The Damn Fine Words Writing Contest [A new beginning]

Firstly, I missed the last entry to this competition.
I was following through on what I have said in previous entries [a] [b].

As a family we had to make some hard decisions – and as a parent, a husband, I needed to do what I knew was in the best interest of my family.

And we did it.

We uprooted our little family, put ourselves on a plane and moved ourselves to Australia.

Amazing how people think luck had everything to do with it. Luck was present, and yes we are very lucky, and very blessed – but we also dedicated 2 hours every night to this for months that eventually stretched into over a year.

But… we followed through, and we left everything we know, our way of life has taken the biggest knock – lol.

I have to admit that living the last couple months out of suitcases, and out of B&B’s has been interesting – the whole transition still not complete. (Fingers crossed our container will be released next week and we can move into our little apartment – all we can afford at this juncture)

This entire process – this life changing event has been the biggest “thing” I/we as a family have ever done, it has been the scariest. And yes, the hardest for so many reasons. But…

This is the most excited I have ever been.

How do you explain a sunset, and living in the dark to someone who has only ever seen a sunrise, and has lived in the light???

This move has been a night turned to day experience – it has been absolutely amazing – as a really simple example – the joy I have to take my kids to anyone of the multiple public parks available. To let them run free, and do so without the normal deep down worry. To let them be kids.

We are going to be very happy here in Australia – what an amazing country, and amazing people.

Look, I’m a realist. And I can tell you it is going to take 3 years for us to settle, but it is all going to be worth it. My kids, my wife… they are worth it 🙂

Which brings me to damn fine words contest.

I literally have kids hanging off my leg. They are on waiting lists for creche etc, so we are stuck with each other for awhile yet.
I have previously expressed my desire to use writing to subsidize our family income. Currently my wife landed a job (she is amazing), and I am living the home dad life 🙂 – I will admit, it isn’t easy, and new found respect to house wives / home dad’s.
I want to start running my little freelance writer business whilst the kids are asleep – so will be working till midnight. But this should give me 4 dedicated hours.

James! I need your course, I need your expertise, I need your experience to pull this off.

I need to start, and build a business and market myself, and be treated like a professional that attracts professional rates.
I need to reshape my confidence, fast track the learning process to being a better writer, and show that to prospective clients.
Your course comes packed with everything I need to fast track myself, my business, and my profits.

I have just done a monumental task, something that the majority of people can never truly understand. And we as a family have done the impossible to have a chance at a different life for our kids.

We have so much to celebrate, we have so much to be grateful for, we have so many people to whom we are forever indebted too.

Help my family please. Help me be the best that I can be, so that I can give them the best going forward. Teach me the how, but also help me find the who, and redirect my what, so that I can arrive at the when and be where I need to be quicker, by being smarter.

Thank you so much for your consideration again 🙂



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The Damn Fine Words Writing Contest [A new beginning]

Damn Fine Words Entry [Resubmitted]

I don’t want to have to tell my boys that they can’t do this, or have that because of the colour of their skin. I don’t want them to experience the hollowness that comes from not being hired, or being fired because the company wants to increase its BEE Compliance level.
Or having to take their livelihood into their own hands and building a business out of nothing, only to be told – now, that they have to give 51% to a black partner – give – not sell.

Apartheid was wrong on so many level, the majority of the current generation, myself included were only children during those awful years. But the roles have now shifted.

We are living in a state of decay, a country on a downward spiral that has lost its moral compass. (Not that we ever had one), but we had hope.

Hope today has been replaced by something else. Something dark, something vile. Something rotten to the core.

You can’t make the stuff up that happens daily, hourly, or even by the minute.

And I am afraid!

My previous entry hinted at why I wished to return back to writing.

As a man I can endure so many things. A man, yes. But not as a father, a husband… I have to do what is in my family’s best interest. And I have decided I cannot raise a loving family in a country that knows only how to hate. Therefore, I must flee.

“That is all I have to say about that” – Forest Gump

Considering this is a resubmit to the damn fine words competition. [Alas, my previous entry didn’t possess the sparkle needed – lol, and I am not very open and giving into the juicy details]

But that is the way it is…oh, I have a confession to make. Let’s handle that off the bat.

There is no way I can afford your course. Seriously! I have tried to put together the money, even tried to put together half the money in case I got second place (Wishful thinking). But I cannot afford it. The exchange rate completely nulls that ambition.

I painted a bleak picture in my previous entry. Heck, from my intro here too, things have not got better and I am not going to go into details, and I don’t want my current situation to be a determining factor.

I am a realist. No excuses. Just an honest slap in the face facts.

I cannot afford this course any which way it is spun. That said. Thank you for yet another opportunity to enter again.


Can’t believe five months have passed since my previous entry.

So let me bring you up to speed.

Last email you wrote informing me that another candidate had been chosen, I informed you that I had enrolled and was now pursuing my diploma in copywriting.

I believe that it is always a good idea to take immediate action when presented a fork, else you stand the risk of losing momentum, and any momentum surfer will tell you – it is the driving force to anything / everything.

Besides, I had made my decision to get back into writing, and I don’t every back down from a decision.

And it’s all about the third shift.

I read a piece many years ago: The gist was something to do with working the railway lines, and 3 shifts. The outcome of the piece was that we need to work [Shift 1], we need to sleep [Shift 2], and it is what we do in the third shift that determines our future.

So I picked up my diploma course, and tossed it into the mix. Juggling the new plate with my left, whilst holding my family close in my right.

I would like to report that having worked extremely hard, I have received a multitude of A’s, two B’s, and a C.

I received a lot of fails – but the majority of my marks (the A’s) were achieved on resubmits. I kept at it till I had mastered what was needed to get an A. I also kept at it, till I felt that what I had submitted was my best effort [that would be the B, and C grades – we can’t all excel in all types of copy – I know my limitations]


Hard work has paid off, and I feel like I have learnt a great deal. But it isn’t enough. I can clearly see the lack; that only damn fine words can fill.

Sure, stringing words together can be taught, but what damn fine words is offering is the stringing together of the business of… successful writing. And that cannot be found or learned in diploma course.

This competition: Win or lose, I have made my decision, and I’ll keep taking massive action upon it.

So to answer your question:

how the Damn Fine Words course could change your life, and what you would do with the writing skills you learn.

It will change my family’s life. It will allow me to work part-time (Third Shift), to close the financial gap of moving to a new country.

It will allow me to be present whilst earning a 2nd income – where, I don’t have to sacrifice that priceless quality time spent together, and then when the family are asleep, I can write from the dining room table.

I will be home, I will be present, and able to watch them sleeping whilst I wait for the kettle to boil.

And I can think to myself… it is all worth it – everything life throws at us – “They make it worth it”




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Damn Fine Words Entry [Resubmitted]

Why writing is important to your business success, and how Damn Fine Words could be the game-changer you need.


A man came to the gate and asked for food. I gave him food.
A man then came through a window and demanded all my money. I gave him all my money and I was able to forgive him.
But today, a monster comes day or night. He still demands money, but he wants something I cannot give. He wants to hurt those I love.
I can’t let it inflict pain on those I love. I cannot forgive a monster.
“I” can no longer govern my decisions.
“I” is no longer relevant.
“I” has a family.
And “We” need a change.

I’m a realist and I know that change isn’t easy.
I also know that change doesn’t sit well with others.
But this isn’t about others.
This is about 2 little boys who may or may not understand the gravity of this when they are older.

Their future is my decision.

Much like Survival drives a soldier in the heat of battle to do unimaginable things, bravery itself only follows later

I am not a soldier. And I am not brave.

But, I am a father who is planning to uproot my family, expose everything I have built over my lifetime to the elements.

As clear as daylight: How does one start again?
And if I must, could we start again together – old friend?
I haven’t felt your rhythm, but I have missed your beat.

Yes, I know I’ve been hammering away at the keyboard for years.
But lets be honest, telling a machine what to do and when to do it…isn’t what I would call “Writing”
Machines feel nothing, they want structured instructions to perform a set of given tasks.

Function (do this){
actions go here

Punching these keys leave me empty. Void. Emotionless.
They do put food on the table, something you never had the chance to do.
But I do know that as my fingers punch these keys, it just feels right…albeit you are still foreign to me.

A new start demands I investigate all opportunities, all career choices.

For my families sake I will do anything even if I must lock you way again and punch code day in, and day out.

But lets walk this road you and me. Lets see what it could possible bring.



That is my highest strength that I wrote down when I did a SWOT analysis. I applied this, because I have studied risk management.
It was just one subject in a very long list of subjects needed when embarking in a career as a chartered accountant.
3 years I spent on that list, for a degree that sadly I never achieved.
I had to push the pause button, and when I tried to push play a few years later. I was told that I couldn’t be credited for anything I had previously studied via UNISA.
It seems that the good old folks overseas don’t hold UNISA in the highest of regards.

South Africa, the country itself is about to be placed as JUNK status. And our Rand is now worthless against the dollar… this course is totally out of my reach.

So I hit restart, this time with CIMA. And have been scraping by exam after exam for the past 2 years.

I’ve always studied, I am considered to be a superb juggler.
Not plates, or balls as you might think…. But books and courses. I like to have at least 3 in the air.
I also juggle work, and a family too. But I like to keep my family in my right hand and close to my heart, whilst I juggle life and everything else with my left. A skill I guess learned when my son became chronically ill. He almost ended up an only child, but after 2 years, his health improved so much so, we started to see a possibility, and that possibility is now 5 month old.

The best gift for your child. The gift of your attention. The best lesson. The ability for him to share your attention with his siblings. – Jonathan

Adaptability has made me a jack of all trades, and a master of one: I can juggle life with one hand.

Why throw another course into the mix. Why choose writing?
Simple answer really : “Options”

I care greatly for my family, and have started to consider going abroad, I need something that I can do part time from the kitchen table to extend the wallet till the end of the month.

I also used to write pretty back in the day 😉

But that was long… long ago.

Today I still punch keys, but I don’t write for eyeballs, I get to tell machines to perform tasks and execute large amounts of code.
Thousands upon thousands of lines of code that makes up the websites we see, the software we use, and even the games we play.

I speak geek. I speak numbers. I speak words. I speak life.

Not much I can’t do, but everything I can do never came easily – I am big on practice.
I hope Damn Fine Words allows me the opportunity to get some practice over the next few months….

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My website is still underconstruction 😦

Why writing is important to your business success, and how Damn Fine Words could be the game-changer you need.