The Six-Word Story

The Six-Word Story

Earlier this week I came across a very exciting literary genre called the six-word story (also known as flash fiction). Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like – an entire story told in just six words. As incredible as that may seem at first, it is actually...
Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

What can I say about The Brothers Karamazov that has not already been said? I must confess I have very complicated feelings about this the most famous opus of Fyodor Dostoevsky. On the one hand I found The Brothers Karamazov to be masterfully written. Not only due to...
The Tao of Maybe

The Tao of Maybe

This week I bid farewell to my former job! It felt like so liberating to finally have this behind me as I prepare to take the next step in my professional career. As part of my farewell celebration, which was exquisitely prepared by my soon to be ex-colleagues, I gave...
The Story of How I Lost my Shoe in Lake Malawi (Part 2)

The Story of How I Lost my Shoe in Lake Malawi (Part 2)

Ramon and I bobbed up and down in the water for several anxious moments as waves crashed down upon us mercilessly. The waves were so powerful that they were literally wrenching the life vests from around our necks, almost choking us. It was clear to both of us that we...
The Story of How I Lost my Shoe in Lake Malawi (Part 2)

The Story of How I Lost my Shoe in Lake Malawi (Part 1)

Two years ago, not long before this Covid pandemic ravaged the world, I had one of my most memorable holidays ever in Malawi. Malawi is an amazing country which I highly recommend you to visit if you would like to get off the beaten track. Although it is one of the...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

In today’s blogpost I am showcasing a very common, but rather complex cultural practice celebrated by the Black Caribs, called a “ouїcou” – phonetically pronounced “we-sue.” This was a feast, which was often held for a multitude of...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Fort Charlotte

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Fort Charlotte

This week I would like to shine a light on Fort Charlotte, which is one of the key theaters of action in Children of the Ocean God. Fort Charlotte was the main British military stronghold in Kingstown, the capital of the Colony of St. Vincent. During the Second Carib...
La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent Rumbles to Life

La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent Rumbles to Life

As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on this week brought us another poignant reminder of the fragility of life. The La Soufrière volcano on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Vincent rumbled to life, with several minor explosive events reported. Ash and flying rocks and...
Struggle and Success: My Writing Journey

Struggle and Success: My Writing Journey

This week I am writing about something that has been on my mind for the past few months. Struggle and success. These two words are strange companions, that do not seem at first to go hand-in-hand. Yet, you can’t taste the sweet nectar of success without...

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