Fictional Friday


Starts off in the morning. I hate waking up.


If I could, I would stay asleep all day but I didn’t. I got up and got dressed in one of my favourite ensembles, made up my hair and tried to make the best of my face. Sometimes it takes no effort. Other times, I don’t even bother.

I headed out to a cafe along my residential block. They make great tea. I hate coffee. Blegh; hate it!

I’ve been a regular there for a year now, which apparently qualifies me for the customer special. I like the preferential treatment and I always leave a hearty tip for my favourite waiter. She’s not just a waiter; she’s also a friend. She sits with me as I take breakfast, telling me about her escapades from the night before.

Today, she tells me of the bookclub meeting she had last night. They were reading a novel called Scandalous. It’s more porn than the mystery it’s marketed as but that’s why it’s a best seller. Nobody actually likes mystery unless they do and my friend doesn’t like mystery without a touch of lust.

After breakfast and a nduma to go, I headed out to work. This Friday I was at an art centre in Lonhro House. We were supposed to do impromptu works that could sell up to 100,000/=; depending on the complexity and attraction of a piece to a buyer. I didn’t bother to know for how much mine went. I had to leave at lunch for a shoot.

I went to Uhuru Park where there is a huge swing shaped like a couch. I sat there and read for an hour. The book I’m reading is about an interracial relationship in a country of strife. It’s good.

Afterwards, I went to the shoot. Today was the last for next week’s episode. The storyline is pretty basic and soapie. Boy and girl having issues. I had told the head producers it would be better for us to take a risk and portray different stories. He refused. So now, the show is stuck on mediocre ratings with worse storytelling. And a week to week production schedule as the channel they produce for decides on a weekly basis, whether to keep the show on or not. Some people will watch anything nowadays.

I work on the show for experience. The moment I clock five months on the project, I will get myself on a different project. One hopefully run by MNet. They have huge productions.

After work, went back home and rested my feet for an hour. I’m going out with my tea shop friend and a couple of other girls. It’s someone’s birthday. So a present is in the works as well.


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