Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Book Deal Announcement: A dream came true

I've been sitting and staring at this computer screen for a good long while. I've written nearly one thousand posts here, but today, I type and backspace, and words... they fail to materialize.

You see, a dream came true today.

If you know me, you know I love to write. I write essays, poems, articles, blog posts, and stories.

I love writing stories.

Writing stories is my personal way of unearthing the heart of what it means to be human. It is how I understand the world around me.

Like any novelist, I dreamed of the day my book would see the light of print. I also knew the market. I knew it wasn't easy to break in.

But a dream doesn't know about what can and can't happen. A dream just tugs at your heart and gently guides you down its path.

And well, today, sitting on my front porch watching my kids draw on the sidewalk before me, I saw a tweet. Then another. And another. And then-- it was an avalanche of love.

Because you know that dream I had?

Today it came true.

Today, along with many of you, I saw this:


And well, I have tears. Tears even as I type these words out. But words, they're failing me. I want to tell you how this feels. How one small book containing so much love and hard work and so many dreams... and I fall short. Words, fail.

While I compose my words, and while I find my bearings, I do want to say thank you.

Seriously, thank you.

Some of you are new readers. Some of you have been here the entire decade. Many of you have become my friends. Have encouraged me to follow this dream. You helped me keep my dream alive and from the bottom of my heart I can never fully express my gratitude.

And today? I am grateful. I am humbled. And I am happy.

silly moment courtesy of Cylinda Parga and Yen M. Tang

29 comments:

mystic-soul said...
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sadeya said...

Congrats Aisha.

sadeya said...

Congrats.

mystic-soul said...

I knew! one day its coming!!

(Because you said, you always knew in your heart)
(In sufi literature, it is said: books get approved years before they materialize)

mystic-soul said...

caution: When you walk on red carpet, don't forget your old friends!! (lol)

Susan Jett said...

SO HAPPY FOR YOU! (And for me, because I can't wait to read this book!)

Zame Khan said...

Congratulations Aisha!! I think your 114 things to do list just got a lot smaller : )

umaira said...

Congratulations! May Allah grant You more success and make more dreams come . Ameen

I.W. Gregorio said...

SO HAPPY FOR YOU, and so excited that I can now shout it from the rooftops!

JOLT said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Yay! ALIen

Marie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to read it!!

Sheryl said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart! You are such a writing talent, I'm sure you'll be a big success!

Affu said...

I have no words to express how happy I'm for you. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. You are a one talented lady.

Affu said...

I have no words to express how happy I'm for you. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. You are a one talented lady.

Laurie said...

Such wonderful news! Huge congratulations on this accomplishment! Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Great news!!! Definitely calls for a celebration :-)
Today reaffirms that's dreams do come true... We just got to hang in there!
Way to go girl... As a fellow Pakistani woman, I am proud of you.
Ayesha

Aisha said...

Mystic, thank you! You are among my first blog readers, and I will never forget the support. Many appreciations for your kind words!!!!

Thank you SUSAN!!!!!! :)

Thank you Ayesha!!!! Your lovely words mean so so very much!

Zame, lol, you caught that!!! :) Thank you!

Umaira, thank you sis, and thank you for being such a supportive blogging-friend!

Aisha said...

Ilene, SO excited to join your ranks!!! YAYYYYYYY Thanks so much!!!!!

Thanks JOLT!!!!

Thanks Mr. ALIen! ;)

Marie, thank you so much, it makes my day to hear from long-time blogging buddies like you!

Affu, your words brighten my day, thank you so much

Thank you Laurie!!!!!!! xoxox

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Wonderful news! Will definitely read the book.
Natalie

Anne R. Allen said...

This is soooo fabulous!! Major congrats, girl! You deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, wow - congratulations! What a feeling that must be :) And as one of your long(est) time readers, I demand a signed copy!

Wishing you much more success in the years to come!

Ash

youngandwriterly said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!

Aisha said...

Thanks Natalie!!!

Thanks Anne R. Allen, your advice has always been helpful :)

Ash, this is true! You and Mystic are among my longest time blogging-friends, signed copies ar ea must!! Thank you :)))))

Thanks Young And Writerly, much appreciated!!!!

md said...

oh how wonderful! congratulations, so happy for you :)

Aisha said...

Thanks Md!!! :)

Kamille Elahi said...

Congratulations! This is amazing! I hope it'll be coming out in the UK :D

Kamille Elahi said...

Congratulations on your book deal! I can't wait for it to come out :D

Cindy said...

Yay! I knew it would happen for you:)

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