The bookstore hasn't ever happened for a lot of reasons, all of them pretty weak when I look back at them. I was too young, I was too old, the economy was bad, people weren't reading anymore, where would the funds come from, blah blah blah. If you try hard enough you can easily talk yourself right out of your dreams.
Fortunately for me, wisdom and that final push come from the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times. On a normal drive to lunch on a normal Saturday recently, I had the following exchange with my teenage daughter:
Me: Is it crazy to want to open a bookstore?
Her: Not as crazy as talking about it for years and never doing it.
That settled it.
So now to make it a reality. I have found the perfect spot in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, a downtown which currently has no bookstore at all. I have crunched the numbers and made the plans and even seen the completed project clearly in my mind. But there is a hurdle between the dream and the doors opening that must be managed first: raising the startup funds.
This is where you can help: join with me to bring The Last Word Bookstore to life, both by contributing and by sharing this post with your friends. As Neil Gaiman said in American Gods:
“What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.”
Help me change that for Fort Worth by checking out my GoFundMe page here. And keep chasing your dreams.