Zimbabwe – Where and Why

I know I said our cultural adventures would begin in March, but I’m in the why wait kind of mood. So, our fun begins in Africa.

Where in the world is Zimbabwe?

Considered located in Eastern Africa, but more often referred to as Southern Africa, Zimbabwe only gained its independence in 1980. Which means it’s only one year older than me, making it a very young country. Some of its main exports are tobacco, alloys, cotton, sugar beet/cane and diamonds. Tourism is also a major economic source for the country. We’ll discover exactly why in a later post.

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Why in the world did you set a story in Zimbabwe?

In Fierce Wild, my first published short story, Salima Pavia fights poachers, stubborn rhinos, and an attraction to a ruthless mercenary to keep the black rhino sanctuary her parents founded a decade ago running smoothly. So, I had to go where the rhinoceros are. Them being a critically endangered species made that a list pitifully small.

Between 1970 and 1992, 96% of Africa’s remaining black rhinos were killed in a wave of poaching for their horns (WWF) and though their modest numbers have stabilized over the last decade the threat remains, due to Eastern cultures’ historical beliefs that the horns hold medicinal powers and religious meaning.

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This gorgeous picture was provided by Derek Keats

Ending on a happy note…many African countries, Zimbabwe being one of the front runners in this effort, are investing land in the form of reserves and money for militia-like guards to protect the rhinoceros and by extension their rich heritage.

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A Change in the Wind

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This gorgeous picture provided by Ingrid Taylar.

There’s a song about answers blowing in the wind, but I haven’t caught them yet. You?

What the wind has brought is change. Ah, the inevitability of life. History and evolution show us those who don’t adapt die. So, this lady plans to acclimate. “I’m too young to die,” I cry.

In April I’ll give a presentation on marketing to a fabulous group of romance writers, the NOLA Stars. The research I’ve done for said presentation has taught me oh so much and shown me a bit of the errors of my ways. Yes, error(s) is plural on purpose because I’ve been doing more than one thing incorrectly.

For nearly two years I’ve been blogging with abandon. Which means I’ve blogged when the mood struck, when I had an event to blog about and most times I ended up abandoning my precious web space all together.

Why? Because I didn’t have focus or a schedule.

Now for the change. Starting in March, Tuesdays equal Megan blog days. I’ll bring you art, food and cultural interests from the settings of my novels and short stories, a.k.a. around the world. Plus author guest posts, as well as interviews, and the occasional update on my work and life.

So, get ready kids! We’re headed to Zimbabwe first!

A Month of Love with Brinda Berry

Hey kids! I’m over at YA author, Brinda Berry’s Blog today talking romance with two other fabulous authors. And there’s a #Giveaway!

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A $25 Etsy gift card is up for grabs, among some other great prizes! Check them and Brinda Berry out! She’s a treat!!