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Simplicity vs Complexity?


This Saturday, I read a piece in one local newspaper about a Menage-a- trois. I must admit that a few years ago, I would have felt completely confused by this; . How in the world can you possibly share the man or woman you love with anyone else and be absolutely comfortable with it. In the same sigh, I have wondered about polygamous families, and dismissed the matter to those whose cup of tea it is. It takes a little bit more than mere ennui for me to try and find out more about relationships like these. And I suppose I have been able to explore and accept that every single person on this earth has his or her own preferences. Sometimes, those preferences are more than preferences, they are nature. More than that, I have come to know and love certain people, who have chosen not to look down on me, but rather to help me see their lives from their perspective. In this way, I have been able to avoid being a complete ignoramus, but to learn how to accept and let others live their own lives.

The above paragraph has been developed using words that Alex Gitura sent in for Word of the Week. As you can see, it is possible to use words that are not in common usage to tell a story. However, you might also notice that using too many words that might not be common in one piece of writing, can make it stiff and rather boring. So use discretion in the words that you use. Say what you mean in a manner that your general reader will understand and enjoy. Truth be told, people who use magnanimous words, will be noticed, but what they say may sometimes be lost in the awe. So if you want people to get the message, simplicity is the way to go.
That said, the Word of the Week is
Fortuitous : Occuring by chance. for·tu·itous·ly adverb

for·tu·itous·ness noun

In Usage: a series of fortuitous events that advanced her career.

Thank you, Alex Gitura. The Word of the Week will now be a constant feature in our weekly blog. If you have a word or words that you would like highlighted please send it in to Please label your subject: Word of the Week. Must have word, definition and etymology.

And now to this week’s readings:

We begin with Patrick Ochieng’s rant about Ohangla, or is it his cousin Olly? Hip-Hop in the Village : To Olly -as he loves to be called- Ohangla is raunchy, and the dark skinned tight arsed girls that gyrate to its beat- rustic. He’d rather the sleek catchy moves of: 50cent and Beyonce, than the racy steps of ohangla performers.

Then we go back a few years to a great love that was lost in a great hate. Alex Mutua’s Lo Debar: The first day Lorna knew she was Soy and Serut Ndorobo, was the day they applied for their identity cards but that was not an issue it lasted two seconds and they went on with life.

This a surprise. Insect Conversations by Marvin TumboFly: What are you laughing for? They would inherit shit from me if they survived in the first place. And that would never happen because with all the blood you have been sucking, you probably have HIV.

And lastly, the editor gives in to temptation. No, she is not competing for the crown. A bit of moderation here. Beyond the veil: Seeing beyond the veil allows me to stare in amazement at the kaleidoscope of colors that life unleashes everyday, and allows my life to evolve every day, so that I have something to look forward to every morning…

Once again, please send in your work to We will be awarding one of our readers and contributors every month, so be sure to send in your work or comment on the featured stories. Please refer to the blog submission guidelines here.

Do you have any ideas about how to make your weekly reading more fun? Please send your suggestions to today. Join us here on Monday for the next batch of stories and be sure to vote for the next Story of the Week.

Here’s to a wonderful week ahead!



This entry was posted on March 1, 2010 by in Writing.
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