Books About Iraq

A recommended list of books about Iraq that depicts life from the Iraqi side for a touch of balance.

Books About Iraq- Escape from Baghdad

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Cool Bumper Stickers 1

Vote on your favorite among a list of cool bumper stickers ideas to help me choose which one to hand out as a giveaway in the future.


Heart Break City Map

Heartbreak Coloring Page

A drive through the emotional landscape of a heartbreak city. Download this heartbreak coloring Page. Print it. Color it in.


Word Animation: Despite

Ever since I entered into the intriguing world of author youTuber, I have been scratching my head to find new video ideas. I had this idea of doing word animation. I wanted to give myself the challenge of coming up with maximum number of ways to animate words and sentences in a single video to stir some creativity. Here is what I came up with.

The script of the video

All I could think of was the word “Despite”. Despite the fact that I am a woman, despite my skin color, despite my country of origin, despite my circumstance, despite other people’s expectations of me, despite of what the world might think, despite my short comings, despite is the declarative word of the English language. It announces itself like an elephant in a room, you might choose to ignore it, but it will force itself into your attention span weather you like it or not. Despite, is the samurai sword you carry in your scabbard ready to unleash at a moments notice. If you remove the d and e from despite it becomes spite a word that reminds me of a fantastic Kathy Bates movie called Delores Claiborne. Despite leads you into victory, up the mountain, all the way to the top. Enough is never enough, there is always more to be had. Despite is the reverse side of defeat. Today I am fragile despite my strength.

Word animation ideas

I tried to imagine the word “despite” popping up in a brain and then navigating around as if in a maze attempting to find an exit.

word animation in a brain

A sentence turning around in a circle

I came up with different ideas where words are distressed in a variety of ways. They are squished and squeezed and blown away. For some reason, this type of word animation was very satisfying.

word animation distressing

I imagined a word coming over a horizon like a sun during a sunrise. Probably my favorite word animation in the whole video. Don’t know why.

Word animation sun rise

I imagined words walking across a mountain range in a distance.

mountain

Word getting sliced by a sword.

A sentence dangling like a swing.


Sexual Abuse Books

A list of worthy Sexual Abuse Books. A difficult subject matter that requires intelligent handling in novels.


Walking In Traffic Coloring Page

As I am in the midst of writing a novel about traffic, I find myself dreaming about all sorts of scenarios that happen during rush hour. Sometimes sketching what is happening in the novel helps me with the writing process. Here is a woman taking a walk in the city […]


Car Coloring Sheet

Coloring Page of Car

Where I day dream about cars and create a coloring page of car. Download it. Print it. Color it in. Would love to see what you come up with.


Inspirational Books For Women 4

Where I dive into reading books by women for women and emerge with a handful of favorites. A list of inspirational books for women.

inspirational books for women

Humor in Writing

In an act of total tenacity, I nominated Spoonful Chronicles for Stephen Leacock Literary Prize for Humor. You can view all other nominees here: http://www.leacock.ca/pdfs/SUBMISSIONS_2018_as_at_Dec_5_2017.pdf. Seeing my name listed along side a Giller Prize winner and somebody else who participated in writing the Simpson’s show fills me with excited giddy […]


2017’s List of Favorites 1

The year is drawing to an end. It’s time to look back and review a few favorites. Favorite Read My favorite book I read this year is I, Who Did Not Die by Zahed Haftlang,‎ Najah Aboud and Meredith May. Two soldiers: One Iraqi, the other Iranian. They meet on […]


A Million Little Heartbreaks

To be a parent is to suffer an endless loop of little heartbreaks. The loop is punctuated with the occasional large heartbreak. They leave the womb. Heartbreak. Then they leave the crib. Heartbreak. After that they go to school. Heartbreak. They get sick. Heartbreak. Then if you did well and […]


The secret life of a pedestrian (traffic light animation) 2

As I am writing a novel inspired by traffic, I find myself starring at traffic signs and signals. I try to imagine what they are trying to tell us, beyond the obvious. Today, I give special attention to the pedestrian traffic light. I imagine what would it be like if the stick man in the traffic light started dancing. What would that be like. Here is my traffic light animation.

To create the traffic light animation, I video tapped a favorite pedestrian traffic light in my neighborhood and then I proceeded to animate the stick figure walking man in the traffic light. As I started this I thought animating a stick figure would be easy. Well! I was wrong. It is much harder than I expected.

The story is like this. I am walking in my neighborhood when I encounter a pedestrian traffic signal.

traffic light animation

I press it and wait for the walking man to appear to give me permission to cross the street. First, the hand indicating “stop” appears. And then the walking man.

Instead of walking he begins to dance for me. Music magically starts to play as well.

traffic light animation
traffic light animation
traffic light animation

What am I supposed to do? Dance along? Learn the choreography? Ignore him and cross the road anyway? What would you do in this situation?