“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”

I am in an exciting stage of the publishing process. The actual stage where the book is in the final stage before it blooms into a book. At first, just a word document in Times New Roman, Double Spaced, Size 12 Font. Just a manuscript. But brimming with hope and expectation.

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I think the defining moment for me when I saw the book on a PDF file, when illustrator Lea Lyon did her magic and the words were paired with lively watercolor illustrations.


And then the part where emails are being sent off in a flurry with surreal questions over publishers asking my input on book covers! Dedications are made. An Author Photo is needed.

And now the sit-back-and-wait stage with breathe-a-sigh-of-relief and wait. Wait for printing. Wait for Books. Dream of Books!

My friend Aisha Saeed’s dream (or in common words – book!) came out a couple of weeks ago! Here it is below.


You can order it on Amazon here! I pre-ordered it on Amazon and it came 2 days late! I had to sit and watch everyone rave about it online while I checked my mailbox! When it finally came, I finished it in a day!

My favorite quote from the book:

“I sink to the floor. A strange emotion passes over me, one I haven’t felt in weeks. Not since my chacha snatched me from the bus. But now? Now it feels like pinpricks in my chest. Something has snapped. For the first time in a long time, I am angry.” – Naila from Aisha Saeed’s Written in the Stars

To read more about her emotional story, click here!


About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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