Blog entries from: Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile

Writings and thoughts from Motswana writer, Lauri Kubuitsile

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October 17 2014



October 15 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Oct 15 2014, 06:44:00

Last weekend the Twitter world erupted after tweets appeared written by  Binyavanga Wainaina about The Caine Prize. I think Binyavanga is fabulous. I think nearly everything he writes is exciting and inventive, and makes you stop and re-think what you thought you knew. In person, he is warm and inclusive, and awe-inspiringly brilliant. But when I read those tweets, I felt very sad.  I felt like we were shooting ourselves in the feet once again and wondering why we keep falling down.

Fine, yes, questions can be asked about why the prize for short story that Africans most respect originates in UK. We know the answer to that question. Africans don't care enough about literature. There have been, rightly or wrongly, other things higher on the list that needed to be attended to. But ...

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October 6 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Oct 6 2014, 12:06:00

I earn quite a bit of my income from South African publishers. The South African government is attempting to institute a policy where one textbook in each subject is prescribed for the entire country.  The petition explains why this is a bad idea for students and teachers, but it is also a disastrous idea for writers and publishers.

In Southern Africa, South Africa is the only place where a trade market for fiction is viable. But often this is only because the publisher can make good income from the educational market. If the SA government's policy is implemented it will mean only a few publishers (most likely big internationals) will have a part of that pie. Without the educational publishing money, many publishers will be forced to close up shop. This will mean that even fewer ...

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September 26 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Fri Sep 26 2014, 06:18:00

I hear about writers getting writer's block. If I'm in the middle of a project, that usually doesn't happen to me. I might have a crap writing day, where nothing I write works, but then I either keep writing until the crap sorts itself out, or I leave that project and work on something else in an attempt to get the juices flowing again. But there is a thing I fear, I call it the blank zone.

The blank zone is when your big project you've been working on for a year or more is finished, and nothing else has popped up to take its place. For me, I always have small projects running. I have my weekly column, or a short story I'm working on. I might have other writing projects going on , for example right now I'm working on books for an early reader series. But even with these small projects ...

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September 9 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Tue Sep 9 2014, 05:53:00

Everything was set for me to take off for Nairobi next week to attend the Storymoja Festival, but then the air ticket had a problem that couldn't be sorted. So- sadly- I am no longer attending. I was looking forward to it, especially the master class on writing for teens and the panel discussion on romance writing- but oh well, things happen.

Coincidentally, on the same day I learn I won't be attending a literary festival, my piece I wrote many months ago on litfests goes up on Kalahari Review: The Best of Times- The Worst of Times. Here's a bit of it:

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September 3 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Sep 3 2014, 12:52:00

We started our trip at Kuruman and our first stop was the Wonderwerk Cave just outside of the town. It is the oldest site in the world that shows evidence of controlled use of fire. This is the entrance to the cave.

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September 1 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Sep 1 2014, 12:05:00

 If you're going to be in Nairobi during the Storymoja Festival, don't miss the masterclass on writing fiction for teens I'll be co-teaching with Monity Odera.

 With sales up 24 percent, the fastest-growing market for publishers are young adult books." - CBS Evening News 8 December 2013

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August 18 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Aug 18 2014, 12:07:00

By the time you read this, we'll be gone. We're getting in the car and heading south. Hopefully when I come back I'll have lots and lots of beautiful photos to show you what we've seen.

So here's where we're going!

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August 13 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Aug 13 2014, 12:05:00

I really cannot believe that today is the 13th of August. I've had a crazy mad few weeks. It all started on 12 July with a stomach ache. I went to our lovely new Mahalapye Government Hospital and was told I had gallstones and would need to see a surgeon. Sadly, they have no surgeon at the moment and I would have to book at another government hospital. They searched around and the closest appointment they could give me was next year March. Not good.

Now I was stuck. I despise the entire concept of private healthcare, but I was sick and not getting better so I was forced to go to the private hospital in Gaborone, paying cash which was very painful, almost more painful than the actual surgery. I had my gallbladder out last Wednesday.

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August 4 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Aug 4 2014, 07:21:00

I have a new story up at FunDza, it started last Friday and will finish on Thursday. Lily's No Man Policy is a fun romance.

Lily is a full time architecture student and works part time at Go Monate Takeaway. She has no space for a man in her life. But then along comes Xavier and she decides it's time to throw away her 'No Man Policy' - but is she willing to lose everything for a man?

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