Tales & images from life as me…

About this blog

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Below are some introductions and explanations of the various sections. Although this blog is mostly light hearted stories of my life and work and travels, I should also explain that the reason behind it is my ‘writing career’ (inverted commas due to the lack of a published novel… yet). One day I hope to have finished a book which people actually want to read and in order to appear to be a good marketing bet, I am told strong social media platforms are important. So I’m working on it! Please read the brief sections below to understand a little about what’s behind the content on this blog (apart from my marketing drive!).

If you like what you see, I’d really appreciate you signing up as a follower – just look to the right on the home page, there’s a little box where you fill in your email address, then click the ‘follow’ button underneath. Thank you. Melissa

The Write Time – Introduction
These are blogs that provide tips and insights, and – where there’s something to share – keep you all updated on what’s happening with my writing life. Hopefully, one day, you’ll be the first people I tell when that publishing contract finally does roll in!
Photography – Introduction
I use this blog to share some of my photos. Photography is a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy and often use to support the sale of my travel articles. It’s even got me mentioned in a couple of actual books – a school text book and ‘The Art Of Not Breathing’ by Sarah Alexander. It always helps me to know which ones you like the best.
Family Life – Introduction
Observations and mulling on becoming a parent for the first time, coping with the madness and the overwhelming love and making it all fit with wanting to write.


The TIA Tales – Introduction

These are no longer current as I moved back to the UK, but I’ve kept them here as they make fun reading and represent such a magical time in my life. Living in Africa definitely forces you to have a laid back attitude, and a sense of humour. As an ex-pat there are things that strike us, which someone local may not even notice. We have a saying (those of you who’ve seen Blood Diamond may recognize it, but it existed way before the film), it is simply ‘TIA’ (This is Africa) and is usually accompanied by a shrug. It is used to explain that anything can happen; that we expect it all to be upsidedown; we must just get on with it. That’s why this category section of my blog is called TIA Tales.

Those of us living here have a tendency to group together and share these experiences. Some can be incredibly funny or disgusting, some horribly irreverent (for those readers not from here please don’t be upset by these, it’s a sort of survival skill you develop here) and others heart-breakingly sad. By sharing the stories it is as though people are almost revelling in their own survival whilst enjoying the threat this continent poses – it makes us live a little more somehow.
Please note: I love Africa, and all my African friends and ex-students and colleagues (I was a teacher there for almost a decade) and in no way do I want these stories ever to be seen as a negative take on the continent that has become my second home.


3 responses

  1. We Africans are tough… I love your blog, hope the future publisher also see all the potential and sign a book deal soon!

    August 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  2. Patrycja Chyla-Malima

    Dear Melissa,
    I’m a publisher from Namibia. I came across your blog while searching for images of vultures eating a corpse to use in text on ecosystems in a Natural Science and Health Education Grade 6 textbook I’m busy working on at the moment.

    I would like to use one of your images I found on https://beingmelissakay.wordpress.com/tag/lioness/ in this publication.

    Please contact me via email for more details.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warm regards,


    August 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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