I've been feeling a bit down recently and when that happens its a godsend when you find something to cheer you up. The feature that put a smile on my bleeding miserable fizzog was some sage advice on how to have a long term relationship. It's very wise, honest and funny. By the time you get to the end you almost envy the understanding he has with his other half. There's loads of good features to read on Platform and it'll definitely be my first port of call next time I get the blues. The reason for my gloomy demeanor? Money or rather lack of it. I haven't worked for a month - partly because there was none of the bread and butter work that I usually do being offered (picture research), partly because of my bastard knee, which as been slow to heal and bloody painful at times and partly because I haven't been able to flog the feature that I think is really good (see last post for details).
I'm up to five rejections for the thing now, which may not seem a lot, but when you're lying there with your leg up just hoping for a little ray of sunshine, another 'thanks but no thanks' can feel like a real kick in the teeth. Of course just because I think its brilliant, doesn't mean to say anyone else will but the rejections are making me really determined to place the thing. Maybe its true that pitching is a bit like gambling - some you win and some you lose. You're probably as sick of hearing me bitching that people won't take my story (how very dare they?!) as I am so here's the bit that's like the feelgood story they do at the end of the news about a really cute kitten or something. Actually that's the story that usually makes me want to gag but anyway, I had an email last week ACTUALLY ASKING ME IF I WOULD WRITE SOMETHING FOR THEM IN RETURN FOR PAYMENT. I got a commission and after a year of banging on doors asking for a chance, someone has actually come to bang on mine. All I need is a couple of those a week for 48 weeks of the year and I'm laughing.
The fact that I tagged Lisa Edelstein as one of the people in the story from the last post prompted Daphne to get in touch from Virginia in the US. So I know who she is and where she's from. I also now know that if you tag your blog with celebrities, you'll get a lot of hits. Daphne was a mad Lisa Edelstein fan who, reading between the lines, likes her so much because she's an actor herself (how come no-one is an 'actress' anymore - is that sexist too?) and admires her work. Anyway, it was cool to hear from someone in a different country who read the blog and know why they were reading it. I've no idea how the rest of you got to this blog though. Yeah I'm talking about you in Russia and you in Denmark. Come on people, get in touch. I've got a lot of questions about, ooh I don't know, why Vladimir Putin was always showing his muscles while fishing and how come Helena Christensen is still so damn hot.