Okay, the heat has been getting to me. Heat? I know, if you are reading from Nairobi, you are thinking, what in the world? It’s been cold and wet and the traffic jams and the KPLC project to turn the country into an early Christmas tree has not been helping things. Now you see it, now you don’t! Huh. Put your lighters up, Kenya. I am writing from a part of the country that is hot, and humid and the traffic jams and the KPLC project to turn the country into an early Christmas tree has not been helping things much. Now you see it, now you don’t. And while you are at it, how about we let you bake nice and charred? Anyway, the heat has been getting to me. I missed last week’s Urban on the Blog. Well,
“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” ? Kobayashi Issa
Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form.
Creative gifts are not the kind you can turn off when it’s inconvenient. They are not a part of you. They are you. Once you are born a painter or a writer or a musician, it reflects in everything you do. You feel more; words have special kin with you when you are a writer, so their weight bears harder on you.
In addition to this contest, I would like to thank one of you for visiting and commenting on our blogs, so if you have ever commented here, please send me your name, and the title of at least one article you commented on, I will throw your name into the Thank You Draw, and you may be the very happy winner of a Season Pass. – See details inside
People want realism with their fiction; honesty about the darkness in us, hard truth about the universe.
See also the Urban Fiction Writing Contest Entries!
The purpose of the cybermining exercise is to identify the different types of writing you can do online. They will range naturally from short fiction, to opinion editorials and technical writing. I hope you enjoy and learn as much as I have. If you like these posts comment on them onsite, but also come back and tell us what you think. You could also nominate a blog post for next month’s Blog Posts Expo which will be on June 20th. Alright, here we go!
And now the long wait is over and you have voted.
The winner of the Storymoja Urban Narratives[May] – Peugeot 504 writing contest is:
Long before the car in front of you became a Toyota, there was the Peugeot 504; the unofficial emblem of Kenya’s 80’s bourgeoisie.
Please read these stories, comment on them for the author’s benefit, and then vote for them. The winner will receive Kshs 500 airtime and a copy of A Peculiar Kenyan by Sunny Bindra.
We apologise for last week’s unplanned and unannounced hiatus on the Storymoja Writers’ Blog.
I’d like to tell you a fabulous story straight out of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour, that involves my very beautiful stalker revealing herself and then promptly kidnapping me, that ends up with me at the bottom of a cliff with a bunch of bruises and hysteria, waiting for the very gorgeous Shemar Moore to rescue me…
As you can see, this story needs a little more time to narrate, yet for certain reasons the author chose to make it worth just a few snapshots, rather than a full novel. I personally enjoyed reading it, but perhaps because I found that Vera and I had a lot in common, not less than that she upended every conceivable stereotype presented against her.