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Ek leef nog!

Ek wil net gou sê dat ek nog leef. Of altans ek dink so – ‘n mens kan nooit te seker wees oor hierdie dinge nie. Ek is die laaste tyd baie besig. Dit sal my nie verbaas as ek intussen al die emmer geskop het nie en te besig was om dit agter te kom. Aan die anderkant het ek op die oomblik verkoue en ek dink ‘n mens moet lewe om ‘n verkoue te kry – altans ek hoop so!

Ja, wel… ek skryf hard (is dit die regte woord? Ek is besig om manies te raak oor woorde) die laaste tyd. Eintlik doen ek meer navorsing as skryf, maar dit is ‘n ander storie.

Cool runnings.


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Steve se Spoeg Blok

Om jou naam en die berugte (oorwegend onregverdig, maar nie as sulks ‘n slegte ding nie) Steve se Spoeg Blok in dieselfde Google search te sien is seker genoeg om enige-iemand se hart te laat gaan staan (volg die voorafgaande link en tik dan “hemelhel” by “use Google to search SSSB” aan die regterkant van die blad in om die inskrywing te sien). Dit was met ‘n bewende finger dat ek op die link gekliek het. En toe bars ek in trane uit…
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Muse Applications Closed

This is just a quick update to inform you that the applications for a new muse is now officially closed. My former muse came back – was it something I did? Thank you for all the applications I did not receive. Not that I’m feeling angry or resentful or anything. [sob] One would have been nice though.


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Bankrotskap, Ruda Landman, Etienne van Heerden en ‘n baie groot dankie

En so het Boeke-Insig se boektafel Vrydag gekom – teen R250-00 ‘n kaartjie vir nie-lede en R150-00 vir lede. Ek moet sê dat vir alles wat jy kry op so ‘n aand is R250-00 nie baie nie. Ongelukkig dwaal ek soortvan op die rant van bankrotskap en daarom is R250-00 ‘n magiese bedrag. My bankrotskap is gelukkig net tydelik, want ek spaar vir ietsie spesiaal (uhm, ja, ek sal julle later daarvan vertel). In elk geval, na ‘n vreeslike gewik en geweeg en ‘n traan of twee, het ek besluit dat ek eerder nie sal gaan nie. Ek was baie telleurgesteld, want Ruda Landman en Ettiene van Heerden sou daar wees en dit is ‘n hele ete en ‘n boekbespreking, ensovoorts, ensovoorts.
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Loftus Marais, ek soen jou sommer!

Eerder nie, maar ek het julle aandag getrek, of hoe?
Alhoewel die woorde…

hierdie idee is al banaal in die literatuur, en dit is nie 208 bladsye se deurlees werd nie

…nog soos ‘n mes in my rug sit, moet ek Loftus Marais bedank vir sy interessante resensie.
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Two Thumbs Up for South Africans

This is just a quick post to give two thumbs up to all South Africans. Okay, mostly all South Africans – those who are responsible for causing absolute chaos excluded.

In the last weeks, after having a few virus exposure scares – the real life ones, not the computer kind – and being forced by Eskom to stop writing in the middle of a creative free flow, I have come to realize how resilient we South Africans have become – this without having to mention crime. (more…)


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Kama versus Karma

Aargh! I had a great shock when I read my first post today. Somehow – I am not giving details – karma changed to kama in the title. What difference does a li’le ol’ r make? Well, guess what? A lot.
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The Kama Sutra and the Art of Writing Books

Martinus de BeerGreetings; welcome to my blog. Someone once said: “The moment you know you are a great writer, you cease to be one” – or something like that. Few truer words have been spoken.

Although Hemelhel has been on the shelves a few months now, it still feels like something that happened to someone else, as if the memories I have of the months slaving in front of my laptop, attending the launch, reading reviews and having various book discussions belongs to some greater being than lil’ ol’ me.

The process of writing is again leaving me feeling inept and mediocre, which means I must be working on something great – I hope. I will not really know until it is finished, approved, edited and the reviews and sales data are in.
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