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Who says writing is easy.  It’s painful.

It’s painful conjuring up emotions, beliefs, inspirations.  It’s painful finding the right words, rhythm, style.  It’s painful cutting out words.  It’s painful letting go of a piece.  It’s painful waiting to find out whether people like it or not.  Oh, it’s all so, so painful.

But you know what’s much, much more painful?

Not writing.

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I thank my lovely fellow blogger and poet, Rola Saady of ورقة وقلم http://rolasaady.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Silver Quill Blogger Award.

The rules for this award, if you choose to accept, are to paste the logo of this award on the top of your post. Thank the person who nominated you.  Answer the questions below. Nominate five or more people, list them and let them know that they have been nominated.

The five people whom I would like to nominate for this award are:

1- Cristian Mihai http://cristianmihai.net/ for making me aware

2- Coco J. Ginger http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/ for making me feel

3- J. D. Gallagher  http://jdgallagher.wordpress.com/ for making me laugh (out loud)

4- Kenneth Rellum http://gladiuspoeticus.wordpress.com/ for making me respect

5- Sue Healy http://suehealy.org/ for making me learn

The Questions:

1- Do you prefer rhyming or non-rhyming poetry?

No preference.  As long as the words are beautifully strung together.

2- What’s your favorite Shakespeare Play?

Romeo and Juliet, and all its reincarnations.

3- Who is your favourite author?

George Orwell.  Animal Farm was my favorite novel, until I read 1984.

4- Name three people who you greatly admire.

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, for revolutionizing the world of furniture and design, while still flying economy.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, for standing up for Brand UK.

Nigella Lawson, food writer and cooking show host, for making the world watch in awe as she butters bread. (Her eloquence is to blame.)

5- What’s your favourite album ever?

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, (every single song on that album is a favorite)

6- Which primary color do you most dislike?

Yellow, it’s just too yellow for me.

7- Name a song or a poem that makes you feel emotional.

Stevie Smith’s poem ‘Not Waving but Drowning’, leaves a heaviness in my heart, even when thinking of it.

throw the tooth

behind the sun,

far, far behind the sun,

and ask for a gazelle’s tooth in place of the donkey’s tooth,

behind the sun,

far, far behind the sun,

my Son.

Based on regional folklore, children are told to throw their milk teeth (traditionally nicknamed donkey teeth) behind the sun, and ask the sun to give permanent teeth (traditionally nicknamed gazelle’s teeth) in their place.

Step away from his writing room.  And keep his door closed.  (But have his window slightly open to let in fresh air.)

Now keep it quiet, so that he can hear the voices inside his head.

He will write something great, he promises.

A masterpiece he will dedicate to you and to me.

By day, she devours every sound, sight and sense around her.

By night, she pours her soul onto her writing instrument.   A catharsis entertained by the dim light of her bedside lamp.

And then she sleeps.