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Quote of the Week via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com ~ April 25th, 2014

ink“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger…To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.”~ Gloria E. Anzaldúa


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Spark“I don’t know how you persist in being so stubborn”…”It’s a superpower. I was bitten by a radioactive mule.” ~ Shannon Hale

Write about what happens when you are bitten by a radioactive ___________.  What unique superpower do you acquire? Are you able to fly, develop superior strength, become invisible or is it something quite unique? What  is it  like on your first day with this new power, are you able to master it quickly or do you develop some “control” issues?

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

What is the last book you read?  Write about what happens when you switch places with the protagonist (main character). How  would you navigate the story you just read? Would you follow the same path? What would you do differently? How would the story end with you as the main character?

Get creative, write and more importantly have fun! 🙂

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ~ Anaïs Nin

Write about a mysterious event  in your life that has never quite been resolved.  What was so mysterious about it?  Did you lose something important?  Did something strange occur that could not be explained?  Are you still trying to find that sock that never made it out of the dryer? What do you think really  happened?  What lead you to your theory?

 Get creative, write and more importantly have fun! 🙂

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Quote of the Week via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com ~ April 4th, 2014

ink“To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over….” ~John Hersey 


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Absolution ~The Broken Diaries Cover Reveal by Carlyle Labuschagne #ABSOLUTION #TheBrokeDiaries

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Absolution 

Confessions of a Clone

is book one in The Broken Diaries series of novellas.

Can be read as a stand alone or as a companion novella to 

Expected release date: October 2014

Genre: Upper YA Science Fiction

 excerpt

(Unedited)

So my secret is out you say? That would depend witch secret you are referring to. That I am a clone? Everyone knows that by now. Or that I have a dark disease pulsating through my veins, one I am quite fond of? Big deal. It’s exciting, never to have to hold back, unpredictability is a drug. We all crave it.  So what possible secret could I hold that is worth keeping? Imagine me giving you a sly smirk right now because I have not the misfortune of compassion that will cause me to spill my secrets. Without them there is no hand to be dealt.
Will my secret keep him close? Perhaps. But here is my confession, I have something better than secrecy. I have absolution. With me, he is not bound, it will be out of choice. With me, he never has to hold back. And I would love him for the good and especially in the bad. When I gave my word that I’d stop my tricks – I lied. That’s the thing with obsession. I does not care. It only wants, and it is so fixated on want, that it becomes need, and it shall have all it wants and needs.  And while I have no time to ponder who I am, clone – what a stupid word, I am already on my way to loving him forever. That’s how I play it, because I just don’t care.  Everyone knows I am nothing like my pathetic prime. That with me, it’s all bad intentions and violent, narcissistic adoration. That is not who I am. I am but one thing – in absolution. 
 
 
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About the author

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Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award wining author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel “The Broken Destiny” reached top 3 in its YA debut Category. The Sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013. 
Carlyle loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library in Africa Project. And hopes to launch her very own Indie book festival in Johannesburg March 2015.
“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.
 

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Thank you so much for your time!
Best wishes, 

Carlyle Labuschagne