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One in every generation

Even in the darkest days of new parenthood, I hold on to the thought that this too shall pass
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

I guess the difference used to be that these sorts of “newparentsisn’titdifficultbutyou’llwinthroughgirl” pieces were in “Kegel Today Magazine” or some such rather than a major national newspaper.

How far we’ve advanced, eh? And everyone is looking forward to the next 21 years of pieces leading to the graduation ceremony tears, aren’t we?

Bit like that Andrew Simms idea of a piece every month for the 100 months we had left to save the planet. That’s a pretty good contract length to get as a freelance. Although, of course, that contract did get junked as Simms rapidly ran out of things to say – not that it stopped him writing summat.

9 thoughts on “One in every generation”

  1. £175 to £250 would be about the right rate (freelance rates fall substantially for regular work). Call it £200 for balance. Twenty grand, that’s good for a freelance – although one can imagine the Simms household fretting at not gaining that last £200 to a round number.

  2. Surely she can make a bit extra in a few years time when her special trans child starts self-identifying as a dolphin or somesuch?

  3. Sam: I’m seeing, before then, issues with hubby followed by the divorce, and the issues with childcare because she ‘needs space’ to write all those books she has in her.

  4. Dennis, Unpublished For Obvious Reasons

    I write this from a pub garden, where I’m wondering if it would be rude to paint my toenails.

    This could be a submission to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

  5. “I guess the difference used to be that these sorts of “newparentsisn’titdifficultbutyou’llwinthroughgirl” pieces were in “Kegel Today Magazine” or some such rather than a major national newspaper.”

    Yes, but we blokes have rather left newspaper reading, haven’t we? We found better, cheaper ways to get the “hard” stuff. Want to see the sports results, the weather forecast, share prices, what is on TV tonight? It’s on Google. You can follow the Number 10 Twitter to get the speeches that The Times write about. Same with TV. Men want football, violence and sex, so watch Sky, movies and porn. The BBC overwhelmingly supplies to women.

  6. I write this from a pub garden, where I’m wondering if it would be rude to paint my toenails.

    I shouldn’t have to tell you this: YES IT BLOODY WOULD BE!

  7. “It was a bit bleak watching several other mothers and babies being turned away at the door too … what else is there to do?”

    Open a new children’s centre, dear, and turn a decent profit on it.

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