Writer In Motion 2: Draft 1

I did a post last week about my first impressions of the prompt. When I actually began writing, it was so much harder than WiM Round 1. The story of the previous round came to me in an instant and I typed away. For this one however, I mulled over the photo for hours with nothing creative coming to mind.

The prompt is too simple, and I can’t write contemporary. I needed to make it into fantasy. So I thought. When in doubt – write about Dragons!

Other elements started adding up from there from inspirations around me: Olympics is next year, I was catching up with the anime – Attack on Titan, and Netflix recommended me The Hunger Games.

I also never write in first-person, but the beginning came to me as such, so here’s my first draft after a lot of brain squeezing.


Genre: Fantasy

Words Count: 603

The sky was red and so was the ground.

The first Xiomara Trials eight decades ago were brutal. The sky was choked with red smoke and the blood of the fallen painted the clobber stones. Burnt remains of buildings still stand where the revolt took place. They call it the revolt, for us it was the Dark Night. It was our tribute to Xiomara, the first Sentina to ever challenge the Dragons of the Floating Isles.

There was an age-old pact between the upper class, Regina, and the Dragons. They would pick the most brilliant minds every year to take with them and train them in magik, sciences, and other knowledge of the universe. However, for us, we never had that option no matter how smart we were. That was until Xiomara called them out right. She was our visionary. She believed the Sentina could compete with Regina.

This came as great offence to the Dragons and Regina, alike. They didn’t care to be fair; their aim was to set an example to whoever challenged them. They tried to quench the belief Xiomara had spread among her people. They succeeded in destroying her.

That’s when the revolt took place. Their anger and the destruction the Dark Night caused came as a shock for us. Most of it was burnt to the ground by the Dragons flame. What was left of us was destroyed by Regina. Nonetheless, we held our ground, we fought for the spark Xiomara had lighted, we fought for her sake as well. Afterall, we were the dregs – we had nothing to lose.

After the Dark Night, a series of strikes took place impacting the world Regina lived in. They were forced to reach an agreement with the Dragons, but with a caveat. Sentina were only allowed to compete based on physical abilities, not mental ones.

Now, the world Xavi knew had changed a lot since that time. The lines between Regina and Sentina had blurred, but still the two groups rarely mingled in public.  Xiomara Trials, now known as the Dragons Tournament, were now held every two years and for the sole purpose of entertainment.

Only a handful of people knew the history of it and the meaning behind the original name. Xavi’s clan, however, made sure they knew about every inch of the what had occurred in the past and what their great ancestor, Xiomara had done to achieve it.

Some traditions still held strong for the Dragons Tournament. The first runner up of the last season would light the flare initiating the beginning of the new season. Xavi wasn’t nervous. She was determined. She had participated in the last season and gotten second place. She wanted to win. She would win; not for herself, definitely not for the dragons, but only for Xiomara.

The flare was handed to her. Her breath hitched. She searched the vast sea of people watching her climb up the lighthouse to where the sky and the sea met. She could make out her people in the public, they all wore black. Anyone identifying as a Sentina did – to honor the Dark Night.

She reached the top of the port and lit the flare, pointing it upwards. She reached out further in the vast openness holding herself by a pole. It was getting cloudy. She didn’t care if the Dragons saw the flare. She tried to reach to Xiomara. A prayer escaped her lips. She held it until the flare ran out. The breeze carried the red smoke steadily over the sea.

The public was cheering in the distance. The Dragon Tournament had officially begun.

Stay tuned for next week for the self-edited draft!


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, we’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!


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!


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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.


Photo Credit: Visual Hunt .com

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