That’s a first for me since I started blogging, two weeks have passed since the last time I shared a piece of my mind or my lives… That is my writing and academic lives.
I have shared recently that I will be doing a book signing where I live, what I didn’t know is that they only had an open spot on May… My intern in the clinics starts on May too, today to be exact. Though I live to write, I shouldn’t ignore my academic life which had a great influence on my writing, so I called off the book signing till I’m back again. In the coming months, I’ll be working in the morning and writing and reading the rest of the day… I’ll be living the dream. At the moment I’m reading Shadows of Penumbra by Margaret E. Alexander, so far I’m enjoying it.
Took this on the plane yesterday… Mountains in the skies…
So as for my series, I will share the prologue soon, just need to settle down first and to share some of my first book in the series, Psychs, before I remove the curtains on the first look of the second book, Iblis.
So I hope everyone is having a great day today, I’ll be blogging more often, for I have missed sharing and reading my interesting bloggers.
I stumbled upon this blog post by author Shannon A. Thompson who also had the same fortune as I had and found a link that I am about to share with you all.
This site can analyze the way you write to reveal what famous writer you write like? I’m sure everyone is dying to know how he or she can write like, it’s a really good boost actually, I know it gave me some great pleasure to find out who I write like, I used words from this post for the analysis.
Try to see who do you share your writing persona with?
Happy writing everyone,
~ A. H. Amin
My first theme was ‘Piano Black’… Some readers complained about how much hard it was to read my posts. One reader said and I quote ‘I had to squint my eyes to see the words properly.’ The reason why I chose that previous theme was because I play the piano and I saw it as a sign.
So here’s my new blog. It has a more cozy feeling to it, and the header is one of the main locations mentioned in my thriller, Dubai.
A. H. Amin
I have posted about what made my novel to show my main elements for my fiction thriller, which are the characters, time, and location. But I had to do more than just figuring out what I want, because – let’s face it – I am no psychiatrist, I don’t have military, tactical, or espionage experiences, my dental experiences does not extend further to cover my medical knowledge… My story must be convincing, even though its fiction in all the meanings of the word.
I saw an interview with Hideo Kojima, a spy fiction story writer and game designer, he mentioned writing a ridiculous car chase scene as a kid, it was because he had never drove a car at the time. When he started to write his spy fiction stories (Metal Gear) he went and trained with the military. He gained the right knowledge needed for his work, which I must say, is one of a kind.
My character is two sides of the same coin, he’s a psychiatrist, and a soldier of fortune. I read two books about sign language, and one about the art of persuasion, to help giving the right dialogue to my main character and to help him in profiling people. It also helped me with writing about other characters emotionally. I read a book about old espionage stories (spy craft), it helped me a lot by giving me the basics, and through them, I developed some of my own tools for my novel which appeared believable and helpful for both the characters and the readers.
I have friends who are police men, they gave me a couple of information about names of weapons and a couple of pointers of some of the effects they have. I also had fun doing Aikido, a form of martial arts, where I learned a couple of wrist grips and some other movements, which I was therefor able to describe in my novel, making some scenes look genuine.
I went around to talk to physicians and pharmacists to gain some medical information required in my book, I have spent a lot of my time in the library searching for some of the books I mentioned, I went using a clay of my self and placed it inside my novel, like my knowledge in luxury watches, which I gained in my brief time as a sales man… and the long daily – eye boiling – times I spent looking at the screen on my computer, searching through the web whenever I stumble upon a hindering issue.
I did all that because I want to satisfy the readers, by making what’s fiction look genuine. Having a good base will help giving my readers a solid ground to stand on.
So as you can see, making my book was a rough journey, a journey I still go through everyday with my other books, and I love it.
Well… its official, I have just sent copies to (Dorset, Poole… England) at the request of bookworm books. I was happy, because the owner have also became a fan after reading the book… I guess he’s a fan of fantasy thrillers too.
I wish a safe journey for my book, and I hope it’ll make someone happy over there, for it certainly had made a lot of readers where I am feel that way.
You can visit my website below, it has a fresh zing now. So I hope you all have a little stroll into my mind, and if you are up to it, you can download a chapters sample as a souvenir.
I’ll keep stretching even more, so one day my novel would find its way to your shelves.
Best regards to all,
A. H. Amin
She is a woman to me, for it is the only way I can relate to how I am… I am obsessed with my ideas. I dream about them, but not too much because she won’t let me sleep. I feel happy when I describe her, I feel off when life gets in the way. She has never let me be, she is always with me. I always feel the need to write, but I am chained by my obligations, while all I really want is to share her story with the world.
We have those moments where we feel like we are fulfilling our destiny, even by doing a simple task… the sense of euphoria that surges within, god’s way to tell us that he is pleased with what we do. I sit in a lecture hall, and I get the feeling like someone is whispering into my ear, she reminds me that she’s here. She shines a light on a new idea, and I find my self treading on the thin line between the real and the unreal, where only my subconscious is awake, and my conscious is not aware of my reality.
How far will she go? Only I can tell by following her to the end…
Your ideas are your purpose, obsession is your guilt from being away from your purpose… make time for your ideas, or she will stop talking to you… once you lose her, you lose your purpose.
Be creative… be happy… be with purpose.
One thing an author likes to see is his/her impression on their readers, we are a cup which we like to fill with different kinds of compliments, amazement, appraisment, appreciacion… Et cetera. But I hit the holy grail on that one last week.
I took a week-off to see my loved ones back home, which was a long list. One of the favored ones were my brother’s family. His teenage kid came to me with a stack of papers, filled with words of his own, and he told me that he wants me to tell him what I think… I knew all along that he is a fan of my fiction thriller novel, and that he had enjoyed reading all the 423 pages in a couple of weeks, during his exams period (which in a way I feel guilty about). But to inspire him to unleash his own imagination was the best reward I received for writing my novel, giving the next generation the spark to go fill their own cup. I hope with all my heart he will be a great writer, better than his own uncle… God bless you Kiddo.
This is kind of a big one for me, as I’m sure it is a good indication for all authors. This bookstore ordered a large quantity of my book, and here it is.
My book is growing, its not a newborn anymore. Now, my book started to walk on its own.
God bless (That Al Salasil bookstore) and their new branch in Avenues mall. I only hope this would be a good omen for what is to come for my novel.
I hope my novel would find its way to your shelves, now I’m more confident that it will.
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‘We take our lives one step at a time, laying the pavement before each step’
This figure of speech, of how life goes, is overwhelmingly close to describe our days, as it represent how it can be a labor to live a normal life… let alone to try and accomplish in it.
We ask every day how can we proceed when we carry our own obligations; our families, our educations, our work…. our dreams. The more we introduce, the more hindrance we think we produced to our ongoing lives that we come to think that it came into a halt.
Our complicated lives makes it hard to pin point our true answer, because it is simple… We use our baggage.
I can only use my self as an example, so I hope people can relate.
Once a dropout of college, ex-engaged, who had never read a novel in his entire life. I had a lot of baggage that only keeps adding up. It is in the darkest hours that the light can be more prominent. I added to my baggage education once again, and the thought of writing came after I shared a couple of my ideas. My weight helped me in my ideas, using a clay of my own life in my novels proved to be useful, studying took time and energy, which I applied eventually on my book, I placed some of my medical knowledge I obtained and asked for from my professors. And the fact that I am in a university gave me access to a lot of information, where I could ask about mass communication, business, medicine, pharmacy… and the list goes on. Every time something is added to me, I try to see the good side, and how can it inspire me for my dreams.
So here I am… a published author, still walking when I really want to do is run. But I have to take it one step at a time… with my novels, my studies, and with my new love, who shares my dreams and hopes for our future.
Allow what you call weight the chance to inspire… let them speak to you, help you, and carry you onward, never give yourself the chance to stop. If you are a dreamer, then be sure everything that happens is happening for you.