Greetings to all readers out there!
Here is my literary rebirth!
I have decided to reinvent my literary identity, my career, and, perhaps most importantly, my literature itself. To mark the good progress that I have made on my novel in the works – The Monk’s Curse – I am unpublishing all my previous works, have recreated my entire website, created a new website for the book here (you can visit it but it’s not done yet), and I am most excited to announce the opening of The Sandbox.
First of all: The Sandbox
A literary first in my opinion…
Before I say anything else, let me explain what The Sandbox is. Basically, it is my literary playground, my creative doodles, the sources of my inspiration, and my muse all mashed up into a single blog. This, however, will only be open to subscribers of my newsletter. So, please do subscribe. As an added bonus of subscribing, you will get an excerpt of my first novel when it is released. So, to get the best snippets of my works, The Sandbox is the place to be. It’s the behind the scenes. But, enough of that!
Onto: The Monk’s Curse
The new literary journey
One of the things that have sparked this reinvention was the conception of The Monk’s Curse. I can’t say much about it – the secrets will soon be available in The Sandbox – but I describe it as the riveting story of a boy, a prophecy, and a monk. It’s a story where East meets West and the Islamic Caliphate meets Christendom. Oh no, I have said too much! What I can say is that while writing this novel I have made up the most outrageous of fake histories, the evilest and naive of characters and the most scholarly prose. You won’t find too many action scenes in this novel. It is a political masterpiece with constant machinations going on behind the scenes. If you are anyhow interested in scholarly and political mysteries, keep your eye out for this book.
Finally: What has really led to this surge of inspiration and departure from normalcy?
What drove me to abandon my previous books and literary journey to start all over again?
It was a wonderful trip to the United States in the December of 2016. Meant to be an exploration of the place in which I will one day pursue medical studies, I turned it into an awesome experience of winter, museums, books, and a family Christmas.
Okay, so we don’t get white Christmases here in South Africa. So, I went to New York City in the hopes of seeing a white Christmas. I didn’t get that. Instead, I saw the marvellous Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and Times Square. Also, I spent a wonderful Christmas with family in Houston, Texas. Christmas is certainly not such a big affair where I come from. So, the lights, festivities, elaborate meals, and gift giving were a pleasant surprise.
The pictures just show some of my experiences and can hardly do justice to any of them. All I can say was that my trip to the USA was definitely inspiring enough to get me start writing my novel – I am now halfway through.
But what really affected me!
My greatest experience in the USA was that of my visits to the New York Public Library (see picture above) and the Strand Book Store. Evidently, my literary experiences stood out. I didn’t take any pictures of Strand, of which any book lover will know, but in my defence, I was too awestruck by the sheer decadence (is there a better word?) of the place. Be sure to get my thoughts on it in my next post!
I hope you have enjoyed what you have read so far, but trust me, if you are a bibliophile, it is only the beginning. See my next post for a whole lot of book recommendations and my experience in the largest bookstore I have ever been to!