Okay, this post should actually be called ‘How I decided to change my life in Borders’ but that’s not quite as catchy, is it?
In November, 2007 I went to New York with my lovely friend Lisa Clark who, while we were there, had a meeting to go to (with her publishers – how cool?). I waited for her in the Borders on Park Avenue. The photo above was taken out of the cafe window. I had a hot chocolate and wrote in the Sesame Street notebook I’d bought the previous day in the Times Square branch of Virgin.
I wrote I’m sitting in a Borders off Park Avenue, New York, NEW YORK!
I wrote Q. What do I want?
A. To enjoy everything I do.
I wrote Q. What do I enjoy?
A. Reading, writing fiction, blogs
I wrote Plans: To enjoy every day. To feel inspired and excited and energised and that I’m making progress. Every day.
The following April, I got my book deal and now? Three years later? I do enjoy every day. I’m not sure I’m actually making progress every day, but I’m working on it.
But the last three years haven’t been quite so positive for Borders and the company is apparently in the final stages of a bankruptcy application. They’re hoping to be able to keep a good number of stores open and I really hope that’s possible. It was bad enough when they closed here, if they close everywhere it will be terrible… For readers, for writers and for readers dreaming about becoming writers.