I don't really talk in detail about my day job on this blog, as I'm usually keen to keep work and play fairly separate. I work in magazines, and really believe you need an interest in the subject to do a good job, even if you're doing mainly sub-editing like I do, or layouts. (Obviously it's absolutely essential for writers.) This means if I'm not careful to maintain a division between work and play, the work can end up bleeding into my free time and stressing me out. That's also why Crinoline Robot is an absolutely non-commercial blog; I spend all day working to create something to please other people, but this blog is made to please myself. If I started taking a commercial approach, I'd be on the highway to Stress City.
Writing for In Retrospect was fun because I got to submit an idea for something I wanted to write (I got my boss' permission beforehand). I'm not going to repeat my feature here, but I did want to talk about my aims in writing it. First, I was keen to keep it international: there are some fantastic deco destinations globally, and I wanted to mention some of the major, yet less well-known locations. Shanghai and Mumbai may not be the first places that spring to mind when you think of deco, but they really are important, with both a high number of deco buildings and distinct regional styles. Of course, from Miami to Morecambe I didn't miss out the obvious places.
|Burgh Island hotel. Deco paradise.|
(Um, how did I get on this soapbox?)
|Shona from Heyday! wrote about beach pyjamas. DO WANT.|