Ivor W. Hartmann is a Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher, and visual artist. Awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (2009), finalist for the Yvonne Vera Award (2011), selected for The 20 in Twenty: The Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy (2014), awarded third in the Jalada Prize for Literature (2015), and Nommo Awards nomination (2017). His works have appeared in many publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar and AfroSF series of anthologies. He is a founding member of the African Speculative Fiction Society, and on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.

08 June 2009

Paulo Coelho publishes Chrome Rain extract on his Blog

A short while back Mr. Paulo Coelho started a new section in his blog called Your Story in my Blog. He invited anyone to submit a story as long as it had a max 250 word count. At the time (and still) I was working on a new story called Chrome Rain. The debut scene of one of my main characters struck me as perhaps eligible (in word count and content). So I made a few tweaks and sent it in.

Today, I received a congratulatory email from Paula Braconnot, who works with Mr. Coelho on his blog and "...He really liked your story and therefore we shall be publishing it in his blog today." And so it has come to pass that an extract of Chrome Rain has been published at Mr. Coelho's Blog. (read it here: Your Story in my Blog : Chrome Rain by Ivor W. Hartmann) I am so very honoured that a writer I admire and respect as much as Mr. Coelho, has taken me into his virtual home and let me leave a presence. Thank You Mr. Coelho!

I just previous to this also started releasing a bit of Chrome Rain at my Facebook Fan page, so if you would like to read more, I'll see you there.


Sarudzai Mubvakure said...

Well done ! I'm so pleased for you....and i'm not surprised.
I'm going to click the link to have a read now!!!!

It's such a fulfilling thing when someone you admire appreciates what you have done !
God bless you

Sarudzai Mubvakure said...

Provsion of a beautiful cinematic view of the life of Mry-An, all in just 250 words. It goes to show that great things truly come in small packages. Well done!

Ivor W. Hartmann said...

Thank you Sarudzai! Mr. Coelho is a literary giant to me. To be noted interactively by ones peer's is a bread of creativity, writers write to be read.

As I am a director too, the cinematic element always come through into my writing. When I am writing/directing/etc. I always visualise it down to the last grain of sand. Those who live/work with me know (much to their irritation sometimes :). it's real hard to tear me away (or bring me back) while I'm doing this.

ZubyreParvez said...

Hi Ivor, thanks for the follow, I also have some writing I'm putting it into a blog - p. coehlo is a inspiration for me also not so much in writing but his wisdom.
Best regards, Zubyre.

Jim's Words Music and Science said...

Ivor, congratulations! I ended up being swamped by work and haven't written anything in ages (and many plans were put on hold). Best wishes, Jim

Anonymous said...

Waoh. Congrats. Paulo Coelho is a HUGE Literary Giant and a great writer. Impressing him is quite an achievement. gotta say, I am a bit envious and panting to read Chrome Rain and other of your works nows.

Ivor W. Hartmann said...

Hi Zubyre, my pleasure keep on keeping on.

Thanks Jim and to you.

Thanks Ejiro, you can read the first couple of chapters at my Facebook Fan page (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=103338118509).

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