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Logophile
The brain thinks words.
The hand writes words.
The eye reads words.
The ear hears words.
The mouth speaks words.
The logophile loves words.

Some logophiles have no brains,
Some have no hands.
Others have no eyes, 
Others have no ears.
Some have nothing to say.
Yet: all logophiles love words.



Mark Twain wrote: 
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

This quote inspired me to go on 'semi-retirement' at the age of 58 in 2011. 
Twenty years from 2011, if I am still alive, I will turn 78. I do not want to be disappointed by the things I did not do. 

I asked my mom on her death bed if she she had any regrets on things she did not do in her life. She said yes: she regretted that she never took up the pen to become a story writer. She died on 17 October 2011.

I had a dream to become a story writer since early childhood. And yet: I never took the courage to follow Mark Twain's advice to throw off the bowlines and to sail away from the safe harbour. When my mother died I knew: the time has come. I must focus on my writing career.

So, this website is dedicated to my journey to become a writer.  I have oodles of stories in my head. I know that the road to success will require hard work and dedication. In between, I must still survive financially. 

2012

2012 turned out as black a year in my life as 2011. My own health took a dramatic dip and I was in and out of hospital several times.  The economically taking a dip and I battled to find income-generating work. Writing my book on cats was a more time-consuming activity than I thought. At the same time, I assisted my brother Dawie with the business strategy of his company.

2013

On 22 January 2013 I had a light stroke. I was not able to speak coherently. My right arm was paralyzed. While I was lying on the hospital bed, realizing that I might be in a process of dying, I asked myself: "Alida, is there anything in life that you regret not having done?" The answer was yes: the fact that I did not complete my book on cats. That was a serious wake-up call!  I was fortunate to survive. The stroke was a transient ischemic attack. Recovery to speak and especially to retrain my right arm and hand took a few weeks. When I got out of hospital, I had to retrain my right hand to do basic things like holding a spoon, cutting with a knife, using a comb and typing on the computer. I switched to the Dvorak keyboard and forced my eyes to guide my fingers to the right letters.  I also had to call out loud the letters that I typed. My typing speed restarted at about 5 words per minute! 

By mid 2013 I was sufficiently recovered to take on a short term contract to quality assure some business process models for a client. Typing speed increased to 10 words per minute, because I still make many spelling errors if I do spell out loud when I type or when I watch the screen instead of the keyboard. I also battled with handling complex words with multiple syllables. I joined Toastmasters to assist my brain on its road to recovery. 

2014

I became a certified Toastmaster after lots of fun. Also now holds role of Training Director for my brother's company CPI (Collaborative Process Integration). Appeared on national TV (KykNet) 3 times in connection to my cats (twice on Woef and Kie and once on Kwêla). Lecturing at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) in both the traditional control flow and new wave subject-oriented Business Process Management (BPM).

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