An odd concurence of events... a writer friend, Aaaminah Hernandez (her blog, Writeous Sister, is listed on my suggested blogs list) announced that she is starting a blog for short Muslim fiction, and made a call for submissions. In response, I wrote a short Islamic romance story that had been bouncing around in my head for a while. The framework of the story was a college creative writing class where the first weeks of exercises revolved around the five senses -- with exercises designed to focus on one particular sense, and then to take that focused piece and expand it to a story, adding in a new sense each week, so that by the end of the first five weeks of class you had five tight pieces and one complete and very descriptive story.
That story ended up being way over the blog guidelines, but today on a writers' forum I belong to, another friend, Purlimil, as she goes by on that particular forum, and whose blog Ink in my Coffee is also on my list, announced that she was setting up a series of exercises focusing on the senses, which would consist of two parts -- one very focused exercise each week to develop the writers skill at using that particular sense, and then an progressive exercise in which the author would write a story adding in a different sense in each week to end up with one complete, and very descriptive, story.
Of course, these exercises are nothing bew, writers since time immemorial have had to practice using all their senses in their writing (its so easy to just focus on plot and dialogue!), but still it was an odd serendipity.
If you're interested in the exercises, go to: http://thescruffydogreview.blogspot.com/
If you're interested in the story... hmm... anyone know of any publishers looking for Islamic romance?