11 April 2024

When can somebody call themselves ‘well-travelled’?  I’m reminded of that old John Denver lyric: “I haven’t quite been around the world, But I’ve been around the block”, and this is how I feel about my travelling life.  I’ve not been to many countries — the South African Rand only stretches so far — but I’ve…

1 April 2024

As a fiction writer, I get to indulge in many… erm, indulgences.  Fiction is magical, and there are several private pleasures when creating something out of thin air. The first pleasure is character building.  To create a character, give them a name, a birthday, and define their looks, mannerisms, and styles… It is great fun,…

The Felicity Street Annals - Book 1: First Day
17 March 2024

“It’s like ‘It’, minus the supernatural but with a hint of ‘50 Shades’ thrown in.” – review comment Welcome to Felicity Street. Felicity Street is a short road – only about five blocks long – in Buxton Park, an impoverished suburb just to the west of Johannesburg, and dating from the war era.  In 2024,…

Transcending I
25 May 2023

I am one of those hideously chirpy morning people. During my childhood, while everybody I knew slept in late on weekends and holidays, I was that kid who was up at sunrise.  I don’t know why.  I was awake, slept out, and well, let the day begin, even if it’s only dawn and the sun…

The Troubadour
4 September 2022

Those who knew me, know I have a ‘thing’ for beauty.  I love beautiful things.  And beauty comes in my forms, not just the obvious ones.  Beautiful women and beautiful paintings and beautiful sunsets and beautiful cars are just too obvious. Sometimes beauty hits you where you least expect it. Last night it hit in…

14 February 2022

It’s not every day I recommend a book.  Unless asked for.  “Hey, Gerry, do you know a book that will [x]?”.  if I do, I’d answer.  But unsolicited ‘recommendations’ is not generally something I do.  Today is the exception to “generally”. Let’s talk about “hype”.  I don’t like hype.  Because nine times out of ten,…

6 December 2021

This one is admittedly an obscure one.  But not too obscure, allegedly the John Wick movies were based on this work.  (It even makes a brief appearance in the first John Wick movie, as well as in Atomic Blonde!) One of these books is the masterpiece called ‘Shibumi’. And a masterpiece it is.  Doctor Rodney…

17 November 2021

I have never been one for causes.  Even in my student days, when one is supposed to have a cause – Save the Whales, Save the Trees, Release Mandela – I was not interested.  And I was an art student!  Bloody hell, we were defined as “young people being angry at something, while sometimes drawing…

6 November 2021

I cannot remember a time I could not read.  I was one of those lucky kids who just “understood” these things called letters.  My earliest reading memory is of a translated Richard Scarry booklet about an airport.  I could not have been more than three or four at the time.  When Primary school came along…

5 March 2021

2020 was what could politely be referred to ‘a mess’.  Several things went incredibly wrong, and my life has changed permanently after the trails of the last year.  (My mother, my godfather, and my wife died within four months of each other–yes, I’m a mess) Least of which was that I had a technical error…