Time for a quick post. Things have been a bit busy the last few days. The College Print was tied up all week with orders for an Arts and Media show that opened on Friday night (seemed a weird time to open it, but that's Cornwall College for you...) Anyway, I'll deliver FC for printing Monday.
Yesterday was a visit to Truro for (of all things) goldfish... as Bec' had got some, so of course Rachel had to have some too. Really they're very sweet little things with bug-eyes - Rachel's spend their time zooming under a little rainbow at the bottom of the tank.
Yesterday we had visitors so I finally got to bed at 4:00 a.m.
Possibly boring DTP details:
I'd run off a proof of FC 6. It actually works out at 84 pages, plus covers. The number of pages has to be a multiple of four (four page sides to every folded sheet of A4) - otherwise you end up with blank pages when it's printed. Font is Times New Roman 10.0 pt - which is the smallest possible without eyestrain.
I've taken notice of Demonik's and Coral's comment of FC 5 that the varying fonts for the titles and author names weren't a good idea. They were right, I was wrong to mess with things. This time it's back to 'A Charming Font' or the similar 'Creepy Girl' for headings - both these fonts originally found and used by Steve Goodwin. They definitely contributed strongly to FC's look and feel.
The wide border for the cover, apart from looking pretty good, I think, will also mean that the pages can be trimmed without fear of losing text (that was a problem with FC 5), and if I need to print any at home will hopefully not cause problems with ink stains and trashed covers everywhere, which often happened when attempting those borderless covers of previous issues.
No more of that, please god.
Anyway, can't think of anything else to bore you with, so I'd better start clearing up the debris that's accumulated.
Rog, I want to promote FC as much as possible and TTMC. Do you have any preferred blurb - I need to say where you can get the magazines - Is it better as an address or ebay, paypal and all that stuff?
According to the FC board, I've been logged in twice - as 'Calenture' and 'calenture'. But in fact I couldn't log in at all earlier to post.
That's why you'll have just received an email explaining that.
After trying two other browsers, Firefox finally worked and let me post.
I hadn't actually worked out a blurb yet, but obviously it's worth naming the authors. David A Riley's is obviously the best known name (I counted about 65 previous publications of his work). All the contributors have been published before except Penni McLaren Walker - but she's established a name as a singer-songwriter.
David's argument about the incestuous nature of the small press has actually been backed up by the 'meet the authors' pages that I put in FC 6. Although it's true that editors have always had their own favourite authors, the inevitably smaller circulation of small press does make it more of an old pals network. Still, we just have to make the best of it.
I do intend setting up a Paypal link for FC 6, but am still waiting to collect the magazines. I'll probably get them Monday or Tuesday. Until then, I'll be a total bag of nerves.
Contributors will naturally get their complimentary copies. In the meantime Coral has posted you some more copies of TTMC 3 (let's hope these reach you) and I've been working on an illustration for TTMC 4.
The post seems to be crap at the moment. A letter from Wales took 9 days to reach us recently. I'll be using the usual printed address labels. If ANYONE has changed address recently please PM or email me:
Des, I'm still waiting on the package you said you'd be forwarding to me. But today's post has yet to arrive (usually at midday).
I might have to get in touch with Proboards about the login problem with Gogle Chrome and Internet Explorer. Coral's just told me that she's been having similar problems with browsers on the laptop (never known that sort of browser problem before).
OK, as I just wrote on another thread, I'm trying to get a PayPal link set up.
In the meantime, both FC 6 and TTMC 4 are back from the printers. Yep, they're here, it's done.
As always seems to happen, the PayPal 'confirm email' thing is taking an eternity to reach my mailbox (this happened with Outlook and now with Hotmail). I wonder if anyone else finds this? There is a link to click if the email doesn't arrive... but it refers you to a password contained in the email you didn't get... hmm.
Probably it's just me.
Anyway, I've just printed out contributors addresses, and there's no need for them to worry about PayPal. I'll be getting some into the post this afternoon.
We'll be mailing FC and TTMC together as we did last time.
Apologies to those I wanted to send copies of older FCs to. Things have improved a lot here, but when the damned Epson ran dry again, it left us with several magazines minus covers and nearly £100 to find for printing the latest professionally printed issues so we decided not to buy more Epson ink for home printing right then.
I don't think I'll go into reasons for my recent absence, 'cos it was just life getting in the way as usual, and I'm sure everyone has experience of it.
...And the damn confirming email from PayPal still hasn't arrived, so I'll just have to leave all the browser tabs open and get on with sticking labels on envelopes. Ho hum.
OK, a number of people will have found a packet containing both Filthy Creations 6 and The Thinking Man's Crumpet 4 on their doormats this morning.
Magazines going to overseas contributors Craig Herbertson, Robert Mammone (FC) and Reg Jones (TTMC), went out a day or two earlier. David Kartas - I've now got your new address, David.
I finally figured out the PayPal problem yesterday, so I'll be onto that today. It wasn't that complicated. Just me doing things backward as usual. And I had problems working in a room where I could barely see the floor while I was building more bookshelves.
This is what it looks like now:
D F Lewis has already made an initial post about the magazine here at Weirdmonger
An interesting event this week was helping to clear thousands of dust-caked books from a bungalow on Portreath's Lighthouse Hill where an elderly scientist recluse died recently. But that's another story.