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Kant – ‘n Toneelstuk uit die Anglo-Boereoorlog

Kant – ‘n Toneelstuk uit die Anglo-Boereoorlog Die koue en honger en die vernedering om in 'n kamp gestop te word was erg genoeg. En nou is Jackie swanger. Jackie en haar skoonma word deur die Kakies in een van hulle sweeps opgevang en in 'n kamp gestop. Janmaar, wat 'n bietjie snaaks in die kop is, en sy maLees verder …
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Roll Your Rock

Roll Your Rock For when the rock is too heavy and the hill too steep … Your Rock: Mission Impossible You look at the huge lump of stone you've been given, and your knees begin to shake. You'll never get that thing up the hill! The mythological character Sysiphus was condemned to roll a heavy rock up a steep hill.Lees verder …
skryf – die kuns en vak

Treasures of the mind

In your life as a writer you build up certain treasures – unfortunately none of them translatable into cash in the bank.Let me tell you a little story about that. Around 1980 I was a young lieutenant in the South African Defense Force. I was in the language directorate, where we worked to translate documents and other materials out ofLees verder …
English, writing – the craft

Bobbejaan van Jesu Progress Update

I just made progress on Bobbejaan van Jesu! So far I’m 23% complete on the Writing phase. 12 Weeks remain until the deadline. Just completed chapter 19 — The Rerun Palace. The Rerun Palace is a seedy little movie theater in a back alley where all sorts of pirated films are shown. This is an important technique to plug Koyati’sLees verder …
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I Love LibraryThing

I’ve discovered one of the seven wonders of the web, as one member calls it. No it’s not In-Your-Face Book. It’s The Library Thing (http://LibraryThing.com)  You enter your books in minutes (because the details are automatically looked up from Amazon.com and Library of Congress) and you have a world class – no, and unprecedented class library cataloguing system. Mmmmm …Lees verder …
reading & books

Bibliophiles, Unite!

I’ve discovered WorldCat (http://worldcat.org). Same as Librarything (http://librarything.com) except you don’t seem to have to pay to store more than 200 books. Different business model – links to Amazon.com – who knows?  Telegram style blogging – I think it defeats the purpose, but anyway …  Let’s just say this is where blog meets twitter. Blitter. I’m blittering. I’ve also discoveredLees verder …
English, reading & books

Kindles, Page Numbers, Editions, and Professors

This is a re-publication of an article I posted on June 7, 2015 About a year ago I found out that I could not carry half a tree worth of paper to class anymore. There’s just so much of it: if it’s not I writing and printing it and carrying it to the professor, it’s the professors writing and printingLees verder …
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A Lot Has Been Happening Here At The Farm

I haven’t posted in a long, long time. I’ve just been too darn sick. But now I’m better and looking forward to the future. I’ve been busy nonetheless. I’m finishing off my new book, working title: “The Mystery Of Pain,” but I think it will go out into the world as “Walking Through The Valley Of Pain,” subtitled “A JourneyLees verder …
English, writing – the craft

Story Idea: The Psalmsinger

I’ve got a novel idea (get it?) for a new book even as I’m still working on the current one. It is about an intelligent and inventive chief priest in the ancient Israelite temple who is always working to increase the loudness of the worship music. Why? Because they had no electronic amplification systems. I could probably find some supportLees verder …
English, writing – the craft

Writing A Novel Can Be As Technical As Writing Code

I don’t think any writer starts off with the intention of writing a complex book. In fact, smart authors will do their utmost to write a simple book. Like Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I didn’t even want to write this book. Initially. I was tinkering with a short story, and it ran away with me. By the time I started organizingLees verder …
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Back to the Pyramids

I’ve been fascinated by the Two Kingdoms of Egypt for as long as I remember, but a recent TV documentary has piqued my interest anew. The TV show is called “The Pyramid Code,” and it led me to a book titled The Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert. There is much cook-ery going on with regard to theLees verder …
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The Monk’s To Do List

http://www.facebook.com/widgets/like.php?href=http://www.gerhardventer.info/2013/05/the-monks-to-do-list.htmlI started reading Thomas à Kempis to find some affirmations for my daily life, which, like everyone else’s, I suppose, can be challenging. Being a monk doesn’t exempt a person from work. I’ve met monks who told me one could become exhausted, because in some orders they don’t get a lot of sleep.Anyway, The Imitation of Christ is a treasureLees verder …
writing – the craft

If You Want to Write, You Need To Blog

Whether you’re self-publishing or in the power of a publishing company, Bob Dylan’s lyric “You gotta serve somebody” applies. It’s even worse if you are working for yourself. Then your boss is a jerk. That means, in my case, that I WILL blog regularly because my boss said so. It’s not so hard. I rather enjoy throwing out a fewLees verder …
chronic pain, English

Doxology

Doxology A doxology is any song or text or prayer that glorifies God. This is mine. Thanks be to Almighty God for deliverance from the scourge named opioids. Thank you, Lord, for giving me back to my family and my precious calling. What are you talking about, you ask Have you heard of the opioid epidemic? Here’s how it works:Lees verder …
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Abelard and Héloïse – A Medieval Love Story

The Medieval Philosopher Who Was Attacked and Mutilated According to Wikipedia, the savior of millions of students, quoting the Chamber Biographical Dictionary, Pierre Abelard (1079 – 21 April 1142) was “the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century.” He was perhaps one of the founders of Medieval scholastic philosophy. But for a personality trait and an indiscretion, hisLees verder …
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Holy the Firm, by Annie Dillard

Book review: Holy the Firm, by Annie Dillard. This little book ranks as probably the best I’ve ever read. In any case, it’s a close tie with Buechner’s Godric. Annie Dillard is a mystic who earnestly searches for answers and gets a mystery instead. In the first chapter of the book, Newborn and Salted, she establishes critical concepts of godsLees verder …
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Ernest Hemingway’s 4 Rules

In my series of blogs about the writing rules of famous writers, we now visit Ernest Hemingway, the big daddy of them all. He didn’t describe; he punched with words. Here are his rules: 1. USE SHORT SENTENCES 2. USE SHORT FIRST PARAGRAPHS 3. USE VIGOROUS ENGLISH 4. BE POSITIVE, NOT NEGATIVE “Those were the best rules I ever learnedLees verder …
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Chekov’s Gun

“If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must be fired in the last.” Russian playwright Anton Chekov understood the art of setting up important scenes early on in his plays. His famous “gun” rule is the perfect encapsulation of the fact that a writer places subtle hints in his work to build upLees verder …
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Finally … Gerhard’s 8 Rules of Writing

Now for the event you probably thought you wouldn’t see in your lifetime: Gerhard’s writing rules! Who is this Gerhard, you ask? Well, never mind. Let’s just say he’s smart enough to summarize all the big writers’ rules for you. However – there is a little concession to my own unique situation in my rules. Here they are: Write whenLees verder …
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‘The Orion Mystery’ by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert: Back to the Pyramids

I’ve been fascinated by the Two Kingdoms of Egypt for as long as I remember, but a recent TV documentary has piqued my interest anew. The TV show is called “The Pyramid Code,” and it led me to a book titled The Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert. There is much cook-ery going on with regard to theLees verder …