NB THIS RATHER LONG SECTION HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO LEGAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE PUBLISHER CONCERNED, AT THEIR REQUEST.
Other, and more positive, book news is I've sent out eight review requests for The Gifting, so am hoping one or two reviewers might show interest from that.
The most recent meditation poem is:
Somewhere in this long list
of names and histories –
Abdon, Gedor, Pithon, Zimri –
God is hiding.
I just can’t quite
see him yet.
The Sunday haiku is:
The song-thrush flutters
past my window, her bright eye
intent on her nest.
After a dodgy houses week, the rumour has it that our tricky neighbours might (just might, mind you) have sent back some documentation which may possibly arrive at their solicitors on Monday. Who knows, really, and I'm not believing it until I see it ... Watch this space - you'll hear the screams (either for good or bad). Oh and if Seymours in Woking ask me one more time what our house buying budget is, I swear I will not be responsible for my actions - don't these people ever listen??!? Words fail me - which will be a first, I can tell you. Arrgghh!
Anyway, Marian and I had a very wet and very enjoyable game of golf on Friday - it's amazing how much nicer it all is (even with the rain) when, because "rain stopped play", the competitive menfolk aren't breathing down our necks because we're too slow - and yes, we do always let them through nonetheless. I can be nice, well, occasionally ...
And yesterday was my pre-birthday opera treat at Glyndebourne - we saw Wagner's Meistersinger which was fascinating but I wouldn't really want to go again. Typical of Wagner, parts of it were extraordinarily long drawn-out but, heck, he does know how to nail an ending. The man playing Hans Sachs was great too, which made the second half - where things actually happen, good Lord - very enjoyable indeed.
Oh, and the champagne was glorious, hurrah!
I see I spoke too soon. Sorry! But oh, what bastards! Definitely never submitting to them, or buying anything from them either.
Thanks, Alex! Perhaps on the other hand we should be buying from them - they obviously need the cash! But I definitely wouldn't submit :))
Yes it was a joke, Jo - well done on spotting it! :))
Even though Anne is writing in jest, some stores will accept returns of near mint condition books with a receipt simply because a patron did not care for the product. It's called customer service.
I have visited a few establishments like this in the US & Canada and I even worked for one for many years. And yes, the store I was employed at is still in business and is doing very well (before any questions about that particular return model crop up).
I am very sorry you have had to deal with all of this.
Many thanks, Dhympna - your good wishes are much appreciated! That's really interesting about the returns policy though - I don't think we have that in the UK. It's a great idea!
Though, having said that, my mother did voluntary work for a charity bookshop many years ago where you paid a pound to borrow a book for a while before coming back for your next one. They did amazing coffee too. But that's a different aspect again.
I've taken books back to Whsmith's before now (mint condition/unread) and you can return books to an online retailer within 7 days under distance selling regulations.
Sorry to hear this happened to you, definitely on my never to submit or buy from list.
I never knew that, Rae! Very good indeed :)) And thanks for the good wishes
Best of luck with this debacle, Anne -- and many thanks for having the courage to share the story with other authors. Too often these problems stay hidden and author after author after author has to find out for herself the hard way.
Thanks, Fran! That's what I thought ... :))
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