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So my one week special turned
into nearly two weeks. Finally my computer did a big cough and
Long story but the short version
is the power supply fan died, and my computer almost caught on fire.
(It was literally red-hot)
Everything is okay now, after Alan (hubby) removed and then
replaced the damaged part. Cost about $120, but a small price
to pay for a working computer.
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Okay, one last thing before I get onto this month's article. I
was sent a link to
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You will also find good information on Janet's site regarding how to
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Now I'm going to stop waffling and get onto this month's article.
The start of a new year is a
good time to think about planning your submissions, and in
particular, your seasonal articles. With
magazine lead times, this can often become a juggling act.
With that in mind, Cheryl Malandrinos has written an article that
will help you plan out your seasonal articles and get them submitted
with plenty of lead time.
Okay, that's it from me - time
to sit back and enjoy this issue.
Til next time…
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I spent thirteen years working in retail. One of the
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