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In just two weeks

Two weeks from now I will be flying off to Minneapolis, leaving my home of 11 years here on the dim green quiet island and returning to my favorite occupation: bookselling. I can't wait (and yet I must wait). My head is filled with all the questions I can only answer there, and the plans that Greg and I may or may not choose to implement. We're not even talking about it much now - we know that we will be able to have much more productive and interactive discussions about everything once we are face to face again. Skype really doesn't fill that need, and there's no deadline to meet or crashing need for action.

But two weeks is also long enough that I'm not being very productive getting ready for everything. I really ought to be far along on the whole "what to bring, what to sell, what to trash" process, but each pile I ramble through brings another handful of marvelous distractions.

Like, I used to do a vast amount of yarnwork (both knitting and crochet) and I can see a strong potential for letting that back into my life. But I'm unlikely to choose to use my stash of acrylic yarn when I've a stash of non-itchy wool also waiting. (I've already regifted the itchy wool.) I'm not going to just throw it all away, but it feels strange to give it away when it's not all in perfect wound balls. And I'm not wiling to spend half an afternoon carefully winding yarn I'm not planning to use.

That's just one example, I have a dozen more. Clothes that are perfectly fine but I never wear them (so why keep them). Books and papers that I enjoyed at the time, but don't need to have for all eternity, and certainly don't want to see added to the recycling pile. At least if they are things related to science fiction, and have some sort of value, I could ship them to the store and put them up for sale. But what about the vast collection of convention program books? The 1981 Encyclopaedia Brittanica? The amazing collection of gardening books - all for growing in the Pacific NorthWest?

Then there are the projects I've left hanging.
I have the outline and much of the text of a short writeup on the economics of being a convention bookseller. It's a topic that I can be quite animated about in person. But wedging it into words has sucked all the life out of it. There's probably only a couple of hours needed to finish it up and post it. And I mention it here because today is a very likely time to complete this, especially after I post this note and publicly commit myself to doing so.

I have the making for a costume. I haven't done costume construction since Marty got old enough to no longer be interested (somewhere around 10). But I love the idea of this one, and Emerald City would be the perfect place. My head knows that I have only today and next Tuesday off from work, and that there's little energy left after working to do stuff in the evening. And yet my gut thinks there's still plenty of time. You are wrong, gut!

The thing to do right now is to stop ramblingwriting, take a shower, get dressed, make breakfast and then see if I can avoid cruising the net (my most common timesink).

Oh, and post this missive.

Comments

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davidlevine
Mar. 18th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
This seems to imply that you are moving to Minneapolis and taking up bookselling as a career again. True? What about Mike?
alicebentley
Mar. 18th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Greg Ketter has offered me a partnership share in DreamHaven. With my time and energy we should be able to get the bookstore back on a full time schedule (we're going for Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6:30 pm) and increase the mail order outreach.
Mike and Marty are staying on Vashon for now. If all goes as we hope and expect, we will put the house up for sale and they will join me in Minneapolis sometime in the fall.
Greg and I are giving the scheme a couple of months as a trial - if we have problems working out as active business partners, then I still have Vashon to return to. Mike and I had a long batch of living far apart back in 2000 - 2004, we know it's not as fun as living together, but it didn't seem to harm our relationship a bit.
davidlevine
Mar. 18th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I hadn't known any of this! Good luck!
kevin_standlee
Mar. 18th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck in the renewed bookselling life!
wyld_dandelyon
Mar. 18th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

You make me curious as to why Skype doesn't work as well as in-person for making plans and communicating. I wonder, is this a personal preference for all communications or is it the topic that doesn't work, or is it more that the abstract stuff has been talked to death and you need the project itself at hand to be able to work on it productively? I'm not asking for personal or business details, mind you, or really any answer at all unless the topic also interests you.

But communication, and how the media affects the outcome, has long been of interest to me, so if you happen to be interested in discussing that aspect of things, it would be cool.
robling_t
Mar. 18th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
RE the acrylic yarn, if you've got a yarn shop handy, ask if they'd like it; most indie LYSs either do charity-knitting drives that specifically request acrylic or can hook you up with someone who does who'd be happy to have more yarn to work with, regardless of the state it's in (so long as that state is "reasonably clean", of course).
jeliza
Mar. 19th, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)
Good luck!
kevinnickerson
Mar. 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
I wonder now why some wool is itchy, and some not.
the_leewit
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Random, drive-by commenter: I understand it has to do with the smoothness of the fibers. I know that if one hand-washes itchy wool items, then does a first rinse with a splat of hair conditioner before the final rinse, as if the conditioner were fabric softener, most items lose their itchiness.

Maybe the SFOHA would be interested in the convention brochures?

Oh, squee! I am so glad that Ms. Bentley is doing the bookstore thing again!
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