Monday, 5 November 2018

After a fairly frenetic nine months of crowd-funding, a quieter time when I've been trying to resume what passes for normal life, in particular working on the novel which has had to take a back seat as well as chasing up the few remaining permissions for Parkinson's & the Tango Effect. Meanwhile John has been busy with his camera and we're assembling a collection of wonderful photos for the book.

Following the very successful Auction of Promises back in July, I gather that there are still one or two promises unclaimed. Whether you were a promiser or a bidder, please do get in touch with your opposite number to finalise the deal. And on that subject, we are in the process of sorting out the delivery of an extra custom-made promise! Whilst your fantastic backing has secured the full funding for publication (and a very big thank you to recent contributors Gary Ruggera, Carlo Navato and Lucy Sheerman), owing to very unfortunate circumstances one of our most generous supporters has been left out of pocket. SO if there was a promise you had your eye on but just didn't get around to bidding for, (I think the cake from the kitchen of the amazing Baking Jin might still be up for grabs, for instance!) or if you are a would-be promiser who missed the chance first time round or you would be happy to promise again, do please contact me directly and we'll see what we can do.

Now that the publication process has begun, we can make a start on fulfilling the rewards for the different pledge levels. Obviously it will be some time before the book itself is ready but, if your pledge earned an extra reward, I should be contacting you at some point in the next few weeks to arrange this.

And, at long last, I'm pleased to report that we have a date for your diaries: SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER 10:30 a.m. UNTIL LATE: AN END-OF-FUNDING CELEBRATION AND THANK YOU at 26 Emmanuel House. Please do call in, if you can get here, for coffee, a light lunch, tea and cake, or a drink. Given the closeness to Christmas, you might also expect mulled wine and mince pies. Pop in for half an hour or stay all day. I'm hoping that there may be a reading or two, and a little live music. And I very much hope that, probably but not necessarily after dark, there will be some dancing...



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