If you follow mommy blogs in South Africa you will have undoubtedly heard of Stacey Vee from Living Lionheart. Her blog frequently features as one of the top mommy blogs in the country. She is the super mom of boys, her eldest is a 5 year old boy with special needs and the catalyst behind her blog – Travis the Lionheart! Stacey describes herself as a compulsive baker and first chapter reader. Find out more behind the lovely lady behind the lion here
Know: is that it’s impossible to be angry, depressed or anxious when you’re blowing bubbles. I think all women should carry emergency bubbles in their handbag just in case they need cheering up.
Love: such an eclectic mix of things. I’m obsessed with trawling for vintage lockets on eBay. I love to imagine the stories behind them, especially if they have been inscribed with a date or initials. Also, if I could be anything other than a writer, it would be a pastry chef or an astronomer. My dream is that my one-year-old son Ryan will work as an astrophysicist at the Square Kilometre array telescope in the Karoo when he graduates. Talk about living your dreams through your kids, right? Ryan will probably decide he wants to play bass guitar for a living. My oddest ‘love’ is the steampunk genre (especially jewellery made out of cogs and sprockets). But most of all, my sons and The Husband are at the top of my cuddle list.
Read: My bookshelf is filled with Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Terry Pratchett, and plenty of fantasy trilogies. I’m actually embarrassed about how ‘low brow’ my tastes in books is. There are only a handful of Booker and Orange Prize winners on those shelves. I think that’s because reading is a form of escape for me – and by escape, I mean to a world very different from our own. It’s a holiday for my brain. I hero-worship South African writer Lauren Beukes, who wrote Zoo City.
Want: more than anything in the world is to write a novel and have it published. I have written so many chapters of books, I’ve even considered publishing a book called ‘First Chapters’. I’m not even sure why I want to be a published author anymore. It’s not about the money (goodness knows you make next to nothing these days: 10 – 15% of the cover price). It’s a childhood dream I need to realise. Leaving something behind when I die. My paperback legacy.
Wear: Poetry. It’s my favourite clothing store; I especially adore their scarves from the Rare Earth collection. Also Hilton Weiner, but mostly I just stroll past their windows pushing my son, Travis the Lionheart, in his pram because I don’t feel rich and sophisticated enough to put foot in the shop. It’s all in my head, I know.
Need: Is a sense of contentedness. I’m a restless spirit; my mind is spinning out new ideas like the #iPadsforLionhearts initiative – where we you can donate your second-hand iPad to a child with autism. Sometimes I forget that I’m only one person and put myself under unnecessary pressure to run with all my ideas. Other than that, I need a pink Kitchen Aid Mixer. I’m just putting that out there!
Images: Stacey Vee