Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Have some Class,please!

Did you see that girl in pajamas in town today?
The one in short hair, hands tucked in her pockets, and wearing purple slippers?
Or better yet, did you see the one in over-sized jeans eating maize at 2pm? Who in their right senses eats roasted maize in Kisumu at 2pm?

Well, if you have seen her around town...say hello, to "ME" :-)
How'ya?
Nice to meetcha' anyway!

It's been a hot week! Let's be honest, anyone residing in Kisumu- knows the heat has been crazy to the point of taking say more than three showers a day, and all cold ones! But, aside from the heat, the road construction has added to the dust and confusion and hurry to get to places where I would normally walk- but today, I met my Mentor for a brief.

He applauded me for joining the Teen's Ministry in church, but said, I need to accept hugs more often as much as I smile at people. I told him it's the reason why I opted out of the Youth meeting at Church. See, the welcome hugs and whispers and cheers just ambushed me.
He was also pleased to learn that I am getting back to my 5am club and reading more books from the library.
He loved my poems, and said I should write more poems to create some sort of flexibility in my way of writing.

However, he found my dressing too off the shelves if I must say. His words were, "have some class, please?"
It was hot, I was doubting the effectiveness of my anti-antiperspirant, I was hungry and this man questions my sense of style (which by the way, has not changed much since I joined high school! I'm a boy-jean and Bata Sundrops kinda girl you know.)
So, after a moment, he went on to say that I should set aside the boy-jeans and maybe work my way to dresses and flats. I told him I was doing that every Sunday. He laughed, and said, fine.

Now, ladies- we own the word "FINE," it's our way of letting the guys know that we don't want to discuss something for hours because we already know we are right. To have a man say that...and at that point in the conversation where you are coming to a middle ground- let's just say that I was ticked off big time!

So, what is class?
How do I get this class that my Mentor expects me to acquire?
Is there some shop like say a bookshop I can buy it from? And at what price?

The way I see it, "Class is how you carry yourself." You do not exert a sense of pride unless you know your life story can handle it.
So, when I asked him what he meant by class, I was surprised to hear him say that 'It came out wrong, I just wanted to tell you that you need to switch up your dressing, out with the baggy jeans and wear more fitting clothes that show your curves and all.' Let's just say that at this point we both let out a short breath, and I decided to go easy on him and withdrew my 'victim' card.

So, I have two challenges for the next two months:
  • Write a romance novel, and post it on Smashwords (it's high time)
  • Write a non-fiction piece of work.

I have to write the story and make it available on either February 14th or 15th without delay. When he said this, I nearly lost my senses, "two weeks to write a romance story, and a good one at such?" He nodded and said, "you can write a story in a day, so just keep adding scenes, isn't that how writers write?"

I could have given him the Gibbs treatment (slapped the back of his head so hard he senses came to the front, but I was not in the mood for all that talk, I wanted to get home and finish eating my roasted maize.)

Why February 14th?

Well, it turns out I have a date for Valentines. I do not know what he's like, but even though Grumpy is around and we had made plans, it seems that my mentor has planned something and it involves me wearing a dress and acting like the lady that he knows I am. So, I know It's been a while since I published a romance ebook on Smashwords, and he wants me to keep at it and not forget where I started from as I continue marketing #FIRE, bu seriously two weeks? (I'll get started on the names)

​I don't know about you, but have you ever said something but it came out all wrong?
What did you do?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I found a spot in the library

I found the American Corner in the Kisumu National Library.
Last year, I had come to the sad conclusion that I would not visit the library because they had no new books and the shelves and lighting needed so much improvement.
I had access to the new section, and let's just say that there is more to be done.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Reading Challenge, Church Things, Dress Things and others.

I have had One Direction's "Steal My Girl" playing in my head this whole week, it's like my go-to jam now! (And probably my ringtone)

Way to start a post, uh?
Well, I never said I would follow a pattern but now that we are talking, how was your weekend? Looking forward to another great start?
My favorite day of the week is coming up tomorrow and I am looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing different places.
 Something happened today in church.
I signed up for the Teens Ministry! (Freaking awesome, ain't it? Seriously, what was I thinking? But, on the other hand...now I have lots to research on and focus on).
I attended the youth meeting while Mom caught up with her friends and was hugged by this guy, while everyone laughed and I will admit, I am not a hugger.
You know, I prefer a wave, hand shake or just a slight nod of the head- but hugs...that's too close for comfort and are reserved for friends. I do not subscribe to both shoulders hug too. Just one hug, one side is cool- and maybe you step back and allow me to soak in your presence.

The plus side was that I wore a dress and wedges to church today. Let's just say, that I woke up with my eyes closed :-)

And while we are at it- I have been going through my 2015 Reading challenge and hoping to read more inspiring books as God wills my time here.

I am currently reading "The Executioner's Song" by Norman Mailer.
My list has got quite some range to here, half of it is:
  • A book with more than 500 pages
  • A classic romance
  • A book that became a movie
  • A book published in 2015
  • A Pulitzer prize winning book
  • A book that scares me
  • A memoir
  • A book I can finish in a day
  • A trilogy
  • A book with bad reviews (PS: I have read the 50 Shades of Grey, plus I think it is also a trilogy eh...I'll tell you about that some day)
  • A book with a color in the title e.g. Little Red Riding Hood
  • A play
  • A book I started by never finished
  • An Orange prize winning book
  • A Booker Prize winner
  • Book by a female author
  • A co-authored book
  • Book by a male author
  • Mystery or thriller
  • Book written by someone under 30 years old
  • A picture book
  • Book set in a country I have always wanted to visit.

I have read 6 of the 180 books I hope to read this year, and now that I have mentioned "50 Shades of Grey" I cannot help but have the itch to share my thoughts on the trilogy, it's like a palm twitch...

Until then, have a great week ahead.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Have you read it already?

Well, have you?

I am talking about Fire

Have you? Or are you waiting to get a copy or maybe hit me up later on for a paperback,because I do love both print and soft copies, and will never say that one beats the other because both have their strengths.

There's a downside if you were hoping to get a hard copy from me, I realized today that my order for #Fire was unsuccessful and so I visited my bank and it turns out there is a limit on online purchase for visa​
 cards. My bank allows me to spend a maximum of Ksh. 5000 for every 24 hours and it is their way of ensuring online security-so, I had to seek another option and that's where the Nakumatt Global Card came in!


If you reside in Kenya, and you haven't a clue about it, the card looks like this:

​So, I ordered copies and they will arrive here on February 17th. I would say that shipping costs are crazy, but am holding it down I guess.

So, here's the deal- I would be honored if you bought a copy of Fire and read it.

It is not rocket science,but if you have a Nakumatt Global Card just load Ksh. 460 at any cashier in any Nakumatt supermarket and then go to this link and select to buy the eBook option. You can download Kindle for PC or for Android device on your phone and read the copy, because I would really appreciate if you bought it and read it, and what you don't know is that Amazon will pay me a great portion of the royalties which will go a long way in rewarding my effort.

The Nakumatt Global card is secure, fast and you are immediately alerted via sms of your transaction cost.

I would be humbled and to be honesty very happy to know that you are supporting my writing by taking the journey with me and buying it online.

So, I'll ask this question again on February 1st- hoping that your answer would be "YES!"

Until then, I am still hung up on reading the book that won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and will continue to 'Eat, Pray, Love."




Thursday, January 15, 2015

He said, She said.

He said, "Tell me a story."
Once upon a time...
"That's old, start differently," he said.
There was...
"That's been done, seriously?"

She turned away.
How could she stay,
When he couldn't sway?

He looked at her eyes.
He looked at her lips.
He looked at her hands.
Too red, too soft, covered in ink.
He said, "Will you tell me a story?"

She looked at her hands.

"Tell me," he said.
She shook her head,
They landed on his face, his hands, his lips and his shirt.
When he lifted his head to look at her,

He saw the paper, and on it were the words,

"Once upon a time, I tried to give him my heart."

He looked around the room,
There was his desk, his lamp, his books, his phone and on it, a picture of her smiling.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two

This is not a poem,
It has no rhyme,
Spares no time,
And costs a dime.

Two: It took me a while
For I love words,
I hear them, utter them and take them back.
It's like rolling a carpet,
It goes away from you and then you bundle it back.

I woke up between 7am and 7:06am.
I stretched in bed and said,
'Maybe ten more minutes,'
I blinked and tossed.
I got out of bed with one thing in mind:

Poems do not have to rhyme.
--
Do not let anyone define you.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Breathe

Wake up.
Sit up.
Listen up.
It's time.

Think things through.
What did he say about you? And how did he say it?
If you saw the uncertainty in his eyes, love in his words and lust in his actions, why did you stare?
You were there.
Why did you stare too?

I did not want to intervene.
It is your relationship, your decision, not mine or ours.
But, stop, think about it.
No, really think about it.

Think about what?
Think about what you saw not what you concluded.
Really?
Wake up. Sit up. Listen up. It's time.

Move on.