>This n that

>Yesterday was interesting. We had our first emergency budget from our new coalition government … and it’s gone down like a bucket of sick in most quarters, mostly because it seems election manifestos have been contradicted and party leaders have turned their coats. As usual.

Today will also be interesting. England play what could possibly be their last game in the World Cup. England expects, but England is not holding its breath, I suspect.

Work is busy. I have contributors’ guidelines to finalise and get out as standard as too many things are being allowed to slip just so we get publication on time. I have work to do for the website too, which involves writing, interviewing, more writing, checking, arranging photographs, and publishing. And planning is already underway for the next magazine despite this one only just coming out. I still have that full editorial board 3-country 4-site video conference to arrange, but also a face-to-face meeting between the 3 senior editors.

Freelance-wise, I have edits to do for the Christmas annual, more proofing on Night Crawler, and transcribing for the history book – although when I went to visit our 2 local history groups last week for photography help with this, there they were gone. I want to be writing short stories, but the market is shrinking. I do have another publication to try a couple of recent rejections with, and I’m seriously considering some of the anthology and novella markets, but I can’t see me being very successful in the short fiction market any time soon. I want to be writing articles too, but the research is just too time consuming when I already have so much to do.

As far as life goes, I need to be getting on with the gig list for July over the next few days – I can’t believe it’s almost the end of June already. I’m going to my first gig in ages on Friday, at my member club, to see 2 different but favourite bands. And I’m toying with getting that sewing machine again. After yesterday’s budget increasing VAT to a whopping 20%, and with me rarely finding summery clothes that I actually like, I’m contemplating making my own again. I got back into the cooking for myself well enough, I’m sure I could do the same with my sewing. I used to make soft furnishings too.

The weather is nice, it’s cooler today than it was yesterday, but still sunny and warm.

9 thoughts on “>This n that

  1. Josie 23 June 2010 / 11:32 am

    >the budget was exactly what me and hubby were expecting, it was the same the last time the con-servatives got in.Josie x

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  2. Devon Ellington 23 June 2010 / 11:55 am

    >Are you trying any American markets via email? Duotrope has a good list.

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  3. Diane 23 June 2010 / 1:27 pm

    >Josie: I think we always hope it will be a good one, for a change, but we're always disappointed.

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  4. Diane 23 June 2010 / 1:28 pm

    >Devon: No, the only overseas markets I've tried have been in Australia, and I think my stories are too English, if you get my drift. I'll look that one up, though, thanks.

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  5. Diane 23 June 2010 / 1:28 pm

    >Carol: COME ON ENGLAND!

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  6. twiggypeasticks 23 June 2010 / 7:51 pm

    >Diane I am thinking of making my own clothes, but I am clueless you'll have to give us some tutorials. My hubby is a public sector worker, his pay has been frozen and who knows what'll happen to his pension. I think a lot of good workers could move over to the private sector and then things will really grind to a halt. Twiggy x

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  7. Diane 24 June 2010 / 10:08 am

    >Twiggy: You'll find loads of help and advice on the Money Savings Expert site, often in Old Style but there may be a craft section now. I used to use Simplicity patterns because they really were exactly what they said on the tin. And I'd get the best value for my money, i.e. one pattern with several items rather than just one or two. Prima and Essentials used to give away free dress patterns, but I don't know if they do any more now there are dressmaking magazines. There might be loads for sale on Ebay too, because lots of people bought them then never used them. I also know people who got graph paper and cut the patterns out on that to preserve their originals, and anyway, the tissue paper that comes with the patterns is very flimsy.If I was you, I'd start small, with toys and dolls clothes to get in the swing. Then, move onto a simple skirt pattern and see how you go.Let me know.

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  8. twiggypeasticks 25 June 2010 / 5:14 pm

    >Thanks Diane, I hang around MSE a lot, especially the old style and greenfingers board 🙂 My Mum used to get Prima when I was little and I had a subscription and kept the patterns, I'll have a rummage and keep you posted!!Twiggy x

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