September 1, 2011 issue of WritingRaw.com is now online
Better late than Never!
Well, thanks to Hurricane Irene, the resurrection of WritingRaw was delayed. Yep, lucky Weeb, lives in one of the towns hit hardest by the storm - Pittsfield, Vt. Well, yesterday, as soon as the power came back on (and he took his first hot shower in almost a week) he threw himself into getting the site back up and running.
First we want to thank everyone for their support and suggestions concerning the site. The response was overwhelming, and we mean that in a good way. With many of these suggestions in hand, we tightened and refocused the site back into its original concept: to focus on all things written. You will notice right off that several pages are missing. Thank god! We took the growing monster and pruned it back down to manageable size.
Another aspect is that from this point forward we will be focusing on quality and not quantity. There is now a detailed submissions guidelines on the site, so be sure to stop in there and check that out.
We could sit here and say this and that, but we would like to condense this by putting some bullets up to catch your attention. These are:
· We are now back to being a monthly!
· Call for Submissions for October: Send us all things Halloween! Short stories, poems, essays and, yes, even your artwork.
· Columns: We would still like to offer space for columns - but these MUST be related in some way to writing or books. If you have an idea, please contact Weeb and check with him.
· Magazine for the Kindle or other e-readers: We are checking on creating a monthly e-magazine to sell on Amazon and other e-reader sites. Please let Weeb know your thoughts concerning this. This will be the first time WritingRaw may venture into a money making company. In the beginning, we still won't be able to pay people, but our goal is that once we reach the cost of running the site (which is well below $500) we will than figure out some was of compensating our authors. This is all in the planning stage so any suggestions or good or bad comments, would be greatly appreciated.
· Star ratings: You may notice that there are now star ratings next to every piece that is not a column. If everything works right (and we have our fingers crossed on this), people can now rate a piece. This is totally experimental so bear with us as we work out the kinks and figure out the best way to present this.
· Contests: We will start offering contests. Our first being, write a 500 word or less (can be a short story, a poem, and essay, etc.) piece based on the following word: WIDDENDREAM. The deadline for this will be September 23, so we can post the winners in our October issue. The first prize winner will receive a $20 gift certificate from Amazon.com; second and third place will get honorable mention, and also placed in the October issue of WritingRaw.
· really BAD Shakespeare: Because we wanted to get the site up and running ASAP, the repeats of rBS will continue throughout the month (with the first 2 being on Sunday, and 2 other episodes every following Sunday). We want the repeated season 2 over by October so that… wait for it… the SEASON 3 PREMIERE of really BAD Shakespeare can occur. If you thought season 2 was mind blowing - well, Weeb only just started to blow!
We are sure there is tons that we haven't hit on in this rambling piece, and we will update things throughout the month if need be. Until then, dive in and discover a new and emerging writer. We are sure you will enjoy this issue.
The Staff of WritingRaw.com
Ditch, Weeb, Rib
New in this issue:
· A Degree In Fire Starting by Cathy Eaton
· A.T.M. by Jason P. Henry
· Block by Letty Wilson
· Garbage Child by Weeb
· Jimmy Dante's Cradle of Filth by Lorraine Voss
· Kirby by Jeff Rizvi
· Nannie's Cat by Vivian Rinaldo
· Real People by Fred Miller
· The Elite by Jeff Hill
· The Message by Chris Hadley
· Three Sheets, to the Wind by Kevin Daiss
· Assignations with a Golf Course by Christopher Nagle
· Deus Ex Machina by Peter Fraser MacDonald
· ED by Robert D. Lyons
· Her Breath by J.L. Wright
· My Poem Falters And Falls by Vivekanand Jha
· She is a Stainless Steel Bar by Tonn Pastore
· The Bonding by Peter Yates
· The Bystander's Introspection by Cassandra Kemper
NEW Poems by Rib!
· Artist of the Month: by Janet Snell
· Defiance to Logic by Adam Schirling
· One Day (video) performed by The Global Citizen Project
· The Hand by Dean Meredith
· The Twin Towers by Elaine Rosenberg Miller
· Margaret George
· Ian Irvine
· Ed Lynskey
· Jacqueline West
· Allbooks Review
· Between the Sheets: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
· FLASH REVIEW by Weeb: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
· Rib Reads
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