Watch out for the energy suckers

I’ll admit it - I’m a crabby, old woman who does not suffer fools well. But, there are few people who infuriate me more than lazy people with entitlement issues who want to waste my time.

I first met such a person a few years ago. I don’t know how he got my phone number but he did. He phoned me and said he had a manuscript and would be bringing it to me in Mahalapye so I could read it. I should give him my address. At the time, I was the vice chair person of the Writers Association of Botswana (WABO) and he assumed that meant this was part of my job. I explained to him that it was not and described how he should try to submit his manuscript to publishers. I also went on to explain how he might do it and gave him a few names of people he could contact. No, he said, all publishers were crooks. He’d already complained to the Office of the President about that situation.

 Then he went on to insult me. When I stopped answering his phone calls, he emailed his insults. And then he went online and announced, in a public forum, that the reason I had so many published books was because I was hoarding all of the perks I got from being the vice chairperson of WABO. Little did he know, I’d have likely had more books published if I hadn’t put so much of my energy and money into that organisation, but that’s another story.  I spent numerous days steaming about this man. Hours I could have been writing, I would spend drafting letters to him I would never send. This fed into a cycle in which I was now angry because the person made me so upset I could no longer concentrate, was no longer able to work, and so I lost even more time to him.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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