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MAY 5, 2013 1:09PM

Open Call - Talking to the Cats

Animals bring out the jabbering buffoon in me, I won’t lie. My best friend here in Dubai had a baby last year and I don’t even talk to her like I talk to animals. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know why I think by putting on some infantileRead full post »

I came to a sobering reality today that I'll never be famous. I may go on to publish Aaric (the children's novel I started in school, have finished, and thought about shopping around) and several other novels; but I think fame will escape me. I'm almost certain that I'll have toRead full post »

APRIL 24, 2013 11:15PM

Getting Back on that (Hobby) Horse

Hobby: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. 

Do you have any hobbies? Do you actually consider them hobbies? How often do you pick up a new hobby or replace existing ones? Do you have any now that you did as a kid?Read full post »

This was going to be posted with my day-by-day account of my trip to South Africa but I didn't finish it. I thought I would post it now - since everyone seems to be in a lighter mood and I'm quite proud of my achievement.

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The Bloukrans BridgeRead full post »

Many of you who know me know that I love animals. I live with four cats here in Dubai. Brought them over from Saudi when we arrived. Didn’t even think for a moment about leaving them or putting them up for adoption. As a kid, my parents could have left meRead full post »

APRIL 14, 2013 2:05PM

Give me a line - any line

I'm a big fan of movies. I'm a big fan of a memorable movie line. In 2005, the American Film Institute released their top-100 movie lines of all time. Some I agreed with, others, well, not so much. Since this was released to the general public they had to be aRead full post »

I have seen a couple of postings recently related to this open call so I thought I would use it as motivation to write and post again. And it also provides me with ample opportunity to try and catch up on the reading again too.

Many of you whoRead full post »

Within the course of two weeks, I have received four different emails from online or small-press specialty publishers asking if I wanted to publish with them. Two of them, I have never even contacted. The other two, I have, a good few years ago now.

I flirted with the idea ofRead full post »

MARCH 21, 2013 2:25PM

Running Down a Dream

 I found this in one of my writing folders on my desktop. Thought I would post this here for the first time as I found it very prophetic. It's 5 years old now, so instead of turning 37 I'll be turning 42. Not much else from this has changed though. Okay,… Read full post »

Hello again. Although at this point, an introduction is probably in order.

My name is Geraint. My friends call me Ger. Hard G, rhymes with air, flair, scare, rare, and debonair. But I think you get the drift by now. I have always wanted to write. Always. Lately though, writingRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2012 12:28PM

South Africa - Drifters Tour Day 6

Day 6 – Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Zululand

4 September 2011

 

 

After an 8 o’clock breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon, we climbed into the open-sided jeep and headed off for our walk. False Bay joins the St Lucia Wetlands Park to formRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 4:56AM

South Africa - Drifters Tour Day 5

Day 5– Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Kruger National Park to Zululand

3 September 2011

 

 

Breakfast was served by 5:45 and by 6:15 we were ready to leave, the park gates opened at 6 and our lazy path the southernmost exit of the parkRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2011 1:05PM

Drifters South Africa Tour - Day 4

Day 4– Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Kruger National Park

2 September 2011  

After a light breakfast of toast, cereal, and little heart-shaped waffles, we left Caroline and the Drifters Lodge and headed for the Phabeni Gate into Kruger National Park. The gate is only 30 kilometerRead full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2011 12:05PM

Drifters South Africa Tour - Day 3

Day 3 – Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Andy’s Camp to Hazyview

1 September 2011  

We packed up our bags and said farewell to Matisse and our tent. Our two nights at the game lodge were over and we would be heading south to Hazyview for a night at the DriftersRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2011 1:08PM

South African Tour - Day 2 Afternoon

Day 2 – Afternoon - Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Andy’s Camp

31 August 2011   

We met for snacks at 2:30 before settling into our open air 4x4 safari vehicle. Joostie took the roll of spotter, sitting on a chair at the front of the hood. Once he was beltedRead full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2011 8:31AM

South African Tour - Day 2 Morning

Day 2 – Morning – Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

Andy’s Camp

31 August 2011  

Matisse, the name given to our gecko by Kirsty, was still there when we woke up and got ready for our hike. Coffee, tea, fruit, and rusks awaited us before we set off on a 3-hourRead full post »

Day 1 Drifters South Africa 18-day Tour

30 August 2011

Johannesburg to Balule Game Reserve  

Milton Mpache knocked on our door at 5:30 to make sure we were up. We were. I think Kirsty thought it was Christmas and woke up several times during the night and again at 5 soRead full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2011 1:10PM

The African Vacation - Getting There

Dammam to Johannesburg

Pre-tour of Africa

End of August 29, 2011

 

18-Day South Africa Overland Explorer   

Kirsty and I broke from our normal routine of flying from Bahrain and opted to fly from Dammam, Saudi Arabia instead. In all of my trips since I’ve arrived in SauRead full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2011 1:30PM

And We're Back

And we’re back. The holidays are over and we’ve been at work for two weeks, but a big part of me is still in Africa enjoying all the wonderful things that we encountered there. Don’t worry; I kept a journal of what happened. 

We arrived back in Saudi on Thursday afternoonRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2011 12:17PM

Going Traveling - Be Back Soon

Kirsty and I go on vacation to South Africa tomorrow. It’s our last vacation for a while so we better enjoy it. Like not enjoying is even a possibility. I’m really looking forward to this trip; more so than any of the other vacations we’ve been on. 

We’ve both been flaggiRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 1:23PM

With Age Comes Wisdom

I’m 1 week past my 40th birthday and I’m going over all the things I’m certain about. There aren’t many. But one of them does relate to my upcoming trip to South Africa so I thought I would share it with you all. Why? Because I can. Feel free to tuneRead full post »

AUGUST 15, 2011 11:29AM

A Leo is Born

Today I’m not just another day older; I’m not just another year older either. I’ve entered a new decade. But I don’t feel any different today than I did yesterday. Or the day before yesterday for that matter. Actually, I don’t feel any different to any other day in the pRead full post »

AUGUST 9, 2011 11:54AM

A Journey on the Horizon

I've written about 30,000 words over the last 6 weeks but none of them have been fit for sharing. Mostly just random thoughts and shopping lists of the rich and famous. I finally started writing something that I thought I could possibly share.

Kirsty and I go to South Africa forRead full post »

Sitting at my desk yesterday I conjured up an excellent idea, or series of ideas for a novel. Well, ultimately, it could be a series of novels all interrelated but standing on their own. While I won’t divulge the topic (just in case you more talented writers with more desire to putRead full post »

I heard some news the other day and I don’t know if I should be disturbed by it or not. JK Rowling, inventor of someone called Harry Potter, apparently a boy wizard and money spinning 7 book series (did that sound right with my tongue planted firmly in cheek?), has aRead full post »