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Housekeeping
Yesterday afternoon and this morning have been spent housekeeping as far as LJ and Yahoo Lists go.

I finally managed to sort out my memories into logical (well to me) categories; updated my interests, and added some banners (thanks to caffyolay's assistance).

I also got rid of more than a few Yahoo lists. I based my decision on those lists where I simply delete unread most, if not all, of the messages and/or have little interest in the subject matter any more.

So all in all I feel that I have achieved something. The only problem is that whilst updating my LJ interests, I ended up adding a few more communities ::sigh:: Am I the only one this happens to?

I also sorted my final double-stacked shelf of books, and have basically filled two-thirds of another bookcase in the process. Hmm.

So all (all, she says laughing maniacally), I have left to do is:
  • Put my MFU and DS zines into folders, label the folders, and file them away in the appropriate filing cabinet drawer. (At the moment the majority of these zines are just stacked in piles in the relevant filing cabinet drawers).


  • Go through my Pros, S&H and multi-media zines to see if there are any that I can part with.


  • Sort out my fandom cupboard and see just how many duplicates of things I managed to pick up.

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caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 29th May 2005 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
Nice banners! Glad you made sense of my explanation. :-}

Think I'll go through my Yahoo! lists too. I have some on no mail that I never look at so I'm sure what the point is exactly...

The only problem is that whilst updating my LJ interests, I ended up adding a few more communities ::sigh:: Am I the only one this happens to?

Nooooo. Anything interesting? I joined crack_van btw. :-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 29th May 2005 15:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - not that I can really take any credit. I must check if my MFU one has reappeared. At least I know that it isn't just mine that's gone AWOL, as it's vanished from other folks LJs too.

I have some on no mail that I never look at so I'm sure what the point is exactly...

Indeed. This was part of my rationale too! Mind you, I still have too many, but at least I got rid of the ones I don't bother with.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who ends up adding communities. I joined a Sherlock Holmes one and a bibliomaniacs one and another book one ::sigh:: I don't really know why, but hey, one can always leave.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 29th May 2005 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
I joined crack_van btw. :-)

You see, it is catching! Happy Snarry hunting!!! There's over 130 HP fics rec'd but how many of them are Snarry, it doesn't appear to say. I'm sure you'll have fun though.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 30th May 2005 08:44 (UTC) (Link)
I did have fun. :-) I lot do seem to be Harry/Draco or something similar but there were a few that I saved.

Hope your Sherlock Holmes comm. is interesting.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th May 2005 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you had fun and that you found some stories at least.

The SH comm has been quite at the moment, something I'm not complaining about :-)

Nice icon, BTW. As we've said before TP has such good taste.
gilda_elise From: gilda_elise Date: 29th May 2005 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
I also got rid of more than a few Yahoo lists. I based my decision on those lists where I simply delete unread most, if not all, of the messages and/or have little interest in the subject matter any more.

I've done that from time to time but the lists still never seem to go down in number much.

So all in all I feel that I have achieved something. The only problem is that whilst updating my LJ interests, I ended up adding a few more communities ::sigh:: Am I the only one this happens to?

No, you're not. :-) Especially the more comfortable I get with using LJs, the more I notice I head off in other directions. It's easier to find people and communities with compatible interests than it is in groups.


So all (all, she says laughing maniacally), I have left to do is:

* Put my MFU and DS zines into folders, label the folders, and file them away in the appropriate filing cabinet drawer. (At the moment the majority of these zines are just stacked in piles in the relevant filing cabinet drawers).


I've found that shelves are easier in that all I have to do is add the titles to my zine list and then stick them on the shelf. But I do have this project where I want to use labeling tape to put the titles on the spine or comb of all my zines. As they stand now, I have to pull out several to find the one I want (I have them shelved alphabetically.)


* Go through my Pros, S&H and multi-media zines to see if there are any that I can part with.

Ooo! A Pros zine sale, perchance?


* Sort out my fandom cupboard and see just how many duplicates of things I managed to pick up.

Lol, yeah, been there before.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 29th May 2005 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
It's so reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who thinks the number of lists don't ever really seem to decrease, or that the number of communities increases, or the 'duplicates' - thank you for that!

I've found that shelves are easier

We just don't have the room to have them on shelves, plus I've found that the A4 ones just don't stand up nicely - now the digest size ones are on a shelf and they do so behave themselves.

But I do have this project where I want to use labeling tape to put the titles on the spine or comb of all my zines

I need to do this with my digest sized ones. Did you ever manage to ask your friend, the teacher I believe she was, how she did it? Or is life still too frantic for her.

Ooo! A Pros zine sale, perchance?

Quite possibly. I have a note to let you know as soon as I know what they'll be.
gilda_elise From: gilda_elise Date: 30th May 2005 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
I need to do this with my digest sized ones. Did you ever manage to ask your friend, the teacher I believe she was, how she did it? Or is life still too frantic for her.

I asked her about it and it turned out it wasn't something she came up with but someone else on one of her lists. She's looking into it and says she'll get back to me once she finds it.

Ooo! A Pros zine sale, perchance?

Quite possibly. I have a note to let you know as soon as I know what they'll be.


Thanks!
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 30th May 2005 08:40 (UTC) (Link)
I've got a stack to sell as well. nakeisha where do you generally sell yours?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th May 2005 13:24 (UTC) (Link)
I start off touting them to friends/PMS. After that, I tend to put them on Bast's zinelist and also slashswap.

What I did last time was to list them all at a set price (I think it was £5.00 plus P&P) mainly because I wanted to clear them - and I'll almost certainly do the same thing again. I sold everything I had to sell and several of them I could have sold several times over. As far as lists go I work on a 'first come/first served' basis, but I know that some people work on a 'country' basis, i.e. they'll opt for someone in the UK (if that's where they live) first. Some people got great bargains, but at the end of the day, if they're zines you don't want, then anything you make is a bonus. I offered mine to the UK and overseas. I have in the past listed them on Ebay (and done extremely well, I have to say), but I know that some authors/artists/writers don't like this - not that they have a say, of course, once it's 'your' zine, but ..... Ebay is also more effort, of course.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 30th May 2005 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent, thanks for the tips. I have quite a stack that I sorted out last year for C's first visit. And they've sat there ever since. £5 sounds reasonable to me... that way they should sell fairly easily instead of sticking. I need to join slash-swap and zinelist but will first of all try them on PMS. What about putting them on your LJ as well?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th May 2005 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. Sell 'em, that's my motto - that way you have room for others :-)

As for LJ, most definitely - people do all the time. I'd (she says shaking her head [which makes it very difficult to see the screen properly]) forgotten about that little thing :-)))

You have a PayPal account, don't you? I'm just thinking of overseas' buyers, or would you stick to the UK? Also, when you are posting you want to make it clear what payment you'll take. For example I made it clear that I'd accept cash in GBP or PayPal from overseas and cash in GBP, PayPal or cheque from the UK (if it came to it I'd also take a postal order from the UK), but it's more the avoiding the American who wants to send you $$$ bills - unless you're happy to have some of those, of course.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 31st May 2005 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I do have Paypal... but I'm not sure if my account set up to *accept* credit cards payments or how I check on that. I would post anywhere... but... how do you judge how much postage to ask people for? I'd be okay with $$$ as we're going over in the autumn so I could spend them then.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2005 09:01 (UTC) (Link)
If you have a basic account, 'personal' I think it's called, then it won't be set up to accept credit cards payments. You'd have to upgrade to the next level. The only problem with that is that you end up paying a fee on all transactions you receive, not just credit card ones. I did that because of selling on Ebay and zines, etc. and it just seemed less hassle than only taking 'cash'.

As for postage, I charge at cost, plus a bit for the jiffy bag. We weigh the package, once I know where it's going, on the kitchen scales and then consult the on-line postage calculation, add on the jiffy bag cost and charge that. On one or two occasions I've been a tad under or over, kitchen scales aren't always the best things, but that's life. If for some reason I've overcharged by a large amount, I'll refund it. Other people take the wrapped parcel to the PO and get it weighed and costed, then either take a chance (which I do with friends) and send it off there and then, or come home again and let the person know the price, then when you've been paid take it back to the PO.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 1st June 2005 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
Again, thanks for all the info and tips. I'll check my paypal acc. but I'm fairly certain it's just a basic account. I didn't know the PO did an online postage calculation. That's useful to know...
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st June 2005 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
You are very welcome.

Postal prices can be found at:

http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm, use the drop down menu at the top to find postal prices, there's also a postcode finder too.

Or this site gives a nice neat summary: http://www.tilehurst.net/infopool/postal_rates.html

If you're sending zines overseas I tend to go for 'printed paper' rate, it's usually cheaper - and that's what zines are afterall.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 2nd June 2005 13:30 (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant. I'll wait until after the London trip and then see about selling a few. As you say, 'There's room for more then.' ;-)
ardent_muses From: ardent_muses Date: 30th May 2005 20:05 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I just friended you. Looking forward to getting to know you. :)

I usually post more, but I've been in a quiet phase lately. I plan to be more active soon!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 31st May 2005 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, and I you.

I know all about quiet phrases. I hope you become more 'active' soon.
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