Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .
ANNOUNCEMENT first: I have problems replying to comments right now! Or since one week.
I can reply from the comment section on the dashboard but not from the post self!
So it’s possible that I will miss some of your comments or won’t know if I already replied or not. Please accept my sincerest apologies.
The support asked me to deactivate Jetpack as it is probably the cause but as I have a way around to reply, that you can still comment and that Jetpack has other important use … I’ll live with it till the next update.
Please don’t stop commenting as it reallt warms my heart and I promise to do my best to reply (I know I have a whole bunch to reply to as I find it easier to reply on one set day. It’s unlikely that I’ll miss some that way.)
In my private life
It’s been one week since the beginning of the lockdown.
Here schools and universities are closed or rather, teaching through webinars and other onlineclasses.
All shops are closed since one week now, except the chemists and the gorcery stores.
All non urgent surgeries or meetings with the doctors have been cancelled or rescheduled.
We can still go for a walk or a run BUT we have to be alone of with another family member living under the same roof.
We can’t gather in public spaces nor for private events.
If I see someone on the street, I keep my distance.
I am homeworking for one whole week now but some colleagues are already at their third week in a row.
My daughter is still in her dormitory but we fear that the lockdown will be extended past April 5th. What will she do as it’s forbidden once student have chosen their place to stay (dorm or home) to change! I hope she won’t get depressed.
On the bright side, because there is ALWAYS a bright side, she is not going out late any further and has nothing else to do but study … I hope her results will show it 😀
I haven’t seen people fighting in shops, it’s happened in other towns but it seems that we are more subdued here …
I try to go to the store every other day with a backpack and take what is necessary, not more, to leave something for others. I also did some grocery shopping for my mom that I haven’t seen for three weeks now as my husband is ill.
I truly hope that everything will help! And that we’ll avoid even stronger measures. But how many time will this go on? I fear that we are headed for quite a few more months now.
But enough with the sad news, let’s get to the good news now.
I have been chosen as a rep for one of my favorite only bookish shops: The Story Gift! I am leaving the url to the store if you are curious thestorygift.co.uk
Deema, the owner of The Story Gift is such a sweet person! And she draws her artprint, the stickers for her candles etc. The shop gives a “fairy” vibe, cosy, delicate and British if I may say so 😉
I got my parcel filled to the brim with goodies and I did my first video unboxing on Instagram!
You got everything: my accent, my videos who were cut all the time as I didn’t know I had to film with IG’s camera… When I noticed that I was cut quite quickly, I did several very short videos!
Then I had to have a “perky or bubbly” tone else it’s seems I am bored out of my mind! And I was not! I was super excited!!
So room to improve but at least I challenged myself and it was fun! I know what I have to work on for a next time.
Here is a SMALL sample of what was in my box!
Last positive news: I made a new custom funko!
A totally new, without tutorial anything. I made Cordelia Carstairs from Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I had some misadventures doing it (try the funko falling while she was perfect but the paint wasn’t dry …and I had to begin again AND me using some nail polish to paint only …it was for nail art and I needed a UV lamp to have it dry! So I had to clean everything and begin …again!)
But even with some minor flaws, I am happy of the result.
Cordelia is of mixed origins between an Indian mother and British father so she has a dark skin tone, fiery red coppery hair and black eyes.
I started from this
And here is the final result.
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
Strangely, staying home does not improve my reading! I guess a lot of reading is done while commuting. This week I posted the review of two books but I have read three more this week and …I have to write their review!!!
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James: horror and mystery/thriller but excellent! First five stars for weeks! The audiobook was very well done.
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic is …unique! It’s an “oldie” but as many bookstagrammers rave quite often about it I gave this series a try and I am smitten! 4,5 stars
I had promised to write a “How to make custom funko pops 101” and I did! Click on the picture to read the post.
Top 5 Tuesday has seen another battle of authors where I paired them by alphabetical teams.
On the blogosphere and in the literary world
This week’s quiz by Epi Reads asks
“Which District from ‘The Hunger Games’ Would You Represent?”
Click on the graphic to take the quiz. I got:
“You’d be from District 8!
You’re often underestimated, but you have a lot of potential. You might just be the person to make a name for your district!”
And I found several interesting posts this week!
Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane shares her best tips to interact with the book blogging community
Pete is talking about how Covid is affecting life in a small village and wearing a cow bell
Satou recommends the best gay stories of all time!
That’s it! Now do tell me how was your week? Are you on lockdown too? Anything new? I will reply to the comments “in bulk” tomorrow (see previous problem here above).
Thanks for reading!