn’t compared to the poem. With writing these poems I’ve learned to have patience in sharing them and be careful with your words. Show the difference and make it personal with your own story. 

Has a song ever inspired you to write a poem?

Stay inspired,


Read more: raise the inspiration | response poetry

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Poetry Collaborate

Hello Poetteers,

I write my own poems. At the end of last year, I started collaborating with other poets. In poetry collaborations, it all depends on the person and the topic. Whether your writing style is similar or different, is there compatibility? It's good if they write similar to you. It makes things easier. But there should be enough difference to challenge your writing. It makes you step out of your comfort zone, to write something else.

With the poem collaborations I've done, I've seen you don't need full sentences. Most of the people I worked with wrote longer pieces and it challenged me to write long pieces. I usually keep my poems short. Other people keep their poems short, too, so I'm not alone. I got to see how a longer poem can make a story fuller and more personable.

The typical go to when collaborating on a poem is that I write one part of a poem and the other person will the other half. You don’t always have to write like that. Maybe write the beginning and end and they write the middle. Maybe they can write one line, you write one, they write the next line and keep going back and forth until you wrap up the poem.

Compatibility is important, but so is communication. Find out how you want to keep in touch: email, in person, text. Bounce ideas and come up with a topic and the direction you want to take it. It doesn't end once you finish writing the piece, there is also the editing process. You just wrote two separate parts and you need to see how it will flow together.

There you have it. Stay inspired,


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Week Long Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

I’m coming back from my hiatus a week earlier. I have a new set of prompts for you. There is another change to the poetry prompts. It’s phrases instead of words because with the poem a day challenge I saw how much I loved the challenge of having to include a specific phrase in a poem. I hope you enjoy the phrase prompts, too.

Share your poems using #ShapeOfBeautiful.

Get the Shape of Beautiful prompt bundle.

Stay inspired,


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Haiku As A Stepping Stone

Hello Poetteers,

In this video, I share how haiku can be a stepping stone to poetry. Fun fact: When I first got into poetry one of my first pieces was writing several haikus to be one long poem. I think that's where I found that poetry form wasn't for me but then being introduced to free verse and seeing it's my style.

Stay inspired, 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poem: What Is In A Name

What Is In A Name

Your name is the love your parents have for you
it is something you give life to
be as strong as your name
and live it up

Your name has many meanings
of what it is in another language
it connects you to your homeland

It gives others an image that touches their heart
it gives you a love bigger than you

Your name holds your heritage and culture
it holds your heart
it holds you.

Stay inspired,

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Hiatus

Hello Poetteers, 

It's Ramadan and summertime! I have decided to take a two month-long break from blogging and social media. I'll be back in August! 

stay inspired, 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Revisit Older Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Today we are revisiting some of my favorite and most popular posts I’ve done through the years. Some of my most popular posts are my original poetry. I really enjoyed the prompt to write a love letter between two inanimate objects.

As Ramadan is here and bullet journaling is becoming popular, this post is well loved. Here is how the first month of bullet journaling went. If you would love to read more from me, read my poetry book A to Z Poetry. Relive the announcement here.

Thank you,


Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Prompts: Heart to Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

The June prompts are now live!! For these prompts, you can purchase the June Poetry Bundle. Share your poems using #HeartToPoetry and tag me @poetfida. The prompts are weekly, but I gave a few extras to choose and play around with the words. All these prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

What the June Poetry Bundle Includes: 
  1. Word prompts
  2. Sentence starters
  3. In-depth questions
  4. Bonus challenge  
Stay inspired,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sectioning off Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Sectioning off your poetry collection can be difficult. The easiest way to section it is by theme or topic. For example, if you have a series of nature poems, group them together. You may have two poems that present opposite ideas but are in conversation with one another, so pair them connection apparent to the reader.

  • It’s a good idea to keep poems together that are written in the same creative period. 
  • Maybe your poetry collection does not even need to be sectioned off if it's one big theme or reads like a story. 
  • Maybe you can get more on the emotions side of the piece use an adjective that describes that set of poems as the section title.
  • Another strategy is a lyric ordering, in which each poem is linked to the previous one, repeating a word, image, subject, or theme. 
  • Order it in a way to create a sense of growth or evolution.
  • Other times I follow one or several emotionally charged poems with one that provides comic or other relief.
  • Other categories include images, speaker, setting, events, issues, color, format; chronology, alphabetically.
  • Lastly, maybe try to make them still appear mysterious to the reader so the reader does not feel they are being told what to expect in each section.

Poetry sections give the breathing space needed. It gives space to the poems and gives the reader a moment to soak it in before moving on to the next.

How do you section your poetry collection?

Stay inspired,

Title Your Poems/Sections/Book with this poetry titles guide

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Poet Rant

Hello Poetteers,

I love finding poetry books from poets I find online. It's kind of disappointing when half the the poems in their books are poems they have shared online before the book is published.

I have to confess I once did the same thing. I'm more conscious of it now.

One or two sneak peeks are fine for promotion but more than that and what's the point of getting the book unless the poet's work is something you read and can read it multiple times. They have to be really good to be able to have that. Some poems I read multiple times and it still surprises you. Other poems I've read once and it's enough for that one time because they are simple. It's hard to explain but I hope it makes sense.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How To Poetry Chat

Hello Poetteers,

I started #PoetteerChat because I barely saw any twitter chats about poetry. That is starting to change.

How to participate
  • Chats are time specific, so be timely. 
  • Use hashtag specific to chat, so that everyone participating can see what you have to say. 
  • Questions are presented as Q1, Q2, etc. Answer them by using A1, A2, etc. 
  • Engage with other participants. Invite those who may be interested. 
  • Suggest topics for future chats. 

How to host
  • Choose a day and time. 
  • Choose theme or topic. 
  • It can be a one-time thing. If re-occurring, make it weekly or monthly. 
  • Create a Twitter list for those who participate and want reminders.
  • Batch create questions to go with a specific topic. Do it ahead of time. 5 to 6 questions are the average amount for an hour long chat. 
  • Make graphics to go with reminders and questions. 

Examples of what to chat about
  • Poetry Writing Sessions 
  • Book club
  • Bring guests 
  • Different topics of chosen theme
  • Celebrate writing or book anniversary

Stay inspired,


Thursday, May 18, 2017

100 Day Project Reflection

Hello Poetteers,

I was running on the excitement of a new idea and working on something new. But then it wore off and I fell behind. I kept going and at one point I thought I didn't love this idea anymore. I wanted to quit. I told myself no. I still love this idea. I just need a little more wiggle room. So I changed up some things.

When I started the project I limited myself to one book but then I let myself use any of my books. As you saw I tried to keep organized by going in order of the book. I switched to doing what calls to me. Drawing the Muslim girls was my favorite part. It felt like I needed to do a new piece every day but I let myself redraw something if I felt the need to do so.

I fell behind for a few days and caught up. But I fell behind for a week and caught back up. But then I fell behind again. I saw some people use the progress pictures as part of the project. I decided to try it out and it helped me catch up. 

Maybe the structure of the project isn't for me or the idea I chose is not for me or it simply isn't a priority for me.

My word of the year is strength. There is strength in keeping going but there is also strength in realizing what bogs you down vs what lights you up. I'm glad I tried this. I'll be drawing a final piece and saying bye to this project. Thank you for following along on this short experimental journey.

Day 33. This is my last piece for #the100dayproject.
From my poem, Knock, in my book, Hugs & Kisses.

Do you ever change up or quit your project after you start?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bring Positivity to the World

Hello Poetteers,

In the beginning of the month, there was an imperfect boss campaign. It was changed up a bit for us to share the good things we bring to the world. I wanted to share on here what I wrote.

A year ago I made the declaration that this is a positive space. I really feel it's true. I've heard people say that they feel the positivity when they come into my space. They feel the encouragement and inspiration when they read my work and speak to me. I want to continue to live through that declaration.

Inspire. It's the word I live by. I've been an indie author for almost four years and only in the past year do I really feel my writing is noticed. When people started to tell me that my work touched them, it surprised me. It feels good to know that when it's all you wanted to do.

We sometimes, myself included, get caught up in our work and forget about the journey. I looked back and again it surprised me. I built this dream.

Stay inspired,


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Announcing Hijab & Prompt Books

Hello Poetteers,

Challenges come in many ways. Small or big. I'll be stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something different. All my collections have been self-published. Before self-publishing, let alone the decision to publish, that was outside of my comfort zone. Now that is my new comfort zone.

I've been working on a new poetry collection. It's about my journey with hijab and disability. See my journey with hijab. From being naive to seeing the complexities. See how I deal with my disability and anxiety. See how love helped with all of this.

My plan for it is to submit it to a few publishers/press. It's scary yet exciting!!

Add to Goodreads.

But that isn't the only thing I'm working on. As you know I've been creating monthly poetry bundles and now I'm working on a prompt book. It's divided into three parts. The first is of loving your body, mind and taking care of it. The second part is about appreciating culture. The last part is about being honest with yourself and the activism we do. Each prompt has a set of questions along with sentence starters and poetry formats.

Add to Goodreads.

Both books don't have titles yet as I have a list of several titles I'm going back and forth on.

Stay tuned for updates,


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Factors in Our Writing Changes

Hello Poetteers,

You may not notice this. I didn't either. Our writing/art changes with the seasons or weather. I do know that the environment has an effect on our writing. It may get darker. Maybe different from what you usually do. With a rainy day or in a dark environment I may not write as much or at all. When it’s sunny or I’m in a well-lit place I’ll be in a writing flow. Being in a room where I see others being productive like in a coffee shop or bookstore I am able to write more.

What you read and write or simply the mood you’re in will affect your writing. Sometimes your mind is in a different place, wanting you to write something or work on something else altogether. For example, you have to write a blog post but you keep thinking of the story you want to add to or maybe it’s the other way around. Take a break to switch it up. You can come back to it later that day.

If you are in a bad mood you write something dark or the opposite of it to pull yourself out of it. Maybe you write more instead of less when there is a feeling of darkness. I know both writing less or writing more has happened to me when darkness is around. If you write something or read something dark it puts a damper on your mood and you feel like you don’t want to do anything near that.

How does any of these things affect your writing?

Stay inspired,


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Publishers That Publish Poetry Books

Hello Poetteers,

As I was doing my own research for poetry publishers this question popped up on my feed: Does anyone know any publishers that publish poetry books?

Later on while hosting #PoetteerChat I asked what everyone’s plan is for a year from now. Most of you said to be published. I promised a list of publishers, so here’s the top 5 I found. Along with the publisher, I will mention the poets they represent. I want to work with someone I can trust. Seeing familiar names makes them more trustable in my opinion.
  1. Andrew McMeel - has published Amanda Lovelace, Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur and more. 
  2. Dancing Girl Press - has published our very own Amanda N. Butler. 
  3. Bottlecap Press - has published Courtney LeBlanc 
  4. Button Poetry - has published Olivia Gatwood, Sierra DeMulder and more. 
  5. Two Sylvias Press - has published Jeannine Hall Gailey, Kelli Russell Agodon, Martha Silano and more. 
Are there any other publishers I should know of?

Stay inspired,


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Poet Life: Dream vs Reality

Hello Poetteers,

A dream day of a poet would be to spend the whole day reading and writing poetry and chatting with fellow poets. But the reality is that we have to balance poetry with life.

You might be able to squeeze in an hour of reading a poetry collection or writing poetry. We would love to have all our poetry in one place in a virtual folder or physical notebook. There is a chance to try that. But throughout the day with a job, family, cooking, etc we don’t have time to write, so you have scraps of paper everywhere with poetry ideas and verses jotted down. Sometimes you forget why that line came to mind and where you were going with it. I haven’t tried it yet, but you can use an audio recording device or feature on your phone to help you better understand your thoughts later when you finally get the time to sit down.

I consider my life with poetry to almost be my ideal lifestyle. How does poetry look like in your daily life?

Stay inspired,


Friday, April 28, 2017

Changing it Up in May Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

Last month I told you there would be a change in the prompts. I'm going from having daily prompts to weekly prompts. #dailypoetrygram will be retiring after a year of prompts. There is a hope that each month will have its own hashtag unique to the prompts.

The May prompts and poems have a new hashtag. You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference. Share the poems on Instagram using #ThreadsOfPoetry and tag me @poetfida.

For in-depth questions to help with these word prompts you can purchase the poetry bundle. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Verse

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter V. This is the last challenge I will be blogging about. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt


  1. What is your favorite verse from the Bible/Torah/Quran?
  2. Why is it your favorite?
  3. What does it mean to you?
  4. How is it incorporated into your life?
  5. Did it change your life and how?
Include the actual verse somewhere in the poem. Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Stay inspired,


Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Quit

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter Q. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt

  1. What are you currently trying to do?
  2. What did you give up on?
  3. Why did you give up on it?
  4. Was it a good or bad choice to give it up?

Poetry Form
Quatern: This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
  • Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
  • The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
  • There are no rules for rhyming or iambics. (source).

Stay inspired,

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Love

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter L. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Love and Lost

  • What was love to you when you were a child?
  • What is love to you today?
  • Did you lose something recently, how and why?

Poetry Form
A limerick is a poetry form in five lines with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, which is sometimes meant to be humorous.

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Stay inspired,

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 7, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter G. You can find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt

  1. How do you give yourself to the world? 
  2. How are you given your friends?
  3. What do your friends give you?
  4. How do you show gratitude? 
Poetry Form

Gogyohka was a form developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. (source).

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.


I show my heart
to the world
showing gratitude
friends see me
everything in my heart. 

Stay inspired,

Find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle

Monday, April 3, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Burning Fiercely

Hello Poetteers,

Welcome to the first day of the A to Z Poetry challenge. I won't be blogging every day. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle. Today's challenge is the letter A.

Word Prompt

  1. What sparked a fire in you?
  2. How are you fierce?
  3. What strong emotions are you feeling?
  4. What bright colors describe those emotions?
Poetry Form

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. This is all optional. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.


Burning Fiercely 

I'm always asked about my faith and culture
of why I fast and wear the headscarf
blue with frustration and red with anger 
instead of letting them burn me down with exhaustion 
I turned to writing, expressing my faith
purple with devotion
yet wondering if it's enough
I hear about my work and know
it's educating and inspiring other people.

Stay inspired, 

For the A to Z Poetry Challenge, get the April Poetry Bundle

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reveal of April Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

As you know the A to Z blog challenge is coming up. April is also national poetry month. Of course, I found a way to combine the two events. Three years ago I wrote original poetry. This year I will be writing poetry prompts. Along with this, I'll be participating in the 100-day project. My project will be sketching my poetry. Follow along in #100daysofsketchedpoems.
List of word prompts. For in-depth prompts, check out the April Poetry Bundle

I won't be blogging every day like the challenge calls for. I will be keeping to my regular schedule of blogging once a week. That won't take away from the content or value of the challenge. You will be able to find all the poetry prompts in the April Poetry Bundle.

Talking about the April prompts, this time last year I started #dailypoetrygram. I'm changing it up. I asked you if you wanted daily or weekly prompts and the chosen one was weekly prompts. Stay tuned next month for the change.

Thank you,

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poetry Collab: Bread

Hello Poetteers,

After a #PoetteerChat about food and poetry, I had the pleasure to collaborate on a poem with Charlotte Hamrick.

The Well Worked Globe

Bread is a part of every meal
and Monday mornings
were for bread-making.

My five-year-old self
would sit at the big, worn
kitchen table and watch
Grandma's hands
as they expertly kneaded
and rolled the dough, grabbing
the edge, folding it to the center,
then pushing it down
with the heels of her palms,
gradually turning the pale round
disc until all edges met
in the middle, over and over,
her fingers flexing, arms relentlessly
churning like waves on a shore.

I'd watch as she chatted
and sometimes sang,
a merry-go-round of domesticity,
a goddess of the kitchen,
until time to rest the well-worked
globe in a bowl in the corner.

Later, the whole house
was filled with the smell of freshly baked bread
we sat around the dining room table
I tore off a piece of pita to dip in hummus
as we waited for the main course
on the flip-side
I tore off a piece of flatbread
to scoop up some curry

Bread owns no culture,
yet belongs to every culture.
A staple of life,
bread is universal.

by Fida & Charlotte

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How To Come Up With Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

This blog is for me but it is also for you. Usually, I am the one to give you word and poetry prompts. Sometimes the prompts aren’t up your alley or you want your own set of words instead of a general set of word prompts. I am open to receiving suggestions. You always create your own set of word prompts. There are several ways to get started and places to pull words from.
  1. Open a thesaurus or dictionary and look for works that stand out.
  2. Narrow in on an event and pick words that come from it.
    • Example: After the inauguration and women’s march all these words popped up in my mind. That’s how I came up with the March poetry prompts
  3. Pick a theme and the words that go with it. 
Most poetry prompts last for a month. Sometimes that can be too much. You could do one that goes one prompt per week or 7 prompts in one week and gauges if that week is one of writing or not. Another option is to simply cut it in half and have 15 prompts for the whole month. Like I always say, the prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

Stay inspired,

Purchase a downloadable version of the Create Prompts Guide so you can reference it whenever needed. Click Here For More Info.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Response Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

As I read poetry, I like to note when I’m inspired. if it’s an ebook I use the notes feature to add notes and it can be as long as you want it to be. With a physical book, you are limited with the margins, so I have a notebook with me. My notes include how the poem made me feel, the thoughts or memories the poem brought me.

The inspiration unfolds in different ways. Once I read the poem I may write my own version of that poem or write like I’m talking to the author. I would add a continuation to the piece. The continuation could be similar thoughts or thoughts opposite of it. I will share my experience of what the author talked about in the poem.

Have you written a response poem?

stay inspired,

Purchase a downloadable version of the Response Poetry Guide so you can reference it whenever needed. Click Here For More Info. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Annual Look At My Bucket List

Hello Poetteers,

I've written and published poetry collections. I've written a novel in verse before. My next step is to write one that is publishable.

On my blog, I've shared my poetry bucket list. Initially, I was able to cross two things off my list:
  1. Publish a poetry collection (I self-published two books, A TO Z POETRY and HER OLIVES)
  2. Lead a poetry workshop (I co-lead one at a camp)
A couple years later I was able to cross off half my list:
  1. I've done live performances at the camps I've been to. I'm also doing some recorded pieces on SoundCloud.
  2. I made my first poetry short film this week and will be sharing it in the coming days.
  3. If you have seen my tweets I am working on being a poetry editor.
Today I can cross two more things off my list:
  1. I've met several poets virtually
  2. I have an ebook poetry collection. 
That's 8 out 11 things. I say that's pretty awesome! I'm also working to cross of a 9th item: I'm slowly working my way to write a poem in every format.

The last two things still left untouched are making a spoken word album and doing my own poetry book signing. Today I want to add the 3 more items to my bucket list:
  1. Write a play in verse.
  2. Get published in hardcover
  3. Get translated into Arabic
I hope to change that by the end of this year. What do you have on your bookish bucket list? What have you crossed off? What should I add to mine?

Thank you,


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Eccolo Planner

Hello Poetteers,

As you know I enjoy journaling. Somewhat recently I realized I’ve stuck with the same style. That brand is Eccolo Ltd. After using their journals for a while I finally picked up one of their planners. In the past, I always picked planners with the horizontal format.

This planner had just that. I split each day in half between personal and work. I don’t have to worry about doing that again in this planner. On one page they have the whole week in the horizontal format. One the second page is a weekly to do’s list and notes section. I use the weekly checklist for my personal tasks. It’s helpful to see everything in one spread. I don’t have to transfer unfinished tasks day by day. I can check it off as I get it done. The work is more deadline centered, unlike my personal to-dos. If the personal or work task is important I have the notes section to add information.

The lines and spacing are big. You get a mini month at a glance of the current and next month. I do notice a light ghosting. I use the Pilot G-2 pen. The ghosting doesn’t bother me. The planner comes with an attached ribbon bookmark. You get several note-pages at the end of the planner. In the beginning of the planner, you get a two-page month at a glance of all the months. You have plenty of space to write along with a column for notes.

The pages feel thin but think enough to not easily rip. The whole planner is thin. The size is 8 x 10”. I don’t like chunky planners. I also don’t like coiled planners. They do have coiled planners but this one isn’t. It’s a soft cover. I like the faux gold in the end pages and the gold foil on the cover. It’s not too much, just enough for the title. This is really simple and I like it.

Thank you, Fida