Operation Oysterhood: 30 November

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

— @HaggardHawks

Reading with Salieri

I managed to get up early and got the most urgent morning work done before returning to bed with coffee, Harry and Salieri for a bit of relaxed reading. It wasn’t for long (though blissful), and the rest of the day was relentless until about an hour ago. I then FINALLY got to the next step in my shower renovations, which had been on hold since September (!!!) because of the other more pressing craziness going on all around. Fresh grout is in and looking great. It now needs to dry and all that will remain to be done will be the silicon finish. I can’t believe that it took nearly two months to get this done …

Anyway, next step in my home renovations: The Wall. That might take twenty years, but I am not giving up.

And I need to start on tax returns: for the Literary Trust, Karavan Press and moi. Pray for me.

I can finally talk about one of the literary projects I have been involved in as an editor this year: Shine a Light by Corrine Wilson. It is an astounding, raw, beautiful, touching and inspiring story and working on it has been one of the highlights of my year. The book is getting the most moving readers’ reviews and by spreading this remarkable story it continues with the amazing work Corrine and Ingrid De Storie have been involved in in the last few years. They rescue vulnerable animals and change lives under the most challenging circumstances. Don’t miss out on this one when you think of Christmas gifts! It is truly special.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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

— NICD

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