I’ve been as prolific as I can in the month since I left CAIR. Today I updated my Issuu page and my LinkedIn page so they now have my latest publications, which include my new Muslim Voices Matter column for MuslimMatters and…drum roll…at last some new Straight Path posts. More about that in a separate post. Please check out my newest work on one or both of the sites linked above.
While I was working on my MFA I had to share feedback with fellow students and mentors. That is, of course, a huge part of the program. I generally feel ambivalent about it. When I feel people haven’t understood what I meant I struggle to slow myself down and listen carefully to their comments. It ranges from difficult to exhausting. […]
Why the exclamation mark? I don’t know…I’m just happy to write for their website/wire service. I took a trip to Farmersville last week, got totally turned around by GPS (HATE GPS more than I did before) but made it to the Farmersville special town hall meeting. 700.3 miles altogether. I’m glad the trip was memorialized in writing. More writing about Muslim cemeteries to come. Mwah ha ha… How a Muslim cemetery became a battleground for America’s soul
After three years and much self-doubt, procrastination and shaky focus, on August 2 I finally earned my MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. My perspective on the program shifted throughout those years, which included two semesters leave when I started working at CAIR, but in the end I cranked out just enough pages to graduate (the requirement is 150; my thesis was 151) and now I have some pretty good material to polish and publish. I don’t know if it will ever become a book. My brain is resting today and tomorrow I go back to my new full-time job of freelancing. The great news is that last week I got my first gig. I’ll be writing a biweekly column on civil rights for MuslimMatters. More about that when it is official.
I have gotten ZERO feedback on my most recent Straight Path post. That’s a first. In fact, after I posted it I was away from my computer for a few hours and was dreading reading what kind of comments I might battle when I got back online. There was nothing. There is no response on Twitter, either, even when I […]
Hooray! I have at last returned to The Straight Path, my blog on the Houston Chronicle’s website. On April 24, 2013 I wrote a post titled “Coming out of hiding” in which I wrote: I guess it’s a good time news-wise to talk about being an American Muslim, so I might as well start now. Stay tuned! But I didn’t. […]
Finally returned to my Houston Chronicle blog. I’ve said I was returning at least twice before, but this time I know I will stay with it. It will be part of my writing life, as I say in the post. Everything I write will be a different part of the mosaic of my new life. Friday is my last day at CAIR and I feel the new phase starting already.