When I got married, the greatest gift came from one of my oldest and bestest friends. It was a compilation of the outcome of many days sat in her room, typing laboriously on my old typewriter, and basically spewing forth with vitriol on the music of the time. Yes, it was our fanzine, Lugens. And yes, although I did, and still do, appreciate the beautiful glasses, ornaments and hand blender that we were given, nothing trumped that.
And as is the way with presents like The Best Present Ever, the fanzine got lost at the reception. It was utterly heartbreaking.
The old copies are still hanging around in the attic, so all is not lost. At one point I will probably be able to read it all without cringing, and even now I pick up some bits and pieces that have shaped the way I write now. Well, the way I write for myself now. Copywriting and blogwriting for businesses is of course very different.
There are the quotes, the overuse of brackets (what?) and hopefully the passion for words, music and general love. Although I seem to remember I spent a lot of time being very horrible to Oasis or some other Britpop band. We were pretty opinionated, in between moshing in my garage drinking stolen beer and throwing up.
Between me and Louisa (Lu & Jen, Lujen, LUGENS – get it?), we managed at least two editions. I think we still class the third as unfinished. I can remember us writing together, although I can’t remember our editing, design or layout options. I think our self-portraits were a hit, though, and I definitely remember the hours I stood at my cousin’s photocopier waiting for all the copies to filter through.
We actually sold some. I put adverts in the back of the music press and people wrote to us, with SAEs and £1 coins stuck on their letters with Sellotape. There may even be a copy in someone’s home somewhere. Stuck in a box of old magazines, like the copies of Select and NME I can’t bear to throw away. It’s a lovely feeling and even nicer now that I actually reflect that in some way with what I do everyday.
So from not-so-humble, hilarious, fun-filled beginnings writing about what you love with your bestie; to being able to sit and write about interesting topics for fantastic clients whilst being paid more than a slightly sticky pound coin.
Freelance Marketing Consultant, especially that Social Media stuff.