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Ulysses and Marilyn Monroe have me licked

What pisses me off about James Joyce’s Ulysses is that it makes me feel dumbassthick.  For 13 years it has stuck its tongue out at me from the ‘Top 100 books of the century’ list.  Having now thrice tried to pagewade Ulysses I wave a white flag, roll over in defeat.  This time committed to reach pg 50, at times ... Read More »

South Africa Women’s Writing project, Perfectly Imperfect – Submissions close 30/9/13

The POWA (People Opposed to Woman Abuse) Writing Project started out as a once off Women’s writing competition in 2005 to celebrate POWA’s 25th anniversary.   From this beginning the competition evolved to become a multi faceted project drawing high quality submissions.  The project has been a springboard for many writers where they have grown as individuals and in their talent. ... Read More »

The Pen is mightier than the keyboard

I am only happy with the writing of about 1 in 10 of my blog posts.  This could be discouraging but remaining committed to the blog keeps me writing which is the most important factor.  I have learned 2 important lessons. The posts first written in ink are better than those typed directly onto the computer, even if the difference ... Read More »

Lessons from a 3rd birthday party

At 45 I’m not having any more children, these are lessons which I sometimes forgot when birthday time came.  As parents we want to do everything possible to make our children’s lives special, we are driven to create perfect memories for them.  Parents can be guilty of going over the top when birthdays are celebrated.  The cost of outside venues ... Read More »

Fairy Houses and the magic of childhood

The Children splash and play in the bath.  Suddenly they stop, ears pricked, listening with their whole bodies.  Outside the window, Tinkerbell (a.k.a. Grampa) rings a silver bell.  The children are rapt.  “Did the fairies find the house that we built for them?”  “Will the fairies drink the juice which we left for them?”  Their imaginations dance like fireflies Later ... Read More »

Society or Solitude?

The daily prompt today is “After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?” As a child I was painfully shy.  Until the age of about 35 I was painfully shy.  I am not entirely sure why.  I don’t have ... Read More »

uShaka Marine World Durban

As a rule I hanker after the past, everything seemed better 20 years ago.  In the case of uShaka Marine World the present outshines the past.  When Domi and Heath were little I had annual tickets to the Durban Aquarium.  I knew the dolphin shows backwards and we loved wandering through the aquarium.  I was a single mother living in ... Read More »

Gunther’s – Midlands Meander

If you follow this blog or know me, you will know that I love the Natal Midlands.  This was our first visit to Gunther’s.  Walking in we loved the look and feel of this scenic, outdoor restaurant.  The St Bernard dogs, Hansel and Gretel add to the warm, homely ambiance.  Gunther greeted us with a welcoming smile and encouraged us ... Read More »

5 Sales don’t make a success

  Two weeks ago my children’s picture book ‘Snuffles and the Cloud People‘ was released on the Amazon platform.  I was relieved that the culmination of years of work had finally made it to this point.  I was excited to send this infant child of mine out into the world.  If one swallow doesn’t make a summer, 5 sales certainly ... Read More »