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This is a public declaration that by the end of January, I will have written 20 000 words.

~ Nthato Morakabi

A brave quote from a brave man, who once attempted a 50 000 word feat and achieved half, though talking to him you would have understood that time was neither friend nor foe to this aspiring author. He however, continued onward with his dream of publishing his writing and growing as a writer, which spurred his rather bold (and foolishly impulsive) public declaration. 20 000 words for the JanoWriMo January Writing Month (not official NaNo) which was started by a forum member on the Jozi Writers forum. See links below for info.

“Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

― Brodi Ashton, Everneath

2015 is the year of villains. Not necessarily villains themselves, as in the year they prosper and win the day (although we see that happening) but rather the year in which Nthato’s tales focus on the villain; the who, the what, the why. All of this feeding into something that Tyron (Life in Light of Eternity) and Nthato have been looking to implement in the near future, which might very well be of comic book proportions.

The idea is to have a superhero running through the streets of Johannesburg, a rather intriguing idea. One then asks what kind of hero is he, what led him towards this life and goal? Do we need heroes in this day and age? It is here that we must introduce Joburg’s vigilante, Ke!th, a young man sick of the injustices happening around him who finally takes a stand against evil and directs his life towards this goal. This is his origin as written by Tyron.

Evil prevails. Good men do nothing. No! He will do something. It’s time that evil be dispelled from prominence, one good act at a time. He grabs a plank with “!” on it and runs in to the ally. The hero rises.


With such a bold (and slightly impulsive) call to action, Ke!th (yes that’s an exclamation mark) becomes the hero in a corrupt society, a broken world, a world of evil which is most times exemplified by its people.

“The villains were always ugly in books and movies. Necessarily so, it seemed. Because if they were attractive—if their looks matched their charm and their cunning—they wouldn’t only be dangerous. They would be irresistible.”

Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape

 Nthato’s goal this year, continuing from his Villainous Villainy series, is to craft the very evil Ke!th must face, endure, and hopefully overcome. However these villains will not be your run of the mill let’s-take-over-the-world kind of villains, and they sure aren’t intergalactic world eaters, Kings, Princes or gods. They could very well be the men and women you greet and pass by in malls, on the streets, in your neighbourhood…in your home. They could be world leaders, celebrities, spiritual leaders, TV Show hosts. They could be anyone. They could be – you.

Join Nthato and Tyron, as they steadfastly explore the age old battle of evil vs good. Explore the darkness with Nthato as he delves into the minds of villains.

“People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them.”
Chris Colfer


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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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