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I am a 68-year-old gay disabled amateur part-time writer living in Slough, Berkshire UK. I have published around 50 articles in 20 leisure and lifestyle magazines. I live with a range of health issues including heart disease, chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression, atrial fibrillation and restless leg syndrome. (I'm working my way through the medical dictionary!). I'm a member of Slough Writer's Group which is interesting and informative. Latest News. 10th July 2023 Awarded 'The Sandy Lee-Guard Award for Endeavour' by the Slough Writers Group. 6th December 2023 Completed studying 'Writing for Magazines' with CityLit University. January 2nd 2024. Fell over in the lounge and fractured my left femur (whilst recovering from fracturing my right femur in July 2023). Recovery expected to take 6 - 8 months. May 2024. Completed studying ' National Centre for Writing' course 'Creative Non-Fiction - An Introduction'. You can see the articles that have been published in the 'LATEST WORK' section of my website.

Friday 10 November 2023

Administration Day

No 'writing' today. It's a day for attending to all the 'admin' stuff. I need to sort out my files and I also have an invoice to create. I have hundreds of pdf and doc files that need to be organized into some sort of sense. I don't really know where to start.

I've also got to find:

  • Samples of 'pitches' to editors.
  • Academic papers on 'happiness' that owning a dog can bring.

I've been listening to 'audio books' on 'Organisation for Writers' and 'Productivity for Authors'.

Yesterday I found the 'media pack' for 'Dogs Today' magazine. It's a bit dated (2017) but nevertheless useful. Previously the only 'media pack' that I'd found was for 'Attitude' magazine. We are encouraged in my class to study media packs and I've found them quite useful.

I want to send this article to 'Psychology Now' magazine, but I can't find anything on the net. I really need to study it and find out an email address for the editor and I think that the only way is going to be to buy at least one copy. But the main sticking point is that each copy costs £13.99 which at the moment I can't afford so it's going to have to wait. It's just occurred to me that it might be listed in the 2024 editions of the 'Writers & Artists Yearbook' and/or the 'Writers Handbook'. Watch this space!

My leg is worse today. It's really painful when I walk and my limp is pronounced. It occurred to me yesterday that I may be left with a limp and difficulty walking. I hope not.

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