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A conversation with Fay

A conversation with Fay

In case you missed it, I got interviewed by my Honours buddy, entrepreneur, day dreamer and all things film and marketing knowledgeable, Fay Ann D’Souza of Thousand By Ten Days and Chutzpah Creative. link

Apparently I managed to say something useful in the middle of all the rambling.

On what not to do:

I have also learned never to attempt the madness of three main characters again. Keeping things…

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When I get the lede down perfectly on first try.

Oh hell yes! Cats and journalism? Darling, I’m so following you!


When I get the lede down perfectly on first try.

Oh hell yes!

Cats and journalism?

Darling, I’m so following you!

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Surviving university as a journalism student

Surviving university as a journalism student

  1. Stay away from the guild. No guild I have ever known has been without its share of drama. You don’t need to recreate high school all over again. Be aware of what they do as story ideas abound but maintain distance.

  2. Find a viable university paper or magazine that drama free or not is likely to run continuously without a hitch for the duration of your degree and join it. Even if isn’t at your…

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The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.

People of Color are not an anachronism.




1. Don Miguel de Castro, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Kongo to Dutch Brazil (1637)

2. Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine), of the Uighur, in European Armor (1760)

3. Sir Morien, Black Knight of the Round Table (c. 1200s)

4. Manuel I Komnenos and his second wife Maria of Antioch (c. 1150)

5. Sancho I of Castile and Léon (c. 1129)

6. Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici (1537)

7. Mulay Ahmad portrait by Rubens (1609)

8. Adoration of the Magi by David (c. 1490)

9. special post about the Fayoum Mummy Portraits (c. 100 B.C.E.)

10. Miniature from a Psalter, Including a Calendar (c. 1240)

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Interview with Jane Rawson

Interview with Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson (Photography by Andy Maurer)

Jane Rawson (Photography by Andy Maurer)

When Jane Rawson’s book A Wrong Turn At The Office of Unmade Lists showed up in my mail box, I was both thrilled and dismayed.

I was thrilled because the cover caught my eye and it had maps on it and I adore anything to do with maps and geography. I was dismayed because the book title was long.

[ezcol_2third]And on checking the blurb I wasn’t entirely…

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami (via thatlitsite)

Which is why I run from most books that gain a huge following…

… the books on the outskirts, the edges are the game changers, the ones that confuse you and make you think.

If I only have a limited time to read then I want to fill it with books that surprise, inform or educate me, that are well written, that give me glimpses into new ideas, worlds, stories and people. The books that matter because the story they tell is different.

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