Wired and WSC

What? Surely not some actual work news to report on my workblog? Yup, that’s right. This last week has been a pretty good one for my writing, as it turns out, so hopefully LJ readers will forgive this crossposted bit of indulgence as I plug Stuff What I Now Have In The Shops.

wiredFirst off, the new issue of the UK edition of Wired (cover right) contains something I did a little while back: a short interview with Rantz Hoseley, the creator of LongBox – a digital comics distribution platform that has been, predictably enough, described as a potential “iTunes of comics” (including, er, in my article). It’s a short piece, just half a page (page 67, to be precise), but it’s half a page of Wired, and that feels like a pretty big deal.

wscHowever, it must be said that although getting in Wired is probably the most high-profile thing I’ve done (apart from an uncredited “Classic Scene” in Empire once), it doesn’t feel like quite so big a deal as the other article I’ve got out at the moment – in the current issue of When Saturday Comes (left), page 33 is given over to my tediously rambling about football shirt numbers. It may not be the biggest magazine in the world (although, for its scale of production, it does alright – you can nearly always find it in nationwide outlets of WH Smiths) but I’ve been reading it for as long as I can remember (no, really – my Dad had loads of old copies kicking around that I used to pore over as a kid), and to me it’s an important publication that serves an important role, maintaining high standards of insightful and intelligent (as well as far-reaching in scope) football journalism that’s rarely matched elsewhere. As such, even though they may not have the stringent pitching and submissions process of a Conde Nast magazine, getting something in there feels like an honour; and I hope it won’t be the last time. And just to sate my ego further, the piece was spotlighted in the “In the current issue” section of the mag’s weekly email, and is also highlighted with an image on the contents page. Nice.

So yes. Things rolling along quite well at the moment, with a couple of other bits in the pipeline as well. Both mags should be on sale for the next three weeks or so, so feel free to check ’em out.

CSI: Ambleside

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I don’t know what’s sadder :

1. That I wanted to take this picture.
2. That I stood there and framed it, alongside a picture of the album cover for reference.
3. That I sat here and cropped it, alongside a picture of the album cover for reference.