One Thousand Followers
It’s official. I’ve got a kilo of followers. The weight of that fact has given me cause for reflection. I’m thinking about the future of this blog and thought it might be something worthy of its own blog post on this momentous occasion.
I am doing the necessary reading for another Top Ten Literary Magazine post for flash. There are still so many terrific places for flash and I’ve really enjoyed reading through their flash offerings to bring my readers practical information about them. I see this work as an enjoyable service to the field of creative flash fiction, and I’m happy to do it, although it is exacting to do.
After that post, I think I may branch out to poetry. There are lots of journals that have a slightly different standing with their poetry than with their fiction. I think I may go in that direction with the reviews, but what do you all think?
On a separate topic very close to my heart, comics and graphic novel commentaries and interviews are also on the horizon. I’ve noticed the way writers or poets will interview one another as soon as a new book, chapbook, or collection comes out, but that scholars rarely do the same for each other. I suppose they wait for established journals to review their work and for critics to tear it up years down the line. This old model is stupid and obsolete, especially for comics scholars, who’re supposed to be more hip to contemporary media possibilities. That’s why I’ve started reaching out to people who have edited collections on comics studies. Interviews with them will appear here on this blog, which will become the home for this very unique form of internet-based scholarly engagement among published comics enthusiasts and academics. There are plenty of forums where they share ideas and exchange information, but nothing devoted to interviewing those who’ve recently published edited collections on the subject–and there are tons of books like that coming out all the time. I have two more interviews lined up already with more to come.
On a related note, I’ve been enjoying the process of writing down my thoughts on a number of literary phenomena that have perplexed and delighted me for years. My reading tastes are eclectic and my thoughts range, but this site is an automated filing cabinet with infinite abilities to line up all my ‘ugly-duckling thoughts’ in a row. So look for more thoughts from me coming soon on the writing of William Wells Brown, Hamlin Garland, Faulkner, Gary Shteyngart, Ben Franklin, David Foster Wallace, Frederick Douglass, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Dave the Potter.
Lastly, my own flash fiction writing has been such an unspeakable joy in my life (shouldn’t good things stupefy us as well, why is it that only bad things are said to be unspeakable?) When I first started to take my flash writing seriously, thinking about places to send it to, my pie in the sky venues were SmokeLong Quarterly, JMWW, and decomP. I used to think that if I got my work published in those places I’d be all set. Well guess what? My work has been accepted from those places and I’m more than all set, I’m ecstatic! So look for more flash from me reprinted on this site as well.
Otherwise, the most fun I’ve had on wordpress has nothing to do with me. I’ve come to regularly enjoy the creative output of so many of you that I’d be hard pressed to go back to a life without your thoughts and poems and photos and jokes and philosophical rants. Thank you all for expanding my horizons.