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16 January 2005 @ 04:14 pm
The lj maintenance people are my new idols  

Today, I practised the noble art of blagging to make up an essay on graphic design, as I am meant to be going on work experience in, oh , February. Not that I have any organised yet, or indeed know the first thing about graphic design. My bibliography is full of websites I didn't even bother looking at...oh, who am I kidding? I spent half an hour on it and spent the rest of my time proofreading fics. My work ethic has gone completely down the toilet.

Actually, in choosing a graphic designer, I came across something cool. I picked the Stone Twins, as they are the only ones I've ever heard of. If you are not stringently religious, and wouldn't mind having a good old laugh at the Pope's expense, take a gander at this - the RC Church's new corporate identity manual!!


(It's in 'Projects' under 'The Church', if that link won't bring it up.)

After a weekend spent bending poor oldcoralia13's ear by email, I've come to a decision on uni. </span>


Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: 'January's Child', the Alice Band
passionate trousersgalindaupland on January 16th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you're talking about. Well in a sense. I have a huge cancer research project due on Tuesday, and I have not typed one word of it. Not one. I hate deadlines. >:(
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh, how you resonate. I have an in-depth report on a not bad but not wonderful novel due last week, I think. If I am very quiet, they tend to forget me and don't leave messages on the answerphone.

Well, I've done some of it. Not a lot. Deadlines suck.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
When you say report...are you an editor? (If so you LUCKY THING!) Last week! Ah well, I am in good company!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Sort of an editor. (You can't tell from my e-mails, mind you!) I assess unpublished manuscripts, most of them not v. good. Some so appalling you want to scream. Badly paid but strangely fascinating work, though it can't compete with fanfic. Sadly. Part of the job is giving ideas on how to improve plots, make them consistent, etc. That's the fun bit, where you get to write it in your head.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I hope you don't mind me asking, but how do you get into that kind of job? I know that it's hard and stuff, but I'd love to be an editor of some description; it's just no one seems to know how to get there!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I count as a consultant, which sounds better than it is. To do this sort of assessment you should, ideally, be a published writer with some experience of other fields, like copywriting (ads). The copy-editing diploma helps, where money is concerned: worth the short course. (I didn't get a chance to do that, worse luck.) It's the same as beta-reading, probably less intensive. Then, you just have to offer your services and be willing to do some stuff for free to show you know what you're about. It's freelance, which suits me, but that means very bad pay.

Better to go for straight editing, IMO: there, you'd get straight in with a publisher. Whatever you do, GET YOUR DEGREE. That is carved in stone. Once you have that, you can do whatever you like.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
But what degree do you mean? All I can think of is English...but at least I know more now!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just got this.

Any degree. Any degree will do. English is best, but you mention Greek and History, for instance, as well, and those are fine. If you're doing sciences you may run into a problem: but then, if you're doing sciences you probably don't want to be an editor! I did English, but didn't get my degree, which is a long and boring story.

I'm pontificating again here! I'm not a huge expert on anything beyond what I actually do: I work for quite a small, specialist company, and I originally got the job when I read a report they'd done for a friend, wrote to them asking if they needed more readers/editors, and did a report on spec. But they were a lot smaller then.

Besides, that was specifically work to do at home, which could tie in or not with outside work. You'll want to start off as far outside the house as possible!

But I reiterate: finish your courses, get your qualifications, and then you have a lot of choices, or should.^_^
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 17th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Yes, me and science have not gelled since I succeeded in blowing up soap. That's okay then.

Basic degrees are important, I guess. Ah sure I'll end up somewhere. Under a bridge maybe, but somewhere. Cheers!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, I used to be great with getting things done well before time. But that was back when I had a clue where I was going. Arglebarf. Can you get an extension? They are brilliant!