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    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
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    @ Steve: I would definitely want to read that. The more toxic, the better!

    Excuse me, as my mind is just liquid-goo these days, but is the first quarterly still in the works?
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
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    @flecky - Should be. Anchorbeard?
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    a) Hoping that Anchorbeard (which I first typed as Anchorbear, which is also good) got my story. I haven't had an email back, but I'm sure he's just busy.
    b) Would also love to be involved in an volume of responses to spam, would let me experiment some more with cut-ups and similar, which is always fun. A thought though - perhaps the theme could be more generally related to 'the internet' with more traditional stories as well as the creative responses to spam and bots. I just think the cryptic nonsense could get tiring for the reader if that's all there is.
    c) I would love to offer to edit the volume, but I too am working 2 jobs currently, doing my own writing, etc and whilst I might be settled in the UK currently, come August I'm back to jetsetting.
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    @Corey It could be widened to the internet, but I think there are enough elements in spam messages to generate short stories, flash fiction etc

    eg Cockzilla, Japanese monster movie barnyard mutation sci-fi

    Titiana I Give My Kiss To You. Faery romantic intrigue

    Crocodile Fanny Underground Lizard Porn Clubs (That one sounds a bit familiar...)
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    I recently had to proof read a short story that was nothing but fake spam emails.
    It gave me a headache - misspellings, more spaces between some words than others, occasional capitalisation.
    And in the end I found the tale a nothing because it merely played with the idea instead of using it narratively.

    I saw how it could have been done, so there's definite scope there. Just be prepared, stories written like true spam are painful on the eyes, an entire book full might be too much to cope with.
    Having said that, if someone decides they want to do it, I'm sure I will submit.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012 edited
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    Hey folks...

    If you'd like to imagine me holding my hat and awkwardly turning it over and over while I say this, you won't be far off the mark. The short version is, between moving into a new apartment, work at my job getting significantly more intense than I thought it would, and a few personal issues, I have not been able to put the work into putting together this anthology that it, and its fantastic writers, deserve. I haven't even been able to write my own story for the anthology. I was hoping that, now that I'm more or less moved into my new place, I'd have more time to work on Getting There, but I'm not sure that's actually going to be the case.

    However, I don't want this thing to fade away. Frankly, the stories are just too damn good, and you guys deserve for them to see the light of day.

    With that said, I would like to step down as editor for this go-around, and hand the reigns over to someone who can really get this thing done. I will transfer all the email information to whoever would like the job, including the compilation as it currently exists. Things just don't seem like they're going to break enough to give me the time to work on this, but that's no reason the anthology has to die.

    I am really, genuinely sorry, everyone. I wish I could have gotten this thing together and sent it out by now. Things got strange and tight and wrong on my end of things almost immediately after Getting There really got rolling, but I know that's not the best excuse. I'm sorry to keep everyone waiting and wondering on this.
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    Okay, I have a question that might seem kind of goofy...
    What is the editor supposed to do? Simply read the stories and check for spelling / grammar mistakes? Talk back and forth with the writers to make the stories better? Some other things that I can't think of?

    Because, depending on what's required, I'd step up and give it a shot.
    (But it depends on what people are expecting.)
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    @Anchorbeard: They are all very legitimate reasons and I'm sure everyone understands. Thanks for letting us know.

    After being happy to purchase a copy of Out of Place, Out of Time, I'm now look forward to reading more from the people here. But I can only imagine all the work it takes be an editor/publisher etc, so I don't mind waiting.

    I've got a feeling this won't fade away...
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    @ Warped Savant: Good man.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    @Warped - Spelling/Grammar mistakes are a semi large part of taking the reigns. What I pretty much told people when I got their stories for OOP,OOT was that when they submitted to me, I might make minor grammatical/typo changes, but they were largly responsible for their own stories. There were a few people who I got back to if I was thinking about changing something that affected their plot, but otherwise I left almost everything as it came to me, content-wise. How you want to approach that really depends on you, but I believe the stories sent in so far were expected to be rough drafts.

    The rest of the process is combining everything into book form, finding a cover, doing the layout, doing the marketing, making sure the authors know what's going on, and pretty much anything else you can think of that could conceivably make the book a better realized product... now that I type it out like that it seems like quite a bit. Don't let that discourage you, when I did it it wasn't so bad, and there are lots of helpful, friendly people around here (as you know--because you are one of them).
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    Copyediting the first book was fun. I will copyedit the new one, absolutely. Send it to me!

    Also, when you "take the reins," it's an equine reference, not a regal thing. REINS, GUISE, REINS.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    Also, AnchorMcBeardo, your stories in the last one were super-fantastic, and you should sit your stupid ass down and write some more. Seriously. Go do it now, and no more fussin' over the rest of it.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    Oh, god damn it all, did I seriously do that? Jesus, Alan, what are you doing trying to edit a whole anthology, and you can't even edit your own posts!

    (thank you so much, Allana. You are the superheated, 120 km/h wind beneath my wings.)
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
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    @allana - Ugh, I did it too...and I knew that...stupid typo, was writing from work.

    @Anchorbeard - Before you give up, ponder the words of Tycho Brahe (the illustrated alter-ego, not the astronomer):
    ...I had let it float away on one of those little lantern boats in a way that brought me closure, if no one else. Insufficient.

    Fucking insufficient.

    You have to get back on the horse. Somehow, and I don’t know how this kind of thing starts, we have started to lionize horseback-not-getting-on: these casual, a priori assertions of inevitable failure, which is nothing more than a gauze draped over your own pulsing terror. Every creative act is open war against The Way It Is. What you are saying when you make something is that the universe is not sufficient, and what it really needs is more you. And it does, actually; it does. Go look outside. You can’t tell me that we are done making the world.


    Bonus for another reference of an equine bent.

    ETA: Allana did a helluva job with the editing on Out of Place.
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    Okay, so now I'm going to be dumb... I'm willing to do it.

    BUT! I need someone to help with finding the cover and getting the word out there.
    I'm terrible at advertising / setting up websites (either a site on it's own or a facebook type thing). When it really comes down to it, I'm not on the 'net a whole lot and, as people have probably noticed, I don't participate in a whole lot of discussions. (I've been trying to more often, but it's a struggle.)

    Now that I think about it though... we should set up a "Whitechapel Quarterly" page instead of a separate page for each edition... Maybe we can eventually convert what was set up for OOP, OOT. (Which I like pronouncing as it looks as opposed to what it stands for.)

    Alan, you have my e-mail, right? Send everything over and I'll give it a go.
    PS: Whitechapel Quarterly is intended to only be distributed via Amazon, right?
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    @Anchorbeard - I know that making the decision and writing that post won't have been easy for you, so thanks for the honesty and sorry to hear that everything's so hectic at the moment. I hope things get better for you soon and I second Allana in hoping you get a chance to add a story once everything is a bit more settled.

    @Warped Savant - All the best with taking this edition over. I'm sure that you'll find that many people far more knowledgeable of these things than me will be able to help smooth out any bumps along the way. As for me, well I'll cheer from the sidelines and wish you the best since I have no practical skills to bring to bear in this area. I do rather like the idea of a W.Q. page though as it reminded me of a post a while back where an archive page was mooted. It would be rather nice to have an archive/central database for these releases.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012 edited
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    I set up a page on Facebook that is going to take some work, but check it out and let me know who wants to be an admin to help make this page really pop. www.facebook.com/whitechapelquarterly - I'll warn you, it is a barren landscape as of now.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    I'm afraid i can be of no practical use here other than to wish you all the very best of luck with this. I really hope you manage to get it all together, it is something i do definitely wish to see.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    I'm happy to second-round proof if help is still required - texturemusick@gmail.com
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
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    1st thing's 1st. We need a better image for the FB page. The one I threw up there is just a placeholder obviously.

    We also need (hopefully) a couple of people who are willing to post updates on the site from time to time. The biggest part of growing the book is going to be a continuous flow of information. We can't let that site get stagnant. Once the book is about ready to be released we're gonna have to hit the ground running with posting on there and getting the word out.

    If anyone has any ideas for changes to the site, let me know. Also, if anyone wants to step up and help me administrate it, that would be a huge help too. Let me know, folks.