Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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.

Sound familiar?

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: .

If you're interested in the story... hmm... anyone know of any publishers looking for Islamic romance?
An Islamic romance, ...

They say that in Japan, business is war. In some places, love is war.

But in Islamic societies, marriage is war.

Best to leave romance out of it, just stick to the marriage bit.
An Islamic romance, ...

They say that in Japan, business is war. In some places, love is war.

But in Islamic societies, marriage is war.

Best leave romance out of it, just stick to the marriage bit.
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What I'm reading now

Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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Causes Worth Supporting

This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

Blogs Worth Reading

Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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