Afrikaans, tegnologie en nuwe woorde: ’n paar gedagtes

Die mate waartoe ’n taal kan groei en verander – veral kleiner tale – moet nie onderskat word nie, selfs nie in die geglobaliseerde wêreld waarin ons vandag woon nie. Daar moet, byvoorbeeld, nie aangeneem word dat almal Engels magtig is nie. Dit is ook nie nodig om slegs Engels te gebruik nie, veral nie…… Continue reading Afrikaans, tegnologie en nuwe woorde: ’n paar gedagtes

Chronic Illness Sufferers: Don’t Call Us Liars

“People only have chronic illnesses because they’re not passionate enough about life.” This statement is probably one of the the most idiotic and uninformed statements that I’ve heard in a long time. Well, apart from “Have you tried drinking more water?” as if every illness known to man (physical and mental) is caused by dehydration and your DNA plays no role in any of it.

Favourite Music Thursday: Blind Guardian – Skalds and Shadows

Blind Guardian is a power metal band from Germany. The first of their music which I heard was the album Nightfall in Middle-Earth (songs based on JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and, yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds). Their lyrics are almost all rich in mythology, folklore, and fantasy.Now I won’t act like I listen to a…… Continue reading Favourite Music Thursday: Blind Guardian – Skalds and Shadows

Flash Fiction: Defeated Draugr & As If We Never Met

These stories were written with the photo and “defeat” as the prompts. “Defeated Draugr” received an honourable mention at the 30 May Flash! Friday competition. Defeated DraugrWe uncovered the grave while digging foundations for a tower that would reach to the stars. Layers of dirt weighed the barrow down and we dug greedily, talking of…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: Defeated Draugr & As If We Never Met

Kroniese siektelyers: moet ons nie leuenaars noem nie

Please note: I haven’t translated this piece, which was posted on Woes (a creative platform for Afrikaans). Not yet, in any case…Hierdie stuk het die eerste keer op Woes verskyn. “Mense het net kroniese siektes omdat hulle nie passievol genoeg is oor die lewe nie.”Hierdie stelling is sekerlik een van die simpelste en oningeligte stellings…… Continue reading Kroniese siektelyers: moet ons nie leuenaars noem nie

Fairy Cakes, Gods, Magic, Lost Love & Mental Illness – April’s Flash Fiction

April’s entries for Flash!Friday turned out to be quite a motley bunch. I received a special and honourable mention for two of the stories and received a “Ring of Fire” badge for taking part at least three times during April. I love the amount of writing practice these stories gives me every week and I…… Continue reading Fairy Cakes, Gods, Magic, Lost Love & Mental Illness – April’s Flash Fiction