My last blog post: Please subscribe to my new website!

  Dear loyal readers and followers, It is with a happy heart that I can inform you that Reviews on a Train has bought itself a new home! You’ll probably remember late last year when I blogged about my decision to quit my day job and pursue a career in writing full-time. Well, now that […]

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 […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 10: “future”

Today marks the end of my 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of (WordPress.) My last assignment is “future” and I’m using thΓ© classic poetic device, a sonnet. What misty-eyed premonition would the fortuneteller sing If I had had a coin to spare or an offering to bring? Would she read my palm inside my eyes and […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 9: “landscape”

  I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My ninth assignment is “landscape” and I’m using the poetic device apostrophe. When I left you the first time Your sounds and smells still tingling on my face I thought, ‘this is the last time’. I turned my back […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 8: “plesier”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My eighth assignment is “pleasure” and the literary device is anaphora or epistrophe. I’ve decided to write this one in Afrikaans, and to use the word “plesier” in a childhood sense. My maat is ’n apie – sy voortande makeer. […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 7: “flavour”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My seventh assignment is “flavour” and the literary device is found poetry. For this exercise, I used the fifth word on each odd page from my book The Honeymooners’ Cookbook (where words are repeated I cheated a little): Cookbook Need […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 6: “screen”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My sixth assignment is “screen” and the literary device is enjambment. Wake up Read a text Check your Facebook 23 notifications, wow! Scroll, bleary-eyed, holding one hand up to ward off the morning light. Shower, but first open all the […]