yesterday i was the moon (the story so far)

i wrote a book. it is called {yesterday i was the moon} 
it had been in the making for a while. labeled as the most important project in the inventory of my mind, it was a beautiful and terrifying thing. from selecting poetry pieces to writing new ones that would only appear in the book to taking photographs, it has been an experience i cannot put into words.
for days, it was nothing but a pile of papers, a wide ocean of doubts and all of my fears mingling together, joyously. then there were technical sides of publishing where margins on a pdf were more important than anything else in the world and that led me remodeling my manuscript 6 times all over again before it would be accepted. it was difficult, very very difficult.

but as everything started coming together — the proofreading, the index, pages decorated with photographs; all the woes of the process started fading away. a dream was becoming the part of my reality. the poetry was becoming tangible.
i approved it for publishing on 16 july '17 and launched it on 29 july '17. within a few hours of its release, it was already in amazon's  top 50 poetry books by women authors. it also secured 3rd position in amazon's hot releases (poetry). yesterday i was the moon is still in those lists. after a week, it has sold more than 150 copies and it's still going on. i couldn't be more grateful.

i do not have a publisher. nor any team promoting my book for the world to see. it's just me, the screen of my gadgets and you. every day, my belief in kindness and support of the community is growing. sitting in a remote area of thatta, away from the hometown of karachi, i couldn't have thought it would be possible to write a book, have it published and then see it going to the parts of the world i haven't set my foot in.
thank you so much for reading my poetry and giving yesterday i was the moon a home to reside in.

it is available on amazon (prime as well) / book depository / barnes & noble. you can also request it at your local bookstores and they would get it for you (for pakistani readers, you can request it at readings bookstore in lahore and at any liberty bookstore outlet)

if you have purchased it already, please consider leaving a review + rating on goodreads and amazon. if you want to purchase it soon, you can add it in your wishlist (amazon) and to-read list (goodreads), it will help us with ratings. 
in my 19 years old life so far, yesterday i was the moon is a magnificent milestone. there is a long way to go for me as a writer, as a person, as an artist. but the start would always be this pale pink book. always.

watch the trailer of yesterday i was the moon on my youtube channel

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life updates

*inserts greeting in a foreign language here*
from the start of 2017 till this date, everything has been happening way too fast. I couldn't complain, though. 2016 was full of challenges that helped me understand things happening this year. A lot of great things are yet to come. The most important project of my life so far is about to be released. I cannot wait to show you guys what it is.
I have been focusing on a skincare routine. Not following a fancy regime at the moment but what I have been doing is to use products that would help my skin breathe with freedom and leave my skin glowing. In past few months, I had been going crazy with deadlines and finishing up a lot of things. Now that I am putting my life together, self-care has been my priority. It made me realize how important it is to take some time out and sort things for my self too.
This journal entry has been my favorite for this month. I got a lot of fancy magazines (errr vogues) and BAM! their layouts were so fun to make journals with. This particular one went with something I wrote for difficult days and they just fit together - perfectly.

to life — my revenge is that 
i will live
 and live fearlessly

it's been raining on and off these days, which is an unusual and heavy amount of rain for our part of the world. I took this photo on the way to my twin sister's art show when we got stuck in a traffic jam (I was already late for the show and the rain sort of help in making me wayyyy too late with a phone containing 245672 missed calls from an angry twin)
please do not be annoyed if you have seen this news alllll over my social media already but I am just too happy about it. When I first started blogging, this magazine was one of my favorite things in this world of blogs. Now years later, I have my face/work/words in it. OH MY GOD
if you have a copy of their 13th Issue (with Louise Pentland on the cover yass) you can find on page # 114
I receive a lot of fan art, recreations of my work and many other artists' entries who use my poetry in their pieces. Some of them are just so beautiful. I have shared some before and wanted to share some again. This one is from @vanna.smiles.2 <3 I loved the beautiful strokes and how this whole piece went well with this poetry.
harry styles' new song sign of the times is so perfect. I have had it on repeat for days. It has some hauntingly catchy tunes. But guys the chorus is the real deal here.

it's almost 4 am as i finish this post. i haven't written a blog post like this in ages when it's just me and this white screen talking and giggling with each other. i have missed blogging. this is exactly why am going to do more of it in the most casual way possible. thank you for sticking around.
ps: have you watched the latest tutorial on my youtube channel? it's a scrapbooking + poetry entry.

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blippo surprise kawaii bag (review + giveaway)

hello hello hello

I am writing a blog post after ages but it feels like coming home after a long journey. I am back and will be posting more *inserts hurrahs here*

Today, I have something ~kawaii~ to share with y'all. PLUS there is a giveaway at the end of the post so yassss for that
I was sent this Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag from Blippo. These bags contain up to 15 stationery products chosen randomly and packed in a bag. It's not a subscription based one - just buy one and be ready to get a cute surprise.
What I got:
My bag contained a lot of stickers (when I say a lot, we are talking straight 4-5 sticker sheets here) and reading-related items. They probably knew I am running low on my goodreads challenge these days. Other than that, I got a pencils' set & erasers & washi tapes & moreeeee.
 My most favorite item is this set of erasers. They are way too cute IRL.

Since I am a stationery junkie, this bag was a beautiful treat for me. I always need a lot of new products for my journaling so getting them in a surprise goody bag is my idea of heavenly investment.
The approx. value of the items in the bag is around $50 but in this bag, they would cost $16.90 combined. Hashtag one hella deal.

I will be getting some of them for my stationery-obsessed cousins who  l o v e  surprises and kawaii goodies. If you want to get one for you / for a friend, head to Blippo's website or enter the giveaway below to win this.

*Open worldwide.

Noor's Place Blippo Giveaway
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