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.
Thoughts on Ausma Zehanat Khan's The Unquiet Dead and Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.
The semester comes to an end today. It's the halfway point. It's exciting, terrifying and also a weight off my back because we could all use a break. Breaks are great. It's what drove me to rewatch CBS' Elementary. It was a great distraction as I got through the last few writing assignments and I have… Continue reading Musings on Elementary
For a long time, I've been content with the level of engagement I had with my culture. I did Somali things like eat pasta with a side of banana and attended weddings that started late at night and ended in the early morning. But I still had a ton of knowledge gaps including the lack of… Continue reading I Somali all the time
In my last post, I promised to write something short every single day of Ramadan to help keep me focus and ride this zen state I found myself in BUT my body betrayed me and I got a sinus infection instead. I wasn't in the most contemplative state unfortunately and I still feel pretty gross.… Continue reading Promises Shromises
It's day 5 of Ramadan and I've been chilling in this meditative zone for the last few days. I've been thinking about where I am now and where I'd like to see myself in the future. I got accepted into a 1 year postgrad writing/communications program this fall and it's giving me an idea of the life I… Continue reading The Meditative Zone
I just finished reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue last night and I'm so pumped (You can check out The Raven Boys re-read and The Dream Thieves re-read here). This'll mark the end of the Raven Cycle re-read before I dive into the last book in the series, The Raven King, that's out today (some bookstores have begun selling it as early as… Continue reading RAVEN CYCLE RE-READ: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The last two days, I've been stir crazy with the need to leave the house and shake out the funk I was in. I thought how I felt was a result of being cooped up indoors so I decided a day downtown chilling with myself sounded like a great remedy. I ate a crêpe. I walked a few blocks to… Continue reading Unhappiness & New York, New York