Monthly Archives: August 2012

Who Wants to Live Forever?

What do Neil Armstrong, Sherlock Holmes, Mowgli, Robin Hood, Julius Caesar, Thor Heyerdahl, Joshua Slocum, Paul Theroux, James Bond, Anne Frank, Captain Ahab, Hannibal Lechter and Indiana Jones have in common? Well done! They are all immortal. Whether they were … Continue reading

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Rosetta Stone Dream

Desperate to make small talk, I received a salty taste of my own mlungu (white sea-foam) medicine when I asked the charismatic leader of the uMhlathuze Zulu Poets Society; “What does your name mean?” Whilst I simultaneously attempted to shoo … Continue reading

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Letters to and from a Prospective Agent.

Dealing with rejection has never been a skill I have acquired. Perhaps the issue has two sides to it. Now that I have been more exposed to my fellow writers, screaming louder and louder to be recognised for their unique … Continue reading

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Is it a Yacht or a Treehouse?

We live on a yacht in a tree. So, is it a yacht, or a tree house or is it a tree-tent? I reside together with my family aboard our yacht-a-building, as it rests on stilts upon the hard earth … Continue reading

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Walk In Movies Boatyard Style

We met Ian and his wife Jean at a bring-and-braai at walk-in “movie night” where we improvised a movie screen by rigging a computer projector and stretching an old bed sheet between two palm trees to view “The Kings Speech”. … Continue reading

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Codenames and Family

Ginger is a bloodthirsty beast possessed by an evil streak. She relishes squirming out of our hands and tearing chunks of flesh out of anyone she can touch. Best of all she prefers to be set down and powered off … Continue reading

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My First Publishers Acceptance Letter

I am not a Literary Virgin any more. Hooray! Today I received my first publishers acceptance letter, almost exactly three weeks after I sent them a submission and a query. I am impressed because they said they would revert to … Continue reading

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