Though there have been some ups and downs, personally and at work, thankfully the ‘worst’ that has happened to me has been an extended period of furlough.
Though even this ‘worst’ has had a lot of upside.
I’ve been able to get on with a lot of projects during this nine months and they are now at the stage where there is very little than regular upkeep and development, all the building work has been done now.
My main project is still Indie Bookshops, and this year has allowed me to split the list of bookshops down into regional lists and to double check to make sure that the shop was still open and that the contact details were still correct.
It’s also allowed me to catch up on the large backlog of information I had to put onto the various lists.
The next step is to start up the Browse a Bookshop and Publisher Profile features once more, the plan is to have one of each up every week with or without the subjects input, that is the answers to the list of questions associated with the feature. I would much prefer to have the bookshops and publishers involved though and will be contacting each one I want to put on the blog before it goes on.
Then there is the sister site to that, Independent Publishers, which I had mothballed and wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to continue with, I am going to get it up and running again with all the information that I’ve collected on Indie Bookshops duplicated there.
I’ve also set up a site to sell my gaming bits, Potentially Lethal, it was also going to be a gaming blog but no longer, just a place to sell bits.
I will also be relaunching Wicked Words, a quarterly e-zine that will publish sci-fi, fantasy & horror short stories and flash fiction. I had published four editions of this previously but had found studying for a degree, a professional qualification, and working full-time all a bit too much (and I fell out of with Amazon and didn’t want to use them any further).
Then there’s this catch all blog, where I will put up anything that catches my fancy really. Book reviews, art history, photography, bits of my own writing, recipes, and more.
So even though it’s been a worrying year, and a bit frightening at times it’s been a constructive year with the foundations well and truly built for 2021.
*updated on 8th January 2021 to add link to my 2020 reading list
First book of the year is Feebleminded by @ArianaHar translated by Annie McDermott Carolina Orloff published by @CharcoPress ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star a febrile mother/daughter relationship twisted by an extra-marital affair, fast, nervous, visceral (first 9 originally on @IndieBookshopsUK) pic.twitter.com/7gZHlepPM3
— Big Bearded Bookseller (@BigBookseller) February 21, 2020