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I studied Computer Science at university.

This required all kinds of mathematics like proof by induction, statistics, a lgorithms etc.

So how on earth did I become  a writer?

The truth is that I could talk before I could walk. And when I spoke it was in complete sentences, or so my parents say. I didn’t stumble over my words. I told people exactly what I was thinking exactly when I wished to. And then one day I picked up a pen.

 

I wish I could say I remember the first time I attempted to write or, something cute like that, but I don’t. What I do remember is spending much of primary school writing stories whenever I got the opportunity, and that habit stuck with me through high school all the way to university. I even had my notebook taken away from me in high school when I was writing in it instead of working.

At the age of 9 I was exposed to Greek Mythology for the first time. Unbeknown to me, it was exactly what I would need to learn about world building. I love the stories of Jason and the Argonauts (Greek: Iason) , Perseus and Medusa, Hercules (Heracles), the tale of Persephone and Hades, and so much more.

Authors like Rick Riordan, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Melissa Marr, Julie Kagawa, Melissa de la Cruz and Meg Cabot all shaped who I became as a writer. But none of them looked like me.

There aren’t many black female authors out there in fantasy. It’s a genre that has been stereotypically been taken over by older white men like George RR Martin.

I got two emails from readers of my short story, More Than Skin Deep. Both appreciated me as a writer, and one even called me a heroine. And for the first time I realised how much of a responsibility it is to be a black female fantasy writer.

So I write for myself, but I also write for other black people, to pave the path for other people like me who want to become writers but are too scared because they see the industry is full of predominately white males.

I write because it is my passion and it makes me happy.

To all those people who may still be lurking out there who I abandoned many months ago, I say sorry and I say, hello.
To all those new people who are only reading my first blog for the first time, I say, hello.
So what have I been up to since I discontinued this blog? I passed my A-level exams, started a Computer Science degree and joined the gym.
 Why is the gym part important? Because the last time I did any exercising I projectile vomited at the park with my sister. We actually had to get our parents to drive us home because I couldn’t walk. So I honestly think I deserve a medal just for WALKING inside a gym.

In regards to my writing, I did attempt the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2013. I got to 20,084 by the end of the month. Some will say that I “lost”, including myself by the end of the event, but I soon came to realise that at least I had tried. And most importantly, I had 20,084 words than I had before I started. I went on with that mentality and so far I have just over 40k. 10,000 more words and I will finally have reached my goal, albeit a few months late.
I have two main projects going at the same time right now.

The first is WEAVING MOONLIGHT, a sort of Narnia-ish novel about 3 teenagers with the power to save a magical kingdom from an evil queen. Naturally, there’s a twist to it all, and I’d like to think that the biggest twist is one of my main characters, Stefan, who is really more of an anti-hero than a hero. He seeks power and he makes that pretty known from the beginning. But how many is he willing to betray to gain this power?

My NaNo story, PROJECT GALATEA is my other project about teenagers that were weaponised by faeries in their bid to survive life in the mortal realm. Zib, the rogue, just wants to live in peace away from the courts; Terri, The Golden One, has a creepy fey admirer stalking her; and Ariel, the prince, struggles to choose between his loyalties to his court, and his loyalty to his traitor friend.

On top of this, I do expect to write a number of short stories and poems which I intend to post here first. So stay tuned!

Hello, many of you may already know about The Avengers (or ‘The Avengers Assemble’, as they have renamed it for the UK audience thanks to Johanna Lumley). I’d been meaning to watch it a long time ago but my cousin hadn’t been free. After finally getting round to watching it today, I am thoroughly pleased with how it turned out. I won’t give any spoilers out but you should just know that it was epic.

For those of you who do not know about the Avengers, you really need to find out. You shame yourself. The Avengers is comprised of Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, The Black Widow and Hawkeye.

To me, there was a resemblance to Transformers, what with the whole ‘End of the World’ scenario and giant machines. But it was a lot funnier, and just generally cooler. I am a Transformers fan though. Oh, and the female character in this one, The Black Widow- she was NOT just there to be pretty. I congratulate Scarlett Johansson.

My favourite Avenger in this one was probably either Hulk or Iron Man. Now that’s saying a lot because I did not particularly like the HULK movies, but Mark Ruffalo really brought out something special here.

There is a lot of banter between the heroes here, and quite a few fights between them. I would not suggest leaving this viewing for a bathroom break so do what I did and go before the viewing. And PRE-BOOK seats!!! ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE SEEING IT IN THE WEEKEND. And STAY until the VERY end after ALL of the credits. Can’t wait until the sequel.

Mufunde, out

I’m so excited. I’ve just moved my blog from another service provider after realising that this one was better, but no worries! My old one didn’t have much on it. This is my first post, and you’ll be happy to know that I do indeed have an idea for a book at the moment. I am very much a fan of books with action, romance and fantasy and so I thought I could give it a go. Whilst I cannot promise to be as fantastic as Rick Riordan or Suzzanne Colins, I will surely try my best.
My story is one of discovery, love and in some ways, a journey to freedom. It will follow three protagonists as they deal with the responsibility of having to free a magical kingdom that is ruled by a tyrant. 
Well, you have doubtlessly heard stories like this before, but I intend to do something different with it and give it my own flavour. You will hopefully be hearing from me soon enough.

Mufunde, out.