Normal Service Will be Resumed…very soon!

The Pause ButtonRenovation of our wonderful new offices at The Flat, 53 Broad Street in Lyme Regis has gone extremely well.

It has taken us a momentous six weeks of scrubbing, sweeping, prepping, rubbing down, painting and papering and we are just about to send out a stack of virtual, ‘We are moving’ notes.

With the help of a few dear friends, we have munched our way through over 10 metres of sandpaper, 4 litres of caulk, 90 litres of various flavours of paint, yards and yards of ceiling and wallpaper and we’ve barely set foot in the garden but have started to clear through the brambles and unloved footpaths.

On the backs of random pieces of scrap wallpaper you’ll find various designs for vertical fruit and vegetable planters made from pallets and raised beds made from scaffolding planks; it really will be a recycling dream garden.

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Magic Oxygen is Green & Unlimited!

Magic Oxygen Limited StampOh, there’s so much to tell you and so little time to do it!

I’ll be honest, I’ve not been as vocal on here as usual and it’s the result of a maelstrom of wonderful things.

Firstly, Magic Oxygen is positioning herself for a spot of gentle expansion and growth and is has just become a limited company which is rather nice. It feels a bit like she has taken the stabilisers off her bicycle and she’s getting ready to do a bit of off-roading!

MO is also about to get a bit more leg room by moving to a larger office: The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis. The final filing cabinets should be in place by early June but not before an exhaustive amount of painting, decorating and re-carpeting has been done first. This is not just our office however, the space above it is going to be our home too and every single square inch (yes, I’m an old fashioned measurer at heart) needs attention.

As we speak, Simon is sitting opposite me in a rather fetching pair of grubby dungarees catching up on a few urgent computer tasks and then we’ll be whizzing off to put in another full day of getting the new pad ready, then returning home to catch up with MO business proper.

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6-Word Story Contest: The Shortlisters & Winner

Dan Micklethwaite - Author and winner of the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story ContestWe recently ran the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story Contest and received an absolutely splendid response.

As mentioned in our previous post, we had 1,722 entries from 38 countries and we sat and read each and every one.

We whittled them down to a shortlist of 9 and are now delighted to let you know that Dan Micklethwaite has won the £100 prize money with:

“I’m a hero!”  “Was…” corrected Death.

We loved it – congratulations Dan!

It ticked the box of our criteria with its enigmatic twists of possibility and it was certainly a complete story in its brevity.

However, it was a tricky decision to nail to the wall because our shortlist of 9 was packed full of great entries – congratulations to each and every one of you.

Here they are:

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The Winner of the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story Contest…

TheBookshelf02BW…will be announced tomorrow morning (Monday 6th April) on our literary radio show, The Bookshelf.

News of our free to enter competition bounced around the world and over the period of 4 weeks, we received 1,722 entries from writers in 38 different countries. All entries were judged anonymously by Simon and Tracey West.

Here are the names of our nine worthy shortlisters:

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Would You Like to be a Magic Oxygen Intern?

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Would you like to be a Magic Oxygen Publishing intern?

If you are looking to gain first-hand experience working in the publishing industry, we might be able to help.

This year, we are delighted to offer 4 or 8 week intern programmes and are inviting candidates to apply now in writing; interviews to be held soon in Lyme Regis.

We will provide comprehensive training and experience in the fields listed below but must stress, they are unpaid roles. We’ll also provide sustainable, seasonal, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade lunches and beverages throughout your stay. The standard working week would be Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and you’ll be based at our office in Lyme Regis.

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