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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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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.

He has worked as an 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 8 000+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014, in English and Afrikaans. Author of corporate brands and brand stories, and short film script-writer. 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 2017/18. 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, scheduled for publication during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by mid-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

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

a music album, in three bursts (he seems to love the number 3), and

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

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Black Stilletos

Flash Fiction #4: Screwed

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She confidently enters the small room,

her wild, blond hair bouncing like MTV. Short, tight, purple skirt. Skinny black top. Black stilettos. Bubblegum.

“Are you Arthur?” she chews, her voice somewhere between tigress and molten caramel.

“Uhm, eh, yes. You must be Sasha. Will you close the door, please?” the old man breathes, huskily – he has been waiting for this moment for a long, long time.

She closes it with gusto, returning to the chair in front of the net curtains.

“Okay if I sit here?” she bubbles, fun in her eyes, a light draft causing the curtains to billow behind her like a ship setting sail.

He smiles, nostrils flaring as he drinks in the sight of her.

“Eh … Which literary magazine do you represent, again, Sasha?”

“Magazine? Hahaha, no, no. I’m interviewing you for school. Reception said you love talking about yourself,” she activates the voice recorder on her smartphone.

The old man looks at the badly worn brown carpet, then into white light streaming through the net curtains.

– end –

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