Blog entries from: Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile

Writings and thoughts from Motswana writer, Lauri Kubuitsile

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July 25 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Fri Jul 25 2014, 10:53:00

I remember when our daughter was at senior school, we went for parents' day to collect her report and the English teacher was concerned. He sat us down and told us that our daughter was struggling because (wait for it...) - she thought too much. I was gobsmacked. For him, she needed to chill with the brain cells if she ever had a chance of passing. I think now, if I had to do the raising of kids all over again, I'd home school my children. The mental boxing that takes place on a daily basis in our schools is nearly criminal. I don't think I could allow it now, now that I know better.

     Why do I say that? Because from day one our educational system does everything it can to stop a child from being creative. From standard one the process begins, the process of panel ...

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June 24 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Tue Jun 24 2014, 06:57:00

June is the month to celebrate short stories in Africa, Short Story day Africa is 21 June, the shortest day of the year.  Short Story Day Africa is asking writers to blog about our early memories of reading and what it meant to us. Here is my contribution.

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June 16 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Jun 16 2014, 07:27:00

I hate reading my writing after it's been published. Nearly every time I find things I want to change. If I'm forced to read from something of mine that's been published, nearly always I'll have been at it with a red pen before I read, and what I read will be slightly different from what was published.

I have a writing friend who is a far better writer than me, and yet she's had nothing (at least fiction-wise) published. Her stories are never finished and she can't allow herself to submit them until they are. The problem is she's looking for perfection and she's never going to find it. We have to accept our stories will never be perfect, never be finished.

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June 12 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Jun 12 2014, 06:32:00

Lorato and her Wire Car is a story of mine that won a prize in the junior category of The Golden Baobab Prize, the only Pan-African prize for children's writing. The story was published as a picture book by Vivlia Publishers in South Africa. I've now adapted it into a play for the very wonderful Australian School Magazine. Below are images of the pages and the cover of the magazine which features the play with fabulous illustrations by Peter Sheehan. I think it is beautiful!

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June 2 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Jun 2 2014, 10:13:00

This week I have my story about rape up at FunDza Literacy Trust's Mobi website. It's called Not Him. The thing that's great about FunDza is that you get immediate feedback so you can tell if the readers are engaging with the story. I think this is quite important with this story in particular. It's about a young woman who out of the blue get a date with the golden boy of their township, Bonolo, but things go wrong on the date and her life is very nearly destroyed.

Chapters go out each day and at the end of each chapter the writer asks a question. I purposefully asked questions to find out how the readers feel about some of the issues around rape. The FunDza readers do not hide what they feel- at all as you can see if you check their comments. I was happy to find that despite the fact that ...

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May 27 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Tue May 27 2014, 08:07:00

As of 1 April 2014, the Department of Arts and Culture no longer exists. According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr Kristian Mmusi, the Ministry has been re-organised to improve efficiency and "to improve delivery of services, particularly to the outlying areas of the country". But have no fear, according to the PRO, "The Ministry will continue to run programmes such as the President's Day Competitions, Constituency Art Competitions, Exhibitions and the Arts and Culture Grant". The only one on that list that makes any difference to writers is the arts and culture grant. And how will these proposals be dealt with now?

"Arts project proposals will be dealt with appropriately by the Financial Requests Assessment Committee and the Grants ...

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May 19 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon May 19 2014, 12:59:00

I self-published three ebooks at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) on the 28th May, 2012. The three books are from my Kate Gomolemo Detective Series: Anything for Money, Murder for Profit, andClaws of a Killer. There is a lot of hype around the money people are earning with their books on Amazon. I think it's time to get some honesty out there so that people enter with their eyes wide open.

First, there are some issues that work against writers from Botswana (actually all African countries) publishing at KDP.

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April 24 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Apr 24 2014, 11:04:00

Okay this year is flying by far too fast. Is it really the end of April?

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April 10 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Apr 10 2014, 08:00:00

Kalahari Review is our Botswana based, Pan African, online lit mag. I'm proud to have my story, Moving Forward, published there today. Moving Forward is a short story I wrote at the Caine Workshop I attended in South Africa. It is included in my short story collection, In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories, but only in the print edition.

It's sort of an odd situation because the ebook and the print book are published by different publishers and the print book came out after the ebook. I wrote this story after the ebook was out. I liked the story a lot and wanted it included with my other stories in the collection all set in Botswana so decided to include it when the print edition was being prepared.

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April 9 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Apr 9 2014, 11:52:00

I was directed to this video and it has made my day!

Please go and check out some of her other fabulous book reviews HERE at Siyanda Writes!

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