Unpublish

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On the 1st of August 2013, my first novella Pretty into Fashion went live. I was super excited. It was the first work I self-published.

Nadia Nader Pretty into Fashion a Love in Kuwait Novella Part 1

Nadia Nader Pretty into Fashion a Love in Kuwait Novella Part 1

Today, on the 23rd of September 2014, I decided to unpublish it. I’m super sad. But I believe I made the right decision.

Back when I first published Pretty into Fashion, I thought I was going to published my full-length novels shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The reasons for that are numerous and too lengthy to detail. The short version is: I let life get in the way. I procrastinated like crazy.

Last month, I was scheduled to publish my first novel. But, I still felt it wasn’t ready. I’m taking the time now to go over it and try to fix as much as I can. There are still many parts that I am not 100% satisfied with. I’m hoping it will be ready to be published in the next couple of months. When it is published, I don’t want to confuse readers with two different genres. I want to try to build up a loyal following of readers slowly and it would help to set one clear genre in the beginning.

That’s not to say that I’m never going to switch between genres. I’m going to experiment with genres. I’m already doing it over several WIPs. I would love to write pure fantasy but I also want to experiment, learn, and grow as a writer instead of limiting myself to one genre and staying on ‘brand’ the whole time. For the time being I think it would be smarter for me to not confuse my readers since I’m still just starting out.

Even though my head says it makes sense, my heart is still sad.

Goodbye, Pretty Into Fashion.

The Kuwait Bookshops Closing Down?

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The Kuwait Bookshops

I went to Al Muthana Complex today to hunt for some books at The Kuwait Bookshops. It’s been several months since I’ve last been there. I felt compelled to go there today for some reason.

Kuwait Bookstore

When I walked into the store I noticed stacks and stacks of books piled up. Multiple copies of books formed little mountains all over the place. I noticed them because they were in the way & most of them had to do with Kuwait.

Stacks of Kuwait Books

I asked the staff why all the books were out, thinking the answer would be a simple inventory check. But to my surprise, they told me that there was a high chance they were going to shut down. That the likelihood was they were going to shut down unless someone bought the company.

This bummed me out. This is officially the last remaining bookstore from my childhood. The ones I used to visit in Salmiya have already disappeared years ago. This was my last remaining link to my childhood bookworm self.

I know it isn’t the end of the world. There are new bookstores popping up like Q8Bookstore, a used books store at Bayt Lothan. Jarir (forever a newbie to me) is still in Hawalli. That-El-Salasel/W.H. Smith hybrid has several stores around Kuwait in the airport, Avenues Mall, and honestly locations that are more convenient for me. I understand how and why this has happened.

It still makes me sad.

This is the end of an era.

This is the place I was able to buy comics, novels, and research books.

Kuwait Bookshops

Kuwait Bookshops

 

Kuwait Bookshops

As I stood at the cashier, paying for my selection of books, I asked them for their number so that I could be updated on the situation.

They told me the landline had already been disconnected.

I guess this is goodbye.

The Maze Runner

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Yesterday, I saw The Maze Runner.

Wow.

It.

Was.

Amazing!

The book has been on my To Be Read shelf for ages and I never got around to reading it. And it has been there long enough for me to actually forget why I put it on my To Be Read shelf. I had no recollection of what the plot was about and so I had no spoilers going into the theatre.

This is one of the rare times where I actually saw the movie before reading the book and I am so glad I did. I managed to enjoy every second of the movie without having any idea of what was happening or where the story was going. And I loved it! It was refreshing not to be thinking, “That’s not how it happened in the book” or “Wait, they missed out that detail.” And I’m glad for that. Because as it so happens, I found out later there were moments in the book that didn’t make it on screen (I discuss that further below).

I loved the story, the casting, & the amazing set they had. The creepy sounds from within the maze were bone-chilling. It was non-stop action from the moment the movie started until it ended. And I enjoyed every second of it!

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I was particularly impressed by the diversity of the cast & their acting talent. I’ve been a fan of Thomas Brodie-Sangster, since I first saw him in Love Actually. He doesn’t look like he’s aged a bit, does he?

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I was unfamiliar with the rest of the cast. It was the first time I see Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario on screen. Actually now that I researched Kaya I see that she was the daughter in Moon, another awesome film.

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The first thing I did when I got home was to purchase the sequel to The Maze Runner.

I had to know what happened next & I couldn’t wait until the follow-up movie is released in 2015.

And you know what the first thing that hit me was? The fact that Thomas & Teresa could communicate telepathically. Guess I’ll have to read The Maze Runner later on and see what other details the movie left out, but for now I’m too busy reading The Scorch Trials.

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Update: Finished reading The Scorch Trials in one day and here’s my Goodreads review:

 

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw The Maze Runner movie without having read the book (which is incredibly rare for me). I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the sequel as soon as I got home. I read it in one day because I HAD to know what was happening next.

At the start of The Scorch Trials when finding out Thomas & Teresa had telepathic powers I realized that maybe I should have read The Maze Runner first. After all, time and experience has shown me movies never reflect 100% of the story/plot/detail that are in the book. The Scorch Trials had a lot of action & was quite the page-turner but raised even more questions than The Maze Runner. For the first time ever, I think I should have just waited to see the movie.

I feel compelled to read on to book 3 because I still want/need to know what the frak is going on. This whole experience reminds me too much of what I went through with LOST, and the questions/mysteries raised that were not resolved to satisfaction. I want answers that don’t come with a whole different set of questions. I hope I’m not as disappointed with the ending to this series as I was with LOST.

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