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WCSJ - San Francisco 2017
The World Conference of Science Journalists was pretty much a whirlwind experience all around. Being invited, being on the panel, meeting interesting people and staying in one of the great US cities (on my bucket list) over the course of just a week was fun and exhausting to say the least.
Jude Isabella and Corey Powell invited us to be pat of “The Rise of Digital Science Magazines” discussion and the format turned out to be a lot of fun and far more interactive than I expected. Pamela Weintraub did a great job of moderating, covering essential ground as well as checking in with Corey on questions from the audience sent direct to the screen in the front. Plus, I learned a lot from the other panelists - some new ideas and some things we have in common.
The panel featured:
Steven Bedard (Editor in Chief, bioGraphic),
Estrella Burgos (Editor in chief, ¿Como ves? Magazine),
Stephen Embleton (News network and online manager, Earth Touch News),
In 1905, the Colony of Natal was witness to an extraordinary storm during the usually calm winter months of May and June. Through a culmination of events, a calamity would befall and take the lives of the mostly Indian market farmers along the Umbilo/uMbilo River valley from Pinetown to the harbour of the burgeoning town of Durban. INTRODUCTION: All key individuals featured are historical figures, apart from Jodha Singh’s sister Kruti and her son Gulshan who were added for the market farmer perspective (no records or statements were taken, or are no longer available, of those farmers who survived). While all dialogue and domestic life, though historically accurate, is fiction, all key moments and data are based on eyewitness accounts and readings by those featured, and who survived the disaster. While I have endeavoured to focus on the disaster specifically caused by the Pinetown/Umbilo Waterworks collapse, for storytelling purposes, many in the Durban areas – along the Umgeni and Umhl
2015-2021 'Land of Light' : 'Imagine Africa 500' speculative fiction anthology (2015/2016) (Speculative Fiction). 8,000 words. Read more... (Malawi) 'Veiled ': 2016 'Beneath This Skin' Edition of Aké Review (2016) (Fiction). 1,450 words. Read here... (Nigeria) 'Water' : 'The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.2' anthology (2017) (Fiction). 3,100 words. Available on Amazon (South Africa) 'Sub Migratio' : the debut edition of Enkare Review (2017) (Speculative Fiction). 3,500 words. Read here... (Kenya) 'Inktober' : 2018 edition of 'The Bloody Parchment' (2018) (SF/Horror). 1,250 words. Available on Amazon . (South Africa) 'The Girl with Two Bodies' : The Kalahari Review (Nov 2018) (Fantasy). 7,050 words. South Africa. . Read here... (South Africa) 'Journal of a DNA Pirate' : Volume 3 of 'AfroSF' (Dec 2018) (SF). 8,150 words. Available on Amazon
My latest short story, Journal of a DNA Pirate , was published in the latest anthology AfroSFv3 . Background: In 2010, while writing my speculative fiction novel, Soul Searching, and having sent it to a top SA publisher (waiting and waiting) I decided to carry on writing. But I wanted something simple and not as bogged down in size as a novel. I decided a blog style story would work to be able to write every day (almost every day) and rather than having a preconceived idea of where the story needed to go, I would take each day where I left off. I left it for a while (no ending done) and then revisited it in 2011. And that was it. During this time I had two large publishers in SA take the Soul Searching manuscript for two years each (with revisions done) before they finally rejected (first – 2009-2011; second – 2011-2013). I took that as a sign that my writing had something to it. I carried on tweaking the novel. Then in 2014, Fox & Raven publishers in SA had a call for