Friendship Requested

I. “The act of repeating erroneously the words of others.”

I’m guilty. I love quotes, and I use them often. Because most times they do a wonderful job of capturing precisely what I’m trying to say. But sources can be sometimes vague or conflict, when it comes to crediting. I’ve recently discovered Quote Investigator, and search results of the quotes I could find are quite interesting.

2. So many kinds of gods

I know, I’m behind but I’m slowly catching up. To say American Gods is fascinating is an understatement.

3. About Facebook

If you’ve sent me a friend request and I haven’t responded, please know that I appreciate and I’m not ignoring you. It’s taken me long to decide whether to create a page for all my writing-related posts and without concerns about privacy issues. Or to continue using the profile as I do with writing-related posts available for public or quit FB altogether.

One thing I’ve always been sure of is that I don’t want to manage both profile and page; it’s either one or none. So, I’m sticking with things as they are; the profile.

Because of my conservative friending policy it’s easy to engage and follow you, if you have a follow button activated on your profile or have a page. In fact, I just followed some of your pages and profiles this morning. 🙂 But if you don’t have any of these, please don’t worry. I’m here always on my blog more than anywhere else. You’re not missing out on anything!

4. A writer that inspires

I picked up The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, read and finished in one day. Oh man, this book blew me away! There so much to say but all I can say for now is that I tasted my childhood in this book. But I’ll do a write-up at a later stage. Thank you my dear friend (you know who you are) for recommending this book. It feels like something of a shared childhood, if that makes sense. 😀

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

5. Just for the laughs

Magaly, The Wicked Writer recently prompted us to write a piece of prose. And the theme, Away from Home, made me think about things I miss about my other home, South Africa. Sometimes those things sound trivial, like the many languages we speak and different accents, but always bring about a smile or laughter. To get the gist of what I’m talking about, you can listen to “Attention All Passengers” by Trevor Noah.

Hope your weekend is filled with love and laughter!

Occasionally, I share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. You’re most welcome to join the conversation.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. I love that outdoor art piece! Fantastic! American Gods sounds intriguing and like something my husband and I would enjoy together. Don’t you just love a book you can’t put down? Wishing you a great weekend!

  2. Thanks Val, the art piece can be found in Kuressaare; Saarenmaa Island’s capital.

    American Gods is sure to thrill you, and watching it with your husband is a splendid idea. 😀

  3. 1. You aren’t guilty alone, lol! Thank you for the cool (and necessary) resource.

    2. Sigh. I seem to be having a serious case of loving the book but not so much the TV shows, these days. I started watching American Gods… and stopped about 30 minutes in.

    3. And here I was thinking you were ignoring my FB request because my eyeball and teeth obsession freaked you. Just kidding. On the serious side, and as you already know, I’m having the same FB battles. The more I think about it, the more I think that I will just stop using my profile and get a page (since some friends don’t use Instagram and have no blog). I really wish one could have a page without a profile.

    4. If you can, I hope you get a copy of the audiobook, too. Elizabeth is an out-of-this-world reader, and hearing the verse novel through her voice was a different kind of delicious. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who completely understands what you mean by “shared childhood”. It makes sense and then some.

    5. I hope no one else was drinking coffee when they click on “Attention All Passengers”. Bwahahah!

  4. Thank you Maga for reading, and your awesome feedback. It’s nice to feel like I’m not only talking to myself. 😀

    About quote investigator, it is a necessary tool. And you are most welcome.

    I’ve had the same experience with some books I read first and then watch them as movies. The latter always leave me feeling slightly cheated with alterations or departure from the original work; the book. With American Gods, I started with the TV series. Only now I’m thinking of buying the book; The Annotated American Gods, which comes out late October.

    As they say with Book of Faces; love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it. 😀 But seriously, I hear you about the page. As a matter of fact, it makes sense for me too, to have a page than the profile. Because most people who interact or support me there are the ones interested in my writing, in any case. Eventually, I’ll create a page as I need to redefine my niche.

    I’m certainly hoping to get Elizabeth’s audiobook. I’ve listened to some of her talks, and she is brilliant!

    One of the things I love about Noah, besides being my fellow countryman, is his ability to tell a joke without using cringeworthy swear words. I’m glad you a had good laugh. 😀

  5. We saw the first season of AG, but we haven’t had the channel in a while so I haven’t seen the next (it is out, right?) We LOVED the show, though! I still haven’t read the book.

    Facebook… it is such a dying platform to share anything. I’m just not sure where the next platform will be. I’m on there, with a page, and it’s not too hard to manage. But I admit I share on my profile too, because it’s almost impossible to reach anyone any longer. Still, businesses expect you to have a page/social media presence (in my business, anyway.) So, I guess I’m stuck! As far as doing both, though, a lot of people just share their page to their profile when they post something. That’s one option, maybe?

  6. 1.) I ought to take a look at that website. I play around with quotes a lot.
    2.) Haven’t seen the TV show, but I did enjoy the book. As much as I enjoyed American Gods though I enjoyed Anansi Boys a wee bit better. I have no good reason why, LOL. But maybe that means I ought to read it again.
    3.) Oh Facebook. The only thing I can say about that is at least it isn’t the vile hive of scum that Twitter is, but that’s not saying much. I’m trying to limit my time there too. I don’t blame you one bit for wanting to deal with just one profile.
    4.) Yaaaaaaaaaaas. That book hit home for me in a lot of places too. I devoured it.
    5.) I shall follow Ms. Magaly’s advice and make sure my tea is in my cup, not my mouth, when I listen to Trevor Noah. 😀

  7. Quotes are quite useful and meaningful. I love them too.

    Anansi Boys is something I haven’t read nor watched. I need to findout more about it.

    Social media as a whole is getting less appealing, the older I get. I’m looking forward to the day, when I quit all completely…lol!

    The Poet X is one of the books I’ve really enjoy reading this summer. I still want to listen to the audio version.

    Yeah, Maga is so right. No hot beverages, when listening to Noah. 😀

  8. Yes there’s a second season of AG already. We waiting for Season 3 already.

    I hear you about Facebook. It seems to be somewhat dying, yet lots of people still hang around there.

    It also seems sensible from a business point of view to have a page. And more sensible for me too, as an indie/hybrid writer to have one. I guess in due time, I’ll eventually succumb. But for now, a profile will do until I figure out how to “approach” the business page.

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