Even though I felt like I was stumbling along, I have been somewhat productive in the past couple of weeks. Have increased the number of posts on the OneLove web site to an average of four per day, and am initiating more discussions on the Facebook page. I'm also launching a monthly electronic newsletter for the project - the first issue goes out early December.
Kwanda has slowed down a little - the TV series is now down to final week for the last team. Next week viewers will be asked to vote for the team that they feel performed the best - that is, a team that met their goals, navigated their challenges wisely, raised more money and had greater social impact in their community. Voting will be done by SMS. If you're not sure which team to vote for, check out the episode summaries on the Kwanda web site. Or you can check out the discussions on the Facebook pages.
Creative Writing News
The Read SA social network on Facebook is going very well too. We now have about 568 members (at the time of blogging). We are also publishing profiles of South African authors, along with details of their books, on the READ SA micro site. To date, I have published profiles of:
- Megan Voisey-Braig, author of Till We Can Keep An Animal (Winner of the European Union literary award 2007/2008)
- Zukisa Wanner, author of The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008) and the upcoming (Men Of the South).
On the life front, Baby is in the middle of her Grade 5 exams, finishing on Friday. I'm more stressed about it than she is. She says she printed out her notes, studied them, researched where she needed to, and did the mock tests. She's confident she'll do well. But I can't help but worry. Not because I fear she'll fail, but because she's her own worst critic and if her end of year marks don't meet her expectations[winning the academic merit], or even one of her subjects is out of par, she won't take it well at all. So I try to prevent the situation from arising by making sure she's well prepared.
I know she needs to learn some balance, see the big picture and enjoy her accomplishments and not just things she needs to improve. It's something I've been trying to teach her since she was in pre-school. And something I don't talk about much with other mothers, because many of them complain that they have to push their kids to study, do well academically, and I just want mine to be better socialised and understand that the key to life is learning from your failures/mistakes.
Anyhoo, there is a big, somewhat traumatic life change coming on in my life. I initiated it, prepared for it since May this year. But that does not necessarily mean that emotionally, I welcome it wholeheartedly. Sorry for being cryptic - I'll explain at the end of November, when this change has happened.