Tag Archive for dreamer

The Unexpected Has Been Kicking My Ass… but Failing to Keep Me Down

“Wow! The craziest things always happen to you, don’t they?” She shakes her head, as if I purposely run after the crazy moments that fill my life. “Yeah, SubhanAllah. I’m just always surrounded by…” I try to think of the right word to describe what I have thought were normal occurrences. “Adventure. No wonder you’re a writer. You always have… Read more →

San Diegan in the City that Never Sleeps

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud “You believe you haven’t been doing well for so long? You think you won’t find anything for you here?” I knew that look. He wanted a straight answer, no appeasing him and mama about how I have been faring after grad school.… Read more →

A Letter to the Monster in My Head

Dear Monster in my Head, Fancy meeting you here, in the darkest depths of my mind. You seem to be showing up a lot. Just chilling in my brain. Finding any tiny corner to take refuge. Bringing me down in my thoughts and causing my emotion and motivation to drop. Trying to control my thoughts before I successfully crush you… Read more →

What I Learned From Re-Reading My Work & Rejection

Salaam! My first title for this essay was, “What I have learned from re-reading my final manuscript AFTER receiving it as a fancy bound copy from my MFA program”. I decided that title was a little long winded. You’re lucky that I edited it down. The original long, verbose title represents the thought process in my head after I re-read… Read more →

Why Do You Write?

Up until I decided I wanted to dedicate my time to writing over wanting to be a lawyer, the majority of the questions I received from people were all related to my hijab and why I chose to wear it. It made a lot of sense to me for people to be drawn to the most visible and “different” item… Read more →

Nostalgia

nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh-] noun 1. a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days. 2.something that elicits or displays nostalgia. Origin: 1770–80;… Read more →