moments in love i've had published in the Metro. --------------------------------------------------------------------------
I've had the below published in the Metro, either in their Rush Hour Crush or Good Deed Feed sections.
Feel free to just skip below to have a look at the whole gallery, but if you're not familiar with what these are, here's a little backstory. The Rush Hour Crushsection of the Metroshowcases messages from commuters who've taken a liking to a fellow passenger and wish to reach out and make it known. The Good Deed Feed is a slightly more sweet section, usually on the same page, in which readers say thank you to a stranger for a kindness they've received. This paper is read by an estimated 3.2 million people every day.
I became obsessed with some of the stranger messages and wondered how easy it would be to send in some of my own. It started as a way to wile away downtime in work, and quickly became something of an obsession. At time of writing, I've had 19 printed - actually, a few more than that, as some were edited so as not to be funny any more, so I decided to let them go.
Though the earliest of these dates back to December 2014, it was only towards the end of 2015 that they started getting a little attention. In April of 2016 the press started to really catch on, at which point I had already cooled off doing them a little, due to a combination of having paid writing work to do (yay!) and running out of ideas (boo!).
Anyway, two final things. There's one crush below from Italian Food Lover, which isn't actually by me, but was sent in by a friend for my birthday, which I then replied to as Handsome Readhead. I contacted the paper to ask if I could reply specifically, and even had a back and forth with the people behind the curtain so as to get the contact information of my admirer. This procedure was so matter-of-fact from their end that I was left convinced that people DO actually hook up via these things which was equal parts heartwarming and terrifying.
Lastly, you may notice that the two bottom-most items in this gallery show a Crush (from 'Guy Who Screamed') and a Deed (from 'Roz'). I managed to get these published in the same issue of the paper, with each of them detailing the same grotesque event from two different angles. This remains my greatest achievement in the field.