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Inside/out with Fungai Machirori, blogger, writer and gender activist
July 15, 2009

Describe yourself in five words?
Sensitive, Temperamental, Introspective, a Perfectionist

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Don't ever think that everyone will like you - for years, I tried that until I realised that it was impossible, no matter how candy sweet I was.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Adopting a cockroach as a pet! I was about ten years old though.

What is your most treasured possession?
My laptop - my whole writing life is on it.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you no longer want to live.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My crooked teeth, and on a bad day, my fat thighs and hips.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Sleep, if you can call it an extravagance - I indulge myself in it like gold.

What have you got in your fridge?
Bacon, eggplant, mushroom, leeks, tomato paste, gherkins.

What is your greatest fear?
That I would die tomorrow and not forgive people who needed forgiving as well as repent of my many sins.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
A pair of earrings, a pen and a flash disk.

What is your favourite journey?
Driving under the canopy of jacarandas (especially in spring bloom) along Leopold Takawira Avenue, just before Avondale shops in Harare.
... and the journey into my imagination

Who are your heroes in real life?
I don't have heroes - they sound too much like superman for me: I have influences and mostly, they are not set. People and places have an effect over me at different times in my life.

When and where were you happiest?
As a little girl when I fell off my tricycle and my mum ran to me; carried me indoors, wiped my tears, dressed my wounds with gv and put to me bed, sitting with me until I fell asleep. Pure love.

What's your biggest vice?
Novels - I am addicted to buying them. Facebook is a close second.

What were you like at school?
Timid and self-conscious.

What are you doing next?
Finally writing my novel.

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