So, here is a short version of recent events.
The Literary Festival is in the process of becoming awesome. I have sent out 469 emails, and have received some in return. The Festival website is now up and running and we'll be adding the first events to it VERY soon. You can follow all the news on Twitter (if you have a Twitter account) @WGLitFest (which as @gillpea pointed out, is almost an anagram of twiglets)
The new shop is doing OK. Our bestsellers are Fart Bombs, Party Snaps and Pirate stickers
We won an award last weekend. It was for having the Best Customer Service of any independent shop in Wood Green and Hornsey. That's lovely isn't it.
Tim did his back in about six weeks ago. Quite seriously. He wasn't able to stand up for about 10 days. It's been pretty desperate without him at the shop, especially as we've just opened a new one. Thankfully, he's now able to get to the shop in Wood Green and as long as he doesn't do anything that involves walking, lifting or breakdancing, he's OK. I have seen him (I think) twice in the last two months.
Two of my teeth have fallen out in the last 3 weeks.
Our E-Books for Independent bookshops campaign is still happening. Richard French at Coles bookshop is in the final stages of negotiations with ReadCloud, so hopefully there'll be an announcement very soon.
My brother Justin is in Greece at the moment. He isn't supposed to be, but this, in his own words last week, is why;
"I'm stuck in a Greek hospital, a quick summary. With a couple of days hols left I had my first ever epileptic fit (and concussion when I then fell off bed!). MRI scan revealed large (but most likely benign) tumour on my brain so I was put on anti-epileptic meds until doctors happy for me to fly home for operation to remove the meningioma (posh word for the tumor). Docs now say fine to fly so long as on meds but insurance company wants to check all medical records and reports and probably fly out a doctor from UK to accompany me home direct to hospital, which is delaying everything. I feel absolutely fine and have done since getting over the concussion but bored and want to get home".
And here is a picture of his brain, that he put up on Facebook (Justin knows i'm writing about him btw).
|"that big pale splodge at the top...that's not supposed to be there"|
I'll be very pleased to see him.
Yes, quite a month.