How does one put in adequate words, the events and emotions, the rollercoaster of wonder that a single year can reveal itself to be? For me and Daughters are Diamonds, 2007 has been such a year. And, in keeping with the incredible splurge of energy, there lingers a promise for the year ahead. Just as 2006 came to an uneventful close, and while I worked patiently for the work-in-progress book to make its way through the grind of the publishing process, I could not have imagined the energy that was about to be unleashed along with the initial spate of launches. I have, of course, every reason to feel both delighted and blessed by the journey that I am being carried along.. and so, heres hoping that the anticipation for 2008 is replaced over weeks and months with much success and pleasurable creative vision.
I have just returned from Durban, and a wonderful week of seminars and booksignings at the Al-Ansaar Souk.. having met and engaged with incredibly insightful people from various walks of life, and from far-reaching places around South Africa and beyond, I will return in a month to the East Coast for a five month stay, and as a guest lecturer at UKZN, this time, to present both and undergrad and postgrad course in Sociology around the themes and theories of Daughters are Diamonds. I cannot, at this point, think of a more fruitful and exciting development for the Journey of this book. In my opinion, this little effort of activism in bringing out the narratives of womens lives, power relations and cultural understandings of life and perception, has just found an amplifier! So then heres hoping that 2008 is going to be a delightfully noisy year!
With Great Cheer and Hopes for a sustained insanity..
A grand farewell to a wonderfilled 2007 that was.. and
An All-embraced and Happy New Year 2008!