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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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Ganga On A River Dolphin

Flash Fiction # 3: The Last River Goddess

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Baiji in the wild
Note the rudimentary eyes
Baiji full length

Dedicated to the the Baiji,

or Yangtze River Dolphin – declared functionally extinct in 2006.

It is the year 2037 BCE, and a crisp, spring morning.

“No, I will not marry Chen!” are her last words, before she looks at him, her eyes softening, one last time, and throws herself off the cliff, into the angry Yangtze – his outstretched hands too little, too late.

“Nooo, Lien Hua!” he cries, his last sight of her is a brownish white water explosion.

King Jin Gui falls to his knees, tears flowing down his dusty, sunburnt cheeks, disappearing into his silver chin beard, many years long. He regrets the fact that he didn’t bring his guards closer to the meeting, they are strong swimmers. Two small streams, from his fierce, closed eyes, add to the brown torrent below, until he turns away, with a heavy heart …

News of Lien Hua’s disappearance spreads like wildfire,

word-of-mouth flooding the banks of the Yangtze,

against and with the murky current.

After a mere seven days, first sightings are reported – she had undergone a life-saving metamorphosis, moments before drowning. Princess Lien Hua is now a river goddess, protecting Yangtze fishermen and boatmen …


The near-blind Baiji thrives along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, for more than four thousand years.


The Year of the Red Dog – 2006 CE

“Hey, Tao! Eaten any river goddess lately?” says Wang, fisher of the Yangtze, as he switches off his single-engined boat.

“Haha, that’s funny, reminds me of a bullshit story my grandmother used to tell. Haven’t landed one in almost four years, my friend.”

“Oh, same here. And your darling daughter, Daiyu, how’s her wedding coming along?”

“Ah, these young people, I don’t know about a future with them. She screamed at me, this morning. ‘Father, I WILL NOT MARRY! If you don’t let me go to university, I will throw myself into the Yangtze!’”

“Ah, ah, ah, they’re not right in the head, my old friend,” says Wang, as he disentangles his fishing net and cleans the wires of his electric shock fishing device.

– end –

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