It’s been a really good day so far, literary-wise. This morning I finished A Clockwork Orange, which sort of shaped my thoughts and how I interpreted what people said today. I remember when I was younger I used to get so into books that I was reading that I would think in the voice of the protagonist, sometimes for a few days. Did anyone else used to do that? Or maybe you still do?
I also went to the LA Zine Fest earlier this afternoon, of which I’ve included some photographs… Indie publishing is so great, and I can’t wait to work on our next zine and to read some of the zines I picked up today.
And lastly, I got some important feedback about our community site thus far via a survey sent out to all current members. Thank you guys for participating, and if you haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so by the end of the week. In regards to the feedback, I want to address some things:
-I do hope that out of our weekly writing exercises, between me (your humble editor) and you (the writer), we can find pieces that will work well in a future issue of CURSE or port.man.teau. That’s not to say that I will read all of your posts and judge whether or not the content is good enough to be published. I want you to try these exercises so that you get something out on paper, and I believe that will inevitably lead to some great work.
-That being said, I will work on developing a timeline for the next issue of the magazines. Some of you may know this, but I’ve decided to alternate between the two, instead of working on them simultaneously, which will keep my head from exploding. SO, the next zine to be published under CURSE Media, will be port.man.teau volume IV.
-I want you all, members or non, to send me prompt ideas for next week. Get them in by Saturday night and I will pick my favorite, and save the others for future prompts.
For this week’s writing exercise, use these three items: pine needles, a scythe, and an exposed electric outlet, and write a story around them. Spend AT LEAST 20 minutes considering the prompt and writing something, but spend NO MORE than one hour. (Big thanks to a member who suggested a time limit! Awesome idea!) I also want to note that if you only write poetry, this can be done as a poem as well, and the same goes for all prompts. Do it! I can’t wait to read them.
If I didn’t directly address your feedback in this post, I will soon! Thanks for everything, friends.