How Long Should Your Story Be?

Assalamu aleikum!

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When you set out to write what came to you, how long should it be? The answer is, it depends. Alhamdullilah, I have written :

  • One stand alone flash fiction story and two collection of flash fiction stories.

They are Bionic Romance, and Spin-Off Cité ,  …Centric : A Collection of Flash Fiction Stories . These can go from the length of a tweet to one thousand words. Don’t buy these three. The price is unreasonably high for a reason. There are set at $200 because there is a paper version of them and to stop eBook abuse.

  • One collection of short stories


This is a collection of several of my short stories including the novelettes Freedom Fighter and Respect The Letters. I have two other novelettes L’Américaine and The Cursed Bride not included in this book.

  • One memoir

The Dreams—A Family Biography

  • Four romantic novels

You can get away with writing around 40,000 words on those.  However, my book BLOOM is 119,613 words for the three books; Mistress of the SpicesThe Hazardous Life of Nilüfer and Oblivion. Oblivion can be considered a novella since it’s not quite 40,000 words.

The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is about 47,000 words.

  • One Thriller/Suspense

The upcoming The Certified Accountant falls in this category. Books in this genre should be around 80,000 words.

  • Several poems
  • Three children books
  • Some personal narratives
  • One Ivorian Cookbook
  • One Muslim Journal/Planner/Notebook/Calendar
  • One YA Fantasy Series

The Ducktrinors Book 1 and Book 2 . This epic tale is 83,483 words

  • One ethnic and epic short story fantasy and one short epic fantasy story.

Clash of the Castes is the ethnic one and is available in The Dreams in print format. The other is Fiqh Tsion’s Tells of Faith.

In conclusion, perhaps in the moment you get inspired with a new story, it’s only a flash fiction, a short story, a novelette, a novella or a novel. It depends on how much “meat” you have on the story that’s nagging you and wants to come to life. Below is a graphic to guide you. It’s taken from here if the question has ever crossed your mind.


I hope this helps. And remember, each story can be extended and fleshed out over the years. It’s up to you to stop or expand the story.

Thanks for reading,




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Muslim Readers Choice Awards!

Assalamu aleikum!

Find out more here and vote!

The nominees for best childrens book The nominees for best MG book the nominees for best fantasy book

the nominees fr best fiction and sf The nominees for best poetry The nominees for best memoir or biography

The nominees for best mystery or thriller The nominees for best ya na romance the nominees for best satire

the nominees for best self help

Thanks for reading,


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Rabi al-Awwal 1441 / November 2019’s Book Club Recap & Awards

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here. And check out the Reader Choice Award, too. #VOTE!

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Welcome Rabi-I!

Assalamu aleikum! Rabi-I Mubarak!!!

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Muslimah Bloggers Awards 2019 – Time to get Nominating — Muslimah Bloggers

Alhamdulillah it is that time of year when we hold our annual awards. You can find a reminder of last years winners in our 2018 Muslimah Bloggers awards winner post. This year we have an amazing set of sponsors who have offered up their products/services to the winners. Details of all the sponsors will be…

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The Proudest Blue — A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Assalamu aleikum,

the proudest blue 1Summary : With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Authors : Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K.Ali

Illustrator : Hatem Aly

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Review and thoughts : The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family is a lyrical account of a kind-hearted black Muslim character called Faizah about her older sister’s hijab on the first day of school. Her older sister’s name is Asiya.

Faizah and Asiyah are the actual names of Ibtihaj’s sisters. I briefly met the author…

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Coming Soon : The Library Clerk’s e-Shop!

Assalamu aleikum! ^_^

My newest book is coming out soon insha’Allah!

Take a look… Only in paperback though

So, I change my mind ok…Link to pre-order the eBook below, lol!

To the reader who buys my eBooks to only return them and use the credit to buy another one, I see you… Allah sees you… lol! If you don’t like my writing, that’s fine. Stop reading at one book. Thx!

Anyway, check out the cover y’all! This book is heartfelt to me. Masha’Allah! I have been writing instead of studying or working…smdh!


How is it like for a Black immigrant Muslim woman to navigate life in the US while trying to stay legal? In The Library Clerk’s e-Shop, you get an idea!

The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is set to be released in June 2020 insha’Allah.

Summary : Qari D. Fofana aka Kerry by her American friends is a twenty-three year old Ivorian girl living in the United States. Dallas, to be precise. She has a work visa that has expired. Qari is also an introvert and a bookish immigrant whose I-20 has also expired. Her dream job is to work for herself no matter the tax implications and open her own online bookstore; a book-coffee-tea shop, so she can live “the glamorous life” of pajamas-day all week long. However, at times, she feels like her dream is farfetched and only a figment of her own imagination. She marries her landlord, an American-Muslim whom she thinks can sponsor her.  However, this backfires. Will she be able to avoid deportation and launch her e-Shop? Read to find out!

Find it on Goodreads here.

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Safar 1441 / October 2019’s Book Club Pick — Unlikely Friends by Sahar Abdulaziz

Assalamu aleikum!

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here.


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Safar Mubarak!

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers!

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: Sexual Violence in Warfare Part II

The Human Lens

Part II Written by  Papatia Feauxzar 

And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” (Quran 4:24)

This Quranic verse has been misinterpreted for centuries. It doesn’t mean that men wishing to satisfy their sexual urges can get a hall pass to commit fornication. It simply means that when you get your war booty and that like what you see for behind closed doors, put a ring on it!

Now, let me expound n why I said that this verse has been misinterpreted for ages in the ummah by people with their own agendas. Ibn Abbas was dubbed The Scholar of the Nation masha’Allah (Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit, p.165). It is related that one day after one of Ibn Abbas’s classes, everybody left except a young man who stayed behind. Ibn Abbas asked him what he needed and he replied that he wanted…

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: Sexual Violence in Warfare

The Human Lens

Part I, Written by Saadia Haq 

Throughout history, we have observed the recurring pattern of sexual violence in warfare particularly mass rape, slavery and abuse of girls and women. Having said that, today’s collaboration theme be warned is bringing some uneasy realities that have to said out loud.

While the world boasts of having put into place, military code for wars, almost every where we see gross human rights abuses and gender based aggression.

Moreover, rape and sexual abuse are not just a by-product of war but are used as a deliberate military strategy, just think about Colombia, Iraq, Sudan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Syria and Afghanistan.

The opportunistic rape and pillage of previous centuries has been replaced in modern conflict by rape used as an orchestrated combat tool, and sadly deployed with high impunity leaving a sense of injustice and long term trauma on women in conflict zones.

And when I…

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The Daevabad Trilogy — An Interview with the Author

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Muharram 1441 / September 2019’s Book Club Pick — We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here.


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Muharram Mubarak! Happy New Year! Happy 1441 AH!!!

Assalamu aleikum beloved ummah!

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1441 AH is available on Amazon at or  here.

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Dhul-Hijjah 1440 / August 2019’s Book Club Picks

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This month book club picks are The City of Brass and the Candle and the Flame. Read them here and here. Also check out a review of The Lover by Laury Silvers here.



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Eid Breakfast at Abuela’s — A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Eid Abuelas Launch PosterSummary: Join Sofia, her mom and dad who spend Eid – the Islamic holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan – with her Mexican grandmother, who is not Muslim but chooses to throw them a festive breakfast which includes traditional Mexican food, decorations, and activities. The book includes many Spanish words and a glossary as well to introduce the reader to simple words in Spanish and even Arabic.

Author: Mariam Saad was raised in Southern California by Egyptian parents. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She worked at the family business for many years, with schools locally, and taught 8th Grade English abroad. With the birth of her son, her time and energy were focused at home while she surrounded him with reading materials and developmental toys. Before getting a taste for his board books, her son had taken interest in listening to…

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Ahlan wa Sahlan Dhul-Hijjah!

Assalamu aleikum, Dhul-Hijjah Mubarak!


1441 AH is available on Amazon at or  here.

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Free Bookmarks at the Dallas Public Library! — A Ducktrinor Mom

Assalamu aleikum! Check out these cool bookmarks! Save, print or pick them up locally! Back Front Back Wassalam, ~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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1441 AH — The Book Launch

Assalamu aleikum!

 1441 AH launches next month on Muharram 1st, 1440 (August 31st, 2019).

Join us on social media insha’Allah!

Start the new Muslim year right! 1441 AH is already available on Amazon at or  here.

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Dhul-Qadah 1440 / July 2019’s Book Club Pick — Love from A to Z by S.K.Ali

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