That's usually a good way to start; that, or "no, you can't touch my hair."
Anyway, welcome to my little nook; I'm glad you found me. This is my corner where I verbally vomit the goings on of my chaotic world – occasionally making sense – then clean it all up and act like a sane professional again.
When I'm not contributing to "the slovenliness of [the English] language" by creating my own words, I'm a linguistic miracle worker and confused twentysomething writer who loves to tell stories through pictures, words, and crazy adventures. I also have a knack for saying the things no one else dares to say, correcting people's grammar mid-sentence, and spontaneously picking up and getting on airplanes unannounced. It's a gift.
LET'S GET PERSONAL
You'd think a writer would be good at talking about herself, but I'd much rather sit down and chat over a cup of tea and ask you deep, personal, potentially uncomfortable questions to get to know you a bit better. Until then, you should probably know that...
I answer to almost any name that starts with m; I also answer to 'Farah'. // I'm constantly trying to capture my displaced sense of home. // I walk around with red balloons in my purse. // I've lived more lives than the average cat. // Summer 2014: I crammed 4 other people and their belongings into my Camry and drove from Toronto to Los Angeles and back. // I have absolutely no filters – not even on my Instagram posts. // After 20 years of living in Canada, I picked up my life and moved back to Egypt. // My curls are as crazy as my personality. // In another life, I wore nothing but black and rocked out to P!nk and Sean Paul.
Somewhere in the messy confines of my mind are a clusterfuck of musings that only make sense to me once I articulate them in words - this is why I write. I write to maintain my sanity; I write to think out loud; I write to share stories; I write because it's my happy place.
"I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say." - Flannery O'Connor
That was in another life – before I relocated from Canada to Cairo and worked as senior/copy editor for a publication that's part of a digital media agency. Now I use hashtags relentlessly and identify with words like ‘twentysomething’ and ‘digital nomad’, yet have maintained my ever-growing love affair with semicolons and the Oxford comma. It's funny how life changes in your twenties.
Beyond the editing and the copywriting, I have this nearly poetic love for telling stories and helping others discover that their stories are worth telling. I want to invest my energy into doing what makes me want to get out of bed even when the covers are warm and it's cold outside: expressing essence through words and stories. I’m invested in this truth that every person is a culmination of stories, and I want to give those stories life through words.
So, what’s your story?