I used to love the fact that Sundays were different, but in many ways they’re now just like every other day.
As a kid, most shops didn’t open on Sunday, with the exception of the newsagent (I was a paperboy).
For a few of my formative years, there was some degree of church, either with Sunday school or monthly church parades with the Scouts, both of which would probably sound quaintly Victorian to a present day teenager.
(Honestly, I might be getting on a bit, but I’m not ancient.)
Then there was Sunday lunch – a proper big meal in the middle of the day, nearly always a roast of some kind, usually with the radio playing something like “Two–Way Family Favourites”.
However, young as I was, I also think of Sundays in those days as involving at least some element of self-reflection, which was probably good for me.
What had happened in the preceding week? What did the coming one hold in store? How was I doing?
With this in mind, and it is indeed Sunday after all, maybe you’ll allow me a few minutes to take stock on how things are going with the book project.
“Nudge Your Way to Happiness” is ever closer to being on sale, although the final tweaks and polishes are inevitably taking a little longer than anticipated.
The manuscript is edited and typeset.
The cover is close, but still needs a few adjustments.
And it’s surprising how long it takes to put together what’s known as the “front matter” and “back matter”: title page, copyright page, table of contents, acknowledgements, appendices, etc etc.
My brother Geoff is now back in London after ten days of giving me invaluable support with the project in California, and still helping from afar.
And hopefully it really won’t be too many more days before I’m able to send two PDF files to the publisher – one for the cover, another for the insides – which is how it’s done these days.
So that’s me taking stock this Sunday.
Now, how about you doing the same?