>Egypt the Uprising A 5-star Read

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Today is a major milestone for me, Egypt: The Uprising has received an Amazon review and a 5 STAR rating!

The book has been described as 

A fast-paced read, riddled with adventures and trials and problem-solving.

Reminiscent of “National treasure”, this young adult book has a little of everything for reader – sibling rivalry and love, family dynamics, young crushes, loyalty, magic,fabled creatures and beings, strange worlds and journeys. 

National Treasure? Hmmm, funny my husband used the same reference.  I thought it was more along the lines of the Da Vinci Code 😉
What do you think?

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>Novel Coming Right Up

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Did you notice that awesome new mysterious background I have?


Have I been doin’ something behind your back? ;p


Yes, ’tis true boys and gals, I’ve been up to something …


I have been hiding out writing a novel.

It will be coming out in the beginning of June 2011 *fingers crossed.*


Want a sneak peak?


Here’s the cover… 

>I Write Like

>So I was surfing the web, not out of lack of  things to do –just quite the opposite actually, where I came across this ” I Write Like ” gadget.
The idea is simple and quite appealing to someone looking for pointless self-inflating fun.
You insert a snippet of your writing and it gives you a badge telling you who you supposedly mimic in your pathetic attempts of being a writer.
So, I reluctantly chose a piece, cut and paste it, press enter and wait the results:

DAN BROWN
hah! I thought. So my sentences are choppy, my syntax is rudimentary, and my story line is horrendously spiraling!!
But unlike Mr. Brown, I am not about to diss the Church, or the mosque, or the synagogue for that matter in my novel. So I think that my chances of turning my book into a world wide phenomenon are , ahem, well , next to nil!

>Selling Your Soul To the Devil And Sending Out Hate Mail

>Apparently many were insulted by my post. Some have been successful in ‘tracking down’ my email–that’s the way they put it, as if my email is a runaway rogue!–and have gracefully showered me with insults. So I now provide a direct link to my email, just in case anyone else wants a piece of me.

I have been called : backward, conservative-not an insult, but they used it as if it was–, and retared. That tells more about them than me.

 Still, I’d like to make a few things clear…..

 I have not disabled comments on this post, or any other. In fact, I do not even moderate comments. That was a blogger glitch (and it has happened before!)

I am not an a rigidly conservative person; I am quite open-minded and I do support freedom of speech; but what I do not support is the dichotomy of the media, best illustrated by the article “Bashing Islam is Freedom Criticizing Israel is a Hate Crime” There just seems to be too many Muslims/Arabs out to get the faults in our countries, and not nearly enough people that care about what’s wrong with the rest of the world.
Marwa ElSherbini and Mohamed Aldora were faces brought to the attention of the world through the media.  Writers , in choosing what to write about, exercise choose the fate of nations. And they do so in either through love or hate.

You can spread love, equality, and hope through your writing from time to time. Find a positive example and interview them. Highlight an accomplishment. Write a piece suggesting solutions once in a while people, it won’t kill ya!

>Journalism And Selling Your Soul To the devil

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I am sick of Egyptian/Arab/Muslim  writers and journalists selling their souls to the devil, and giving up every tiny-winy inch of self-respect they might have had one day to please the ‘crowd’. There is of course the premise of fame and perhaps making a living out of bashing your own country. Stirring up a storm sells! Who cares what the consequences are!
You know the type? They write article after article listing all-the-things-wrong with Egypt, make Islam look bad, and then they look the other way and say :”but Islam has nothing to do with it. It is a great religion REALLY!!!” Well, why don’t you write, at least once in your lifetime, about something positive in Islam.
I am not suggesting to follow the lead of Al Ahram newspaper’s writers and sing the praises of the government but COME ON , honestly, you think nothing is wrong with the West? No human rights violations by our dear neighbours the Israelis??? Diversify, dear writers! It does not only suck on our end of the globe. It sucks everywhere. 
Of course, If you feel like you have a calling, a cause you are fighting for, then by all means focus on that. But your focus should not be what ever pleases Mr.Editor  (pictured in Blue-Gray above)
You think I can’t back my case up with evidence, think again. I will not even begin to discuss the pieces written by Egyptians/Arabs in ‘International’ newspapers/magazines. For now, at least in this post, let it be local.
A couple of months ago, Al Masry Al Yom ran a feature on Nubians, Great people. What was not so great was that the paper had an article about the Nubians ‘religious beliefs.’ It stated that they believe in, and practice, an esoteric religious mixture of Islam-Christianity-and-Judaism. It also stated that they  keep it a secret for fear of persecution. Well, guess who got the secret out!!! I was appalled by the piece. I could not think of one reason why anyone would want to write about that, except to fuel further discrimination against Nubians. I wondered whether this was ethical. Did they decide to reveal their ‘secret’ via this article, or where they duped into spilling their guts out?
I like journalism with goal, purpose, and –like I said– a calling. I wish there were a few more peace-loving writers out there. You know, the type that don’t care much for spreading hate and negativity, and perhaps highlight the positive once in a while.

>The Cairo House

>I reviewed The Cairo House on Blogcritics and the review is featured on Seattlepi

I have always been intrigued by autobiographies and memoirs in our culture. How many women can actually retell their lives in all honesty and truth without having Fatwas issued against or without getting disowned by their family?
For the already controversial, a bellydancer with a sex tape or an actress who lured a famous politician, I suppose it is easier. But for the rest of us, the ones who appear so harmless and innocent to all those around us, it is a different matter.

The fictional autobiography is nice; many things can be left unsaid. Yet still, there is a liberating power in saying everything like it truly was. I feel like it is a first-rate cathartic experience.

But then again, who am I to know. I have never written a memoir– at least not yet!