Writer In Motion

I came across the hashtag #writerinmotion on twitter and was immediately drawn to it. And then for the next two-ish hours I was blog hopping trying to get more information and if it’s my interest speaking or my curiosity.

Turns out its both my interest and curiosity. If you enjoy writing and been wanting to know more about the revision journey, look no further, Writer In Motion Blog Series is here.


So what is Writer In Motion?

To start with it’s a month long Blog Series. Me along with a bunch of amazing authors will be drafting a 500-1000 word long story based on a photo prompt. (Photo prompt is below!)

There will be four weeks total of drafts: their first (unedited) draft, their second draft (self-revising), a third draft based on critique partner feedback (the authors will also be critiquing each other’s work), and a final draft based on editorial feedback. Then on the last week, weโ€™ll each share our thoughts about the process.

Read more about it HERE

For Updates follow Jeni Chappelle, our game master, and the hashtag #WriterInMotion on Twitter!


The Prompt


The Schedule


Stay tuned for my blog posts under the “Book Reviews” Category!

FTK ๐Ÿ™‚

Avengers vs Harry Potter: A Comparison (Spoiler Alert)

Avengers: Endgame marked the end of a decade long cinematic experience for Marvel Cinematic Universe. It still brings me goosebumps thinking back to our unified expressions at the cinema, we laughed, gasped, and cried while watching Endgame.

Another decade long saga which we experienced together was the Harry Potter (film Series). Just thinking about it brings back bittersweet memories of the Harry Post World and its books.

While the universes of Marvel and Harry Potter are vastly different, in this post I’ll be comparing the two series based on their movies only (not including source materials: books, comics, etc.).

Needless to say this post will contain SPOILERS, so if you haven’t watched one or any of the movies, DO NOT continue reading this post.


The Mood and the Music

The first half of Deathly Hallows Part 2 is directly continued from where part 1 left off. The mood was kept-on-edge as The Trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) continue to find the remaining Horcruxes. The best way to describe it was the ‘silence before the storm’.

Avengers: Endgame’s first half was in direct contrast to that of Harry Potter. It was kept light and funny, and it that way it hit us more when the plot twists came. The way I would describe this would be ‘never saw that coming’.

When the final battle sequences started in both final movies, we were not only glued to our seats with tissues in our hands because of the special effects, but also due to the amazing soundtrack playing. Death Hallows was a more subdued track emphasizing on the gravity of the situation. (Titled: Endgame by Alexandre Desplat).

For Avengers on the other hand, The music was upbeat and seemed to bring hope to the fight that was taking place. (Titled: Portals by Alan Silvestri).

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Portal Scene from Avengers: Endgame
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Battle of Hogwarts

And of course the main scenes where I bet everyone couldn’t hold back the tears any longer (the above two images) were just ‘marvel’-ous. Even the use of dome-looking-portals were contrasting in their type of use is both franchises.


The Time Travel Concept

A concept of time travel existed in both MCU and HP. However, there rules were somewhat different.

In Harry Potter (movie 3), is was done via time turner, and well -Magic!, but in Endgame, science had to jump in to make some sense to the whole thing. Hermione had explained it as to never appear in front or interact with your past self. And what happens in the past effects the future directly.

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Hermione using the Time Turner
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The Avengers and the “Time Machine”

For Avenger’s ‘time machine’ using Quantum Physics didn’t follow Hermione’s ideology. Any change in the past will create an alternate future, where past, present, and future events can co-exist in their respective universes. This gives the slightest hope that if a spin-off were to be made, we might see our beloved Avengers again – even the ones we lost.


The Ultimate Power

In Harry Potter we have the “Deathly Hallows” – an unbeatable wand, a stone to bring the dead to life, and a cloak of invisibility, if wielded by a wizard will make give him ultimate power.

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The Tale of Three Brothers

In Avengers, we see the 6 Infinity Stones, each symbolizing Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and Soul. They are the source of unlimited power and can be used to the control their respective affinities. Not anyone can harness the power of all 6 stones, they will need to be strong enough to withstand the impact of their wish, as all 6 stone combined gives them the ability to do almost anything.

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Infinity Gauntlet with the 6 Infinity Stones

Love in its all forms

I’ll only say the lines from both series and nothing more, before I go wipe my tears again:

“After all this time?” “Always”

“Love you 3000.”


Which Hogwarts House would The Avengers be in?

To finish of this post (finally), I thought it’ll be nice to sort The Avengers into Hogwarts Houses. (Disclaimer: you may not and don’t have to agree to my sorting, these are simply my opinions)

Iron Man: Obviously Gryffindor! He is brave, determined (and obnoxious).

Captain America: Ravenclaw. He was the most level-headed Avenger.

Thor: hmmm.. Gryffindor. He is daring and chivalrous.

Black Widow: Probably Ravenclaw. She is smart and understanding.

Hawkeye: Huffpuff! He works hard and shows dedication.

Hulk: uh— I really don’t know, Gryffindor because he is stupid-brave.

Loki (Just because): Of course Slytherin. There is no one else this Slytherin-y other than Loki.


This concludes my post, hope you like it! Let me know what you think!

FTK ๐Ÿ™‚

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ICYMI: What Drives me to write

I recently participated in a blog series hosted by Fadwa (Twitter: @wordwoonders) and Adiba (Twitter: @adiba_j). The topic I chose was ‘What Drives me to write”.

We all write at at one time or another and for many different reasons. Some write to express their feelings, some write to pass their time. Writing is a form of art and everyone has their own way of doing it. There is no ‘write’ or wrong it in. Its thoughts, formed in words, formed in sentences, expressing a relatable or inspiring story. Other than expressing oneself or evoking feelings, another reason which is at the forefront to promote inclusion in all its forms is to read ‘ownvoices’ and for that we write, we write to represent ourselves and the stories unique to our identities.

Read the full post and the opinions of 6 more amazing bloggers HERE


About the blog series

(Below is taken directly from WordWoonders Blog):

Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post here.


FTK ๐Ÿ™‚

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Promo: Fictional Letters

Hey all!

Ever wanted to be part of a story?

Do check out Fiction Letters!

They developed a fun new way to read fiction: serialized stories sent as physical letters through the mail.  Each series contains eight letters, sent one per week over two months. They also ship within US only.

You can also use the promo code FARIHA which gives you 20% off the entire order.

7 Tips to Deal with Office Politics

Every workplace strives to create their own culture, most end up having two. One, what they are working to achieve. Two, what they actually end up having.

Office culture is often developed by the organizational hierarchical structure and the people in it. Office politics on the other hand, is the intangible ‘asset’ of that organization.

Sometimes, however, when office politics starts to get in your way of work, you often feel demotivated.

Here are 7 tips to deal with office politics.

  1. There is neutral ground. Find it, and avoid taking sides.
  2. Know your own goals. Work for it, not for someone else’s agenda.
  3. Know your network and build trusted connections. You’ll never know who might become a helping hand.
  4. Don’t make it personal. It’s work – let it remain work.
  5. Don’t jump into conclusions. Gather factual information.
  6. Stay humble. Aim to get ‘win-win’ in all matters.
  7. People talk. Let your work be louder than the rumors.

In the end it’s all about ‘people skills’ and ‘communication’. Always try to actively change the culture within your circle of influence, regardless if you are at the top of the organizational hierarchy or at the bottom of it, to a more positive and ethical environment. And if worse comes, at least you be satisfied that you tried your very best.

And as Cal Newport aptly said “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

 

FTK ๐Ÿ™‚

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