I bring you the happy news that one of my flash fiction stories, entitled 'Bugs' is appearing in the anthology "Fifty Flashes" by Whortleberry Press. It has a stunning cover (designed by Lee Kuruganti) and if you are interested you can check it out here for the full list of authors or order the book via the following link, www.lulu.com/shop/jean-goldstrom/fifty-flashes/paperback/product-23045309.html.
First of all, dear friends, happy Halloween. I hope you have a good time amidst all the ghosts, ghouls and other ghastlies. Out here in Cape Town, Halloween coincides with the SA Horrorfest, a multi-faceted film festival that opens with a literary event known as Bloody Parchment. Since 2009, I have been a participant and last year, I brought out a short e-book collection that includes my stories from 2009 to 2014. It is available as a free download at this link.
First of all, kudus to Smashwords for remembering that there are still a handful of us at the bottom of the world who spend this time of the year shivering, rather than bronzing ourselves.
Getting down to business, click on this link to visit the sale for freebies and discounts on a huge variety of ebooks, including a couple of my own.
Dear friends, I'm a little late on making a grand announcement. My collection of short stories entitled 'The Art of Waking Up' has been out for about two weeks or so. It is loosely themed around the concept of reality, changes and consciousness.
Have you ever woken up and felt that your life is not your life? Have you ever tried to cling with all your might to the ragged remnants of a dream, with the unshakable conviction that what you glimpsed in the secret theatre of the imagination, is your true self, your true home? Have you ever woken up and felt that your life is not your life?
The stories included are:
1. After the Party
3 Alice by the Sea
4. Tree of Living
5. The Truth about Ants
7. The Hours of Chronopolis
8. Night Tangles
10. The First Mirror
12. If the Boots Fit
I was googling for an article I wrote years ago, mainly to check when it was published. While the article was no longer available online, I discovered that it had been quoted as a source in another book. Very intriguing.
The book is Music and Protest in 1968 by Beate Kutchke and Barley Norton and since my article The Pocahontas of Southern Africa was about the life story of an early Khoi interpreter, I'm sure the reference was probably no more than a sentence or two. Still it kind of fascinates me a little. It The book looks interesting but a little pricey.
This was me - having some fun with a web-cam and showing off one of my 'tools of the trade', i.e. a pencil.
Live the magic....
Yesterday, I uploaded a short e-book featuring some of my poems. Most of them have appeared before on my blog at http://blackquartz.blogspot.com or on this site. You can download a copy for yourself at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309977. Leave a review if you liked it or DIDN'T like it. Here's a litt'e more about each of the poems:
Wintersong - Changes are in the air, but can they assert themselves against the established order? Do they have any right to?
Gauntlet - A song that's been in my head for decades, but actually only came to be written recently. It's about a life cycle of a man.
Monkey - This one's about identity. Or maybe a case of mistaken identity. It's surprising how quickly that can happen.
I leave you this.... - Go on, which would YOU rather have? A fortune or a mysterious riddle?
Brave Little Ship - ... and the ship is really a metaphor for something else.
Tumba-Rumba - A paradox. I realized that sometimes life can be beautiful even at same time as being terrible.
The Rat King - He's a very creepy individual. Always skulking around. He never actually trips you,, but if there is a banana skin in place, he sort of makes sure the sole of your foot will find it, whatever the odds.
Seeds - About a cycle of life, rebirth and renewal
Secret - If you tell a secret, it wouldn't be a secret anymore, now would it.
For several years, I have participated in the live reading event called Bloody Parchment, which makes up part of
the literary component of the SA Horrorfest. Following the success of these readings, I have for some time been
playing with the idea of using my youtube channel to launch an experiment in story-telling. Most writers are
unaware of the potential of youtube to showcase their work. I thought it might be interesting to revive earlier traditions
of verbally sharing fiction, albeit through a new platform.
The youtube video accompanying this post, 'How to Make a Wizard's Spectacles' is my second attempt, but the
first one I'm going public with. Following feedback on the first (unlisted) video, I decided to keep the format simple.
Just voice and text.
As other members of the Adamastor Writer's Guild (of which I am a member) have expressed interest in the project,
I am not ruling out the possibility of featuring stories by other writers. For the moment,I'm just seeing where this leads.
Hope you enjoy it.
If truth be told, I strongly suspect I'm too chaotic to be generating much news, but I suppose, I better create a platform for any news or events that I fail to dodge or avoid.
Right now, the BIG NEWS is simply this. There will be a Carine Engelbrecht, writer type website going live on an internet terminal or mobile device near you.