Operation Oysterhood: 21 January

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

— @HaggardHawks

Fire on the Rondebosch Common earlier today. The area smelled like incense. Closing my eyes, I was back in church during a Catholic Mass. I have never seen a fire spread so widely on the Common in all these years I have been living here. It was contained in the late afternoon.

More editing today. And, literary highlight of the day: a cover reveal!

Truly heartwarming responses to the cover. Nick is not only multi-talented and brilliant, but also beloved by many in the literary community and beyond. It is such an honour to be able to publish his first novel.

I had my own fire at the end of the day. And an alcohol-free beer. I used to have them quite often in Austria when I was meeting with friends and had to drive. The taste is great. And they are freely available, even now.

I braaied chops for my love and moi.

The world feels lighter today. Two people going to work with their staff and we dare to dream of a better future. Humans, not psychopaths, in charge. The end of blatant lies, mass gaslighting and manipulations. And those fireworks! Wow. This still is just The Best:

I love most of the Bernie Mittens, but this one is The One.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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