I’m a writer living in Cape Town, South Africa. I read far too much, draw pictures that tell stories and write stories about every-day magic. This blog is my hoard of pictures and thoughts where I share what fascinates me, including book reviews, illustrations, art and ideas.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anja Flower
    Jan 07, 2009 @ 03:53:35

    I wanted to say hi, and thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog. I’m sorry I’ve replied to so few of them; I’d like to say I’ve been busy, which is true, but really I’ve been lazy. You were very insightful in your description of Maruo Suehiro, and I’m glad his work is being understood (by someone, at least). I’d be very interested to hear more about what it’s like being an artist in South Africa, as well. Cheers!


  2. deslily
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 19:27:20

    the photos you have here don’t show.. little red x’s…

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  4. Nymeth
    May 26, 2009 @ 23:16:59

    I’m new to your wonderful blog, but I’ll be coming back for sure!

  5. Coral Press
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 23:35:21

    Hello Masha,

    My name is Ashley Bridge; I work for Coral Press, an indie publisher of Musical Fiction.

    Not only do we publish musical novels, but we are also becoming a prominent source for all things musical fiction. To that end, we have launched The Charts – our list of the Top 40 Musical novels of the past few decades compiled by Kellie D. Brown, author of The Annotated Bibliography and Reference List of Musical Fiction.

    As part of our list of Top 40 Musical novels, we’ve included comments on the books from prominent bloggers. We’re pleased to let you know that we are referencing your blog in regards to the book, The Little Country by Charles De Lint and including a link to it.

    We hope you’ll check out The Charts at http://coralpress.com/playlist/charts/category/top-40-rock-and-pop/. And we’d love it if you created a link back to Coral Press: http://www.coralpress.com.

    All the best,

    Ashley Bridge

  6. emmanence
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 22:25:07

    comment for following purposes…

  7. Catherine
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 19:52:08

    Hi Masha,
    sigh sigh sigh, thank you for all the beautiful beauties on your site, I’ve spent the last week with a desire to find soft fantasy worlds, I think it’s a calling from the belly, just wanting to connect with infancy. Richard’s always told me to check out your blog and I finally did.

    Join for guys for a walk soon

    thank you!


  8. Yvette Stephen
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:11:13

    The illustrations are wonderful and I want to know more about the stories x

  9. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 17:31:53

    a search for information about floor cloths brought me here to the 3D floor image.

    i love painting concrete floors but am considering doing a floor cloth or two. it’s been 20 years, and I am hopeful there are some pointers out there. My last one, beneath the varnish, got a case of mildew in the southern usa climate. (i now live in ecuador.)

    i’ve enjoyed looking at your blog!


  10. Gina Havenga
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 11:13:43

    Masha, I like that name. I am also a painter and I love your drawings. I live across the boerewors curtain, a little away from you I think, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Once again, thanks for coming back to me on my question about Kindle pub. Your advice has been very helpful too. Can I ask you a really personal question? I wont be offended if you tell me to bugger off. I want to sign up as a premium member on Critique Circle. I apsolutely love the website. Are you a premium member? By that I mean, do you use everything they offer you? Or is it better to stay as a newbie? What are your bank charges on the membership fees? From where I am sitting, it is hardly worth it if my bank is going to charge me R100 or more for their membership, of a little more than R30.00 a month.

    Happy drawing


  11. Andrea
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:16:17

    Hi i am busy with an E book at the moment. Would you mind greatly looking at it and letting me know what you think. Please let me know i email you the document. it is for special need children

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