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24 January 2008 @ 08:49 pm
Oh good grief ...  
This week remains unhelpful.

Finger is broken (though not badly, all will be well once it stops hurting), then poor young Heath, and now MY MAGAZINE HAS FOLDED!

Now, I do not grow deeply attached to titles and workplaces for the very reason that I am familiar with the vagaries of publishing, but I really enjoyed working there and it was with the smartest and most interesting team I had ever encountered. So ... BUGGER!

Will be fine, there is redundancy pay so I do not need to dip into savings, and I also have three weeks' leave even after the hols, just ... BUGGER!

At least I can now spend a few more days in New Zealand than I looked like being able to. That's good. And if the pay-out comes through quickly and some writing gigs fall into place, I can make it up to Welly for a bit and badger people for more work! And June in Paris is back on the agenda! So really, there are plenty of silver linings, I'll just miss my workmates.
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calanthe_fics on January 24th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Oh poo. I'm really sorry to hear that. My favorite job ever was in a retail chain that went to the wall. I had such fun with the people I worked with that every day was like a party instead of work. I was gutted when it came to an end, but all good things do.

Glad to hear the financial situation isn't worrisome. That's always the biggie these days, isn't it?

*pets your finger carefully*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is definitely the people I'll miss most, though it was lovely to be back on news after a few years playing in home-mags. Thank you for the finger pat, We tried playing softball this afternoon and it is v hard to throw with three fingers!
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Meredythmeredyth_13 on January 24th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, honey! I'm sorry to hear that. It's always horrible when a workplace you enjoy goes belly-up. I'm glad you're seeing the silver lining - sounds like you have a pretty awesome year planned regardless. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I had written off the June trip, but it should all be doable now! Wait and see what's offered in terms of other employment. I had one mag vying for me a while ago and decided against it because I wanted to go back to news, but it is a lovely garden title and has a good team, too. No point being too upset about things I cannot change!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on January 24th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Crap! Sorry about that. Funny how things like that have a way of happening without notice. Here's hoping a new opportunity comes your way soon. And what will you be doing in Paris in June?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
It's my friend's 30th and she is trying DESPERATELY not to spend it in Latvia, because it is always eaten by Midsummer, so I suggested that Paris would be a good compromise, easy for the Brit crew and not hard for the Baltic, Aus and Amer teams. Also .. Paris!

And yes, is bad news. At least I know I will have work. Just not the work I was enjoying. Bloody private equity owners. Although late breaking news has one of the other local moguls suggesting he is interested in buying up the whole shebang; and his publishing house is my favourite! Not holding hopes up too high, though.
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spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on January 24th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Well, I was wrong about that finger, wasn't I? :/

Paris!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Eh, is just little break, and above the metacarpal, so I was wrong, too! Also, I have a terrible thought I said metatarsal in my previous post ... obsessed with feet!!

I am not going to plan my trip to Paris until I have the redundancy cheque in my hand. But I have the loveliest new little dress ...
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★★ Gabriel Artisan ★★: hp: post-DH.teddylupinhouse_illrepute on January 24th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
awww, that sucks!

sending out hugs!

how'd you break your finger? did i miss that post?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Cheers dears! Hugs are appreciated.

And my partner broke it with a nerf torpedo. Life in our house is a constant source of daftness!
george pushdragonpushdragon on January 24th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh is *that* where you are!

I'm sorry you're losing your team. Come to Melbourne. The Age is the best paper in Australia. (Such low standards it's not hard.) And did I mention the cocktail bars?

You never know, this change could help you end up somewhere you like even more. I hope so!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Well ... where I was ...

I have sworn to myself that I will not go back to dailies. I want a four-day-a-week job that pays ridiculous amounts. I may need to actually sit down and write that best-selling novel I keep threatening, given the current state of publishing.

Thanks for the good wishes, my partner's work has a lot happening in Melbourne, so it is not an impossibility!
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Dedicated Escape Artist: Uh-oh monkeyjadzialove on January 24th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's a shame, your team being scattered to the wind, but it seems like there's more good than bad there, and you're landing on your feet. (the low center of gravity helps! lol)

And yay! More time for travel... and fic!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Your icon says it all. It's the people that I will miss. They were so good to work with!

I will miss my four-day weeks. Is sad.
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i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on January 24th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Argh, what a shame. Sounds like it could have been a lot worse though - so kudos to you for seeing the silver lining!

*offers you a slice of microwaved badger* :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hehhhhheheheheeh. No thanks, I try not to eat animals I give names to.

Yeah, it's just a shame. Oh well. The alcohol and painkillers are wearing off, I should go to bed ...
This brilliant Tuesday in this lonely placeno_mad_skillz on January 24th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, damn. (I'd echo your 'Bugger' but I don't think I could carry it off, even in print.)

*polishes your silver lining with plenty of elbow grease* Ooooh, shiny.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's lovely! I can see some hope and future plans in it now!

(And that was a very fine damn, BTW ;-)
Frayach ni Cuill: Buggerfrayach_nicuill on January 24th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Unhelpful week, indeed :(

*hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I am ignoring it and focussing on next week, which contains my birthday. There had better bloody well be cake!
pir8fancier on January 24th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Suckage. :(
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 24th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Indeed.
icyanahita on January 24th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I hope everything works out for the best!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 25th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It will all be fine, it's just annoying.
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on January 24th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ah! So shitty! And you were just telling me of the four-day-work-week splendor and the loveliness of the situation. Sucky. I hear you about people - that's always the saddest part of leaving a job (providing the $$ is okay, of course). Sounds like some awesome travelling ahead though. This June I will be travelling to um... um... my mom's house? My sister's townhouse in the burbs? The mall? *sigh*

Best of luck in what lies ahead. Somehow I doubt you will be without work for long! Also, I see the broken finger isn't slowing down your typing - that's dedication! *g*

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 25th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! I finally found a team I really liked and pfft ... gone! BALLS!

I'm never without work for long, but some of it is less appealling than other. It's the universe telling me to finish a damn novel (and some fic)

Eight fingered typing is relatively fast, but still annoying, and occasionally painful when I forget ...
the center of the room and beyond: buggersnottygrrl on January 25th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
i adore the fact that losing a work position equates to june in paris for you :D

sorry about the buggery situation, unless of course it means that i get to meet you sooner in which case i'd be pleased as punch about it but not in near you, just quietly in the background [*grins*]
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 25th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I am more worried that they will offer me an alternate role in the publishing house, but there are no other weekly news mags, and the rest are mostly women's titles, which I do not work on. So the redundancy should be OK. Our union rep says that they must offer an acceptable position and one that is similar in duties and package, so fingers crossed I just run off with the cash instead. Meeting Wednesday.

And yes, popping up to Welly is very high on my agenda! We will drink tea, Ms Sno!
shadowclubshadowclub on January 25th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well at least there is a silver lining!

May I ask how you managed to break your finger?!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 25th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
My partner and I were playing softball, which was fine. Then he switched to the nerf torpedo, a toy designed for small children. On fast throw to my far right, with an out-stretched hand and thwacked pinky later ...

A softball injury would at least not be embarrassing!
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lackofmendacity (Diana): red liplackofmendacity on January 26th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
What, your magazine folded?! Poor sweetie... *hugs you tight*

(Ummm, I'm not sure why it is you'd be spending more time in New Zealand, but sure. *g*)

Mmm, anyway. Happy Australia Day! :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 27th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Poor magazine. 128 years all gone in an instant. Bloody bean counters.

And I have a 'do' in New Zealand next weekend, which was going to be fly-in, fly-out, but suddenly I have more time ... so there's some good.

I loved that list. Did you know it took me six months to work out that Seeyasarvo was I'll see you this afternoon ... I thought it was some Aborginal word ...
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this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on January 29th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your bad, but I hear it's your birthday.

I wanted to wish you a wonderful day. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 29th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Things have definitely been looking up today!