Archive for April, 2014

STORM Anthology

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

storm cover Recently, I’ve completed a short story for publication in the Pretoria Writer’s Group’s STORM Anthology. It’s due to come out next month, as far as I’m aware. I will keep this site posted.

I’ve also done two interviews with regard to this anthology, and will link them to this site as well. Their questions made me think quite a lot regarding the craft of writing, and my perceptions on writing. I’ve not considered writing short stories with any seriousness before, but found myself liking the format. I could experiment with story ideas that I felt were not strong enough to carry a novel, but still warranted the story treatment. I also learned quite a bit, and found the process as a whole beneficial.

I am already committed to at least one more short story for a fellow Pretoria Writer’s Group member, Natalie Rivener, and will definitely be writing and publishing a few more.

Launch

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

metalocus_film_noir_cropped“Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”
― Mike Norton, White Mountain

It’s not with fanfare that a journey greatness starts. It’s with a little realisation, a small thought in the back of your mind that jiggles it all into motion. A little innocuous question: “How am I different from the Greats?”

The little voice answers, so softly that it’s easy to ignore. All you had to do is listen. It’s hard to believe, I know. I didn’t, not for a long time. Oh what fool is man. Can you guess what the little voice said?

He said, his voice unafraid, unabashed, nearly a whisper:

“Nothing.”

They were men an women, human just like me. Just like you. We have advantages that they never dreamed of, and we have challenges that they could not conceive. However, on a baseline level, when you get to the core of the matter, we are no different to those who we call great.

This website, which will contain this blog, is my sounding board to the universe. If you find value here, enjoy it, by all means. Make it yours, I give it freely. I am by no means a great person, and I cannot give myself that title in any case, but that does not mean I will not strive for it. In each person there is potential, how much of it can be borne to fruition? In my case I know for a fact that I have wasted so much time on trivial nonsense, convincing myself to take it easy. As a result, the outputs I have delivered have been mediocre at best, and abysmal at worst. This is my diary, my exam pad, my marketing brochure, my biography of my writing career.

This also the first post, on a lovely random Tuesday. I’ve got steady plans for this site, and great plans for my professional writing career.