About

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Greetings from Andalusia!

This blog started as a way to vent a bit of mother frustration in a way that would make me laugh at my own worries, but it’s quickly evolved into a means of self-therapy. In the course of these three years I’ve become a mother for the second time, became separated and then divorced, married again, had another baby, moved a half a dozen times, planted a good few plants, written a load of poems, read not nearly as much as I’d liked to, gotten slightly closer to finishing my novel (here’s hoping it won’t take another decade to finish), and wrote enough songs to make a new album, which I’ll do as soon as I can get a crowdfunding campaign together.

There is so much loneliness in a writer’s working life; you have to put up with famously antisocial conditions (even though you are writing, usually, about humans, or at least some metaphor for them); the traditional publishing route makes it seems daunting at best for novices, and even a lot of seasoned writers; and there isn’t a stage you can step up onto and feel your audience looking you back in the eye. Hopefully not booing.

So I applaud all that a blog can offer. It has taken my nerdiness and extended its boundaries out beyond the limits of geography and my own vanity. ‘Sharing’, a word whose meaning has been dulled by the impersonality of technology, regains some of its former sense when what you’re sharing is your actual experiences, feelings, observations, stories, poems.

I’ve met some amazing and beautiful souls through this virtual portal. Most of all, this is a spilling of the treasure carried in my own chest, as it is carried in everyone’s. Whether or not the gold is real…well, you’ll have to bite it and see.

18 thoughts on “About

  1. Update: the 8 1/2 month bump is now a four and a half month bundle of squeezably chubby, gurgling, giggly joy called Rosa Nour. I am working on the birth story, or rather, it’s up there on the mental chalkboard along with six trillion other things (clean out car, buy soy sauce, finish Shamsie’s sock…) Patience, please dear readers.

  2. Hey cavemum, I hope you don’t mind, but I have awarded you the Liebster Blog Award, coz I like your blog a lot and want more people to know about it! Have a look on my blog to read more about it, but don’t feel under any pressure to pass the award on to anyone else if you don’t want to.
    Hope you and your little ones are well, just spoke to my mum and she said she saw you and the littlies in Spain, I am very jealous! Lots of love x

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Unfortunately i do not have any more people photos other than what I have already published in my blog. And I have not visited Zanskar valley. But I will be posting more landscape photos from Ladakh, Kargil and SriNagar in the coming weeks.

    • Salaam Paula,

      Thankyou so much for these! I love the ‘Islamic Happiness project’ – sounds like a good way of describing my life!

      All the best for a wondrous New Year,

      Medina

    • Hi Lilly! So nice to hear from you, and see your blog (I didn’t know you had one, it’s fascinating!) Hope you’re getting on well with your beautiful mosaic projects and your PhD. Lots of love and blessings xxxx

      • thanks medina! thanks for visiting and following my blog! yes, I’ve been at it a while, though postings more sporadic lately. love your blog too. you are an inventive writer. love your cheeky and informative style. Olé xoxo L

  4. Salam Medina!
    I’ve been reading your blog for several years now and sharing your poems with friends. Thank you for your gems.

    I’ll be in your neck of the woods for several weeks this summer, and would love to meet you.
    Please email me when you have a moment!
    Noor

  5. Hello there,

    I would like to invite you to a event within the poet in the city organisation. I will offer the details on the event within a email.

    Please could you give your email to contact you further.

    -Thanks
    Henna Shah

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