Monday Motivation: The hypothecating machine

Monday Motivation: The hypothecating machine

A friend, a bit of a social butterfly, has invited you to a party to celebrate her most recent divorce. You’re not sure you’ll enjoy yourself, but, well, Naomi’s been a chum since high school and, who knows, she might need a little emotional support… So you walk up the stone steps to the patio … Continue reading

36 Hours, 20 Writers, 4 Countries, 1 Anthology

36 Hours, 20 Writers, 4 Countries, 1 Anthology

Thirty-six hours… Twenty writers… One anthology. On a mid-winter weekend last year, Allaboutwriting enticed a group of writers to a Magaliesberg retreat to write. Their challenge was to write a short story in under two days, from initial inspiration to The End. We spliced in stories by writers who participated online – plus the winners … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: A writer’s habitat

Monday Motivation: A writer’s habitat

A slew of responses to my note on where writers prefer to pen their masterpieces… Mary-Anne O’Carroll sends a brief report from her desk overlooking “False Bay and Hangklip – what could be more energising, one could ask?” But then adds, somewhat ruefully, that even under these ideal conditions, there’s no guarantee that the muse … Continue reading

Short Story Day Africa’s new anthology Terra Incognita

Short Story Day Africa’s new anthology Terra Incognita

Here’s an invitation to the Cape Town launch of Short Story Day Africa’s new anthology, Terra Incognita, and the kids anthology, Follow the Road.  Adults and kids welcome: there are kids reading, alongside writers with a little more experience. Of course there is wine, and cupcakes, and beautiful African inspired food. Short Story Day Africa is a non-profit … Continue reading