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Hey all!

It’s August already (wow how time flies) and I’ve participated and won two Camp NaNos, which has put my word count for the year so far at around 65,000 words, and this excludes side projects and any writing I did between May and June. And in a couple more months it will be NaNoWrimo to add another 50,000 words. That’s a lot of writing. That’s a lot of words but… it’s not enough. I mean, look at the word counts for all those popular books that make us cool in the right circles:

Harry Potter: 1,084625

Lord of the Rings: 825,045

And check out this infographic: Famous Literature Words by Numbers

You might be thinking,”but Nthato, you don’t need 1 Million words to be a successful author” and I will tell you, you’re absolutely right. And then you might ask, “So why get bogged down by those massive word counts” and I will stare blankly at you and walk away because I don’t have an answer. Rude hey? I know, I’m a horrible person.

No, actually I get bogged down because I realized I can write a lot of (unedited, grammatically disturbing) words in a day. But where are they all going? To the Drafts folder. Hence this announcement today!

Short Story Anthologies

That’s right folks, you heard it here first! I’ll be looking to publish two separate collections of my short stories, never seen before in the public eye. The first will be a Patreon anthology with short stories requested by patrons. The second will be my own personal collection of written works including poetry and, of course, short stories.




If you would like to be part of the Patreon anthology, please do visit my page on Patreon. I post both public and Patreon only short stories for you to enjoy. The last free piece I wrote was LRE TV presents…

Last Robot on Earth TV presents…

I’ve also updated the rewards you can get as a patron. If you can support, please do.

  • $1.00+ Per story

    • A Patreon-only 1000 – 3000 word short story of your making. You tell me what you want and I will write it for you. You will receive a PDF copy of the short story in your email, with a special mention in the acknowledgments.
    • Insight into the making of the story, including sources, first drafts, revisions etc.

    $5.00+ Per story

    • A Patreon-only +-3000 word short story of your making. You tell me what you want and I will write it for you. You will receive a PDF copy of the short story in your email, with a special mention in the acknowledgments.
    • Insight into the making of the story, including sources, first drafts, revisions etc.
    • All visual artwork and sources used for the making of the short story. Character insights, location guides, full backstory to the short story. Exclusive sketches of cover art for the anthology.
  • $10.00+ Per story

    • Your opportunity to vote for stories appearing in the anthology.
    • A free .PDF, .mobi, or .epub copy of the Anthology.
    • A mention in the acknowledgements.
    • Special access to the “Behind The Scenes” of the anthology.
    • All previous rewards.


Other things

Book Reviews

Nothing else has changed regarding all the other things I’m working on. Wednesday Book Reviews will still be going. Sometimes you gotta read when you’re not writing. If you’re an author with an upcoming book or a book already published, feel free to contact me for a review. You can use the form at the top.

Digital Art

I’m still working on my digital art for my July Camp NaNo work, which is a Fantasy story about… magic. Inspired by a series of things including Final Fantasy mage classes, JRPG awesomeness and storyline depths that would make anime watchers proud. Except, it’s African based. And I’m loving it.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?


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.

11 responses »

  1. Congrats on winning yet another Camp NaNo! 😀 All the best to adding more in November. 🙂 It’s really exciting to read about all that you have going on here. I hardly got any writing done in July because of internships and placements (college, huh?) I feel that the best part about your NaNo project is that it is based on your roots. I’d love to read about magic in an African setting and get to know it better. Good luck with all your ventures! 🙂

  2. This is one of the funnest things I’ve read in a long time! You young people have such cool incentives to write. “Back in the Day…” Ha ha! Young people who wrote (much less won prizes and accolades) were at least 45 years old! (Ha again!). Let’s hear it for writing at “early ages” and give YOUNG writers our support!

  3. This is all great news! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished and good luck with everything else you hope to accomplish. 🙂

  4. Congratulations! That’s an awesome word count! *throws confetti* Can’t wait to see those anthologies 😀

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