When I think back to the beginning of the year and when construction started on Paragraphs, it seems like ages ago. And, yet, when I try to quantify the progress I have made in preparations for opening the business it seems as if I haven't been doing anything.
There was a column in the American Bookseller's Association newsletter, recently, which printed the responses of several new bookstore owners to a question which appeared on the ABA's bookseller-to-bookseller forum. Someone had asked, "If you could do it over again what would you have done differently in planning and opening a bookstore?" Now, why didn't I think to ask someone that?
Well, I'm not open, and I probably wouldn't actually change anything, since this silly dream of mine, just seemed to take on a life of its own, but if I were to admit there could have been an easier way, it would probably be not to do everything at once.
Building a new home, creates a whole set of questions to be answered, decisions to be made and expectations to meet. I never dreamed of having the opportunity to build a home from the ground up and have it be just the way I wanted. The problem then, becomes knowing what my idea of a dream home is and then adjusting to the reality of what I can afford.
Next, occupying this dream home of mine has meant consolidating and packing all those things that one just can't bear to part with - a duck my aunt gave me when I was born that has long since lost most of its stuffing - from two locations. And, the next issue is figuring how to get these precious possessions from New York and Colorado to Texas. That, I think I will leave up to Griffy - it seems like a job he should be able to handle, and after all, what are husbands for.
Anyway, I have just realized that most of my efforts have been focused on the above challenges, and my timeline and bookstore opening checklist doesn't have many items crossed off, and I think I am woefully behind schedule.
Let me think, there is shelving to order, computer systems to evaluate, paperwork to complete for vendor accounts, opening inventory to choose, a website to design....
With that, I think I'll end this and take the dogs for a walk.