Falling off the Net – What happens when Life happens II

You last heard from me in August, when I had abandoned cyber-space to keep things together in physical space. I’m taking a short break to fill you in on what has happened, then I’ll be ducking out again for another while, but this time for different purposes.

In the last five months just about every member of my family has been ill in bed or in hospital, including me, and more than once. Our beloved cousin, Alon, went to sleep and never woke up. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. It’s an emotional time.

In between the warp and weft of doing what needed to be done to support all of us, other things continued (as they do).

In the publishing side of life, while I was in London ada enup joined IPR License and, for the occasion, I redesigned and updated the ada enup website to be cleaner and easier to navigate. Pretty, isn’t it? IPR is a rights organisation and I am hoping that all ada enup authors will benefit by having their works republished in many different countries, perhaps even being translated into different languages. My authors’ works are each quite particular, so I’m hoping that overseas publishers that specialise in each of those specific areas will be interested. It’s been five months now and ada enup has been showcased in the IPR magazine, so all that is left is to be patient. As IPR said to me, it usually takes minimum of nine months to be picked up. Time will tell.

I’ve been working with author Zuko Pokwana in between the madness and we are finally in the last edit before we publish the second edition of AmaZizi: The Dlamini People of Southern Africa. People are pressuring my author to get them copies so I’m feeling the pressure too. In between the kids, my top priority now is to get this book published.

There has been something else happening too. Something exciting and game-changing for me and likely for others, too. But I’ll save that for the next blog.

Falling off the Net – What happens when life happens

I don’t know about you, and for me the first thing that happens when life happens is that my tech life vanishes. First comes family, second comes work and third comes nothing.

In June, when I left to go to the UK for two weeks, the evening before I left I had everything I could think of in order. I made a quick a cappella CD for my children (‘I love you’ songs containing their names, some reworked ballads and nursery rhymes and my own creations), so that their carers could play it for them while we were apart. I had met or spoken to my authors. I had scheduled a few week’s worth of blog posts. I flew out the country without pyjamas, but that’s what you get when you thinkĀ  you don’t have time to write a packing list.

While I was away, three things happened. One, my cell phone stopped working. Two, I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by belindacrane (thank you, Belinda!). Thirdly, I signed up with IPR License.

I was excited by the latter two and thought the former could be easily fixed. I had plans. And then I arrived back home, where life made fun of my plans in not-so-much fun ways which resulted in much hospital and doctor time for my immediate family and no cell phone for over a month. So, first came family. In the between minutes, I worked. And the electronic platforms I’ve been developing fell flatter than a pancake and nowhere near as nice.

The result of all this is that I’m holding back the publication of Innerone until I have time to honour it properly. I am focusing only on meeting the needs of my family and my authors. And, in the moments between the minutes, I’ll keep you posted.