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November 22, 2010 4 comments

So this is one of those posts where I make all kinds of excuses about where I’ve been.  Except I’ve actually been accomplishing loads of important un-bloggy stuff.

I have a new job that starts next month.  I shall still be copywriting for a little agency, but it’s a little step up and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to come along.  So, hooray!

I have finally moved in properly (except for the odd bit of IKEA furniture that still needs assembling–I somehow managed to build a desk backwards) to my new flat.

I have dug out my old MS from under layers of dust and began a massive edit (rewrite)…so I should be ready to re-query early next year whilst I work on the current WIP.

Now.  Enough of what I’ve been up to and on to what everyone else has been up to!  Nathan Bransford is no longer agenting (sob), but is still blogging (hooray).  His latest post talks about how to build an online following (number 1 is be consistent…HAHA—ABWP MegaFail).

And while I’m on the subject of MegaFails, Amazon listed a Pedophile’s Code of Conduct, which I initially thought must be a bit of a piss take, and promptly forwarded on to the work colleagues, including Creative Director et al.  But it seems the book is rather serious.  And as much as I vehemently oppose book banning ( Lolita is, after all, an amazing, if deeply disturbing, book), I think this may be going a bit too far.   Also, it’s now hit the top 100 list–probably boosted by people like me complaining about it.  Huh.

And in case you’re traumatised by the Pedophile book news, I’ll leave you with the funny and super-cute Ninja Cat (so you can sleep at night):

 

The Advertising and Marketing letter

August 24, 2010 6 comments

So if you work in advertising or marketing, you’ve probably already seen this letter, but it is great, and I thought I’d pass it along.

Of course this is amazing.  The source is unknown, but I found it via PSFK, who I found via Gapingvoid, and then passed it along to all my co-workers and linked to it in twitter, etc (yup, it’s gone VIRAL!).

Also, thought I’d share the conversation I had with my creative director shortly thereafter:

Creative Director: Where did you find this?

Me: It’s good, eh?

CD: Who wrote it?

Me: Don’t know.  “Brian,” apparently.  Probably some marketing person.  Clever, eh?

CD: It was you, wasn’t it?

Me: No, I found it online.

CD: It sounds an awful lot like your prose.

Me: It wasn’t me.

CD: Hmm [raised eyebrow suspicious look]

Me: I found it on the PSFK site.  You can go look.

CD: Ooo-kay [giant eye roll]

[Pause]

CD: I especially liked the bit about the sausages.

Me: Yeah?

CD: You like sausages. [massive eye-wagging]

Me: I do NOT like sausages.  Wait!  I mean, I do like, no–never mind.

[Pause]

CD: You totally wrote this.

(Okay, I made the sausage part up, but it’s soooo something my creative director would say.  Also, for the record, I do really like sausages.)