I Feel Like Dancing

18 Oct

The first rule of self-promotion is to keep your audience in the loop, so here’s me being loopy:

The first edit of Apartheid’s All Right If You’re White is finished!

You know, my book of poetry memoir about my time in South Africa during and after Apartheid.  Pay attention, people.  How can I self-promote if you’re not listening?

I say ‘first edit’ but it has been edited to the nth degree.  The first poem was probably written about 1992.  My skills have improved a little since then and the poem is probably quite different to how it started life.  Poems are never finished; they are simply polished to the level of my ability.

The poems first appeared in public on a short-lived blog dedicated to them.  I added the memoir for context.  That would have been that but Viv nagged me to gather and edit them for publication.  Her reward is to critique the finished product.  Pseu is also being punished.  Thank you, ladies.

I feel like dancing because it has taken about six months (and twenty years) to get this far.  Summer interrupted; visitors interrupted; new sheds interrupted; illness interrupted…i.e. I did anything but work on it.  

I write, therefore I procrastinate.

My intention was to self-publish, as you know, but Viv insists that I first try submitting the collection to unwary publishers.  Look out for a slew of despairing posts on yet another rejection.  

I write, therefore editors assassinate.

Once Viv and Pseu have done their evil but essential work, I will re-edit and begin submitting.  Look out for my next post on the subject in 2014.


I might as well get all the poetry stuff out of the way in one post:

You may remember in the summer I had three poems displayed on the Bolton Arts Trail.  All of the poems on the trail have been gathered together into one anthology.  Look:

I was excited to find one of my poems was first in the anthology – that’s never happened before.  It was dumb luck, of course: the poems are arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the shop in which they were displayed.  

I’m a writer; I need dumb luck.  And a little dancing.

In fact, that’s what I did when my edit was done: I put on some Mango Groove and gave it some wellly around the living room.  And I’m going to do that every time I complete a book stage.

41 Responses to “I Feel Like Dancing”

  1. Pseu October 18, 2012 at 08:24 #

    So now I know what Mango Groove is…
    edit nearly done


  2. vivinfrance October 18, 2012 at 08:45 #

    I’m hovering over the text as I write this comment. Good on you, Tilly. Keeeeep dancing!


  3. Lisaman October 18, 2012 at 09:09 #

    Mango groove is just the write song group…last night I watched Kearsney college on youtube with the song that won the 2012 world choir competition…real african stuff!!!


  4. Elaine - I used to be indecisive October 18, 2012 at 09:38 #

    Hopefully there will be lots and lots of dancing as each of the stages is successfully hurdled/completed/passed. 🙂


  5. speccy October 18, 2012 at 09:58 #

    Great news Tilly! Well done that woman 🙂


  6. jmgoyder October 18, 2012 at 10:00 #

    Whoohoo – yeeha – bravo and you are my hero!


  7. Gabrielle Bryden October 18, 2012 at 10:05 #

    Woohoo, very exciting 🙂


  8. thehutts October 18, 2012 at 10:13 #

    All the dancing in this house at the moment is ‘gangnam style’ 😦 – some links to some good african music and dancing would be good!


  9. lenwilliamscarver October 18, 2012 at 10:26 #

    Dance in the rain
    Dance with the pain
    Dance In Joy
    Dance in God’s glory
    Dance you should
    Dance in God’s blessing!
    for you my dear are truly blessed with many talents, your writes are wonderful and I find your laughter addictive ! thank you for sharing with us!


  10. Ron. October 18, 2012 at 10:53 #

    TB dancing: Still phots don’t cut it. We, your faithful readers, want video. C’mon now.


  11. idiosyncratic eye October 18, 2012 at 12:35 #

    Yay! Well done you! Now go dance some more. 🙂


  12. viveka October 18, 2012 at 13:27 #

    Well done, Tilly …. you have what it takes – both the gift to write and to move … love that photo with you grooving. A big congratulations to … a brilliant mind and woman.


  13. laurieanichols October 18, 2012 at 14:07 #

    I love the dancing!! Fantastic news about the Anthology and the editing, soon to be published poetry. Dancing is good for the soul, heart and brain all key ingredients in writing so keep up the dancing! You’ll be knocking that book out of the park in no time. 🙂


  14. mairedubhtx October 18, 2012 at 14:54 #

    I’m dancing with you. Congratulations on editing your poems!


  15. terry1954 October 18, 2012 at 15:56 #

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! congratulations!!!


  16. gigihawaii October 18, 2012 at 16:16 #

    Congrats and good luck on your book, Tilly. I hope a publisher picks it up and gives you a lucrative contract.


  17. adinparadise October 18, 2012 at 16:32 #

    Love your happy dance, Tilly. Congrats on the book. I’ll look out for it. It sounds interesting. 🙂


  18. Tinman October 18, 2012 at 16:47 #

    You go girl, I’m really thrilled for you.


  19. Barbara October 18, 2012 at 18:59 #

    Congratulations!! I think I’d be dancing too! 🙂


  20. Al October 18, 2012 at 20:37 #

    Congrats on moving this right along! I’ll be glad to speak to any publisher on your behalf, just have them give me a call!

    As for your disco move, I hear they’re currently casting for a remake of Saturday Night Fever. Interested?


  21. Grannymar October 18, 2012 at 20:40 #

    I’m dancing too, for two reasons: To celebrate your reaching this stage with the book and because I have finally caught up with all your blog posts! Phew. I think I need to go lie down now>


  22. slpmartin October 18, 2012 at 21:26 #

    “Mango Groove”…hadn’t heard of that before…thanks for the sample and congrats on the editing.


  23. benzeknees October 18, 2012 at 22:19 #



  24. judithatwood October 19, 2012 at 02:24 #

    And Dance you will – Many, many congratulations and felicitations my friend!


  25. Perfecting Motherhood October 19, 2012 at 02:41 #

    Congratulations on your progress! It feels good to get things done.


  26. Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 19, 2012 at 19:14 #

    Thank you for all the good wishes. What a lovely lot you are 🙂


  27. bluebee October 20, 2012 at 06:53 #

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to read it – can we pre-order the pre-published version? http://www.mangogroove.co.za/mp3/hey.mp3! You are a http://www.mangogroove.co.za/mp3/Special%20Star.mp3 in Another Country so you’ll have to have a Marabi Party to celebrate – http://www.mangogroove.co.za/mp3/bang_the_drum.mp3 to invite some ex-pats for a bit of http://www.mangogroove.co.za/mp3/Hometalk.mp3, to Eat a Mango and http://www.mangogroove.co.za/mp3/Dance%20Some%20More.mp3
    Shikisha, Tilly Bud!!


  28. lanceleuven October 20, 2012 at 16:12 #

    Well done, Tilly. Good luck with it! 🙂


  29. Three Well Beings October 21, 2012 at 04:42 #

    And I’m doing my own version of the happy dance right along with you! Congratulations on getting this far. It takes a lot of work to get a project finished. Kudos! Debra


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