October Wrap-Up

Happy Reformation Day, friends! Five hundred years ago today, a guy named Luther got busy with a hammer and started the Protestant Reformation. He challenged the heresy of the Roman Catholic church by nailing his ninety-five theses to the church door at Wittenberg. It was a small flame that kindled a huge fire. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in the fight for religious freedom. Today we celebrate their sacrifice, and God’s abundant grace in strengthening and keeping them. Through His grace he preserved their teaching and heritage in such a way that even we, today, can say […]

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Character interview – Hannah Tucker

Good news! Giddy’s story, the one I’m writing for the World Record attempt, is finished at last! I still have to edit some small things, but other than that it’s ready to be submitted. Oh, and of course I still have to find a title as well. It’s time for a character interview again, and this time I had a chat with Hannah, Giddy’s ma. The interview Writer: Afternoon, Hannah! So nice to see you again. Hannah (with an elegant curtsey): Afternoon, Margaret! How’d you do? (notices the audience) Afternoon, folks. W: I’m fine thanks, how’re you?” H: I’m good […]

Character interview – Giddy Tucker

Who’s Giddy? Gideon Jonathan ‘Giddy’ Tucker is the narrator of the short story I’m writing for the Guinness World Record attempt. The interview Writer: Morning, Giddy! Say hello to the ladies and gentlemen. Giddy (removes his hat and smiles brightly): Mornin’, folks! Here are some cookies that Ma sent, miss Terblanche. W: Thanks, kid! So, Giddy, I told you that we’re having an interview today, right? G: Yes, ma’am. W: Are you ready? G: Of course, ma’am. Fire away! W: Alright, so first off, tell us a bit about yourself. How old are you? Where do you live? Do you […]

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We’re trying to break a world record!

One anthology, one hundred writers. I am part of a group of 112 writers that are trying to break the Guinness World Record for most authors contributing to an anthology. The previous record is held by a group of fifty people. We are trying to publish an anthology of a hundred stories by a hundred unique authors. The publisher and brain behind the whole operation is a South African from the Western Cape! I’m super excited to participate in this event (and it’s totally not just because I think the certificate would look cool on my bedroom wall. Come on, […]

The Tired Man

The paint was tired and looking for a fight by the time Bruce rode into Alvareza that afternoon. The town was quiet as he went up Main Street, sitting tight in the saddle and feeling the people on the sidewalks stopping and staring, their eyes boring holes into the back of his blue shirt. They would notice the dusty horse, the notched gun, the callous set of his shoulders. He never could figure out the uncanny way these small town folk could know a man for what he was at first glance. Across the street a man in a suit, […]

Hunger

The beggar only sat on the corner of Baker and Delaney for one single day, but people never really stopped talking about it. Nobody exactly knew where he came from, which was rather strange, in a town as small as Ruthermere. He was just there one morning, huddled in an old grey blanket. He sat with his back against the northern fence of the old Delaney Public Park. He wore a grimy old army coat, and his hair was the colour of dirty suds, and the skin of his hands, neatly folded on his lap, was like some kind of […]