Just after Christmas I finally bit the bullet and sorted out the legal side of things for the shop. Since I finished work in August I've been circumnavigating the globe looking for great books, albeit from my laptop, and sometimes driving as far as Chesterfield to pick them up. I viewed the premises several times and put in an offer that was accepted. It suddenly became more real. Yes I'd quit my job, spent actual money on books and even a storage facility (which is about to burst!) but no 'big' amount of money had yet left my account. I guess you could say I was still umming and ahhing about it. I knew in my head and heart that I'd have to fork out a lot of money at the start to get what I wanted, and have all the right boxes ticked, but I have never spent that much money on solicitors except when I bought my house. I suddenly thought "I could easily return to my comfy desk job and get a definite wage each month right now", but then what had the past 5 months been for? I got all the paperwork out and re-read everything. I signed all that needed to be signed, wrote a large cheque, transferred an even larger amount to other places and then, felt very light headed! It's been done. I have officially bitten this dastardly bullet. That was about 2 weeks ago and now it's the frustrating waiting game. There is not a lot I can do except keep adding books to the website, updating the website and generally promote the best I can.
Along with books and the coffee shop (I need a name for this, Comfy Coffee? Cosy Coffee?) I'm also going to provide a section for local crafties and musicians. Local bands will be able to sell their wares on my shelf along with folk who spend their days making dragonflies out of wire and bags out of wool. I love the handmade culture that's become quite a 'thing' at the moment, It's one of the reasons I started the shop.
If you want to have your items on our shelves just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
I've finally finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and found it an enjoyable experience, with a bit of a quick ending, too quick for me. In my new chart I gave it 6.5 cushions out of 10 on the 'Comfometer'. I started The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and hope to finish it in a week, that's my goal from now on regardless of admin, family and band.