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Dawn Garisch

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Slow but I get there

For two years running I have made the same New Year’s resolution – to resuscitate my page on BookSA, and make good use of the incredible forum available to writers and the reading public of South Africa. Is seventeen months on too late?

I must confess anxiety at finally taking this step. One of the things that has prevented me from using this service is my fear that it will gobble up what little time I have to write. Even responding to emails feels too much at times, and I can’t go near facebook, even though my son has pasted my image there.

So, while my energy is up and running, here’s hats off to the BookSA team, and to the impressively stimulating and satisfying fare that South African authors and publishers are bringing to the table.

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    May 19th, 2010 @10:03 #
     
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    Hi Dawn, Welcome back. I hope your 2010 new year's resolution is as effective!

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    May 19th, 2010 @10:16 #
     
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    I find BookSA and Twitter useful spaces to take a micro-break, check out what's going on, weigh in if I feel like it (or sometimes way out) and then back to the page.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    May 19th, 2010 @12:15 #
     
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    Dawn, I am afraid I am in the grips of the monster. I "waste" hours of time here. But then in my former life, I was used to colleagues (lots) and students (lots and lots). Working alone at home would be an awful fate if not for this space and others like it. And I'm not convinced that it IS time "wasted", it's what makes my "job" human and humanising -- people contact. Even if mediated through my screen.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    May 19th, 2010 @12:59 #
     
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    I (self)justify Facebook and other online time sinks as the smoke/coffee/water-cooler breaks for the lone worker

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