About gipsika

Therapist:  “Repeat after me:  I am not my business.  I am not my violin.  I am not my book.”


1. P’kaboo Publishers:

P'kaboo Publishers

Fresh Crispy Reads

The indie publisher was founded in 2009 starting with the Solar Wind series, the brilliant YA books by Colonialist, and “Almost Dead in Suburbia” by Douglas Pearce, also known as Arkenaten.

We have grown from 5 to a few dozen products including books, multimedia such as CDs, DVDs with book inserts for little ones, and sheet music.  We take submissions periodically when we’ve dealt with current submissions. P’kaboo experiments quite a bit with social network marketing, including our Facebook group, short story contests, Facebook “like” competitions and so on.  Read here for a bit of an insight post :-).

 Honeymead Books

Because some of our readers and writers are not YA or kiddies and would prefer some “stronger” stuff, we started Honeymead Books.  Our other work load currently has the site a bit quiet, but this situation should resolve some time soon.

Updates: The P’kaboo Blog


2. The Violin Studio:

Of less interest to my blogfriends but my bread-and-butter.

We teach

Events

Violin Tricks blog

danni-in-concert

So if you are in Pretoria, drop in!  If you have or know children (or adults) who would like to learn violin, viola or guitar, send them!

 

2016-May

Relaxing after a concert


3. As a writer:

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child… (none of those early ones is on P’kaboo.)

Recently rediscovered my author interview on Smashwords (it’s pre-packaged questions but I thought they are very nice questions, quite answerable!).

Current books that are available:

The Solar Wind Series:sw-series

The story of a ship full of fugitives, teenagers and rogues, escaping from a terrible organization that has taken over the world. Date: Year 2116.

Radomir Lascek, Pirate Captain of the Solar Wind, has his hands full keeping his teenage crew in line.

“Just because we’re pirates doesn’t mean there are no rules!”

Also available on Amazon.

And on Smashwords.

Arcana

ArcanaA young professional, working and still in further studies, is snared into the “Craft”. Herself a realist who doesn’t believe in magic at all, she has to find her way out of this deadly tangle, while still holding onto her identity.

 

Also on Amazon

And on Smashwords

Violin Tunes for Beginners

Lyz Russo: Violin Tunes for beginners - music

Full of songs you know and canons to try out. Makes starting on the violin really easy.

Not on Amazon yet.  Only available from www.pkaboo.net, and in local music shops.

 


 

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That’s me – some years back

Who am I:I’m a writer, musician, mother and entrepreneur in South Africa. I’m also a loudmouth with foot-in-mouth disease, so if I offend you with a post or a comment, please forgive – it is probably unintentional. I comment a lot, so feel free to invite me to your blog if I haven’t yet found it.

On the extinct blog site “Letterdash” I was “kalinka”.  This is also my band name. The name was not available on WordPress though.

72 thoughts on “About gipsika

  1. I love entrepreneurs, and am a bit of one myself ;). Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand the Russian novelist? It’s a MUST read, especially for entrepreneurs. CHEERS darling 🙂

    • I’ve been so surprised to see one or both of those titles on lists of “Best 100 Novels in English”. Both suck big time, they are comic strips on novel form. Her first long novel, however, “We the Living” is good. It contains all the ideas (better use the correct form, singular, idea) that is the theme of everything she writes: the motivating force of egoism. For many years I thought it was her idea, but have recently learned that it is the ideology of NG Chernyshevsky (1828-89). Anyway, We the Living is based on her own experience and supplies the foundation of the caricatures she spends thousands of pages painting in the other novels.

    • Hi Jules. That’s interesting, I also thought the egotism was her own religion, but now that you mention Chernychevsky, I believe I’ve heard of (him, her, it?). Someone I know once went to a course with Chernychevsky’s teachings. That man promptly left his wife, ditched his three children on the cusp of adulthood who could have done with just the last little bit of financial support from him, left his job, took a “golden handshake”, toured the world with a girlfriend, sold the family home & emigrated to NZ with a new wife. I’m “impressed” how deeply these teachings can reach.

    • For myself, read ’em both.
      And most of her others … but you’ll have a hard time selling them in this heavily politically correct brain-dead uneducatable unthinking environment—no, I don’t mean this site; I mean this modern world. So in the end we all get what we deserve, even though she forewarned us about it decades ago.

    • Jules:
      she was a Russian writing in English.
      It’s the sort of stuff you either ‘get’ or you don’t; she was a philosopher who tried to get it across in novel form (hence the very long monologues and thing).

      If nothing else her “Contradictions are impossible” bit has stuck with me and I quote it often.
      We need (for simple survival, dammit) to sweep the nice fuzzies of modern PC woolly ‘thinking’ away and face facts. Not easy for anybody, even harder for today’s ‘Generation Snowflake’.

    • 🙂 Well, if you’re in Pretoria on the 17th of June, pls feel free to come to our chamber concert at the German School, 15h pm. That’s currently the last of the gigs I’ve got lined up until we organize more.

  2. Hey Lili.. so good to reconnect.. I want to read almost dead in suburbia.. how can I get a real copy to Australia I want to buy it.. and I also love what you wrote.. Fanta Claus… Thanks for remaining so incredibly interesting..

    • Hey Steve! 🙂 Missed you!!

      The thing to do is: Go to http://www.pkaboo.net/bookshop.html and click on the Paypal buy button. Our other books are there too (I have 7 authors by now plus a few extra short-story authors, and one of my music authors is Prof Alan Solomon, remember from Tuks!). Mine are the ones by “Lyz Russo” (pen name). Science fiction mainly. You’ll love Douglas’ style. He’s a humorist – spoofs everything.

      The Paypal button gives you options for international and inside SA, and the pricing there includes the shipping. Or, if you have a way of doing a South African EFT, that is better – contact me on lrusso@pkaboo.net.

      I’ll mail the book to you. Will get your address either from Paypal or in the email.

      Is Australia good to you?

      😉

    • wow.. you write books.. not surprising… with your mind.. I am justy delighted… I have oreded your 1st one and the dead in suburbia.. it seeed to have an oztralia option.. hope I clicked all the right buttons.. oz.. has been good to me.. has allowed me to completely change my ‘career’ path.. to a much more free flow.. which seems to suit my nature.. yay.. you seem about the same… would be good to see you again some day.. hope your family are well. how is mr. and do you have kids?

    • Would be stunning to see you! Do you ever come & visit the “old country” or has your whole fam moved? (My chances of getting over to AUS are pretty skinny, the air fare is terribly expensive.)

      Remember that wild man with the red long hair (honours year I was dating him)? Iain. (His brother was that even wilder man on campus, “Irish”.) I ended up marrying him, & we have 3 kids. Robin is 16 and she’s in Std 8 now, main subjects art and design. Ray is nearly 12 and full of beans and Meggi is 9 and more full of beans. I call the two of them my “wild ones”. We’re still in Pretoria.

      I gave up on genetics because it’s more fun to write about it than to work in the lab. What are you doing these days? You say you’re in a much more free work environment?

    • Yes.. Still have family in PTA still visit may come next march keep you posted… Course I remember Iain.. Tell him I say hello.. I worked for bloody years with them genes but since come to Australia am painting pictures full! Time… And love it.. I feel like you writing about genes on some level I am painting science have a website. http://Www.sidsledge.com and so yes that’s wht I do now coming to the land of oz freed me up to do that

  3. Thank you so much for joining us on wePoets, it’s appreciated. We’d be happy to showcase any of your art forms should you want to share. If so our submission and theme pages explain everything. 🙂

    • 🙂 You have an interesting post, I’d like to follow this development. I have relatives in Ireland, who moved there recently from South Africa (we are still in South Africa) and they’ve been singing praises… but I know to take this with a pinch, because in SA we have absolutely no social support structures for poor whites with a lot of children, and besides they got a boost from rich family, so I take it they’re still living on that boost.

  4. Hey Gipsika,

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog yesterday. I have not seen your books in book store here in Ethiopia. If I come I across them, I would like to read them. I am a fan of one South African writer, Wilbur Smith. When I start reading your books, I will have one more South African author with a good chance of becoming one of my favourite authors.

  5. So I guess you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

  6. You go girl! Liking your style – thanks for the follow and as an introduction of sorts – my all time favorite opening line of any novel…

    The naked parrot looked like a human fetus spliced onto a kosher chicken” – Tom Robbins,Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates 🙂

  7. [ Hm.. It seems that everybody either knows or is connected (by one topic or another) with everybody here. OK, I’ve got to look smart. ]

    Hey, anybody knows the way to the beach? Or give me a lift, perhaps? :mrgreen:

    • Hehe! Welcome Kutukamus! True, this crowd has known each other for a while but we definitely have space for more. Where are you from?

    • I’m from Indonesia, the country that has Bali in it (and not the other way around). Glad there is still some space around because I really need to go to the beach. You know, for walking on the sand and stuff.. 😀

  8. P’kaboo! Of course. I knew I’d seen that somewhere! Colonialist! 🙂
    Small world indeed.
    Keep up the good work!
    Brian

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  10. Great stuff by you over at Kate ‘Roughseas’ place today. I left a supportive comment, but it may well have been moderated as I’m not in her good books of late. John Z. is great and I respect him, but his argument as regards when life commences was, frankly, untenable. I suggested as much on his own blog so there’s no confidences being betrayed here. For me, consciousness is the issue, and as no one even knows what it is . . .

    • Thank you, that’s exactly it. How does a researcher claim to “measure” consciousness? I’m not a pro-anything, lifer or choicer (I feel both points of view have their downsides), but I don’t like wishy-washy argumentation dressing itself as “science”. The opinion piece he links to is well written, but still only an opinion piece and itself using outdated research.

    • Oh, you are more than welcome. I value people who speak their mind, and do so civilly, especially if they are well-informed and consistent in their reasoning. Such types I learn from, hence I shall subscribe to your blog. Please feel no obligation to do the same with mine, and I’m sure you wont. See you further on down the road. 🙂

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