Who I am
My website address is
Please ensure that the location that you can see in your address bar starts with this (
https://creation.begins.ws/) before submitting any data.
I am a free agent (offering my services primarily as an actor, author, and adventurer) and this website promotes my book Creation begins with you and related products (including books, media, and workshops).
You may occasionally see information passed to my holding company, Expressive Explorer, or my main author website, at the following urls:
Pronouns are used interchangeably throughout this document in the following manner: I, us, we, our, my refers to myself and my partners and employees. You, your, they, their and other second- or third-person pronouns refer to you and anybody accessing these websites and services through your accounts.
What personal information is collected when you visit my websites?
Your email address and, optionally, your name is received and stored in my mailing list when opting in to the newsletter or to download free content.
When purchasing products, additional contact information (including contact numbers and billing address) is required for identification and billing. I may also ask your birth date to verify age, and your gender pronouns so I know how to address you.
When is information collected?
Information is collected from you when you register a profile, subscribe to a newsletter, make a purchase, comment on a post, respond to a survey or marketing communication, or use other site features that require personal information for its usage.
When you leave comments on the site, the data shown in the comments form is stored, together with your IP address and browser user agent string. The Akismet anti-spam service has been implemented, which will also collect information about visitors who comment in order to curb spam. Typically, this includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as your name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
Personal information such credit card details, physical addresses, contact details that you don’t want to be public, etc. should NEVER be entered into any freeform fields on this website.
Before you upload images to my websites (via comments or contact forms), please strip the images of embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Other visitors (as well as myself and my team) who come across your uploaded image (eg. a profile image or comment image) can access it and extract any location data still embedded.
All information submitted in contact forms is collected and stored, to ensure that I have records of communication. Usually this will include your name, email, and a message. Please Do NOT submit any information you do not want me or my team and partners to be privy to.
How is your information used?
The information collected from you may be used in the following ways:
- To communicate via email newsletter.
- To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
- To quickly process your transactions.
- To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.
- To follow up with you after correspondence (such as a live chat, email or phone inquiries).
Data may also be shared with those parties who help me deliver services to you, such as the companies that distribute my electronic publications, or provide secure payment gateways, and content providers that provide their own services via my websites. Only the data required by the services to ensure efficient service delivery is provided. The services I use are well established in their respective industries and observe their own strict privacy policies.
How long is your data retained
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. You can delete any comments you’ve made at any time at your discretion.
Details for registered users, newsletter subscribers, and purchase history is also stored indefinitely unless a request to delete said information is received. Users who have set up profiles on any of my websites can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time.
All other data necessary for the smooth running of my websites is stored locally for a limited period of time.
How is your information protected?
My websites provide articles and information, as well as purchasable products and adventures. Credit card numbers are never asked for directly by my websites. Purchases by credit card are performed by secure and reliable third-party services (such as PayPal or Swipe internationally and Payfast in South Africa). All transactions are processed through these gateway providers and are not stored nor processed on my sites’ servers.
Your personal information (such as name, email address, etc.) is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons under my employ who have special access rights, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user places an order, enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
That said, should you leave my website by any external link, please be aware that these websites are not affiliated with me, and may collect personally identifiable information through their own website and services. The data collected at this point is subject to the policies of that individual website.
Your rights over your data
You may, at any point in time, cancel your subscriptions to my newsletters and any courses by using the respective “Unsubscribe” link. If you have an account on my site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Third-party services and protection
Cookies are used for your convenience. If you leave a comment on my sites you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website, so that you don’t have to re-enter this information the next time you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, a temporary cookie is set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, several cookies are set up to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
You can choose to have your browser warn you each time a cookie is being stored/accessed, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since there are various browsers and each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, some features that make your site experience more efficient will be disabled and/or may not function properly.
Embedded content from third-party websites
To prevent these websites from tracking you, you must log out of your respective accounts before visiting my websites or use a container extension.
We do not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential, and only data that is essential for use will be shared.
We may be required to release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety. In this case, Personally Identifiable Information may be disclosed upon receipt of a court order or subpoena. I reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that I, in good faith, believe to be unlawful.
At a future date, occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and our relationship with you, and so welcome any feedback about these sites.
Third-Party advertising and behavioural tracking
We currently do not advertise third-party content on this website. In the interest of learning how we can better serve you, however, the following has been implemented on some content:
- Google Analytics
- Google Display Network Impression Reporting
- Demographics and Interests Reporting
You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. You can also opt out of these tracking methods by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on. Your browser may also have built-in settings to manage ad personalisation.
South Africa Electronic Communications and Transactions Act
We respect the South African Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the law that is applicable to any personal data which is collected through this website. – See more at: www.internet.org.za/ect_act.html
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
- Users can visit my sites anonymously.
- Via Email, if you are on our mailing lists
- On our main pages with an in-site notification, for a limited period immediately following the changes
- You can change your personal information:
- By emailing us
- By logging into your account
How does our sites handle Do Not Track signals?
We honour Do Not Track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
- We will notify you via email within 7 business days
- We will notify logged-in users via in-site notification within 7 business days
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
- Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
- Send you additional information related to your product and/or service.
- Market to and inform our mailing list, or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
- Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
- Monitor our third-party email marketing services for compliance.
- Honour opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at email@example.com, or follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.