It was interesting to get to see your writing spaces. I have noticed that we have one thing in common; moving a lot. I am always on the move because of the nature of my work and interests and that means that on average, I do not get to stay in one place for a long time. For the past year 2014, I was mostly in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Germany.

Kigali streets

Kigali streets

In Western Kenya

In Western Kenya

Sunset through my window in Bonn

Sunset through my window in Bonn

In all these places, I gather experiences that I turn into stories. If you look carefully I move with a backpack which contains my notepad, laptop and books I am reading. I should then say that my writing materials are simple too. Sometimes I write short poetry in the “Notes” section of my smart phone. Other times it is just a matter of jotting down the opening lines of a story idea I have that I later work on.

Professionally, I work with two Organizations that both promote Writing; Writing Our World and Kahini and some of my responsibilities include Organizing and running Creative Writing classes. In as much as I am an organizer, I have taken the initiative to actively participate in these classes myself (whether I am teaching or supervising) and from these, I create time to write new work and to get feedback on work I have created.

Teaching in Kigali

Teaching in Kigali

I was glad to meet both you and Nora Bossong while I was in Berlin last December and of course like many of my travels, I was able to pick up interesting insights on the writing scene and how I can work to better my writing.

Meeting Nora at Starbucks Berlin

Meeting Nora at Starbucks Berlin

Meeting you in Berlin

Meeting you in Berlin

As I write this, I am in my room in Kampala and I have been debating whether to take a picture. On second thought, I have decided not to “hang my dirty linen” in public because I have taken days without setting it up :) But just so you know, I sit on my bed and work away at my laptop or read a book.

That reminds me, reading is something I believe builds my writing and therefore even when on the move, I still read. Last July, I read NoViolet Bulawayo’s “We Need New Names” for the duration of my flight from Entebbe in Uganda to Bonn, Germany. Sometimes I read on the bus, cafe or at home.

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As you can see from my writing spaces, I am evidence that people should not give excuses for not writing. Anywhere you are or whatever you do, you can write. Stories are everywhere.