Well hello there! I’m wondering whether any of you regular readers are still there? It’s been a long time since I wrote — nearly two months.
You may recall that Thoughtful Husband and I were diagnosed with Whooping Cough in late June. Whooping Cough is an epidemic in California right now, and if you haven’t been vaccinated against it in the past five years, you’re susceptible to catching the disease if exposed. Turns out I hadn’t been vaccinated for Whooping Cough since I was a kid.
We had Whooping Cough through most of July and August. My blogging became infrequent, mostly due to the fact that the constant coughing made me exhausted. It was all I could do to keep up with Tom and Huck and running the household. My inaction this summer meant that Book Hunter’s Holiday was de facto put on hold. I bought a few books this summer and started work on Catalogue #2, but I did not work hard to actively sell books. When I finally began to feel better and get my energy back, life got really busy: Tom and Huck returned to school and we resumed the school year schedule of sports, music lessons, and Boy Scouts. I slowly worked my way back into the antiquarian book business, selling books at both the Santa Monica and Sacramento Book Fairs in September. I’ve begun writing occasional articles for BookThink again, and I plan to resume occasional contributions to the Fine Books and Collections blog as well.
Now that it’s October and we’ve settled into the school year-routine, I’m working on actively selling some books. Taking the summer off depleted my cash flow, and there’s not much I can do without building it back up again. I’ve also signed on to do a new fair in Pasadena, CA in February, I’m cataloguing new acquisitions and adding them to my website as quickly as I can, and I’m selling some books on consignment on behalf of a customer for the first time.
If you’re still checking in at the blog now and then, I’d love to hear from you. Now that we’re into October, we’ve settled back into our routine and I’m going to attempt to resume regular blogging here. Expect to find stories of books bought and sold, of the triumphs and the misadventures of an antiquarian bookseller, and (occasionally) of humorous episodes in the continuing saga of Tom and Huck. For anyone who is still reading, thank you. I’ve missed this.