I'll just have another glass of red wine, thank you, and save the words for another day. See me come back in full force next fortnight. But today I am celebrating the arrival of my first Afrikaans novel, Goeie dood wat saggies byt.
I started writing this story some twelve years ago and it has gone through many periods of change, hibernation, starvation, desperation... The ending still moves me to tears.
Many thanks to a great editing and publishing team in South Africa and the USA, who has brought this book into the world alive and kicking.
When doing assignments at university, I always found it strange that we as second or third year students apparently needed to be reminded not to use bullet lists in essays. Wasn’t it obvious that essays were meant to be constructed from full paragraphs made up of full sentences? Apparently not.