It’s been 35 days since my last post. Way too long I hear you saying but it’s not without good reason. The editing process is tedious. After a professional editor’s review of the first five chapters, I printed the entire novel and then manually went through it, making changes and corrections based on her feedback. I followed this up, by updating and then editing the original, digital manuscript another couple of times. Whew!

You soon come to realise that editing is a never-ending task. Each time you look at a paragraph, you see a way to change it, make it better. The time finally comes when you say to yourself: OK. This is it. This is the best that I can do. I know it will never be Shakespeare and there will always be room for improvement, but I’m happy to have completed my first 100,000 word novel.

Next steps? Self-Publishing via Amazon. It’s the fastest-growing form of publishing and it’s cost-effective. (See attached stats). I’m also using an on-demand digital printer to produce paperbacks.

Coming soon…

New Title

OK. So after mulling over dozens of ideas for a new title for my novel, a decision has been reached! With valuable input from Adele, the book title is…
Return To Lemuria
Intriguing, don’t you think?



When I first started writing my novel in September last year, I registered It was only several months later that I decided to change the title of my novel to The Lemurian. Tonight, I thought I’d register but found that it had been registered already by another author who had published a novel by the same name. The eery thing was, his main character’s name is Mya where mine is Mala. And the story, of course, is also based on the mythical continent of Lemuria. At first, I thought that he had stolen my idea (from part of the story that I had released an an author-sharing site) but then, upon closer inspection, I found that his novel was published in 2008. Here is his website: I just tried emailing him to share my story and to offer him a complimentary copy of my novel when published but my mail to him bounced…

I am still in the middle of editing (thank goodness) otherwise I may have published the book under this title! Oh well, now it’s back to deciding on a new title… any ideas?





OK. I’ve officially finished writing and editing THE LEMURIAN. Next steps are to research a whole lotta options: professional editing, self-publishing vs traditional agent route, legal issues such as copywriting etc. Meeting a self-published author tomorrow so that’s gonna be interesting… Busy arranging a merchant account so I can sell via my website. Checking out Amazon’s Createspace…Watch this S P A C E…



So when I first decided to write my novel (in September of last year), I researched the numbers. An average novel is between 80 and 120,000 words. So right then and there, I set myself a goal of 100,000 words.

In the early hours of this morning, I reached and surpassed that number. 11 months later and hundreds of  hours of writing and I have completed my first book! Whoop! Whoop! There are still several weeks worth of editing, proofing on my side etc until I’m happy and then it’s the next step – publishing!



Settling into Jozi nicely by ending my busy day with a 90min Forrest yoga class. Forrest Yoga is so named after Ana Forrest, an advanced (almost 40 years experience) yoga instructor from the U.S.

I trained with Mel at Yoga Warrior. Mel is one of my favourite instructors. She takes the class on a beautiful journey of deep body stretching, balancing and extensive Vinyasa poses.

I came back to my abode and found this interesting link about pairing yoga and marijuana sent to me by a colleague as a link in an email!

Now time to get some writing in…



City of Gold

I’m in Jozi town for a couple of days where I hope to finally finish my novel. I’m now at 97,000 words which is roughly 280 pages of a standard book. My target has always been 100,000 words and it’s uncanny how I have managed to come so close to this number (my guess is that I’ll surpass it) without too much effort.

Just been toying with several endings but I think I have cracked one that will work best. Just gotta find some evening time to put my head down and write. Right now, though, it’s time to rise and shine and get to my first appointment at 8.30am! Have a super-duper day y’all!



I went to The Book Lounge yesterday, a quaint little independent bookstore in Roeland Street, Cape Town (cnr Buitenkant) for Lauren Beukes’ launch of her latest novel Broken Monsters. Here is a synopsis from her website:

Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But she’s never seen anything like this.

Clayton Broom is a failed artist, and a broken man. Life destroyed his plans, so he’s found new dreams – of flesh and bone made disturbingly, beautifully real.

Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city.  And home to a killer who wants to make you whole again…

The event started at 5.30pm. I arrived at around 5.45 and the place was packed tight like an elevator filled with office workers at 8am. I squeezed through the crowd and glimpsed Lauren in mid-conversation. We made eye contact and I looked the other way, feeling guilty that I didn’t have her book in my hands before introducing myself. I eventually made my way to the counter, registered my details on their system and then purchased my very first Lauren Beukes novel ‘hot off the press’.

I turned around and squeezed through the crowd again until I reached Lauren. She turned to look at me and smiled. I returned the smile and introduced myself, shaking hands with her in the process.

“Hi Lauren. Richard. I am a friend of Graham and Jacqui’s. We ‘chatted’ briefly via email last year in September when I started writing my first novel. You gave me the best advice.”

“Hi, Yes, I remember. What was it? To blah blah blah” (can’t quite remember what she said over the hubbub in the cramped space we occupied)

“You told me that whatever I do, I should finish the book first,” I said.

“Yes, that was good advice. And how’s it going?”

“Pretty well, actually. I’m at 90%. I also uploaded some chapters to Autonomy.”

“Oh, cool, that’s great.”

“Yes and I also uploaded my hook and pitch to”

“Sounds like you’re sorted! Now you need to get back to your writing,” she grinned.

“Haha. Yes, I know! Exactly! Juggling between editing my first few chapters and trying to finish isn’t easy. But I’m getting there. Almost done!”


“Thanks Lauren. Good to meet you… and well done!”

Mission accomplished. I pressed through the crowd and popped out into the street to a breath of fresh, breathable air once again.


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Hook and Pitch

Spent most of last night working on refining my hook and pitch. The hook is a short sentence of no more than 25 to 30 words that entices the reader into the story. The pitch is a longer piece that summarises the story from the main character’s point of view, revealing his challenges and objectives… home page updated with this content ; )