I began my library career at the Jhb. public library, and while I worked there part time, I also completed my Library Exams with the SALA. Then I was headhunted by Ekom, as I'd specialized in information retrieval and they needed someone to obtain current information on various projects for their engineers. Later I moved to Control Data, where I learned all about storing such information on their large computers.
All the while, I also taught ballet, modern and Spanish, dancing in my spare time, as I'd trained as a dance teacher while still at school. After I married I ran two dancing studios for adults, where I also began to teach yoga and passive exercises. In my youth I danced for PACT for a while, but as I was still studying at the time, -I decided to give this up, although I continued to dance in various productions at the Civic Theater in Johannesburg. -Showboat, The Merry Widow, Guys and Dolls, to name a few.
As I'd also joined two writing circles previously, I'd been writing all along, - mostly short stories. But then an opportunity came up for me to include English Literature and Creative Writing in my studies, so this is when my writing career really took off, even though I never published anything until recently, when I first uploaded stories on a local SA site,then Kindle, Kobo and now finally that I've cracked the 'meat-gringer," I've loaded some new stories on to Smashwords, which I think is a really wonderful site for writers, as it forces us to confront all the issues and make certain that everything is correct..
Where to find Joy Bassetti-Kruger online
Pocket Surprise -Series. Part 1
Janey finds a French franc in her raincoat pocket and has no idea how it got there. While at the river, an artist asks her if he can paint her into his picture that will be exhibited in Paris. Then later, a man called Tomas meets her and tells her he lives in Paris. So who or what is the connection here and where will it eventually lead Janey?
My Mother, the Spy -Part 3 of the series
A stranger who is wearing an unusual pair of glasses that come apart at the bridge of the nose, is seen asking around about two English women that he thinks are living on the Greek island. Who is this person and does he pose a threat to Roulla and Sofia's safety? Then later a shot rings out and everyone ducks for cover. Video at: https://studio.stupeflix.com/v/Bhi7bmDSj/?autoplay=1
Sandra's Christmas Memory Box
What would you do if you payed mother a surprise visit at Christmas and discovered all the gifts the family had sent her over the last five years displayed on her dining room table, - all unused and with the wrapping paper close by.
Hopefully you'd handle the situation with care the way Leanne did and not turn the situation into a screaming match that would get your mother's back up.
Get Behind Me, Shadow
How far would you go to keep your father from going to prison? Would you lie under oath in court for him? -Even if you knew he was guilty and that the red Porsche he had given you was nothing more than a bribe.
And how would you react if a women in Paris told you she was your mother? -Would you believe her if she said she recognised you due to your striking resemblance to your father?
The Dance Of The Words
Words have power so use them wisely!
An essay telling a little story about how words are left on the page by a writer for her readers to find and pass on to other readers, being similar in nature to the the manner in which bees distribute pollen, as they travel from flower to flower.
Its also about how stories change slightly over time with each telling and yet remain basically the same.
My Mother, the Spy -Part 2 of the series
While shopping in the village on the island Susan/Sofia sees a man duck behind a pillar to avoid being seen. This scares her terribly, as life has been idyllic and peaceful during the past eight years since their arrival on the island. She doesn't tell her husband, Jorge or her mother, but later when other incidents begin to happen around them, she is forced to tell them about what she saw.
Scared of spiders? This short story will help you to overcome this fear and maybe you'll even begin to take an interest in the spiders in your garden and document your findings. Its all about how a little bit of knowledge can change our perceptions of the things we fear most.
Final Pas De Deux
Nina begged Phillippe not to reveal her identity before she danced on stage for the people at the village. He agreed, providing they ended both of their dancing careers by performing one final pas de deux together.
In the end this performance proved to be a fitting ending to both of their dancing careers, as they felt they could now move on with their lives, hopefully still as a couple.
Heidi's Bad Hair Day
-In partyland we are expected to party by night and sleep by day and nobody here works any longer, -Zelda informed her.
-But surely whoever arranged this for me, must realize that just because I enjoy parties, it does not mean that I want to party every single night, Heidi complained.
-No, I think they took you seriously. I mean you wished for it often enough, Zelda said.
A Night of Fairy Lights
A simple magical light show put on for them by nature, as the phosphorus gleamed on the waves in the moonlight that night, and the fireflies danced in the reeds, restored their friendship and made them all feel far happier than they had done in a while.
Time and Knitting
Kairos time passes more slowly than tempus fugit, or time that flies and knitting circles that are now replacing yoga classes, are helping women to regain Kairos time.
Knitting forces people to sit down and relax and concentrate on the work in hand, while the clickety-clack of knitting needles,the soft murmur of voices and the tinkling of tea cups, completes the happy scene.
No Strings Attached
Joe didn't actually realize that he was searching for his birthday gifts, as his grandfather asked him to help him find a key as well as a ball of string that he had misplaced, but in unraveling these clues and searching for these objects, he discovered a bicycle and some computer games as well.
The Hovering Elephant
When the people in the game reserve saw the hovering elephant, they could hardly believe their eyes. But little did they realize that she was actually helping to get rid of an old broken walking stick, that had caused a lot of problems when it had become enchanted by the curse of an African witch-doctor.
Little Johnny even said, -"But mom, I thought you said that elephants don't fly."
Teaching someone outside his clan to light a fire using only fire sticks, was not something that K'nxu would normally have done, but seeing as he liked Angela and she had shown great interest in the ways of the Bushmen clans, he decided that his god, u'ndimo, would permit such a teaching. So when the phase of the moon was correct for such a teaching to take place, he called Angela over to his fire
Saving His Words
Jonathan's book sold out in minutes, which was the last thing he'd wished for. He'd so wanted a photograph of himself surrounded by piles of his book and now all the evidence was gone. Then Janet came along and took over and convinced him that e-books were real books too and that all he had to do was to open the site were his book was listed and click on the cover to open it.
Point of a Pencil
Do we really need to buy twenty-four pencils? a student asked. -No, not just twenty-four pencils, but rather twenty-four sharpened pencils, the lecturer replied.
Jenny is woken up by the sound of rap music and people talking loudly in her lounge and when she peeps through a crack in the door, she sees a number of woman sitting under hairdryers, one woman having a manicure and another woman serving tea.
Feeling scared and not knowing what is going on, she phones around for help, but the only person that answers his cell is Winston...
Bee whisperers remove bees without harming them and without a single person being stung during the entire operation. So as Beatrice believes that by saving the bees she will be helping to save the planet, she is aggressive in her approach to anyone that thinks differently. This is why she stormed into Harry's garden that day, when she saw a bee exterminator van parked outside his house.
The lights dim and flickering candles appear all around the marquee and as Cameron experiences a time shift, he finds himself attending an old fashioned wedding. He also sees a woman there called Darcy, who was once his lover in the distant past. This puzzles him, but it doesn't scare him, even though he realizes that something very strange is going on, that he is quite unable to explain.
Whodunit is an amusing detective story about how a parrot helps to solve the Barlow murder, as well as the stolen diamond necklace case. Cookie does this by learning to say, -Barlow did it, Barlow did it, Cookie wants a biscuit. And as you'll discover she is right up to a point, but not entirely right, as someone else also had a hand in the murder.
The Uncertainty Of Love
When old Henry returned to the hotel, everyone wanted to know where he'd been. So Henry explained that he'd seen a photo in the newspaper, of a woman he had once been madly in love with and that he'd gone off to look for her, as she was now living rough. Then he added dejectedly, that he'd not felt the passion that he'd always felt previously,so the detective told him to give love a second chance.
The smiling face that floated on the surface of the pond, was not a reflection of Annie's face, so she leant over to see who it was. Then as her face touched the water, she felt something like an electric shock run through her body and she passed out.
A man found her floating face down in the water, so he hauled her out. Then he asked why she'd tried to drown herself, but she said didn't know.
The Wonderboom Prediction
The drought broke and it poured with rain and the old Sangoma told Lulu that she knew she longed for a child of her own, but that she was with the wrong man, who would soon leave her for another woman. Then after throwing the bones for a second time, the Sangoma predicted that Lulu would go on a journey, where she would meet another man, who within a year, would give her the child she desired.
the Chocolate Effect
Who knew Edward liked coffee fondant creams, or that he would visit the chocolate factory? And did someone that knew this, perhaps put something in the chocolates Edward ate at the factory, which caused him to see the country fair in the vacant ground opposite the coffee shop, where he later viewed the photos, which led him find out who his father was and also discover the fortune he'd left him.
At first, Jemma put the feeling of having butterflies in her tummy down to nerves, as she was going in for a job interview later that morning. Then when the butterflies persisted right through the interview and even afterwards, she began to suspect that she might be pregnant. She hoped and prayed that this was not the case, as the job she was going after was the job of her dreams.
Every Second Friday
Now that Ted was back in town, Dianna had been thinking up ways to edge him back into her life again. They had been lovers once, but when he asked her to marry him she'd said no and then turned around and married his friend instead. Her actions upset Ted, who soon moved away, but now that he was back and she was single again, she was determined not to let him get away.
The Tell Is In The Smile
This is what happens when a character from a book begins to go after people in real life. Sometimes he even kills them.
You have been warned, so watch out for a man with a skew smile and a gold tooth.
Only finding and burning all copies of her latest novel will put an end to Jason's escapades
A Distant Flickering Light
Tracy sees a distant flickering light out in the veld, where she knows there are no houses or bungalows. Then after staring at the light for some time, she begins to feel sad and think about Johnny, her husband that died recently. The feeling intensifies each time she sees the light, so one day when she is alone at the house, she walks out into the veld to see where the light is shining from.
The Monk's Jewel
The secret of the monk's jewel is that whoever steals the jewel from the monk, also returns it to him. Then in return he receives the insight he needs to turn his life around and make a difference to the world he lives in. The person also promises the monk that he will repeat the story of how his life was changed to everyone that he meets. In Jacob's case he later tells the students at his school.
Finding romance at local cafe. In meeting your beloved there,your own small courtyard becomes the universe to you. (Quote) This is exactly how Annie felt whenever she saw Jonathan at The Courtyard, a cafe they both visited frequently, for either lunch or just a coffee.
She longed to meet him, but she felt far too shy to approach him or even smile at him, so this was where the waitress intervened.
My Mother, the Spy Part 1 of series
Susan's mother tells her that she was once a spy for MI6 during the cold war and that she believes her life is now in danger, as she has recognized a man lurking around in the village. Susan finds this hard to believe, but after she realizes just how scared her mother really is, she decides to do whatever it takes to keep her mother safe.
Simon Becoming Simon
A woman who'd often watched Simon painting down at the river, came over and told him that she was his mother. She said she'd recognised him after all this time, due to his striking resemblance to his father. Simon who'd recently been forced to leave his home with his father, for much the same reasons that she'd originally done, was pleased they had finally caught up again.
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