Book review: My grandmother sends her regards and apologises by Fredrik Backman

  Fredrik Backman loves to give us characters with prickly dispositions. Seven-year-old Elsa of My grandmother sends her regards and apologises is no exception. Then again, who can blame her with a grandmother who flings poop at the police, breaks into zoos and makes it her life’s mission to torment their highly strung neighbour Britt-Marie? […]

That time I did Story Time (and Adventure Time) English camps in Korea

  The past few weeks have been insane. I have set a new record when it comes to winter camp participation in Korea. I did four English camps in three weeks, and I’m still standing. What’s an English camp? you ask? In Korea, the new school year starts in March. At the start of January, […]

“If I could live a perfect day, what would that look like?” – Todd Brison (Podcast)

  As I mentioned earlier, I’m planning on quitting my day job and becoming a full-time freelancer as of March, 2017. I’ve been working on my new portfolio and connecting with people online to find out how they did it, and I’m really excited. Of course, I also feel a bit anxious about the whole […]

How I quit my job to become a freelance writer in 2017

Image source I have an announcement to make: I’ve quit my job as an ESL teacher and as of 1 March 2017 I will be a full-time freelance writer. It’s a decision I’ve been toying with for a long time, and it wasn’t an easy one to make. Since around August – it always seems […]

Grey Magic by JT Lawrence: An enchanting read about a modern-day witch

  Book Review: Grey Magic by JT Lawrence Device: ePub Location: On the KTX from Seoul to Daegu; in bed the whole of Sunday; on the express bus to Gangneung for Christmas Rating: Enchanting   I started reading JT Lawrence’s latest novel Grey Magic on the KTX train from Seoul to Daegu. I had just […]

My semester at Kyungduk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea

The Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education recently held a workshop and dinner where they invited Native English Teachers who were involved in special after-school projects to give a presentation on their work. Here is my complete presentation: Download the PowerPoint presentation Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me here tonight. I […]

My last post as an EPIK teacher: 5 things I’ll take away from the experience

  Goodness, last week I was an emotional wreck. (I was also very cold, but that’s besides the point.) I’ve already decided not to renew my contract and I’m all set to move to Seoul next year to pursue writing full-time. I’m all ready, you see, and then those kids looked at me with their […]

Poems under construction

So, I’ve been writing (bad) poetry since I can remember. I think the first ones were probably just rip-offs of bad Gé Korsten songs (but Annetjie, weren’t they all bad?) but we’ll forget about that. uHlanga Press recently announced that they will open admissions to unsolicited manuscripts in February 2017, and I decided to give […]

It’s not that time of the year without … silly hats! (Daily Post Photo Challenge)

Show us the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete.   Since leaving university, I’ve had three Novembers in the Northern Hemisphere, and three in the South. In South Africa, November means sun, water, smiles breaking through the ice. It’s putting away the blankets and stretching your arms to the high […]