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Beyond the Rainbow (a future “work” by craig lock)

November 22, 2013

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Beyond the Rainbow (a future “work” by craig lock

 

 

 

 

 

My various books along the writing journey…,

where the seed was originally planted in the beautiful “Mother City”, Cape Town, South Africa

thanks, dearest  mom and dad for all the encouragement and especially love

“And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
– TS Eliot in ‘Four Quarters’

from Here, There and Everywhere [Kindle Edition]

http://www.amazon.com/Here-There-Everywhere-Craig-Lock-ebook/dp/B005GVDCLM/

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid

http://goo.gl/vTpjk and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

The Old Man and the Sea

November 12, 2013

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

ANold man and the sea cover (new)

The Old Man and the Sea

A New Book (still to be written):

A story by craig lock

The story itself is (telling) the story!

“Life is God’s novel; so let Ultimate Source write it, as it unfolds…”

– me (as inspired by the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer)

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ”

– Ernest Hemingway in The Old Man and the Sea

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Ernest Hemingway

DEDICATION

For mom, dad, Sean, Gareth and Marie, the whole Wallace “tribe” back in South Africa… and the world

Enjoy

c

When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”
– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

– c

Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.

craig 11/11/11

PROLOGUE

I was born with the sea, the smell of the sea (and salt) flowing through my veins…

Crossroads (The Choice)

April 18, 2013

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-uUAn9SxZw

from Crossroads (The Choice) – a book still to be written!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossroads, Cape Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Crossroads, Cape Town (from http://www.profimedia.si/picture/crossroads-cape-town/0118995691/)

 

“Either we stayed as we were, trapped inside our fortress of paranoia, deformed by fear and greed, or we opened the door to Africa… and set forth into the unknown.”

April 18, 2013
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from Crossroads (still to be written)

THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM : THE RECONCILIATOR , THE “BRIDGE-BUILDER”

July 2, 2011

THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM :

LONG WALK TO FREEDOM AND PEACE:  THE “BRIDGE-BUILDER, THE RECONCILIATOR ,”

Tags (key words): South Africa, dream, dreams, my young dream, ‘Long Walk to Freedom and Peace’, Craig Lock, hope,  New books, soccer,

Web sites:  https://sawriter.wordpress.com and http://longwalktopeace.wordpress.com/

 

Here is a short extract from ‘Long Walk to Freedom and Peace’ that craig is currently writing (or perhaps “it’s writing itself”)…

I don’t know how the story will end…

But I do know how it all began…

For Lynda and Sharon in “Joey’s”,  and Steve, Glenda, Paula , Dylan and Graham in the beautiful mother city of Cape Town. Also to dearest mom and dad. Thanks for all the support, encouragement and most of all, love.

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PROLOGUE

THE DREAM

It was a cold dreary mid-winter evening in 1975, a year before the Soweto riots that started a great upheaval in the “beloved” country.

 

The young man was very excited as he caught the bus to the soccer ground in Observatory to see a historic football match between the Greek-based side Hellenic (from the other side of the beautiful mother city) and the black team from Soweto outside Johannesburg (Egoli, the city of gold). Watching his team Cape Town City play at Hartleyvale was his usual Friday night entertainment during the long rainy winter at the Southern tip of the vast “dark” continent.

 

Even though it was a friendly soccer match , this was to be the first time a black team had played against a white team in the racially divided and rigidly repressed country. The game went off without incident; in spite of prior apprehension by many and was played in a great spirit. The young man marvelled at the exceptional ball skills displayed by the black players, their creativity, flair and finesse; but he also greatly valued the discipline in defence, self control and the stategic and tactical ‘nous’ of the white players in the opposing teams. It was a great contrast in styles, yet both added greatly to the spectacle through different and yet diverse sets of skills. It was as if the whole was greater than the whole.

 

Though relaxed, that night the blonde-haired man had difficulty getting to sleep … as the thoughts kept swirling around in his head. It hadn’t mattered who had won the game (though he thinks it may have been a draw). And these thoughts began to germinate in the days following. He always expressed himself far better in writing than the spoken word, so the next day he “penned” a letter to his beautiful girlfriend with the jet-black hair, Lynda … in which he shared a vision of the future…of what his “beloved” country could perhaps one day become through encompassing the best of both white and black cultures.

Sport for unity… as a tool in advancement for equality and freedom.

 

And a celebration of diversity… two worlds in one country…and one at peace with itself…at long last!

 

That was the young man’s dream in the dark days of the year nineteen seventy five

 

And that night as he lay in bed,  “young whitey” recalled the words of former US senator, Robert Kennedy who had visited South Africa about eight years earlier:

“ Look at things not as they are, but what can they can perhaps one day become”

Then he fell into a deep sleep, peacefully, blissfully…

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“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)

 

“In the midst of darkness, light exists”

from https://sawriter.wordpress.com and http://longwalktopeace.wordpress.com/

PPS

My vision is of a free democratic South Africa… at long last. Then the country will fulfil its great potential, internally and internationally, as well as in Africa

Never ever give up on your dreams. Sometimes they and fairy-tales DO come true!

August  1989

 

THE CAPACITY FOR HOPE: A “REVIEW”OF THE BOOK ‘KAFFIR BOY’ (by MARK MATHABANE)

September 30, 2010

The New Rainbow book cover

The New Rainbow people

PART FOURTHE CAPACITY FOR HOPE: A “REVIEW”OF THE BOOK ‘KAFFIR BOY’ (by MARK MATHABANE)

Tags: books, ‘Kaffir Boy’, Mark Mathabane, South Africa, good books, hope, capacity of hope, ‘To the End of the Rainbow’

“A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book.”

The capacity of HOPE:

“Underneath almost crushing weights, there is always hope, or at least the capacity for hope…even if it’s only a glimmer. It may be only a tiny spark, but it exists… always and it’s this flicker that keeps people going. This tale is one of resilience. In one sense the novel is a celebration – albeit a bleak one – of the human spirit’s powers of perseverance.”

Hope is this writers only chance.

This work is a celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit.

And it’s not just in some of us…it’s in ALL of us!

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

I will write and am writing stories (true) drawn from the rich tapestry of life. Stories like the one of Mark Mathabane’s ‘ KAFFIR BOY’#

 

# As adapted from the book ‘KAFFIR BOY’ * by Mark Mathabane (Pan Books in association with Bodley Head 1986).

* a highly derogatory term denoting black people and used by racists from the old South Africa, by the way

A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book. I have largely based my “character sketch” on the author’s early experiences. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me, Mark and providing me “sheltered me living in white suburbia” with so much information about the horrendous indignities of township life under Apartheid.

Craig Lock (“white boy runnng”).

as written January in the year 1995

New book ‘ANGOLAN DAWN ‘ has just been published

March 24, 2010

ANGolan Dawn (Amazon)

New book ‘ANGOLAN DAWN ‘ by Craig Lock has just been published.

Tags: Books, new books, Craig Lock,  Angola, novel, historical fiction faction
A true tale of an Angolan migrant miner who goes to ‘e’Goli’, the big city of gold in South Africa.
Also a realistic portrayal of the Angolan conflict in “darkest Africa” through the eyes of a hospital orderly.
A moving and realistic novel about the evil and destructiveness of war, as well as the inherent goodness within every human spirit. In short, the story of a nation’s agony and hope.

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A short extract…

“It was just getting light with that certain freshness in the
air of early morning. Albertina Kangombe saw the figure of her husband Marcelino receding in the distance down the sandy track, walking slowly down the gentle hill. She saw him turn around once to look at her but he could not see the tears of sadness running down her face. She wondered when she would see her dear, strong
husband again. He was a tall man but he became smaller and smaller as she saw him gradually receding into the distance on that early January morning. And then he was gone… ” #

Angolan Dawn is available at: http://www.amazon.com/Angolan-Dawn-ebook/dp/B005GSGSQG and

http://www.creativekiwis.com/angolandawn.html

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REVIEW

Craig Lock’s most recent work Angolan Dawn has the following qualities in abundance: imaginative scope realism, emotion and tension. It is in my opinion a first-class work of modern fiction.

In most respects this is an individual and innovative piece with considerable character. It is conventional only in so far as the author has taken pains to structure this work in accordance with the dramatic necessities of pace, exposition and denouement. It is all the stronger for having what I would call a ‘‘classic’ plot: one which has guts to it which takes its readers on a clear and well-defined journey from A to B and leaves us feeling like we have truly experienced something at the end of it. Not that there is anything ‘obvious’ at the manner in which the tale unfolds. Far from it – the world of the novel through a fictional creation of some substance is  unpredictable and enigmatic as reality.

The essential realism carries over into the body of the text itself. The writing is packed with the body of real experience; little insights and observations combine with the fictional material to give the work a powerful relevance to its readers. Essential ‘scene-setting’ details and other information are not relayed in huge indigestible chunks, but are instead woven carefully into the fabric of the plot itself. The dialogue  is particularly well-handled: sharp and convincing. The total result of these factors working together is what papers might call ‘a thumping good read’!

The written style is excellent perfectly suited to the tale the author has to tell. Without seeming at all self-conscious the author has found a voice in which he  writes with fluency and confidence. The book is written in an engaging and convincing manner with an appealing quality of direct communication.

In short this a stylish and well-structured piece of work a compelling novel and it deserves to do well in the market-place.”

– Michael Warwick  and Arthur Thorndike (“Chief Editor” M Press )

Angolan Dawn is available at

http://www.amazon.com/Angolan-Dawn-ebook/dp/B005GSGSQG

 

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

AN “INTERVIEW” WITH A SOUTH AFRICAN PASTOR

March 19, 2010

AN “INTERVIEW” WITH A SOUTH AFRICAN PASTOR

Tags: religion, faith, new books, resistance, power of religion, faith to effect change, Henry Porter, New Zealand, craig lock

The title of the pastor Bruce McCauley’s sermon was

RELIGION CAN DICTATE TERMS OF RESISTANCE

“Organised religion is very often the only means people have of challenging a dictatorship and bringing about enlightened political values. The faith of so many ordinary people in the blood-soaked history of our beloved country gave them the courage to go into the streets. Together, faith and passive mass resistance create an inspired force that is more than the sum of its parts. Religion can be a platform of resistence, a point of ignition…and any history of liberty and modern civilisation must concede that. Many regimes around the globe make the mistake of allowing conditions where the people had nothing but their lives to lose (having “no stake in society”).
History penalises those who do not change with the times. Only by understanding the past can we push into the future. The fire has now been lit and may the resolve of the people prevail.

In Leipzig on Oct 9 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin  Wall a statement was read from the pulpits of every church in the city appealing for peace and self control. I am now uging you people to have the same self restraint. The voice of the pastors there gave the message authority and the people of Leipzig courage. Without them the most peaceful revolution ever seen would have been very different.

And pastor Bruce closed with the stirring words: “Only by understanding the past can we push into the future. May all of you here in this church, as well as in every other church  in South Africa, serve the cause of freedom and our religion very well, as we move into the light of a bright new future in our country.”

(as adapted from the words of Henry Porter as writing in ‘The Observer’ from a report in The New Zealand Herald, Tuesday October 2. 2007).
Web site: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/buddhism/news/article.cfm?c_id=500820&objectid=10467088

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“Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.” So eulogises Robert Kennedy after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in April 1998.

“Those who say that religion is seperate to politics don’t know what religion is.”
– Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

“My religion is kindness.”
– Mohandas Gandhi

# THE AWAKENED SPIRIT (A NEW DAWN)

March 18, 2010

Tags: Books, New books, South Africa, spirit, manuscripts, Craig Lock

# A NEW DAWN:

Let the Journey Begin…

A passionate story of inspiration: hope, faith, peace and especially LOVE for the world and inspired by what I simply term God, the Ultimate Source, the Creative Source of Life itself. That is my legacy to my beloved family…and the world.

# THE AWAKENED SPIRIT

Craig Lock’s new work is a story of ordinary men and women, whose strong sense of justice and decency led to their making their own unique contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The stories in my new work not only shine a light on South Africa’s turbulent and often dark past, but tell us something about the present state of the world “and how one man’s freedom fighter, like Nelson Mandela can be another’s terrorist…and to another a ‘hero liberator’ (It just depends upon ones perspective). Therefore, it is vitally important to understand the mind of a person. And that is the mindset we are truly going to have to understand to ‘win this current war against terror’. So, by only looking to history, we always find something, a ray of hope to illuminate the present and the future.” *

* I think those were the words (powerful) of Gillian Slovo (daughter of Joe Slovo) in describing her book from which the uplifting and inspiring film ‘Catch A Fire’ was based. And I have the same sentiments and  motives in my various writings.


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