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« Reply #4830 on: July 06, 2017, 02:07:53 AM »

Ed, I think I've lost my mojo for a full time office job, and with the weather we've been having even a part time job feels like it might be a chore!

Anyway, a friend who runs a consultancy offered some ad hoc work last night and I think that might do me. My Financial Adviser has a plan for the pensions I have.  It just about gives me the income I need, plus the flexibility I need, and the attention that investments will need through brexit, but comes with an annual 2.5% (of the investment pot) fee. I've no idea if that fee is good, ok, or bad, so I'm currently waiting on a similar proposal from Fidelity (who hold one of my workplace pensions).

It's all a bit complicated.
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« Reply #4831 on: July 16, 2017, 03:33:53 AM »

Ed, I think I've lost my mojo for a full time office job, and with the weather we've been having even a part time job feels like it might be a chore!

Anyway, a friend who runs a consultancy offered some ad hoc work last night and I think that might do me. My Financial Adviser has a plan for the pensions I have.  It just about gives me the income I need, plus the flexibility I need, and the attention that investments will need through brexit, but comes with an annual 2.5% (of the investment pot) fee. I've no idea if that fee is good, ok, or bad, so I'm currently waiting on a similar proposal from Fidelity (who hold one of my workplace pensions).

It's all a bit complicated.

Personally, I've heard so many horror stories about pensions being worthless at retirement that I don't trust the high street names. My uncle watched his pension pot grow by a meagre one or two percent for years and, frustrated by this, he asked his accountant what the hell was going on. What it boils down to is you give your money to 'Jones the Pension', or whoever else, and they invest it in funds. If the funds make money, so does your pension, but the problem is Jones pay their fund manager and take a profit for themselves, and by the time you get your share it's diminished quite a bit. What makes this doubly sickening is that the fund Jones buys into with your money already has its own fund manager, making the Jones fund manager pointless. The fund manager at the coal face buys and sells shares for the fund, spreading the risk and using his expert knowledge to choose which ones to keep and which to drop. Since then, my uncle chose to invest his pension into directly into the funds. The company he uses is Hargreaves Landsdown, and that's where I have invested mine now. He keep a close eye on his and makes strategic buys and sells. He manages to get growth anywhere between 8% and 12% per year.

I don't like financial advisors either. The commissions they take can be massive. You have to watch them. I invested a lump sum in a pension years ago as a one off. Then the net year the pensions company wrote to me asking where that year's payment was. It turned out the financial advisor had signed me up for an ongoing committment and taken a massive commission for his trouble. I managed to get it frozen, but he had taken a quarter of the money I put in as commission. I've never been to one since.

Good luck with the new part time job -- sounds good.

Jerry -- hang in there. I'm a firm believer that it'll come good one day and be better for the wait  afro
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« Reply #4832 on: August 01, 2017, 03:37:58 PM »

Just read the critique notes from a story I posted way back and recently rediscovered. Man, this place was a gold-mine for a period of time. I think (hope) I'm a better writer now, but if I am it was in no small part thanks to the critters back in the day.
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« Reply #4833 on: August 05, 2017, 03:51:30 PM »

Just read the critique notes from a story I posted way back and recently rediscovered. Man, this place was a gold-mine for a period of time. I think (hope) I'm a better writer now, but if I am it was in no small part thanks to the critters back in the day.

Hi Del, good to see you dropping in.

Maybe we will resurrect the beast someday, get it going again. I do miss it. I'd much rather somebody had taken it over and kept it running, rather than me letting it slide. It was often a problem getting enough folks together at the end of each month to get a crit session going, but when writing a story to enter for a comp, or an anthology, it was really good to have a few people giving good crits to keep everything on track.

I'm writing factual stuff mostly, these days. Proposals and web site content, that type of thing. I sometimes take for granted the skills that I learned. Things like editing out pleonasms and word repeats. The frugality of words you learn from the flash challenge, and editing down to a eord count without losing meaning. All useful stuff afro
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« Reply #4834 on: September 27, 2017, 02:57:32 PM »

Just dropping in - been a long while since I've been here. Looks like flash competitions have dropped off? Hope everyone's been well!
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« Reply #4835 on: February 16, 2018, 01:12:20 PM »

I know there's not much activity here as of late, but I thought I'd post this just in case any of you pop in from time to time like I do.

https://darkregions.com/blogs/news/writing-contest-open-submissions-free-to-enter-with-1-000-in-prizes

Check it out. Could be fun.
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« Reply #4836 on: March 12, 2018, 07:39:28 AM »

Nice! Thanks for the heads up, elay,

I shall have a bash at this - it's about time I wrote a horror short again!

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« Reply #4837 on: April 17, 2018, 03:45:20 PM »

Yeah, thanks Jerry. Good one. Hi Del -- nice to see people still dropping by from time to time. How's life, folks? smiley
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« Reply #4838 on: April 25, 2018, 04:11:07 PM »

Hey Ed.

Yes all good here. Still bashing out westerns and the occasional short. Still plucking a guitar. And still commuting too far and too often. But I can see a time coming when I might be able to knock the commuting on the head and focus on being a Renaissance man. Maybe a year, maybe two... but there's light at the end of the tunnel. How's you?

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« Reply #4839 on: June 09, 2018, 04:11:27 AM »

I thought I'd pop in and look for evidence of life here. Umm, bit like searching for organic compounds on Mars and yet there is...

Besides these chats I welcomed the critiques and honed many a short horror story for them to end up published somewhere - often on Jeani Rector's The Horror Zine. Now my shorts are still critiqued, as are novels, on the BSFA Orbiters email groups. That works well too - many experienced writers there.

Good to see most of the Cafe Doom people on facebook from time to time and even on twitter.

Write on and prosper.
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« Reply #4840 on: June 09, 2018, 07:08:02 AM »

Hi Derek -- Renaissance Man time sounds good to me. afro Glad to hear you're still outputting westerns. Hope the Northern Line woes haven't troubled you too much.

I'd be happy with a bit of spare time. I'm time poor at the moment, and have been for quite a while now. I think I've said before that I had planned to work flat out for four years on a big push, and then ease off and do something else, but it hasn't worked out like that. I'm now six or seven years on and though things have changed a lot, and in some ways for the better (no longer working with my worn out body), I'm in the office most of the time these days, trying to find enough work for the guys, pricing jobs, doing all the ordering and organising. That's stressful on the mind rather than the body. When I was on the tools I'd be bored most of the day and on autopilot, doing repetitive tasks. That led on to evenings doing something more creative, to stay sane. I suppose it's just the old private hell thing -- whatever we do has its drawbacks. You tend to forget the past was probably worse in just as many ways as it was better. Hah, still. It could always be worse! I've been trying to retrain myself to see the things that stress me out as exciting opportunities instead. It's not working yet, but I'll keep trying.

Hi Geoff, glad to hear you're still getting on well with the BSFA Orbiters group. Yes, apparently there is occasional life on Doom -- every so often it's nice to drop in and touch base. I keep thinking one day I'll have a bit more time on my hands and there will be a waking of the dead. Put on a new competition and breathe a bit of fetid air into the old dungeon. Get the place kicking again. One day... smiley
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