My name is Cindy-Ann, but you may address me in any way you feel comfortable.  I have some nicknames:

‘OC’ (from my company’s name, Original Cin) which has become ‘Ousie’ among some friends, mostly those in my Facebook group; Honour The Fag Hag.

‘Lovie’, which stems from a time when I owned a décor shop in Simonstown (La Vie En Rose).  The ‘bergies’ in the village called my friend and I ‘Lovie en Rose’ and the name stuck.

A lot of people call me Cin.

I was born in Bloemfontein and only attended one school, from Sub A to Matric; Eunice Girls School; I loved school.

I studied Fine Art in East London.

There is little that upsets me more than bigotry.

I am hopelessly in love with food and wine and my favourite day of the week is Sunday, when I love to entertain in my kitchen. I recently started doing small-scale catering for private events.

Writing is like another limb for me, I can’t conceive of life without it.  While I do write fiction and poetry, my real income is derived from editing educational material, and copywriting for advertising agencies on a freelance basis.

Music is an integral part of our family life.

Most of my shoes are red.

The greatest gift from my mother was her rule of an hour’s quiet reading after lunch, before we were allowed back into the swimming pool.  Needless to say, I often skipped the swimming and a life-long love affair with books began.  I don’t understand people who don’t read.  My sister-in-law, for instance, almost broke off her engagement to my brother during a family holiday because, as she said, ‘hy wil net lees’. (Good title for a poem?)

I always have three library books on the go at the same time: A work of fiction, a biography and a non-fiction reference book (cooking, quotations, music history etc).  There are books I keep for emergencies (forgot to go to the library) and dip into from time to time, these are usually collections; I especially enjoy the Granta books and my family oblige by giving them to me as gifts.

It is impossible to select a list of favourite authors, I love many and for many reasons.  Some years ago, I resolved to re-read books I’d enjoyed when I was younger.  This resolve came at the advice of my uncle, who said that a young reader would read to discover the plot, whereas a more mature taste would enable the reader to appreciate the craft of the author.  This has proved very true.

The period between World Wars 1 and 2 are particularly interesting to me.

I would love to have met Quentin Crisp…

There’s more, but that’s what this blog is about.


50 Comments Add yours

  1. theonlycin says:

    I lost this page when I changed my blog theme, not sure how to retrieve pages versus posts, so I thought I would put it back as a category. Please ignore it and don’t think that I’m going a bit dotty 🙂

  2. Tilly Bud says:

    This is fascinating. I love that you have almost all red shoes.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I feel a bit of a fool, Tilly, as it was on my blog for so long and now I’m putting it back, but an ‘about’ page is one of the first things I look for on other blogger’s blogs, so I wanted it back here and didn’t know how else to do it.

      1. Tilly Bud says:

        Don’t be daft! It’s god to re-post these things from time to time. I’m glad you did.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Tilly, you’re very kind.

  3. nursemyra says:

    Most of my shoes are black. I’m a big fan of classic writers, have you read much Henry James?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, but only the major novels and shorter fiction, none of his non-fiction. I do hope you have at least one pair of red shoes, Myra?

  4. Thought I had read this before. 😀 For a second there I thought I was going a bit batty. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it again.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, I really feel dumb *blush*

      1. nrhatch says:

        Stop feeling dumb. NOW. 😉

        For some odd reason, I never read this before and enjoyed it. Thanks!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thank you Nancy 🙂

  5. Well, I think that even if you didn’t intend on posting it- it was great to read….
    I love reading too. (Which potential authors who find themselves bloggging don’t?)
    I wish I could write!!
    RED SHOES- I have officially one pair. And they hurt after a couple of hours….so always tempted to put another pair in the car. Black seems to be my colour- haha.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You can write, Hon, you tell a lovely story 🙂

  6. Sorry you will have to interpret what your sister in law said. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      “All he wants to do is read” 😉

  7. SuziCate says:

    thanks for the interpretation…I didn’t know what she said either. I wish the men in my house liked to read. If it’s on an a computer screen, it’s likey they won’t read it. Reading is probably one of the most simple and rewarding pleasures one can immerse oneself in.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree, suzicate.

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wonderful! Nice to have the piece put together. I would love to have met Mr. Crisp as welll ….

    And,Cindy, I thought of you when I did the post on Colette. I knew of everyone you’d be the one to know and lover her too.

    Blessings …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Blessings to you for knowing me so well xxx

  9. Thank you for introducing yourself, Cindy-Ann. I’ve found in reading books from my youth and watching movies saw I long ago that my tastes have changed and my understanding has matured. I look at characters and their actions differently and notice aspects of the stories I missed in my earlier years. I suppose my own experiences having mellowed me so that I have become more compassionate and less judgmental, generally speaking, than in my youth. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Perfectly put, Carol 🙂 xxx

  10. I am Priscilla Anne 🙂
    Born in Johannesburg
    Attended many schools, loved them all.
    Am in love with your blog – especially your posts about the food you cook, splattered toads and fat bastards you drink and your red shoes.
    I will never forget that you were the first person to comment on my 24.com blog, and made me feel so welcome. You’re an inspiration Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you my angel, that is the sweetest comment *heart*

  11. souldipper says:

    There’s lots of ways to get to where we want to go and computers are no exception. Good fingerwork, Cin.

    1. souldipper says:

      Double-Dipping – As I salivate, I wanted to know if you ever ate Kapsa Pirukas? Here’s a blog about it: http://titirangistoryteller.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/kapsa-pirukas/

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks for the link, Amy, will go and take a look. xxx

  12. Pseu says:

    I loved reading this… but if you want to reinstate is in an about me page go to your dashboard and under ‘links’ there’s an option to add ‘pages’ – you can go there and post your about me and it should show up on the front page…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Psea, when this catering malarkey if over I will do some experimenting with the theme 🙂

  13. Enchanting 🙂 There is something beautifully sing-song about all this.
    Did you enjoy East London?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, it was a bit of a trial at first … I was a fish out of water …

  14. Tandy says:

    I can also not imagine not reading 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Would be dismal :O

  15. Hi, Cin
    This is a great reintroduction to you. I’ve been impressed (and jealous) of your blog and blogging skills from the first.
    I hope you keep this up and running.
    You’re the best!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re a maestro, THE maestro, Rik!

  16. bluebee says:

    My Mum went to Eunice Girls School but long before your time 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe not so long before me 😉

  17. Tokeloshe says:

    Well done!

    I always enjoy yours 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are a kind friend, Tok, thanks 🙂

  18. Sally says:

    Such an interesting bio – and many areas of interest I share especially reading. Do share some of your favourtie authors one day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will, great idea for a post, Sally 🙂

  19. Renee Espriu says:

    Hello Cindy! You look to be quite young but time and space means nothing when it comes to your likes, dislikes and how you approach life. It is like reading my own thoughts here and yet I am a grandmother ( my family, would say “a crazy one”…with love, of course). I have a partner of nearly 15yrs now but was married in another life and still connected to it with love. I have stacks of books, could not live without writing and the gift of loving to read came from my mother. Music is integral to my life as is art. I have an eclectic belief system and love nature in all its’ wonder. Thank you so much for sharing and I am happy to have come across your site.

  20. Lynn Phillips says:

    Cindy Sweetheart I have found you after 20 odd years and have been trying to find you for ages. Please be strong because I understand what you have been through and live through some of those times still. I had Jackie and fam here yesterday and my wife said what a lovely family you all are.There were times when we did not click but I always had a soft spot for you and will always have. I shall follow this with a letter but unfortunately not as well written as you!!! Keep your chin up dear we all love you still. If you wish you can email e your telephone number let me know. Love and best wishes. Sleep well my lovely princess. Your Uncle Lynn

  21. tchistorygal says:

    And I just followed her mention. Glad I did, too. You have a lovely site, and I plan to follow it and spend many lovely hours perusing. Marsha 🙂

  22. Jo Bryant says:

    Love meeting others who have more than one book on the go at a time…

    1. theonlycin says:

      At the moment I have six books on the go, Jo *blush*

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