How much??

Jan. 14th, 2011 06:35 pm
sandra_lindsey: me sitting in the garden with daffodils (musketeer 1)
So, at my day job, I pick/pack/dispatch various things for promotions and online shops. Today I spent a good part of the morning stuffing letters-with-a-voucher into envelopes. There were a variety of different letters, but one in particular caught my eye with its heading:
Win £250,000 towards your house/mortgage!
"Blimey!*" I thought, "That'd pay off our mortgage and our other debts (credit cards etc.) and we'd be able to buy a quad bike**!"
Come lunchtime, I texted Husband about this, and he pointed out we'd still have quite a bit of change, so I said he could decide what we'd spend the rest on - he came up with: solar water heating, PV panels (solar electric), and extending the upper floor of our house.

All hypothetical, of course, because I can't even remember which product it was running this attractive offer...

It did get me thinking though, about how much some people have to pay for their houses. Round here, £250,000 could buy you a small holding. What's it like round your way? Or, more excitingly: if you won £250,000, what would you spend it on?

*yes, I really do think in words like that. Probably all those Enid Blyton books I read a a young girl
**This is the latest "thing I want"
sandra_lindsey: me sitting in the garden with daffodils (musketeer 1)
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of having a Grand Day Out, driving allllll the way across the country to Ely, where I met up with a bunch of m/m authors (and [ profile] aunty_marion who, like me, is a reader. Given my personal definition of "author" is "a writer with published work", I can't claim to be one of those just yet!). It was good, even though I didn't stay for the pizza afterwards. This is (probably) the 4th time I've met up irl with people I've met online, and once again it surprised me how quiet people were. Not that I was being particularly bouncy myself, and I was definitely flagging towards the end. Next year (when we'll be in Reading - or at least that's the plan!) I'll look at booking a few days off from the day job and probably travelling down at least the day before. Then again, we'll see how things go, eh?

One topic we discussed which has been haunting me all day was the issue of publishers' insistence on American spelling. One of the main annoyances of which being ass vs. arse. Leaving aside the issue of insisting on US spelling no matter where the story is set (I'll come back to that in a future post), I was thinking today how much I would hate to change any of the arses in my stories to asses (eee-ore!). Therefore I decided to compile a list of alternative words. Please suggest additions in comments etc. and I'll come back and edit the list to add them in!

So, without further ado:


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