Author archive: Wanjiru Ndung'u

Short Stories
The Three Body Problem
May 5, 2022
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I just finished reading ‘The Three Body Problem’ by Chinese author Liu Cixin. It’s the first of a sci-fi trilogy set in China, spanning several decades. It begins in 1960s China during the Cultural Revolution under the reign of Mao Zedong – a period Liu Cixin fondly refers to as ‘The Madness Years’. Intrigued? So […]
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Books & History
February 10, 2022
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This is why I never watch horror movies and don’t understand people who enjoy them. The blood is fake, and you just have to picture the filming crew following the axe murderer around to remember that it’s all bullshit.
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Books & Hallyu
January 20, 2022
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Still, I downloaded the Ted Talks app and visited it daily to watch a short video or read a six-minute article on various ideas worth spreading. I watched a short animation about the epic of Gilgamesh there which came in handy when I watched Eternals the other day. (Worth it!)
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Books & Crypto
December 31, 2021
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I already have a mile-high TBR pile for 2022 to get me through BBI politics and election mania. Yeah. We now what 2022 is going to be about. Crypto’s going to be big too so before we cross over, here’s my gift to you.
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Scourge of the slugs
October 14, 2021
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She looks at me with unwavering resolve, like Daenerys in the final season of Game of Thrones when the city of King’s Landing rings the bells and raises the gates in surrender, and she burns it all to the ground anyway.
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Fallow
October 7, 2021
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When I find an author I like, I usually find all their books and read them until I am inundated with their voice. I did this with Rupi Kaur, Junot Diaz, Frank Mc Court and now with Shin Kyung Sook.
Short Stories You're Still You
The Money Tree
July 1, 2021
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Previously on You’re Still You… Monday: As told by Waita At the office, I circle Mary’s desk and drape my arm over her chair. With any luck, she’ll like the smell of a freshly pressed shirt and the splashes of Hugo Boss on my neck. I stroke my beard and make light eye contact as […]
Short Stories You're Still You
Adrift
June 10, 2021
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Previously on You’re Still You *As told by Waita I stir awake on the couch and remain still for a full hour like roadkill on a hot tarmac road. My arms feel like elephant tusks so I just lie there blinking until sunlight starts streaming in through a parting in the curtains. Now that I’ve […]
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Tipping Point
February 18, 2021
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Previously on You’re Still You… *As told by Waita On the drive home, I am braced for a fight. I haven’t spoken to Nora all weekend, or at least that’s what she’ll say. I haven’t fawned over her in front of our friends. I haven’t painted the picture of perfect love and devotion. She can […]
Short Stories You're Still You
The One I Should’ve Waited For
December 17, 2020
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Previously on You’re Still You… It’s one of those crisp days where everything is as it should be. The sky is a brilliant blue interspersed with cotton-white wisps of clouds. We’re at the turn of the season, so the plant life is robust with different shades of green and yellowed tips. There are dragonflies and […]
Short Stories You're Still You
In the Reeds
October 15, 2020
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We’re both laughing now because we’re buzzed but also because we’re on the precipice of something momentous. A knowledge has passed between us that in the cosmic thread that connects us both, a new bond is forming. Whatever I say will influence whatever life decision he’s struggling with. However it goes, we’ll both remember this night. The laughter is just to quell the jitters.
Short Stories You're Still You
A Moment Longer
September 17, 2020
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What we both know to be true, but which remains unsaid, is that I don’t get invited to family road trips because I’m single. The wives don’t like me. They don’t like how I stand with their men sipping old-fashioneds while they grill, with no kids to run around after. They envy my freedom. And they hate that I’m privy to all of their husbands’ inside jokes because I tag along to all the stuff they don’t get invited to.
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The Conquistador’s Woman
August 27, 2020
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Inside they’re playing Amapiano which is pouring out through the balcony. I can see right through to where she’s sitting from here. When she gets up to go and rinse her glass in the kitchen I watch her. Alright. I ogle her. She’s wearing one of those hugging sweater dresses. I have half a mind to go circle her waist from the back and pull her flush against me. She doesn’t look like she’d flow with it though. Besides, those are mad fisi vibes bana. I’m trying to get her attention, not get dismissed.
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On the Prowl
August 20, 2020
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Now I have him talking about something he’s proud of. I place my hand on his shoulder and rest my chin on it. Close enough that his beard tingles from interacting with my energy field. Close enough that he smells martinis, mints and lust on my breath. Close enough that he struggles with the thought of tasting me.
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Finding my Muses
August 3, 2020
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The call comes in on a Thursday night. The Indian Ocean is roaring in the background. Some of his words are carried off by the wind but you get the gist of what he’s saying. He’s walking on the beach. He wants you next to him. Be spontaneous. Be adventurous. Take the train. You’ll book […]
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A Raft Out
May 14, 2020
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Previously on Eucalyptus Man… Russo sends a link to a playlist the next day. I have a few hours to kill while my guests explore the gorge at Hell’s Gate. I recline the seat in the cruiser and hit play. The playlist starts with a cover of I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. There’s […]