The Final Week September 13, 2010Posted by Phil Groom in Watching and Waiting.
Tags: Books, Bookselling, Bookshop, London School of Theology, madosphere, Nick Aston
This is it. My final week as Bookshop Manager at London School of Theology. Just three days, in fact, as I’ll only be working Tuesday to Thursday and then it’s all over, left with my colleague and good friend Nick Aston to run the show.
It’s been an interesting time, these last few weeks, trying to tidy up as many loose ends as possible, notifying suppliers and others of my departure and showing Nick the tricks of the trade. For Nick it’s going to be a challenging time as he attempts to do all that I’ve been doing as well as his own job in less than half our combined hours: if you’re minded to pray, please keep him in mind as he’s going to need all the support he can get; and if you’re ever in Northwood looking for a book or a bar of fairtrade chocolate, please go pay him a visit.
It’s going to be a different shop and a different approach to running it when I’m gone, with the stock profile largely driven by faculty recommendations and course reading lists alongside a proposed increase in non-book product. Whereas I’ve always aimed to maintain an extensive backlist beyond the reading lists, perused publishers’ catalogues and met with reps to select new titles, it’s unlikely that Nick will have time for that, although time will tell, of course: who can say how things will pan out?
As for me, a part-time job in a local supermarket to keep a few pennies rolling in whilst I reorientate and focus my attention and energies on various web projects. There’s more than enough to keep me busy: the question is whether I can make it pay.
I also plan to devote some time to blogging in support of my madosphere friends: there’s far too much stigma and misunderstanding attached to mental illness where there should be respect and support for those who are battling these traumas. If you missed it, go read my post Meeting the Mentalists: awesome people, each and every one.
And finally: to all at LST, my friends and colleagues: it’s been a good ten years: I salute you. Or as the dolphins would say, “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
Some of my web projects…
- CCJ Hillingdon
- Forrester Music
- Goodwood Evangelical Church
- UK Christian Bookshops Directory and Christian Bookshops Blog
Into the Madosphere: Some Mental Health Bloggers I Admire
- Conversations with my head: @bourach
- From the same sky: @fromthesamesky
- If Narky, Feed Profusely: @narkyness
- Life of a Maybe Borderline
- Mental Nurse: @mental_nurse
- Serial Insomniac: @serial_insomnia
- Soozie’s non-blog