1 week and 5 days = time since my last post...at least 1 week will = time until my next post...for I'm going to Mali for a week tomorrow, and I don't expect to be even checking my email while I'm there let alone posting anything on the blog. Since its a work-related travel and not a holiday, I won't be going anywhere other than the capital city Bamako. Everybody thinks of Timbuktu when they think of Mali, and I am no different. However, due to the nature of my trip this time, I won't be able to go to Timbuktu unfortunately.

Anyway, although its been long since I posted anything here, I have in fact been writing, offline of course, for the last couple of weeks. Mainly because most of those writings have been incoherent thoughts, and I didn't want to spend too much time turning them into coherent (and concise) blog entries. And also because a lot of them are very personal, which I didn't feel ready to post publicly, although the boundaries have been moving a lot more inwards lately. I am actually thinking of giving some shape (perhaps in the form of a long story or a novelette) to those thoughts and post it here when I can devote some quality time on such an endeavour. However, judging by the amount of other things that have been lining up on my "to do list", it will be quite a while before I can work on my "non-academic" writings!
...continue reading heading south…