Literati! And you thought Will Smith was just another pretty face! He is actually Peggy Dobbs’ favorite author! Will is seen here with Nelson Mandela, a scant 15 years older than he, born in 1918. Do you need further proof that writing keeps you youthful? If only Nelson were a writer! Here is what wikipedia has to say about him:
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages.
So here is Peggy Dobbs’ second entry into our contest Wing Nuts:
by Peggy Dobbs
If you win a contest to meet your favorite author, he does not come to you. Rather, you are flown to where he is. Time to successful people, regardless of their occupation, is considered worth more than that of the average “Joe”, as we would say in the United States.
As the private plane landed near the huge hunting grounds in Zimbabwe, I recognized the small figure of Wilbur Smith who was on Safari researching his latest novel. Leaving his Toyota, he limped to the plane to welcome me to his homeland. The afternoon was spent getting acquainted.
As twilight fell, engulfing the landscape in every color on an artist’s pallet, we sat under a tarp, open on four sides, laughingly referred to as, “Wilbur’s Watering Well”. Every possible drink one could want was served by a tall, handsome Zulu dressed in starched white. Wilbur called him Shadrach. A large crew of black faces went about their allotted chores quietly as we dined sumptuously.
(A dejected Peggy Dobbs learns that she can’t get internet connection to A Word with You Press because there are just not enough bars! Gary Clark would like to help but apparently his hands are tied.) “What do you think of my Africa?”
“It’s exactly as you described in your books.”
“We will drive out in the morning to a spring. You can see the variety of animals here about. A herd of elephants was spotted near a wadi close to the spring today. I will be your Wingman”. He touched the .416 banduki , I’d seen earlier.
Suddenly, knocking over my chair, I screamed, “Snake!”
Running, he shouted, “You’lll just have to wing it.”