A Different Way of Seeing – One Year Down

Cds IMG 2712Tomorrow will be a landmark for me – I started writing my book, A Different Way of Seeing: My Life without Sight, on 8 June last year – with 2016 being a leap year, that makes it 365 days since I began this particular journey…

You know, I’d always thought that creating the text would be the hardest (and longest) part of writing a book, but recent history has proved me wrong. After all, the actual writing only took me 7 weeks. Well might you ask what I’ve been doing for the rest of the time!

So, here’s a status check: the text is complete and has been edited, the foreword has been written (more on that later) and I am awaiting brief testimonials from colleagues to go on the back cover. Once I have those, the cover will be designed, the complete text will be proof read and typeset, and I will proceed to printing and online publishing.

On the subject of the foreword, I was thrilled when author, inspirational speaker creative artist, and friend, Musa E Zulu agreed to write the foreword for me. I’ve mentioned Musa in previous articles I’ve written. We first met over 25 years ago before I lost my sight and before the car accident that left Musa in a wheelchair. Musa is the creative Director of Valhalla Arts, and is responsible for the annual Tributes Excellence Awards that honour women with disabilities who have excelled in their fields, of which I was a recipient last year.

So, that’s where I am now on the book. I can’t give you a definite date when it will (eventually) be available, but I can assure you that the end is in sight!

To find out more about the remarkable Musa E Zulu: www.valhallaarts.co.za


  1. You are doing great Keep moving forward I also have a disability (I am in a wheelchair) and can not walk I am also writing a book entitled “No Limitations” It is my “Life Story” My parent taught me when I was young “You can do anything you want despite your disability… Just reach for your goals and dreams and never give up” I would like to become friends with you I live in Bolingbrook, Illinois with my fiancé Bernard (Ben) W McEvoy I have many committees I am on I volunteer at my local Center for Independent Living where I am on there Board of Directors (as President), I am on their Outreach Committee, I am on their Fund Raising Committee, and their Governance Committee I also am part of Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities in Joliet, Illinois Last but not least I belong to a Toastmasters Group in Joliet, Illinois

    1. Hello Susan,
      Thanks for your comment and good to meet you!
      It would be wonderful to connect with you – can you send me a mail via the contact form on this website, and I will mail you back with my details.
      Looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. Lois thank you for sharing. Every word that you share in all the moments I’ve been in your presence has inspired me.
    There is always something in sight but it depends all on how we view it.
    I’m so excited for your book.
    I’m a kindle girl. But I’m sure this one will be hard copy…
    Bless you.

    1. Hello Ragmah,
      Thanks for your very kind words. Happily, my plan is to make the book available both in print and electronically… so watch out for the details!
      Stay well, my friend!

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