Operation Oysterhood: Day Sixty-Seven

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

And Wrote My Story Anyway by Barbara Boswell

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this book. I love the title, the cover, and I can’t wait to get a copy later this year. To read an interview with the author, click here: BARBARA BOSWELL on her AND WROTE MY STORY ANYWAY.

Barbara Boswell followed Toni Morrison’s advice:

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

Thank you! As a reader and a scholar of South African literature, I have been longing for this book for many, many years.

This excitement can be rivalled for me personally only by the upcoming publication of the Afrikaans translation of Die vyfde Mevrou Brink, vertaal deur ERIKA VILJOEN. The book is at the printers! The fact that it exists now in the language of André’s soul puts my literary soul at peace. The memoir could never feel complete without this translation and I hope that readers will welcome it into their hearts. Baie dankie, Erika, Danél & Protea Boekhuis!

A blank grey book casting a shadow on a white background

I had no intention of facing the booze queues today, so it was a quiet morning in bed, working with my faithful catssistants. No real literary work can happen without their input.


Today is International Children’s Day and my Mom still insists on celebrating with us, so we had a Skype meeting with her in the morning and laughed a lot together to begin the day, week and new month. Two happy children! And we owe so much of that happiness to her. Thank you, Miś!


The view of the Mountain from my walk AT NOON today. Every time I look up at the “little pebble”, as a friend once called it, I have these lines from Four Seasonal Observations of Table Mountain by Antjie Krog echoing in my head:

Antjie Krog

I did not have to navigate crowds while walking, but the carelessness of people does not cease to astound me. Most were behaving kindly and thoughtfully, but why not every single one? I am not asking that everyone performs a somersault when encountering another human being. It is just a mask. Why is it soooo difficult to wear a mask properly, over your mouth and nose, and to keep a safe distance to other walkers passing you? WHY?

The other day I saw someone I usually admire advertising face masks and praising their loose fit. I could only shake my head. The whole point of a mask is that it fits tightly and doesn’t have to be fiddled with all the time…

Breathe, Karina. Breathe (in your masks).

Heard on the radio today that when Covid-19 takes away your sense of smell, you even can’t smell coffee. NOT SMELL COFFEE!


Photo by Yongqing Bao.

I am writing a bit earlier today than usual, because I want to cook myself a nice dinner and relax tonight by watching recorded TV dramas.

Another drawing. Inspired by an image of a kite.


Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Stay at home.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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