A Servant of Hananja

Over the weekend and this past week, I’ve been consumed by the World N.K. Jemisin built in the Dreamblood duology. The story was so compelling and surrounded me with its mysticism and compelling characters that I came out of it and immediately constructed the beginnings of an outline for a fantasy story set somewhere in…

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire My rating: 2 of 5 stars I borrowed the audiobook from my public library and listened to it while I was on the treadmill. I’m sure I’ll get the spelling of some of the names wrong. Enjoyed: 1. Characters that were so diverse in temperament and identity. 2….

World building

This is a craft that must be taught, and I’m sure it is part of the curriculum of expensive writing programs, but I think there is an argument for teaching Worldbuilding in secondary school education. The factors that one must consider in order to answer questions like: What is the most likely place for human…

Cheating on my Reading List

I’m looking at my reading list right now, wondering if it is going to leave me or demand that it be taken off my website. Sincerely, I wouldn’t blame it. I have strayed so far from my goal of reading a particular kind of literature, that now I find myself in the bushes and trees…

Micro 0119: Welcome

Welcome. Your mother told you not to join a gang. But here you are, foolish rebel. You have romanticized this moment but it is not going to turn out the way you think. You need to stop watching movies. There is no information in there that will tell you the truth. We live hard lives,…

Micro 0112: Through the Yellow Door

The hallway was empty. The clean floor, polished by years of moping rags and stomping feet, reflected the cool, crisp early morning light through the glass door that marked its end. The brightly coloured doors that separated adjoining rooms from the hallway entombed the sleeping girls, who floated on the last vestiges of their dreams….

Never ending battles & Micro0109: For the Queen

I wrote a story today. I liked it. Wasn’t sure anyone else would so for a moment I decided I was going to keep it to myself. Started on something else that did not inspire me and it fell flat like a cake with too much moisture. Time and time again we’ve heard people say…

Gasp! … and *faint*!

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go on and say something about the¬†punctuation in my title. I curate an amazing magazine on Flipboard that is all about African Literature. Book reviews, book releases, author interviews, opinions about African literature, competition news, submission requests, short stories, and so much more. Seriously, if you haven’t subscribed, in the famous words…

The book that changed my life

A few years ago someone gave me a book. She has been in the practice of sending me books she has enjoyed and I bless her every day for it. She knew I was at Uni and could not afford to purchase novels. One of the books she sent me was Seed to Harvest. Prior…

Rewriting

Today I’m doing some rewriting, so I have to bend my head down and concentrate. But wanted to think aloud for a minute. I’m passionate about speculative fiction. I want to know about things I could not have imagined on my own, ways of living that are beyond what it is we do now and…