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Anne58 Fri 04-Jan-13 12:22:12

Hello all.

Some of you have been very complimentary with regard to my random ramblings (of the written variety, I don't mean setting forth in a pair of hiking boots with no sense of direction) and have suggested that I inflict them on a wider audience.

Now, I don't buy magazines so have no idea which ones might be receptive to my offerings, and was wondering if you had any ideas? janeainsworth PM'd me a while ago and suggested I try the Oldie, which I will, but plan to read a couple of issues first.

I can't afford to go buying magazines willy nilly, plus looking at the covers at some on offer in the shops has induced feelings of nausea/rage/disbelief and brough on several attacks of fierce and prolonged tutting. (Who are some of these people, what are they famous for, does anyone really care who is doing what with whom and how bad their cellulite is? As for some of the "better" mags, no, I don't want to know where to buy the ideal cardigan for the bargain price of £350, nor do I want to brighten my dinner party table by making clever arrangements out of dried sheep dung and sprout trimmings)

So, ladies (and GNHQ) if you could provide a bit of guidance it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

jO5 Fri 04-Jan-13 12:24:37

The Lady! soop's son could swing it for you! smile

Ana Fri 04-Jan-13 12:32:55

Not sure about the Oldie - we used to get it but some of the articles were pretty stodgy....seemed to be aimed at an older-than-me market somehow.
I don't buy any mags at all these days, so nothing positive to add, I'm afraid!

annodomini Fri 04-Jan-13 12:33:17

Saga magazine?

Ana Fri 04-Jan-13 12:34:16

The thing is, phoenix isn't even over 60 yet! A newspaper column would be ideal.....

Anne58 Fri 04-Jan-13 12:46:03

jO5 I have already "spoken" to soop, if I do approach The Lady it will have to be under my own steam, so to speak!

merlotgran Fri 04-Jan-13 12:46:04

Try this, mag The monthly magazine gives a list of magazines that might be looking for articles.

janeainsworth Fri 04-Jan-13 13:07:08

Hi Phoenix the Oldie currently have a 3 issues for £1 offer. Alternatively if you PM me your address I'll send you some back copiessmile
Ana I don't read all the articles but the regulars that I particularly like are Lizzie Enfield (sister of Harry) whose theme is 'Mind the Gap' - amusing accounts of inter-generational warfare in the Enfield household, and Kate Sawyer's 'Whiteboard Jungle' which I find interesting having two DDs in the teaching profession.
As has been said on the Granslit thread, good writing has universal appeal smile

Ana Fri 04-Jan-13 13:26:25

Yes, Jane, I know the articles you mean - they were the only two I enjoyed! They did follow a particular theme, as you say, and I have doubts as to whether the Oldie would be keen on giving a newcomer a break...

janeainsworth Fri 04-Jan-13 13:28:06

No ana they actively seek contributions from readers - that's why I suggested it.

Ana Fri 04-Jan-13 13:48:02

I stand corrected! smile

kittylester Fri 04-Jan-13 13:52:09

Some of the newspapers have great weekend sections and magazines. The Times Saturday ones are great, as are The Guardian/Observer ones. But also look at the unmentionable papers too. My son had an article on an accessible holiday home published in a newspaper he wouldn't be seen dead reading. grin The Reader's Digest is another one. Good luck phoenix! Keep us posted!

kittylester Fri 04-Jan-13 14:21:04

And, right a blog and tell anyone and everyone about it!!

My son's book grew out of a blog he wrote while he was in hospital.

kittylester Fri 04-Jan-13 14:21:30

right = write!! oops. blush

Grannyknot Fri 04-Jan-13 14:24:49

Kitty pse tell us the name of your son's book. I love reading that sort of thing ...

kittylester Fri 04-Jan-13 15:43:41

Matt's book is called 'Halfway Gone' and is available from Amazon as a paperback or ebook. It tells of his life in Japan, his marriage, his travels, his stroke and stay in hospital and his return to England. Obviously, his family 'enjoyed' it but I think it is quite readable.

Grannyknot Fri 04-Jan-13 16:09:43

Sounds just up my street. I love hearing/reading real stories. It was the fabulous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who wrote Half of a Yellow Sun, who says something about the importance of people's stories - and truth.

Anne58 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:44:36

I have never written a blog, but I suppose I could find out how to?

I was sort of wondering about Good Mousekeeping Housekeeping, as I seem to remember from years ago when my mother took it, they used to have a page/column near the back that was usually quite light hearted.

Thing is, I think it was written by Maureen Lipman, and I don't think I'm in that league!

kittylester Fri 04-Jan-13 19:59:07

The current one is Sandi Tosvig (so??). But that's the sort of thing presumably.

Matt did his blog on I think, which was fairly easy to usr, I think. Go for it!!

Anne58 Fri 04-Jan-13 20:03:49

Ah kitty just shows how long it is since I glanced at GH! I do like Sandi's work though.

Will have a look at, but may not be until next week. (I am planning to get really stuck into this once Mr P has gone back.

Although, I might need a bit of a push, feeling somewhat as if the damn dog might be on the prowl.

glassortwo Fri 04-Jan-13 20:04:12

phoenix you will never know until you give it a try wink

Anne58 Fri 04-Jan-13 20:10:32

I know glass but I've heard that line before! grin

glassortwo Fri 04-Jan-13 20:13:49

grin grin I wont ask!!!

annodomini Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:49

Sue Limb wrote the Dulcie Domum (Bad Housekeeping) column in the Saturday Guardian at one time. Very funny it was. I missed it a lot when she gave up, though I think she continued to post articles on line. Right up your street, I should say, phoenix.

grrrranny Fri 04-Jan-13 21:16:35

January is a time when that bloody dog just loves to pounce and it is hard to keep it at bay. And the thing about writing is that you have to sit, on your own, and let thoughts come. The dog loves that. Perhaps if you try to work out how to blog if you are feeling a bit iffy as that is a more practical task and then, hopefully, you would be able to post on it a bit at a time until you are fairly swinging along. Must admit I really should find out about how to blog as well so I'll follow your progress with interest. Bet it's not that hard really, just a case of getting down to it. That's the hard bit hmm