Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Light my life O Lighthouse


 Sanganeb Reef (source
a lighthouse here in Sudan that I want to visit

State of day. If you’re a writer (or if you enjoy reading stories about hard working, successful yet quirky people) then you should head to Susan Dennard’s site (author of Something strange & deadly series). It deserves to be a part of the keep calm culture;
Keep calm
 read SOOZ’S blog”
whether you’re looking for a valuable writing lesson, a BIG doze of confidence or your simply craving a good laugh from the heart, it’s the site for you.
Me? I decided to take a bold step and move the WIP I was intending to write now to November, you know NaNoWriMo, (if you stalk me on Pinterest you’ll see I call this book The League) while stick to my original plan and write a very different project that I’ve already outlined  (in Arabic), because if I did this very precious project (The League) now I will be left without a book ready enough for the event since I need a long preparation time before I even think of writing the first letter in a manuscript.

Salam Folks!
Welcome to August month of Lighthouses :D well officially August 7 is the national day of lighthouses in the United States, but I decided to turn it into my thing and even make the whole month a time to celebrate the towers of light, cause I’m fanatic like that :P…….
If you guys like really really know me then you must know that I’m a sucker for lighthouses.
Why lighthouses you ask me, a childhood trip? A grandfather who was a keeper?
No. Unfortunately till today I have never been to a lighthouse, will in reality at least. But I just love these magnificent buildings. I can’t really explain it, it’s just that mentioning a lighthouse (or manara as we say here) brings stories to my head and transfers me into a haunting and entrancing world. This tower, high or short, that lightens the way for ships, like a beautiful shining star on earth flashing it’s light for miles and miles in times of darkness and doubt, like Maskew's Match in J. Meade Falkner’s ‘Moonfleet’ it saves men it doesn’t know, and if Harry could maximize the power of his Petronas through it’s huge lamb it will be enough to cast away all the Dementors from England, they are foes and antagonists to Sirens who lore the poor seamen to their ill fate on the terrible cliffs, and their wailing horns will prove stronger and overpower the evil songs of the dreadful creatures. And forever they remain proud and fearless in the face of storms, great waves and loneliness.
See what I mean, when I say I love me a lighthouse.
From the very first day I knew about them I wanted to live in one, I’m a Captain I love everything sea related and I want one in my castle, my very own tower. Crazy I know. Don’t even know if it’s legal, but who cares dreams don’t cost money.

I once had an idea of a super hero living in one, but as I grew up I realized I’m board over my head of super heroes. That girl and her very unique team had potential, maybe one day I will use some of the elements or characters from that story, who knows,
But, but I’m also doing this in honor of the fact that ‘The League’ project -insha’Allah (i.e. with God’s well)- is going to have a lighthouse in it, YaY! 
Whoever invented the lighthouse is a caring person who values human life, (or a good cash I have no idea). And I honestly find it kindda sad that these beautiful (mostly old) buildings are less and less used and neglected now that JPS and other modern navigational machinery are  replacing them. And since many lighthouses around the world have been  turned automated I can’t but envy those families of keepers who had the opportunity to dwell in one, it wasn’t an easy life but you know what I mean. Ah well, nothing lasts anyway. 

So what’s the Fuzz about smart girl? We will be discussing some lighthouse tales, historical info and a number of cool pictures I found on the web , in addition to other things haha. I’m really excited about this and it’s coming in a time in which I’m stepping out of a very viscous cycle of lose and depression. I’m happier now Alhamdulillah and ready for work and productivity. Can I say Thanks again to Susan Dennard?

Special information of today: (source)
Okay so I was kinnda surprised to discover that lighthouses aren’t really that similar, the truth is everyone is special and built differently, even material varies; like the first lighthouses were created from whatever was available locally:  wood, brick, stone, concrete, reinforced steel and cast iron. Interesting.

And this leads to discovery no.2 that is actually common sense but of course diffusive me never ever used her head to think about it. Ever.Before.
The height of lighthouses differ too depending of course on how far the tower is from water.
“A lighthouse overlooking a 100-foot (30.48 meter) cliff, for example, 
 Can a werewolf howl please, this is insanely beautiful!

wouldn't need to be built as tall as one positioned closer to sea level.”
 It even has a vane on top, How lovely!

I had no idea, a third grader would have figured this one out so, um..yea, ladies and gentlemen welcome to the clueless world of Haneen Ibrahim. Some Captain You are.
Hey! No need to be unkind :<

TOSOD: Been reading chapter 8 in The Fellowship of The Ring ‘Fog on the Barrow-Downs’ with a smile on my lips, I felt very nostalgic because it was almost at parallel with Belbo’s adventure with the Dwarves in Mirkwood and near the house of Beorn. And I had to share something with you guys a part I loved so much mostly because I have foreseen it, Hobbits are truly special :) (particularly my two brave Bagginses)

“There is a seed of courage hidden (often deeply, it is true) in the heart of the fattest and most timid hobbit, wailing for some final and desperate danger to make it grow. Frodo was neither very fat nor very timid; indeed, though he did not know it, Bilbo (and Gandalf) had thought him the best hobbit in the Shire. He thought he had come to the end of his adventure, and a terrible end, but the thought hardened him.”(ps.159-160)

Ah! Frodo, Bilbo where can a girl find hobbits..er..men like you?

And. Go listen to Angel by the always lovely Jackie Evancho and experience the joy of bidding stress adieu ;)


Well Se Ya soon :)


  1. I love your lighthouse knowledge and am so glad you stopped by my blog today. :)

  2. Heading over to Susan's blog. Good luck with NaNo this year and great lighthouse pics :)

    1. You won't regret it J. A. Bennett :D and yayyyy you liked my lighthouses, been wanting to post more pics but I'm too lazy :( now thanks to you I'll get my act together :)

  3. What a cool lighthouse picture! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

    1. Thanks Stacy ^_^ you have such a lovely blog and your books sound sooo interesting, I'm kindda History-lover girl too, haha so now you know :P