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SA Partridge

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A thoughtful interlude

Progress on the new book is going swimmingly. The last of the edits are being done before we go to print. I really want this one to be perfect. Size wise, it’s about double the length of The Goblet Club so I’m quite literally bobbing up and down in excitement to finally hold it in my hands!

I will include a sneak peak of the cover as soon as I get permission to do so.

And so the circus begins. I did my first interview yesterday for a television youth show called Hack Shack. It should appear on SABC 2 in about two months, just in time for publication. I also discovered to my glee that the director of the show is a fellow scribbler named Mike Rands who should hopefully be joining BookSA soon. I took the crew to a cemetary in Rondebosch which I based a short story on. The teenage presenter was a bit frightened but its one of my favourite places in Cape Town.

There used to be a school right inside the graveyard in the 1800′s for children of mixed races, and the building is still there, although its a storeroom now I think. I just love the idea of that.


Otherwise it’s full steam ahead on book four (book three is already at the publishers). Whether they like it or not is another story entirely but only time will tell. I feel a bit like a workhorse but an entirely happy one. I am completely in love with a character I have created and I am thoroughly enjoying the process of bringing him to life. How can anyone not enjoy this job?

It’s absolutely glorious to be able to bury myself in writing again. Immersing your mind in fantasy really opens your eyes to the beauty that exists in the world. Just walking down a wet, Claremont street was a treat. It felt like I was in an industrial netherworld where something creepy could jump out of the corners at any moment. I also discovered the most bizarre garden that had been bricked up and forgotten for no clear reason at all. One of these days I shall shimmy over and discover its secrets. I am nothing if not optimistically fearless of this city’s dangers, but how else would we discover its stories?

On a personal note, work at the paper is going well. Two editions have gone to print with no catastrophes to report so I suppose I can safely say I am not doing a dismal job. I’ve managed to squeeze some local travel in-between to see some dear friends up North and catching up on my reading. I finished all the Stephenie Meyer books and have rediscovered the joy of Gaiman.

I shall keep updating as things happen.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    February 20th, 2009 @09:12 #

    Wow, Sally. Your productivity is impressive, not to mention inspiring. So now we know what you're doing when you're not blogging - you're actually writing!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    February 20th, 2009 @09:29 #

    You're clearly on a roll. Well done.


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