speaking on shaky grounds about rights…

‘It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. ‘ Alfred Adler

 

A couple of days ago I tagged along with a friend of mine who was going to renew his residency, I thought why not go and change a day of my week? What we found when we reached there was something that really upset me. There were protesters with weapons, sticks and stuff, standing in front of the building and they were preventing anyone from entering, and there were no police to intervene at this shocking scene. There was something else that made me kind of, well, not scared, but… I can’t describe it, but it was provoked by what I read from those people’s expressions, the closest I can describe it is by saying that they appeared almost like zombies, no trace of intelligence and they didn’t know what they were doing, they are just protesting. The place had no political advantages what so ever, I asked why they were doing this? And the answer was ‘They won’t let people in unless they open the high court’

The building was for people who want to renew their passports and their residencies… so what leverage are they expecting to get from having those revolutionaries wannabees standing and threatening people, foreign people mostly, from entering the place?

This incident has also reminded me of another one which happened at that place, in which a reporter got harassed by protesters. They shout rights, they are fighting for principles they don’t have.

There is no be and it shall be by human’s hands, you want your rights, try to live up to them. It is easy to protest, far easier than to seek education, work and help to inspire. I’ll try my best to do my part, I may not succeed in my time, but, I hope to inspire those who will accomplish what I wish for in their time, and maybe that’s what we all exactly need to do, to work for the next generation’s lives instead of ours.

Ada Lovelace… Does the name rings a bell?

Well, it should. Ada Lovelace, Countess of Lovelace, is an English mathematician and a writer. Most of you would think ‘So? We have a lot of those these days’. So what would lit a spark in me to write about her today?

She was born on this day, in 1815 and she died at the age of 36, on the 27th of November 1852, she lived a very short life, most people who lived most of a century may think their lives were short, so they’ll probably think that 36 is but a moment spent on planet earth. But…

Ada did in her 36 years in our world something we can never have lived without our entire lives. You are surely curious to know what? So here’s a hint… You probably wouldn’t have been able to see this post if wasn’t for her.

Ada was Chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s (father of the computer) early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often considered the world’s first computer programmer. Let’s say that again… The world’s first computer programmer.

Happy birthday, Ada! Thanks to your work the world will forever be able to know and celebrate your birthday today.

You can learn more about her life, works, family and her final years here: Ada Loevlace

~ A. H. Amin

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What’s missing?

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I was that person…

We all may have at some point started to act like that in our lives, and some are still stopping midway between the start line and the finish line considering to not just not to go forward, but instead to move sideways and quit while they are in the middle of……. well, your brain can fill that blank since you maybe able to relate.

What makes us start in the first place? Did we know that we are going to quit before we start working on sculpturing our dreams? Such knowledge would have prevented us from starting up in the first place, let alone to go through the process and the endurance of the hard work. Was it because we tasted the reality of it and it made us more aware that the blueprint we relate our work on is actually based on a dream? What motivates you to do what most of us would shy from?

The answer is simple…

The word that describes that answer can be simply put out in the open, but the truth is, obtaining it depends entirely on you… the answer is, PASSION!

To have passion in what you do in everything you are attempting to accomplish is what makes you move forward and not backward, certainly not sideways and out of the track, because passion will guide you to your goal.

Have passion in what you do and there will be no stopping you. Your dream is but a prophecy waiting to be fulfilled. So be true to your message, and let passion guides you while you walk in the right way… not the easy way and not the simple way, but the right way.

~ A. H. Amin

A friend I haven’t seen for a while is now a fan…

I felt my pocket vibrate yesterday, it was my i-phone receiving a message from a strange number which turned out to be a dear friend of mine, a friend who read my book and liked it so much that he decided to do this little prank with me before he let me know who he was.

Those who read my story will understand what the conversation means.

~ A. H. Amin

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‘The best soldier in the world is the one no one knows that he’s the best’ ~ Psychs, A. H. Amin

‘The best soldier in the world is the one no one knows that he’s the best’ ~ Psychs, A. H. Amin

This quote from my book came to my thoughts because it also applies in our daily lives, being really good in what you do is one thing, but to be modest about your actions and do good for good’s sake is what makes you THE best in what you do.

Happy weekend everyone,

~ A. H. Amin

A new award for my blog…

Jim Wright, a fellow author, a blogger and a man who shares the same passion I have for history has nominated me for the Liebster Award, as you can see, we both have many things in common, so why not share the same award dedicated for our blogs? Thank you my friend! I really appreciate your kind gesture.

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– Now, before we roll the red carpet, let’s discuss the rules:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)

  • You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

  • You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

So as you can see, today you’ll learn 22 things about me, have fun everyone:-

11 random facts about Moi:-

1. I was a real big trouble maker when I was a kid and I placed myself in so many predicaments because of that… which explains why I’m not bad anymore.

2. My favorite color is white because, like me, it is a reflection of all the other colors.

3. One of the things I’m proud of is the fact that I was born before my time and when I was delivered I didn’t cry… that’s how they tell me it happened.

4. When I was a kid they hid the fact that I was originally from Iraq, when I found out at the age of 9, I cried because my image of Iraq is Sadam, but it opened my mind and made me realize we are not passports, we are human.

5. If I want to be honest with myself, I’d say I want to accomplish in my life more than I want to get married. But who knows, maybe someone will bewitch me someday.

6. I have a half brother who, not since the last two years, I only see 3 days a year because our vacations never fit, the closest I have ever felt to him was when he called me from Australia after he read my book. He told me ‘I’m proud that the one who wrote this book is my young brother’. He lives where we live now with his wife and adorable kids.

7. Kids used to bully me when I was a kid myself. I don’t know if it was because I was getting high scores or it was because I used to be in the school music band, but once I looked at an old picture of mine and I though ‘I deserved it’.

8. My favorite pet is a cat, I like all pets, but a cat’s curiosity is a good show to watch.

9. I LOVE video games, the ones with a good story in them. I believe they are right now the best form of story telling because you can interact and decide the outcomes. And the soundtrack is always amazing.

10. I love playing football (sorry Americans for the confusion, I meant soccer) and I really like watching matches.

11. My biggest dream is becoming a director and a screen writer… which hopefully will be my next step once I know how to approach that dream.

 

Questions from Jim L Wright

1. What scares you the most, and why?

Being helpless and unable to do something about it. I fear that because I have experienced it before. I have experienced rough patches but this one really stings.

2. What three possessions do you think you just can’t live without?

A pen, my notebooks and my laptop.

3. When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

No strikes, no business.

4. If you could be a character in any book you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

I would be Santiago from the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, everything about that boy reminds me of me, even my own mother said that when she read the book.

5. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?

No matter who you are, it’s not always who you’ll become.

6. Would you prefer to spend life in prison or be executed? Why?

Prison, I hate not to see my entire life through, even if it wasn’t a good ride, death comes eventually.

7. What got you in the most trouble when you were younger?

Fighting with my brothers, we were always on the fight for power… or more attention, I can never tell.

8. If you could be a religious or spiritual leader, who would it be? Why?

Honestly I have no good answer for that, but there is a great great grandfather who was a leader and a poet who always fought for what’s right, I hope I’ll live up to his name.

9. What or whom do you most miss from your childhood?

Ryo, my first friend ever, he was the Kid from Korea who lived right behind our old house.

10. Grab the book nearest you. What is the first sentence of the third paragraph on page 12?

‘A Russian-made Kilo-class submarine loomed in the water in front of them’ From The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly.

11. When did you last write a letter on paper and send it through the postal service?

Three months ago, I wrote a letter for Fran Lewis, an author who agreed to review my book. She and her husband had really enjoyed my book and I can’t wait to share my future works with them.

My nominees are:

1- Yi-Ching Lin

2- Paula Acton

3- Jordan Johnson

4- Adopting James

5- Keli has a Blog

6- Margaret E. Alexander

7- Laurene Alverado

8- Laura Lee Anderson

9- Alice Brooke

10- Ben Rogers

11- Gina Lawless

Questions for my nominees:

1- If they make a movie about you, who would you want to play your character?

2- Have you ever had the same dream or same scenario in a dream? If yes, what’s the dream?

3- What are three things you mostly enjoy doing everyday?

4- If you only have one year to live… what will you do?

5- What will you call your first child, and if you already have one, what will you suggest your grandchild’s name would be?

6- Have you ever had a life changing moment? If yes, care to share that moment?

7- If you got to re-live your life from start, what will you change?

8- You are someone who just discovered a planet, what will you name that planet?

9- Did something unexplainable or impossible have ever happened to you? What was that thing?

10- You just had a middle life crisis… what do you think you’ll be doing then?

11- You walk into a book even and suddenly, you see me… what will you say to me?

The signs

People are sulking around me these days, the news and the speculations with all the protesting that is happening around us is bringing everyone’s spirits down. Some of the people on my facebook friends list post the most ridiculous thoughts and theories and they really appear with no knowledge in politics, real life, religion… you name it. I keep them on my friends list for my entertainment (I know, I’m awful). But the last straw that glided and hit me in the eye while I was reading their posts is how many of them, and even before all the protests have started, think that all these… (( Bad things))… are signs of the apocalypse.

They think that our era is the one that is suffering the most, evil is really now around us. I hate it when people adjust events to make them more than what they are. I’m sure through history those people thought the same way and honestly, they were more entitled to think that way. I’m sure the shock of burning 6 million people because of their faith in the world war was a sign… holocaust should be a sign, right? When a nuclear bomb hit two cities in Japan that could have been interpreted as a very obvious sign that the world will end in the couple of years to come. Now people may see a natural disaster and they will think ‘This is one of the minor signs of the apocalypse’.

I say the moment will happen when it happens, no need to waste our lives and worries over this. When our time comes it won’t be because the last week have rained more than usual. So please live your lives as immortals, and cherish your beloved ones as if tomorrow you’ll die.

And now, I leave you with a little something to smile about.

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Psychs at Black Caviar Book Club

They just placed an online billboard of me and my thriller at Black Caviar Book Club. It’s a really nice book club with many features for readers and writers, you can join the readers lounge over there and learn what’s new in many genres and you can suggest good reads to avid readers over there.

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You can check out my novel there where you will find a short synopsis of my thriller, a bio of yours truly and a pre-publication video of me talking about my thriller. Feel free to leave a comment, they like that!

Another new update is the new page added to my website, the new ‘Reviews‘ Page where you can read what people, authors, bloggers and customers are saying about ‘Psychs’

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