It's August and I can't stand this heat. July was my birthday month! I spent the day of my birth with my closest pals: a delightful lunch with Angel and saw Spider-Man: Far From Home with Yash. I loved the film and am filled with feelings that I still feel now. You can hear those… Continue reading Hot Girl August
This seems to be the song everyone is using lately to celebrate an accomplishment. I have a short comic in Toronto Comics: Osgoode As Gold with artist Katherine Olenic and the anthology was nominated for the 2019 Gene Day Award for Independent Press Anthology Collections. It's part of the overall Joe Shuster Awards and there… Continue reading Osgoode As Gold nominated for an award!
It's July 1 and today is a celebration of two of my identities: Canada Day and Somalia Independence Day! Writing these monthly posts is how I'm trying to keep myself accountable and if you've noticed, I'm a bit behind. The delay is a combination of fasting for Ramadan and also dealing with a bout of… Continue reading And I Oop—
It's April and I can't believe we've burned through 3 months of 2019. My February was pretty busy and I didn't expect my March to be (haha! Jokes on me). It started with the Indigo YA Spring Preview and I can't link to a Twitter thread because my phone was dying. What I will do… Continue reading Springing into April
It's March and as of this post, I'm not committed to anything other than working on my zine! The cover is by the lovely Iman Geddy which turned out great. I really wanted to incorporate a fellow Somali in the project and I'm a huge fan of Iman's work (check out her Instagram account!). My… Continue reading March Madness
So Room Magazine named me an emerging Black writer to look out for and other talented Black women are also featured on the list. Screenshot of Room Magazine's "We Got Next: Emerging Black Writers You Should Be Paying Attention To" list featuring me "We Got Next: Emerging Black Writers You Should Be Paying Attention To"… Continue reading Black Futures Month
Ardo is busy this February! She discusses the 2018 Cybils, The Storyteller Tour and how well she's doing on her 2019 resolutions.
It's a new year! My resolution is to keep this website updated and I'm starting with the Cybils finalists for graphic novels. I'm back as the graphic novels judge for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards aka the Cybils. It's my second time judging this particular category (and judging for the Cybils in… Continue reading New Year. Who dis?
Here's what I've been working on so far this year. I also want to spotlight the great books/comics I've read that were released in 2018 (and of course, those backlisted titles).
Some resolutions I've set for myself this year: Get a short story published Finish the first draft of a novel Pitch to publications I admire but intimidate me Read more (especially translated works) Travel even if it's within the country There you have it. I've set the goal. Time to accomplish it.