Schmidt Happens

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Fancy some flash fiction, fresh music or plain speech poetry? How about adult fiction or fiction for youth, including children? Corporate entertainment through story and song?

My main avenues of action, these days, are singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or 'complete fool', depending on who you ask.

Feel free to walk through my website - hopping, skipping and jumping are expressly allowed. May the top menu be your guiding light.

I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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Werner, wearing other jackets & apparel.

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About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

Singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or a complete fool, depending on who you ask.

He has worked as accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 7 500+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014 and 2017, in English and Afrikaans, as 75 Bucks and 75 Rand (Afrikaans). Author of corporate brands and brand stories. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years) and DVD. He published the book in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna's metamorphosis to a children's book will take place during the short to medium term. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

He published death by design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the cage | stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 chinchillas, published during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by end-of-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by a novel, in a series about this man under pressure,

two music albums, the first in English and the second in Afrikaans,

two, or maybe three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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Waldo Leroux stap deur sy lewe om sy oorlede ma, Anita, te ontmoet en sin te probeer maak uit haar lewensverhaal.

Anita het een groot swakheid gehad, wat Waldo se lewe onherroeplik gekleur het, van so vroeg as sy agtste lewensjaar.

Stap saam met Waldo op sy emosionele reis: Anita se dramatiese laaste dae. Vier en twintig jaar se saamreis. Sketse van ander soortgelykes op Waldo se pad. ‘n Verrassende ontmoeting beskryf die afsluiting, of is dit dalk ‘n begin vir Waldo …?

Beskikbaar by meeste aanlyn boekwinkels.

75 Rand vertoon aangrypende stukke lewensreis, soos vertel deur die seun van ‘n vrou. ‘n Pragtige, talentvolle vrou, met een groot swakheid. Grafies, self-soekend, emosioneel belaai, humoristies by tye. Die verteller loop deur sy eie lewe om met ‘n reis te begin. ‘n Sterfte, ‘n lewe en interessante ontmoetings met ander alkoholiste en drankgeaffekteerdes open ‘n nuwe wêreld vir die leser.

Lang beskrywing

Dood.

Hoekom?

Het ek haar …?

Dood.

Hoekom!

Het sy self …?

Dood.

Hoekom?

’n Storie van ’n sterfte, lewe en mense, met ʼn knerts whisky.

Jy word uitgenooi om meegevoer te word op ’n stuk lewensreis, soos beskryf deur die seun van ’n vrou.

Onthul as ‘n pragtige- en talentvolle argitekstekenaar, kunstenaar, gade en ‘n ma van twee. In haar soektog na vrede?, liefde?, is sy gebreek op onheilspellende rotse, vlak onder die oppervlak van ’n goudgeel oseaan, oor drie stormagtige dekades.

Die verhaal ontvou in drie dele:

Waldo Leroux begin met ’n helder, emosiebelaaide vertelling van sy ma, Anita, se dood op 27 Desember 1999, asook die maande in aanloop tot en ná afloop van daardie dag.

Hierna word die horlosie teruggedraai om ’n selfsoekende en -ondersoekende reis te onderneem deur sy lewe as sy ma se seun. Hy diep kristalhelder herinneringe van pyn en plesier op, van so ver terug as sy voorskoolse jare. Stap daarna deur sy skool- en vroeë werksjare in aansluiting by die eerste hoofstuk.

Laastens deel Waldo sy interessante ontmoetings en verhoudings met sommige alkoholiste en ander dronk mense. Hy sien deur die geraas geskep deur hul mot-om-’n-kers gedragspatrone en ontdek hul doodgewone, beeldskone menslikheid.

Die boek sluit af: Waldo ontmoet en groet vir Anita in ʼn persoonlike brief.