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Black cat

So I Iost one of my four temporary charges–three black cats and a black dog–for a day and it was a short trip from there to despair and searching of the soul and such matters. I got to thinking about how I should be somewhere else, in my own home (with my own dog) and not wearing someone else’s for a week like a sorry hermit crab, talking to someone else’s beloved pets like a crazy man–they just stare back in what looks like alarm and then bolt and hide for as long as they’re hungry–and to hell with cats anyway, who just want to run away for good as soon as they find the gap to a better life.


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Charlie’s good food

I drove a ski-boat down to Alexandria, Minnesota for something called “winterization”, listening all the way to the country music stations popping up from town to town: Tim McGraw singing how he’ll always be, and another man singing them pantyhose ain’t stayin’ on for long if the DJ puts Bon Jovi on.


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Launching a short film crowd-funding project!

Dear friends,

Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. To cut to the chase: I am crowd-funding the production of my first short film as director, working title ‘Irregardless’. It was written by American screenwriter John Porter (writer of the feature ‘Lost Mother‘), in whom I have found a kindred spirit and hope to collaborate with on many a film project in the future.

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Eddie would go

GHANA GO: Finding surfing deep in Africa is a hit and miss afair. PHOTO: John Callahan/Surfexplore

GHANA GO THERE: Finding surfing deep in Africa is a hit and miss affair. Image by: John Callahan/Surfexplore

Featured by —’surfing’s definitive online community’.

Now that my friend Kev has quit the cocaine and the film industry and the women of loose morals, he works for another of our best friends, Los the Boss, in Johannesburg, project managing the building of things like fast food chicken restaurants and stores in malls for flat screen TVs and mobile phone consortia. (I too work for Los the Boss now but that’s a different story).

There is absolutely no surf in Johannesburg but quite often Kev has to head up north into other African countries where those above types of companies are making more money because South Africa is going down the toilet. Recently Kev went to Ghana where there is surf and when he came back I was there to meet him at the airport. ‘So, I’ve got a story for you,’ he says when we are in the car. (more…)

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New Swell now in Kindle Edition

I’m very pleased to announce that my story collection, New Swell, is now available in Kindle Edition from for US$8.00 and for £4.31.

When Amazon released its annual results at the end of January, founder Jeff Bezos highlighted what he called “a big milestone”: Q4 marked the first time that Amazon’s Kindle eBooks outsold paperback books. According to the company’s earning’s release, “Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books.”

Amazon’s Kindle Reader software is available for free for Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Google Android, it’s therefore possible to download and read Kindle books on any of these devices, without actually buying a Kindle reading device. With the R/$ exchange rate being what it is, the average Kindle title @ $10 makes buying Kindle eBooks a ‘no-brainer’ for South African readers, as far as I’m concerned. I bought Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom for around R80 (the paperback runs to R200), and read it on my laptop with no complaints at all about the reading experience. What’s more, you can request a free sample of any book before you buy. Sample New Swell now if you’re still not convinced!

‘If there’s a new swell in South African short stories, Byron Loker’s on the wave.’ – Mike Nicol.

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