Sunday read: Our House

Sunday read: Our House

Books
Sunday read: Our House Murder, property fraud, adultery, betrayal - Our House is brimming with suspense and twists. Fi arrives at her home to find a family moving into her house. The home she and Bram, her husband, had owned for years and had no intention of selling, suddenly belongs to someone else and Fi cannot account for how that happened. (more…)
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Freelance does not mean my services are free, people

Freelance does not mean my services are free, people

Worklife
Freelance does not mean my services are free, people [caption id="attachment_2469" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Every day I learn something new about running my own business. One of the most difficult lessons is ensuring I am remunerated.[/caption] I’m a relative newbie to the world of freelancing and I have already been caught out by a client (or two) who will not pay me. Freelancer, independent contractor, consultant … whatever we call ourselves doesn’t matter. But we all have similar stories about not being paid. Even the most seasoned among us still falls prey to a rogue client. We’ve all heard at least one of these: you didn’t fulfil the brief, or you delivered late, or - my personal favourite - but you did it for exposure! (more…)
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Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Durban, Lifestyle, Worklife
Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban [caption id="attachment_2451" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Part of the joy of being an independent agent is being able to choose where I work.[/caption] There are days when I crave human contact. I love the solitude of my home during the weekdays. Me, the cats, the dogs and the silence. But it’s also quite an isolating existence. After working in an open-plan newsroom for close on 20 years, some things cannot be replaced. Popping my head over the partition for some advice on a headline with my colleague, mundane conversations at the coffee machine, morning diary meetings … human interaction feeds the brain and the soul. (more…)
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Sunday read: indulge me an opportunity to reflect

Sunday read: indulge me an opportunity to reflect

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Sunday read: indulge me an opportunity to reflect Today, I want to reflect on why I read. I definitely have a “type” of novel I gravitate to. I definitely don’t read a book because someone says it’s a bestseller or because it’s been shortlisted for or the winner of a literary award. I read because I love the act. I read because it allows me to lose myself in a solitary space in the pages of a book peopled with characters that I can imagine as I wish them to be. I read because a book is “unputdownable”. (more…)
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What the … freelance!

What the … freelance!

Lifestyle, Worklife
What the ... freelance! [caption id="attachment_2441" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Being my own boss is a minefield I negotiate every day.[/caption] After almost 20 years of working in a newsroom as a sub-editor, lifestyle writer, night editor and online editor, I’d done a range of exciting jobs. But it just wasn’t enough. I realised I’d hit the glass ceiling and atrophy was slowly creeping into my body and mind like a snake in the dark. A combination of events gave me the necessary kick in the rear to take charge of my career and make a change. I needed a new challenge. I needed to wake up in the mornings with a sense of purpose. Being an automaton was just not in my DNA! (more…)
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Sunday read: The Poet X

Sunday read: The Poet X

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Sunday read: The Poet X The Poet X is a novel-in-verse by award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. To truly appreciate it’s beauty you The Poet X should not be read but spoken. Take a look at Acevedo’s video to understand how this beautiful piece of writing was conceived. (more…)
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Sunday read: Who Fears Death

Sunday read: Who Fears Death

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Who Fears Death Let me say it up front: this is not an easy novel to read.  But it is still one of my top novels of 2018 and I think it’s worth reading. Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is set in post-apocalyptic Sudan. Her protagonist is Onyesonwu – a daughter of genocide. Her dark-skinned mother of the Okeke people is brutally raped by her pale-skinned father, a Nuru. His people believe they are the chosen ones. Onyesonwu’s father hopes that the son born out of this rape will help him annihilate all of the Okeke people. What he doesn’t bank on is that Onyesonwu (whose name means “who fears death” in Igbo) is a girl who will grow into a fiery-tempered woman with magical powers. Her mission will…
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Sunday read: An American Marriage

Sunday read: An American Marriage

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Sunday read: An American Marriage An American Marriage kicked off the resurrection of the Oprah Book Club, so there has been quite a bit of hype around it. And I could not wait to get hold of this book. The novel itself has all the necessary ingredients for a tragic love story. But it is so much more. An American Marriage is a timely interrogation of themes and issues that reverberate in African-American society. But it also takes the discussion into new realms. (more…)
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Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Durban, Lifestyle
Are you ready for a coworking environment? [caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="640"] It's time coworking gained more traction in Durban. Picture: WOCinTech[/caption] For me, one of the pitfalls of working from home is the sometimes intense isolation. And it’s at times like these that I long for the hustle and bustle of a newsroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can roll out of bed, brush my teeth (maybe 😁) and head to my office to get stuck in a day’s work. Sometimes, if the need arises I can even work from my bed. A sick day means I can still be productive without infecting an entire office of people. (more…)
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Sunday read: The Last Romeo

Sunday read: The Last Romeo

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Sunday read: The Last Romeo Someone described The Last Romeo as Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. James is 34 and has just emerged from a 6-year relationship with Adam. He hates his job and his best friend Bella is heading off to Russia - leaving him behind. And what is there to do when you’re adrift, single and lonely in London? Online dating, of course! (more…)
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