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Musing #1: Novel Updates, Living in the South & My Reading List

Help me figure out what to read in the next few months

Sundays are for our more refined work and will be saved for our Archetype series. I am very excited to be collaborating with Paul and Khaled.

Ever since my trip to Lamu, I’ve been dripping with ideas from all sides of my soul…more than I know what to do with! (Including the Lamu Diaries video series which I am yet to complete!)

So I bring you a new kind of post: Omar’s Musings.

Welcome to my brain and what is fascinating/stimulating it as I continue this journey towards finishing and publishing this novel.

Also at the end of each of these updates is something I need your help with so please leave a comment with your answer to my question below!

Novel Update

  • HABITS: I have been writing every day for the past six months, and I write about 1000 words a day. This is the thing I look forward to the most. I wake up, exercise have a cup of coffee and write! Then, I do my day job.

*Cracks knuckles* Here we go again!
  • PROGRESS: The novel draft is almost done now, Maskat and Jay’s journeys are complete and the only thing left is to revise, edit and eventually rewrite the whole thing over the next six months. 😅

  • More about what is in the novel next Wednesday.

Life Update

  • New Address: My wife and life traveling partner, Sherin, and I have moved to the Southern tip of Alabama, Mobile. That is where work currently is, and it’s one hell of a ride y’all! Especially since we arrived during Mardi Gras season. Watch video above for a feel.

Speaking of archetypes…this is a King Cake. We ate the whole thing in about 36 hours.
  • New Struggles: The culture here is the exact opposite of what I am used to in San Francisco. I leave the rest of that interpretation to you. You may recall the righteous mind, and how I struggled with that last year. It helps!

The struggle is real guys.
  • Books: I have been making a lot of space for reading and realized that reading fiction is the best way to grow as a fiction writer. This year I have read The Sympathizer -excellent Historical Fiction novel about Vietnam- , Heartburn - hilarious short novel about marriage, affairs and food-, and currently swimming in Dostyovesky’s murky waters of The Idiot. Next on my list is the one I have above: How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?

That’s it for my musings!

If you like this update, give me one of them love buttons, share this project with someone, and help me out with today’s question:

I need your help on what to read next when it comes to Historical Fiction. What are your favorite novels in that genre? Open to other genres as well if its a good novel. I love fantasy and psychological thrillers as well. English and Arabic are welcome

Next time I’ll lay our some thoughts on the Novel, the world that I built, and more about what I intend to do with the Lamu Diaries (and the incredible people I met there and still need to share with you).

In Search of Gumption
Musings, Poems and Experiments that occur to me on my writing journey. I write every Sunday about stories (including my own) that raise the human spirit, and keep us going.