Writing With HaikuJAM

For those of you who are following my poetry account on Instagram (and for those of you who aren’t, click here to see my recent stuff!), some of you may have noticed the increasing amount of poems posted from HaikuJAM. You’ll also notice three names at the bottom of these pictures.

Well, where do we begin?

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I recently discovered an app called HaikuJAM on Instagram, and decided to give the app a try. Long story short, I was AMAZED. Not only is this app an amazing and creative idea, it’s simply a way for artists to collaborate.

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Etsy Shop Grand Opening, The Traveller, and a Poorly Written Update

I haven’t written an update in a long while, but I guess now would be a good time to write one!

There’s a lot that has happened over the past few months. So many projects, a lot more writing, exploring new and old things, binge-watching Friends (but that’s not relevant).

But two big things are in the works.

FIRST: the clearly illiterate café. now has a shop!

We are now officially on Etsy and selling prints! This is something I’ve been really wanting to do for a while, and I can’t wait to feature my new work there. We are starting with offering custom poetry prints, but soon plan to feature original calligraphy prints! This is something we are too excited for. You can access the store by clicking here or clicking the SHOP button at the top.

SECOND: The Traveller: Part I is to be released soon in paperback!

Although the eBook has been out for a while, my first poetry book The Traveller: Part I will be releasing very soon! We are just finishing the final touches and it will be available on Amazon! There will be more information coming soon so stay tuned to the blog. And yes, Part II is in the works.

THIRD: eBook sale!

The Traveller: Part I is on sale at Smashwords for FREE! It will be free until July 31st, so make sure you get it today! Smashwords offers most formats of the eBook so you’ll get access to all of them. Click here to get to the book and enter SFREE at checkout!

FOURTH: Politically Mateen

I have not done a Politically Mateen episode for a while. It was tough to get a video out during Ramadan, but one is definitely in the works…

You’ll be hearing more very soon about the first two points, and look out for a sale at the store.

Want to Start Getting Into Writing? Here’s 3 Good Reasons

Writing is a great leisure activity that many are starting to take on. Whether people decide to share their writing or keep it simply for themselves, writing is still an important part to the lives of many people. There are so many ways and styles one can start writing that it allows you to be creative and take risks. Writing is great. That is basically what I’m saying. And you should get on the writing train!

Source: Arts.Mic.Com

Are you thinking about getting into writing? Do you need a reason to dust off the stack of paper (or finally use your computer’s word processor for something other than a 3000 word essay)? Here are three reasons:

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Money in the Bank 2016 predictions

Money in the Bank has been one of the most exciting pay-per-views of the past few months (maybe with the exception of NXT Takeover…The End).

WWE.com via Bleacher Report

WWE.com via Bleacher Report

Considering WWE.com did predictions themselves (even though that probably led to more confusion than interest), I’ve decided to lay out my Money in the Bank predictions this year. I hope to God I’m right.

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How Does Canada’s National Anthem Make Us More Inclusive?

It almost seemed like the end of a Hollywood film where MP Mauril Belanger, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), finally saw his Bill C-210 being voted in the House of Commons. Bill C-210, the bill to make the Canadian national anthem more gender inclusive, passed in the House by a voice vote.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The specific change is to the line in all thy sons command, which will now change to in all of us command.

But what does this change do?

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Words Unspoken About the Orlando Massacre

I’ve had a few people asking me to do a video on this topic, and for some reason I felt it wasn’t right. I didn’t want to throw my face into this debate, especially with all that happened.

I want to first take the time to offer my prayers and sympathies to the victims of this massacre, the families, and the LGBT community. It’s not fair that this happened to you, for one man to take away the security you’ve fought so hard for in the past few years (and continue to fight for).

By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa – https://www.flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2942525739, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14831997

It seems really strange and surreal to see the name ‘Mateen’ on the news. I’ve never really known anyone who has had the same name as me, and it seems like an abuse to the name for someone to go and commit this horrendous act. I don’t want to make this a thing about myself, but I feel that it’s necessary for me to share this with you.

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Can Seth Rollins Still Fight?

Back with another WWE post!

It’s been a few weeks since ‘Extreme Rules’, and there is a lot of exciting things that have happened since. One of the most exciting parts of the pay-per-view was the return of Seth Rollins.

Source: Seth-Rollins.Net

After Roman Reigns successfully defended the title against AJ Styles (and The Club), Rollins came out of nowhere and pedigree’d him. He then came on Raw the next day where Shane McMahon granted him a title match at Money in the Bank.

Sounds exciting right? Well, not so much.

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Donald Trump and Rhetoric

Donald Trump has changed American politics.

Now that he is the official Republican contender for the presidency, the Republican party has to accept the campaign that Trump ran on. Trump is known for wanting to ban Muslims from coming to America and saying that most Mexicans are rapists.

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Ramadan, Canadian Politics and Struggle

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims all over the world. Every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Although Muslims consume food or water during daylight, Muslims also cannot do anything that would be considered sinful (lying, etc.). The month is about spiritually building yourself into a better person.

Although it does sound like a struggle, it is actually a time of happiness. I’ve always seen Ramadan as a time to get together with your family and community, and to focus on yourself as a member of society.

This is why I think it’s amazing that Canadian politicians are going around making videos wishing Canadian-Muslims ‘Ramadan Kareem’ (which translates to generous Ramadan). This past election, which saw the Liberals take a majority government, was a big election for Canadian-Muslims. Groups like Canadian Muslim Vote and many others worked on getting Muslims to take part in civic engagement.

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