Two Words that Launch Journeys, Books and (possibly even) Boats

They might just be amongst the two most powerful words in the world. You’ve probably heard them today; you might even have said them this week. They are slightly over-used and often said hastily, without too much thought. Yet, these words unlock a beautiful God-given gift. Two simple words: Continue reading

The Lyrics that have been Stuck in my Head for Two Decades…

compass on mapHave you ever had the lyrics of a song stuck in your head? Okay, but have you ever had them stuck there for two decades?

There’s a line from a song that I first heard about 20 years ago, that has just never left me. The song is Michael W. Smith’s “Place in this World”, and the line is deceptively simple:

…But this becoming is harder than it seems.

I wonder why these eight words have resonated with me through the seasons of my life – studying, marriage, career, parenthood and beyond. Continue reading

What I learnt about Writing, Writers and Life at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Authors Thomas Keneally, Yewande Omotoso and Richard de Nooy

If I had ever sat down to write a bucket list, going to the Franschhoek Literary Festival would have been at the top. So, flying to the Western Cape this weekend and meandering through the wine lands to reach the normally sleepy town was a highlight. Franschhoek was abuzz with booklovers roaming past posters containing writer-ly quotes. In church halls, school halls and town halls, panels of well-known South African and international authors discussed books and the writing process. And, indifferent to the fact that my library is cracking at the seams, booksellers sold an alluring range of books at all the venues. I was in heaven!

Besides the simple pleasure of being a part of it all, I also learnt some invaluable lessons. Here are just a few of them. Continue reading

Dr Seuss Hated this Place…

The great philosopher, Dr Seuss, once wrote a book called “Oh, the Places you’ll Go!” After “Green Eggs and Ham”, which I read so often to my children, that they can just about recite it ten years later, this is my favourite children’s book. It’s the story of a little character going off to ‘Great Places’. It’s the story of you and me. Continue reading

I Write Because…

I am a writer. I create. I dream. My head is in the clouds most of the time, which is probably why I am still reeling somewhat from the Publishing Conference I attended last weekend. Called “The Suitcase Under the Bed Seminar”, it was a very authoritative look at the business of publishing, run by two publishing experts with a wealth of experience and knowledge. There were stats—rather sobering stats—on the (small) number of readers in South Africa, and the (low) average book sales in our country. There was a discussion on the (vast) number of manuscripts received every month, and the (rare) writers who receive a contract. Continue reading

Giving up on our Dreams (Journeys, part 1)

Last week I came close to settling in Haran. Where on earth is Haran, you may be asking, your fingers already poised to type it into Google. Let me explain.

Haran is the place on your life’s journey where you decide enough is enough; you’re not going any further on this futile voyage. It’s the place where you convince yourself you’ve come far enough and let go of your dream to go any further. Continue reading

Bringing Fun and Creativity back into your Life

Children are the most creative beings on earth. I think that’s because they still know that creativity—be it painting, writing, singing, dancing, baking, or any of the other countless ways we create every day—is all about having fun. As adults we often lose sight of this, and allow issues and insecurities to creep in, robbing us of our fun and creativity.

I thought of some of the fun-thiefs that have hindered me on my own writing journey. Continue reading