We had some light showers this morning and I am happy I got to stay indoors. August has come with its blessings and call for action when it comes to writing.
I did get to read a book I have always wanted to read: A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar 🧡 and he narratses what it was like growing in Afghanistan, when war broke out, factions increased and what it meant to be on the run in your own home in 389 pages and towards the end he is right. He did bear this grief all his life and he passes it to the reader in such a way that it I couldn’t help but wonder how many times he broke down writing this book. If you could spare a moment, look it up online and buy a copy from whichever retailer you can access.
I am learning to call myself out on writing that needs work and this is because I got to read what I had written so far before submitting it for printing and it fell short of my expectations.
This week, I get to focus on revising that draft and following through on publication and I can’t wait to see how it’d turn out.
That’s all I have in my mind today. Have an awesome week!
I have been spending more time wrapping up construction projects, initiating new ones all while keeping in mind the deadline of March 19th. We’ll be having the national exams commencing on this date, so by policies of the ministry, no outsiders are allowed in schools while the exams are on.
When he said that, “The biggest mistake most people make in life is not setting goals high enough,” I found myself evaluating all the goals I set this year and looking back, I noticed that I haven’t set tangible and high goals for my writing.
I subscribed to Scribd and will be reading some of my favorite African Writers this month.
I just got some new titles on Netgalley too:
On writing: I have two projects that have me taking gulps of coffee at night and jotting down notes at every turn. So, I am looking forward to publishing the two titles this year and taking a break to explore and research content for a non-fiction story project. I have settled on the working titles, a brief outline for each story and covers that seem to appeal to me right now.
On traveling: I haven’t traveled for leisure this year and I was looking forward to doing so on my birthday, and it falls on a working day so my plans to unwind will wait until Easter.
Have a wonderful week and whatever you do be kind to yourself.
I expected my first blog post of 2021 to be a grand one. No fireworks, drinks, laughter, just a good feeling in my gut as I typed away, and I planned it all until I woke up and saw it was the 16th of January and still nothing!
It’s 9:29 A.M. here in Mbita and the weather is chilly, cloudy and I’m still on my first cup of tea.
It feels wonderful writing this morning and maybe all the plans I made in my head just needed me to act, to take that first step and just write. So here I am.
I started out this year by getting twenty print copies of my novella, In the Quiet, and I’ll be sending out copies that have been bought this Monday. The joy of seeing something you dreamed up come to life is precious and I feel the same kind of rush for every book!
I have started writing another story and right now the ideas are all over the place. What I am truly grateful for thus far is that I am able to to keep going, to keep writing one word at a time, even when the picture is still fuzzy and anytime I am about to talk myself out of writing, I remind myself of what I have written so far.
I am learning that historical fiction is what I love to write most. I have written and published a series and a stand-alone in this genre and now with Nanowrimo, I found myself writing this again.
So, I’ll introduce my title, “Every Market Has a Mad Man,” and share the mock cover I designed for this month’s writing challenge.
I have written 10,800 words so far and cannot wait to see how much I get done by the end of the month! Until then, I’ll check in with you as time goes by and even as I write this, it’s not lost on me the joy of having a Female Vice President in America come 2021!
How’s your week coming along? I was looking through this blog and almost kicked myself for having taken such a while to check in with the blogiverse…I hope you are well and working towards whatever resolutions you made.
So, here’s a list of some insights into what I’ve been up to in the past 8 days:
I traveled back to Mbita
Dusted, aired and mopped where I stay and it never hit me just how exhausted one can get from bending under a bed trying to retrieve an eraser!
Visited a school in Mfangano Island which is considered to be in one of the extreme inaccessible places in the whole island.
Gained weight 🙂 thanks to all the coffee dates I had with my cousin and the holiday food.
Started working out- just finished day 6 of the 30 day fitness challenge! I can’t feel my thighs.
Gave this blog a new look, grey is so last season!
Writing the next book, hoping to release it this April.
Receiving reviews, through calls and texts from readers on just how much they were moved by reading my book, Sifuna, and recommendations on how to distribute the books.
Updating my wardrobe, wearing more jean trousers and a bright t-shirts 🙂 okay, I did this once! I still love my black and grey t-shirts.
Drinking lots of Love Tea from Kericho Gold- because I love the strawberry/vanilla/raspberry flavor.
If there’s one thing I learned this year with writing is that I have to be purposeful about it.
When you are consistent it is easy to track your progress, to know what works for you and what does not.
I’ve had to maintain my writing hours waking up at 2am and writing till 4am, sometimes I switch it up and write between 4am and 6am, anything to get in those two hours of writing time.
However, if you can be good then you can do better and keep improving as you go and I’m trying new things to see to this. So, here we go, these are my writing goals which I hope to upgrade into habits:
Write something that scares me. I love being comfortable in my writing and this was a challenge from a friend, she writes erotica, and she looked at me and asked “have you ever written a sex scene?” I almost relocated to another universe! Then we started talking about how sex is depicted in romance novels versus the reality of it and once that was done, she asked me to write outside of what I know and I’m good at. So, going forward, all the things that freak me out- the little insecurity nuggets, I’m writing about them- exploring them and getting better at mastering them.
Write a new genre: I have written romance, African literary fiction and a bit of mystery and it’d be great to try something new once in a while to get a feel of the genres.
Write about what I read. This is not to be taken as a review, however, there are times when I read books and they make me feel some type of way or have me asking questions and I rarely note these down…or if I do, I never look back at them or explore them. I’m buying a notebook for this to build up on my readership experience.
Write for word counts. I know…I took part in NanoWrimo, but why wait until the eleventh month of the year to write for word counts? So, I’m looking forward to adding this to my writing time so that I do not get back to bed at 4am without hitting or surpassing a word count target.
Meet and engage with other Writers. Look, I should be doing this already or write about having done this and the truth is, I have not committed to it. So, I’m already talking to a few friends here and there- working on an event in the coming year, hoping lots of people will get to attend it and learn a thing or two, it’s my way of putting myself out there as a Writer. I want to do it!
So there you have it, those are my writing goals from this moment and I look forward to updating you on my progress!
It’s been a while since you came around and the leaves are falling, it is chilly and in most parts of Kenya, we have heavy rainfall and everyone is wondering how they made it through the year. It’s good that you are here November, I kinda missed you, not that you are important as such…it’s just that you come with a worldwide challenge that I like to participate in.
I love a challenge, sometimes…not all times, so how about writing 50,000 words in 30 days? Eh, sounds like fun, right?
So, here’s my way of saying welcome November and I really hope I get some writing done, so I have improved focus and better writing skills at the end of the month.
I love April but not as much as I love March. This month started out great because it’s bliss to start the week on a Tuesday, but personally, this month’s been great and I am getting healthier by the day. I had a bad case of food poisoning and I have never loved the washroom as much as I did this past week.
However, that’s not all there is to this post, I’ve been working on some major goals for this month and I’m looking forward to seeing them come to pass.
I’d love to post more often. April is National Poetry Month, so I’d love to post one poem every week.
I want to collaborate with awesome writers from East and Central Africa for the holiday issue of Nilichoandika Magazine. I’m looking at five pieces of fiction or non-fiction from the contributors for the issue.
Having a session with five beta-readers and going through Sifuna before doing the final revision and publishing it.
I’d love to get down to reading these titles this month:
I downloaded this app, well, technically, I installed three Home Workout apps and then deleted two, and kept the one that did not have “abdominal crunches” in any of the workout plans.
I’d love to plank for more than 30 seconds.
I want to also cut down on my sugar intake.
PS: I tried green tea and that stuff ain’t for me, I had to drink two cups of black coffee to get the taste out of my mouth, but it turns out that taking it before going to bed is like summoning the gods of sleep! Works wonders!
I would love to attend the YALI@2000 event on the 13th of April. Even though I have quite a flexible work schedule, being there to celebrate the young African leaders and to appreciate this awesome leadership program would be great.
Those are my goals for this month. I may come up with more or achieve more during this month, but all in all, I’m hopeful.
Jambo! Chances are you have heard the phrase “Happy new year!” more than you’ve heard “how are you?” So,I am not going to add to that list, but it’s great that you are reading this. It is even greater that my assumption is stronger, and that you’ll make it to the end of this post.
So, 2017, uh?
Time flies so fast, wasn’t it just the millennium yesterday? How old is Facebook again? And last year wasn’t it just SnapChat’s year? And of course who can forget the epic showdown on democracy? If you’re American and you’re reading this no disrespect or harm here, but voting in Trump just had me speechless! Let’s agree to totally disagree that it was the highlight of last year. Forget that,it’s a new year and like most people I am struggling with the decision of either setting or not setting goals.
First, I rarely meet the goals I set every year. Secondly, it is boring to set goals because life always springs up new stuff on me along the way. So, to set or not to set goals, that is the question!
I thought about it and realized that there is a lot for me to do and why not settle in the middle. I can set some goals in certain aspects of my life and leave the other aspects as open as I can. For example, I’d love to read at least 100 books this year and review them on Goodreads. I can set that.
I’d also love to publish another African series.I have set a timeline of February for the first draft. I can definitely work on that and also source for a cover creator by March. I can work with these timelines to produce content but if there is one area I am unable to tap into, it has got to be my studies, work, and fitness.
So, to set or not to set goals, I am learning that choices are personal and whatever I choose I have to take responsibility for seeing it through and accepting the consequences. So, until then, here are a few titles I’m reading today because it’s back to work tomorrow.