LHWN Author Portrait B & W

I generally don’t show pictures of my human alter ego, but decided to make an exception for the challenge, and played around a bit with this one of my novel portraits for the occasion.

At the same time, I thought I might as well do a bit of own trumpet-tooting, which modesty or idiocy or something has kept me from doing before.

Last year was a poor one for sales of my fantasies.  Among various reasons was the state of the economy generally plus – it must be admitted – I didn’t do much in the way of marketing.  I’m just not naturally comfortable in that area, and would prefer it if I could just stick to the writing.

Anyway, the year gave a couple of boosts to add to those of having seen my books bought by some schools, universities and public libraries.  A major one was discovering a few months ago, purely by accident, that my Regina has been included in the 2013 Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 

From the website: 

“The Journal of Commonwealth Literature

“With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers, and information scientists.

“Three of the four issues each year bring together the latest critical comment on all aspects of ‘Commonwealth’ and postcolonial literature and related areas, such as postcolonial theory, translation studies, and colonial discourse. The fourth issue provides a comprehensive bibliography of publications in the field.” 

It was rather satisfying to see my name on the list for South Africa which included John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Breyten Breytenbach, J M Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Olive Shreiner, Pieter Dirk Uys, and Nadine Gordimer, as well as writers I have met personally such as Marguerite Poland and Grieg Coetzee (White men with Weapons writer and performer; head scriptwriter for the popular SA soap, Isidingo), John van de Ruit (Spud) and Lyz Russo (The Mystery of the Solar Wind).

I assumed that it must be a comprehensive list of all publications, but soon discovered that this is not the case.  In fact, I was quite surprised at some of the exclusions.

© Colonialist February 2014 (WordPress)


About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
This entry was posted in Challenge, Fantasy, Personal Journal, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Gobetween says:

    With a big smile like that your avatar should be the cheshire cat and not the meerkat. Great to see the face behind the words.


  2. zannyro says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful acknowledgement!!


  3. gipsika says:

    and I really like the “selfie”. About time you got trendy 😉


  4. gipsika says:

    Erudite company that – Tolkien and Gordimer! I’m very impressed, and very gleeful too! Yay!

    By the way, you have another happy reader of “Regina” giggling herself silly over the book; this time she’s more in my age bracket. You’re absolutely write it was ritten for teens aged 9 – 99 years of age.


  5. Arkenaten says:

    How cool is that? What a cracker.
    As for the ”selfie”….where’s my darts.


  6. adeeyoyo says:

    That is fabulous news, Col! Congratulations and well done. I thought you would be a famous writer one day, and now I see you are well on your way!


  7. Damyanti says:

    Aha. Welcome to the selfie bandwagon 🙂


  8. One of the best kinds of surprises, especially when a person needs a boost. Congratulations, Col.


  9. Congrats, Col. 🙂


  10. Chris Donner says:

    I like the selfie and I’m impressed with your inclusion in the Journal. Congratulations.


  11. Sonel says:

    A lovely photo of the man behind the meerkat Col. Congrats with regards to your book. Well deserved indeed! 😀


  12. The Asian says:

    What a handsome young man that hides behind the mask of a meerkat 😉
    Congrats with regards to the book, you must be thrilled!


  13. batzed says:

    Greetings Col
    No I have not given up.
    Going through a patch where there is so much happening around me that there is no time to Blog.


  14. Imelda says:

    Congratulations. 🙂


  15. newsferret says:

    A misty selfie of a mysterious man 🙂


  16. Pussycat44 says:

    Nice selfie, Col and well done on making the list of “notables”.


  17. Great selfie, Col. How wonderful it must be to see yourself up there with the best of them. 🙂 Congratulations


  18. susielindau says:

    Congratulations! That is great news! Glad you shared. 🙂


  19. disperser says:

    Congratulations, and I had a pretty good idea of your looks from previous posts, but always nice to get a clearer . . . oh, wait . . .


  20. Colline says:

    I like that some of your writing has been bought for schools, universities and libraries. Well done.
    And I liked seeing what you look like 🙂


  21. So that’s what you look like 🙂
    Almost as I imagined….


  22. nrhatch says:

    That’s a FUN find, Col! Congrats on your inclusion.


You have the right to remain silent - but please don't!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s