New award + a treat

Nominations are one of the things I enjoy in wordpress, they always place me in a good mood. That’s why today I am going to share extra – spoil free – information about my series, since we are a week away from releasing my free spin off short novel online.
But first, I will post my greatest thanks and nominations to those who I am glad they exist on wordpress.
My greatest gratitude for my fellow blogger, Tanseem from South Africa. You made my day.

 

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Here are the rules:


1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. (I didn’t specify any number, just go with those you feel deserve it.)
4. Let your Family members know you have awarded them
5. Post 7 (interesting) things about yourself.


Break the rules and something bad will happen in ten days. 🙂


1- Kelsy Ketch, a writer with an interesting upcoming novel and an avid reader with great thirst for stories.
2- Margaret Alexander, the author of the Apocalypse Exalted series and one of the best supporters of authors world wide. (Here’s my review of her novel on Goodreads)
3- Alexandra, A student on her way through life, she is walking positively and sharing her inspirational bits as she goes along.
4- Indira, her poetry are made from hard words that easily penetrate your soul.
5- Shanon, An author from the age of 16, with a new promising Young Adult novel (Minutes Before Sunset)
6- Paula Acton, Not only she is a fun blogger, but outside wordpress she is one of the kindest human beings, right now she is helping in the Hospice fundraiser, I have sent five signed copies of my book there, I am glad to see them being used in a good cause.
7- Yi Ching Lin: One of my favorite photographers, I enjoy seing the world through her eyes.

I chose the previous bloggers because I have been busy with my novels and I didn’t have enough time to check on the people I follow, only those magnificent 7 made the cut.


Interesting facts about me:-
1- Though I am not overweight, I have a slow metabolism, which is why everything in my fridge is either brown or pink in color (i.e. Diet food is my normal food).
2- My best way in dealing with anger is through jogging.
3- I started the insanity training program, which is so hard you need to be fit before you start it.
4- I always think of my stories, everyone looks at me and ask ‘Is everything alright?’ thinking that maybe I am depressed (I don’t blame them, I am a dentist after all)
5- One of the sports I like to learn is Parkour.
6- I am watching the Muppets at the moment.
7- Later I am going to play at a table tennis family tournament.

Stay tuned for my next post, where you will learn about Two of my characters, Sara and Emma.

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11 weird questions answered… who to tag next?

One of my favorite bloggers had tagged me with 11 questions. I loved the idea since most of the questions I had were more or less serious. So it is refreshing to have weird and unfamiliar questions you may ask a friend with. So I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about my personality. But first, I’d like to thank Margaret for tagging me, and I wish her great success in her new novel, Shadows Of Penumbra. I have it already but I’m still catching up with my reading… can’t wait to start your series.

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Here are the questions and here’s what I have to say for each:-

1. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten in public?

Sheep’s brain . I was on vacation and I felt very adventurous.

How did it taste, you say? Well, you are going to have your own adventures to find out.

2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why?

Elves… Because I need everyone to be able to keep up with me. 🙂

3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next?

I stay still until (somehow) he becomes convinced that I’m a stuffed human being. But I’m afraid that if he likes what he sees he’ll upgrade from animal to humans.

4. If you were given biscotti, would you prefer it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

I would prefer tea. Ever since I was aware of the world I have it with tea.

5. In your opinion, who is the funniest man or woman alive today (comedian)

As a comedian actor, I say Will Ferrell. But as a standup comedy I will easily say Russell Peters. Here’s one of his bits where he talks about Arabian stereotype stories.

6. If you were given thirty seconds on television to say something, what would it be?

Attention earth. This is lord Laminar from Mars. Our death ray have been shot from the moon and it will take 30 seconds before it reaches planet earth. If I were you, I would find something to say within these 30 seconds.

Live short and decline

7. What is your idea of the most romantic date setting ever?

Two travelers who meet, talk and decides to spend their times together… Hopefully forever comes later.

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Before Sunset (2004)

8. If you could go on one date with a movie or television star, who would it be and why?

My favorite actress who I would be honored to have a Cinderella night with her would be Audrey Tautou. She portrayed two memorable characters and was in my favorite movie of all time… A very long engagement.

She is elegant with a smile that can force ice to melt… Her being very beautiful didn’t affect my decision… (Cough, cough, clear throat).

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Audrey Tautou

9. What is the worst song you have ever heard?

I don’t know the name nor the language, but I heard it on my way to the airport. Nothing rhymes, the guy was talking and not singing, they used a horse in the music, it was too long to bear and the driver couldn’t turn it off because the car radio was busted. I didn’t want to let him lose a customer so I kept listening. The world didn’t mean anything to me until I got out.

10. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?

Anywhere near the beach. I sometimes imagine myself retiring and moving to Malaysia.

11. Who- in your opinion- was the greatest person to ever live?

My oldest brother. I have read about all the prophets and the saints. But to know someone in person who is in that league is something else. I feel blessed to have known him.

Now here are the 11 readers who I’d like to see how well they’ll do with these questions.

Jim L. Wright, Alice Brook, Esenga’s Voice, Kelsey Ketch, Le Bohemian Writer, Steven Truong, Cytrek, Keli, Sacha Black, Shannon Thompson, Jasmine Kyle

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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?

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

 

I can’t tell you how much this award means to me, to have THAT magnitude of appreciation for the pieces of my mind I shared is so overwhelming. I give my sincere thanks and my famous bone grinding hugs to my fellow blogger and an amazing woman who had exorcist her depression and shares her true experiences, wisdom and support with everyone out there. Thanks Paula!

Knock on her blog, she will welcome you with open arms: http://depressionexists.com/

Here are the blogs that kept me entertained throughout the year:-

1- A writer, a poet and a pirate who crossed the seven seas and conquest with his words through his posts, a blog to look forward too everyday: http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/

2- Stephanie Saye, a mother and the author of the book ‘Little 15‘, a must read for parents and teens: http://stephaniesaye.com/

3- Words have never been more fun. A blog designed to brighten you with every visit: http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/

4- An avid reader who shares her passion for literature and a piece of her mind with every book she encounter: http://kelseyketch.com/

5- Captivating with every piece she portraits. An amazing artist and proof that beauty goes both ways: http://acrylicloveaffair.com/

6- A writer in training… or so she claims, she is already to me a great writer. I have always enjoyed every piece of short fiction that she wrote on her blog: http://ramblingsofanaspiringwriter.wordpress.com/

7- One of the first who popped in my head when thinking of who to nominate. Surely this is her year, her book ‘Shadow of Penumbra‘ will soon be out there and I can’t wait to have my hands on it. I wish her and her book all the best in this year and the one right around the corner: http://addictivestory.wordpress.com/

To everyone I follow and who follow me back, I wish you a great year filled with daily blessings.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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A new award for my blog… (7 things about me shared)

I’d like to thank Margaret E. Alexander for her nomination, she’s the author of the upcoming novel, Shadow of Penumbra, I really appreciate your acknowledgement for my writing and I can’t wait to have my hands on your book in December.

The rules of acceptance:-

  1. Thank the award giver.

  2. Post the award on your blog.

  3. Share 7 things about yourself.

  4. Pass it on!

Item one and two are covered, so now we move on to 7 things about me… well:-

1- I recently started doing Yoga, it’s more tiresome than jogging.

2- I wish to collaborate with another author to create a book.

3- My greatest dream is to have a production company.

4- I believe that women require 30 minutes start when shopping before they start to like what they see.

5- I wish to take over after a dead author sometimes, Like Agatha Christie… I would love to write a new Poirot novel.

6- Cheese is my Kryptonite.

7- (The juicy one is for last) Even though I’m a guy, I sometimes enjoy chick-lit movies.

Here are the wonderful people I would like to thank for making my blogging days worth while:-

– Drop by here and have a tea with this pirate, an adventurer and a very talented writer, a magician with words: http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/

– An avid reader with great passion for books, she’s too awesome and a big supporter of newly established authors: http://kelseyketch.com/

– Here’s a great model to follow, she did not let her cerebral palsy stop her from doing what she wants, a painter and the author of I Win, a biography that should inspire us: http://wincharles.wordpress.com/

– A very sweet and lovely blogger who shares her experiences and support for everyone who are in the shade and need to be re-coursed back to light: http://depressionexists.com/about/

– A very talented and creative writer. I’m waiting for the day where she announces the release of her book: http://ramblingsofanaspiringwriter.wordpress.com/

I would like to say to the other blogs I follow that I also appreciate your blogs and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all.

Best wishes for you and all your beloved ones.

~ A. H. Amin

The One lovely blog award…

My sincere appreciation to my fellow blogger who nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, he’s an adventurer, a poet and a kind man. Introduce yourselves to him through his blog – A Pirate’s Haven – his hospitality has no boundaries.

 

The One Lovely Blog Rules of Acceptance

Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

– Seven things you may not know – and maybe shocked by – about me:-

1- I was engaged once, but fate’s currents were too strong for me to hold on.

2- If I feel happy all the time I would think that I’m doing something wrong.

3- When I was a kid, they used to call me Casper… I’m friendly with a big head.

4- (You may hate me for this one) My darkest fantasy: Whenever I see a kid just learned how to clumsily walk, wearing a big diaper and a squeaky shoes I feel the urge to kick him.

5- If you bash my head, classical movies come out.

6- Football (the other football my American readers) is my passion.

7- I keep a box of memories of things I obtained and got for the first time, like the bill of my first cellphone and the picture of my first love… can you imagine what else I have in there?

 

My nominations and heart goes to my fellow bloggers, who through their writing, images, worlds and kindness have touched me:-

1- Gina Lawless

2- The Bucket List

3-  Natasha

4- Paula Acton

5- Her name is Jordan

6- Yi-Ching Lin

7- Path of three hundred

8- Alice Brook

9- Win Charles

10- Happenence

11- Notebook Pages

12- Ketch’s Book Nook

13- Story Addict

 

 

A new award for my blog

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The rules:

1]  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2]  List seven random things about yourself.

3]  Nominate fifteen other blogs.

4]  Notify the fifteen nominees.

5]  Put the award logo on your blog.

 

 

 

My sincere gratitude  goes for the kind blogger, and fellow writer Alice Brook for nominating me and my blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope all the best for her and for all our fellow bloggers who shared and still share their fragments of the art’s soul through the digital world.

I have listed seven facts about me when I was nominated first for The One Lovely Blog Award . So now I’ll be sharing some new random stuff about me.

1- For almost 4 years, I weighed 135 Kilos. I’m 82 Kilos now.

2- I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m a tree huger.

3- I used to be a swim champion, butterfly stroke was my specialty.

4- Because I’m always lost with my thoughts, my world seems strange sometimes.

5- I fall in love easily, but I still can’t imagine my self getting married.

6- My favorite place in the world is the beach.

7- I ran away from home when I was 5 years old… during the gulf war… in Kuwait… 🙂

Here are the bloggers I would like to nominate, some for the second time:-
1- http://stephaniesaye.com/: Author of the book Little 15, and a dedicated wife and mother. You can read her novels excerpts, and learn some great tips for the writers world.

2- http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/: She just scratched ‘Writing a book’ off her list, next item, is world peace. Lovely and fun blog to follow, you’ll always be entertained.

3- http://yichinglin.com/: Life is moments, to capture them is a true talent. This is absolutely correct when it comes to Yi ching Lin’s keen eyes and sense of timing.

4- http://kuwaitybookclub.wordpress.com/: An amazing blog where they monthly choose 2 books and then they gather to discuss them, my novel was July’s pick.

5- http://ginalawlessbooks.wordpress.com/: The writer on wheels, visit here blog and read about her to know what I mean.

6- http://lexokat.wordpress.com/: A writer who’s like me at the moment, away from family, and on her way to her dreams.

7- http://acrylicloveaffair.com/: A bright and passionate artist, she gave shape to the unphysical. Lovely paintings from a lovely artist.

8- http://litendeavor.wordpress.com/: A writer and an avid reader with good taste. Check her posts, I can always relate when I read her thoughts.

9- http://sepiatintedheart.wordpress.com/: Inspirational writing, and well thought ideas.

10- http://writerreaderbakerbride.wordpress.com/: A writer, reader, baker, and in a couple of days, a bride. As you can see, she’s THE catch.

11- http://momwomanhuman.wordpress.com/: A woman, a great mother of a lovely kid, and a very talented writer.

12- http://rickybruce.wordpress.com/: A very talented writer with good tips on writing. He writes children’s chapter books for ages 7-12.

13- http://addictivestory.wordpress.com/:  An avid reader, writer, and very strong supporter to all Indie authors out there.

14- http://happenence.wordpress.com/: A good looking blog, owned by a very talented writer. Its a lovely blog to follow.