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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Inky's Fri-yay April 24

Welcome! Hooray! It’s fri-yay!

Are we getting a handle on this living in lockdown yet? I think it helps knowing we are making a huge difference! Flattening the curve! Saving lives! And we are keeping busy and creative. Thank you for sharing your reading reviews, short stories and ideas with other blinkys and blogdogs. Our online community is really helping each other!

This week I suggest you look at quarantine things a blog filled with life hacks in the time of coronavirus. Some great tips being shared on how to cope and get through while staring healthy and sane! Thanks lucysharp and omgitshannah! Why not go over there and add some comments about what you are up to? I’ve been cooking, crocheting, walking and listening to audio books…but not all at the same time.

And if you are looking for something to read or listen to, you have come to the right place! We have a list of Pandemic Books – a great list including contemporary, historical and speculative books with plots based around experiences in a pandemic. Relatable much?

And we have not one but three new reviews from laura’s reading andwriting adventures!

A review of If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout, and a review of The List of Real Things, while not a glowing review it certainly is insightful and identifies why the reader didn’t enjoy it. And a book of short stories by David Almond that inspires thoughts of mermaids and life under the sea!  For other read-alikes, why not have a look at this booklist on Mermaid Tales?(Mermaid tales. Get it?)

Speaking of oceans, this piece on Mim’s Short Stories will plunge you into the sea. While you are there, read and comment on Corona Virus Poetic Short Story Attempt. It captured the zeitgeist for me.

And more creative writing is popping up with ashy’s Short Story blog. There you will find fanfiction and original writing full of plot and romance. I can feel some longer stories developing ashy!

Are you all spending more time drawing? If creating visual art is you thing, why not join in with Greenpeace’s global hastag #CreateAreForEarth? And if you do, make sure you post it here as well.

And two reviewers with their fingers on the pulse are sylvs at NOVELty Reads and imosshelf at Confessions of a Readerholic. Two places you can always rely on for great reviews and discerning recommendations. This week, two contemporary books reviewed. Sylvs has read and shares thoughts on the contemporary romance Permanent Record by Mary H K Choiand meanwhile imosshelf shares thoughts on the contemporary novel set in the fashion industry, Meat Market by Juno Dawson.

Thanks for writing, reading, sharing and being creative! Looking forward to seeing what the blinkys and blogdogs share this week! Who knows what it might be? Learning any new tricks?

Sending you all a virtual high five and a fist bump! Take care and see you in the comments.