Back in the 1970’s, George Ainsworth-Land admonished the business world to “grow or die.” I am hardly an entrepreneurial sort, but this makes sense to me. If you don’t constantly develop your product, your customer base, or redecorate your bathrooms, eventually you’ll start to lose customers–and your own sense of joy in your work. I started this blog as a place to review pastiche (and other books), and while I still want to do this on occasion, the fact is, I’ve moved into some other areas of the Sherlockian world, and I’ve neglected this blog to pursue them. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be the blog that shrivels down to a couple of posts a year, then dies. I like it. I like the people I meet through it. But I only have so much time and, frankly, the kind of book review I do is very labor-intensive.
So, what to do?
I decided a few months ago that the best solution would be to expand the meaning of “Well-Read Sherlockian.” I’ve tried (over a period of maturing, let’s be honest) to show you books you might find useful and enjoyable. I’ve also featured authors who are using their talents to explore the world of Sherlock Holmes (still doing that, by the way). But there are other things you might want to read about–that would enhance your understanding and enjoyment of all things Holmes. I find so many things in my work that fit that description. Sometimes I post them on Facebook. Many times I just take notes and keep moving, because I have a client, or a deadline, or the dog just messed on the rug.
No more. Even though I keep shooing my kids out of the room while I write this, the fact is, most discoveries are more fun when you share them. So, as the cliché goes, “Watch this space!” The Tin Dispatch Box apparently has compartments, and it’s time to explore!