Archive for ‘Updates’

July 18, 2010

From our ‘zine: Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch

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Read Thomas Burchfield’s essay on director Sam Peckinpah‘s movie The Wild Bunch, published in the May 2010 issue of this.

Thomas’s forthcoming supernatural novel, Dragon’s Ark, is due Fall 2010 from Ambler House and his eleven mini-articles were published in the East Bay Express Best of the East Bay for 2010.

June 23, 2010

Teaser: Our July/August Issue

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The submissions are rolling in non-stop for our July/August issue (forthcoming) but don’t worry, there’s still time to get yours in before our July 1 deadline. Just be sure to read our submission guidelines first.

Our forthcoming issue will feature a book review of Chuck Palahniuk’s Tell-All by resident Canadian literature contributor, John Coleman and music reviews by our head music contributor, Jordon Chiarelli, as well as fiction, poetry, visual poetry, and photography.

If you can’t make our July deadline, I encourage you to submit your work for our September/October issue or our November/December issue. Our team is always looking for talented writers whose work is fresh, creative, polished, and astounding. For new writers, those who have never published before, and emerging writers who have published but are looking to expand their readership to ever wider audiences, I look forward to reading your work.

Get jazzed for July/August ’cause it’s gonna blow yer mind.

May 6, 2010

New issue of THIS!

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The May issue of this is up and reading for your enjoyment. This issue features eleven writers and poets, writing on such diverse topics as:

-bats, butterflies, rockets, superheroes and other things that fly
-the laws of physics that requires gravity bring objects, like leaves and buildings, down
-where, exactly, broken hearts go
-what happens on those mean, nasty backstreets
-won’t somebody think of the children?
-jazz and healthcare

Visit to read, treasure, comment, and enjoy!

March 25, 2010


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Head’s up: Issue #3’s submission deadline is April 15. The issue should go live in May.

Send us all you’ve got as long as it’s good!!!

March 7, 2010

The Return of Write Away!

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In the midst of reading submissions and designing our new website, we’ve been more than pathetically lax with posting Write Away. Well, it’s back!

For those new to the blog (or who have just plain forgotten), Write Away sprang from this little post (reprinted below in case you’re too lazy to click the link):

      In her book Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott encourages writers to find time to sit down at their desks everyday and to write, no matter how difficult it is or how impossible it seems. Just write, even if it’s only 300 words.

      When I read this I thought, easy cake. 300 words is nothing to write everyday. And then I tried it. Like knitting or teaching kindergarteners, I realized, shit, this is hard. Especially for someone who can’t turn off the internal editor as she writes and strives to make every sentence perfect, 300 words everyday is asking quite a lot.

      One afternoon in the middle of cursing out Anne Lamott and her little challenge as I stared down my computer screen with simmering rage, willing the end of the short story I was working on to fall from my fingertips, I realized, wait a minute. She said I just have to write 300 words. She didn’t say I had to write 300 words that I would ever use again or 300 words of pure, blissful, Amy Hempel-quality, or even 300 words towards the story I was currently working on. I just had to write 300 damn words!

      Feeling like I’d decoded the top secret message to finally grant my entry to the inner circle, I opened a book to a random page, slid my finger halfway down, and wrote 300 words using the sentence my finger landed upon as the springboard. Was it the best 300 words I’d ever written? Certainly not. But it did loosen me up for a bit, yes, absolutely.

      I don’t always write 300 words from a writing prompt before I get down to work, but sometimes it helps. Sometimes, like with taxes, you need a nice distraction in between your I-9 and your 1040. Some writing prompts don’t go anywhere and that’s okay. Some are incorporated into stories I’m working on, either directly or indirectly. Some grow into an entire life of their own.

      I think writing prompts are more fun and often open up more creativity if they come from outside yourself (hence, the random book page). Beginning today, this zine is going to post one writing prompt everyday under the title “Write Away.” Why that title? First, I think if you love to write and intend to write, you often have an itch to write right now, right away, sometimes when it’s least convenient. Second, the idea of the writing prompt is to read it and go, without thinking, and just write away, without stopping to edit. You can edit later. For now you are only going to write. Maybe all you can get out is 300 words before you’re spent. Maybe you’re lost to another world the next four hours, writing away. It doesn’t matter what happens, so long as you take the time to devote at least 300 words to your writing.

      And hey, if it leads to something you send to us, wouldn’t that be great too?

Our initial goal, of course, was to bring you a new Write Away everyday. That remains our goal but hey, let’s face it, sometimes life intervenes, sometimes you need a vacation, and sometimes your MacBook just won’t corporate (that last one actually isn’t true–the MacBook always corporates).

The point is:
GOAL: to bring one new Write Away each day.
REALITY: to bring a new Write Away often enough to assuage our guilt about abandoning you for so long and to get you writing.

Let the writing day begin.

March 5, 2010

Facebook — Finally!

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this finally joins the world of Facebook.

You can become our fan here.

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March 1, 2010

New Issue, New Website & More!

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Our new website is finally finished! We inaugurate it with the second issue of this, featuring:

–poetry by Rachel C. Fletcher and Liza Sparks
–fiction by Ian Penrose
–erotica by Niki Graff
–an interview with Christine Stoddard, Founder and President of the Greater Washington Indie Arts Festival
–a short film by Erica F.
–a book reviews of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves, Alison Croggon’s The Naming, and Jennifer Scanlon’s Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life and Times of Helen Gurley Brown.

Don’t forget to join our fan page on Facebook! If you are logged in to Facebook, this link will take you directly to our fan page.

February 16, 2010

Website Update: Countdown

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Our new website and look are almost complete! We’re excited to offer an improved and easy-to-navigate layout with our new home and hope that the redesigned site will increase the readership of this. We want our writers to get the reading traffic they deserve!

Our goal is to have the website go live by the end of the month. In the meantime, please continue to submit your stories, poems, art, interviews, and other non-fiction tidbits to the editor at As always, we look forward to reading your work!

January 29, 2010

Website Update

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If you’re looking for writing this zine has published and no longer see the link, never fear! We’re still building our new website and all previously published work will have a link on the new site. However, as we prepare for the transition from blog to site, a few bumps are expected as our new site takes shape.

As always, we’re interested in your submissions. Best of all, if we’re interested in your work, you’ll be include on our new site in what we’re calling this zine: volume 1, issue 2. Fancy, huh?

January 28, 2010

New Submissions Guidelines

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Please note, our submissions guidelines have changed.

January 17, 2010

Changes to thiszine

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A new year means changes and change is always something bitten off in quantities larger than one can chew. This is all to say that this has undergone a silent metamorphosis and it’s probably time all our readers, fans, and frenemies were dutifully clued in on our mysterious absence.


So, here goes: this zine will be moving the zine part of our site to another web address and maintaining this address solely as a blog.


What does this mean for you, dear reader and writer? It means greater flexibility with the layout of our zine and a more polished, professional look to drive traffic to the website so all our writers garner the readership they deserve. We hope the new site will make it easier to read and submit pieces and, above all, will be something you fall in love with, a place you check each morning right after you update your Facebook status.


Oh yes, we do plan to get a Facebook page sometime soon as well.


The site is still in progress but as we work towards the day when we can officially unveil it, you will notice certain changes to the links in the right hand column. Don’t be alarmed: if your pieces have been previously published in this, they will remain on the blog, as published.


If you have submitted a piece to us and have not heard about the status, we are reviewing submissions presently and will contact you soon about whether we wish to publish your submission on our new website.


And if you haven’t submitted, well geez, get to it!

November 26, 2009

Return from the Land of the Lost

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Do you remember Land of the Lost? Well, it was a terrible Will Ferrell movie, so probably not. Anyhow, thiszine is back and will be updating posts with more regularity. Many apologies for the hiatus — when life interrupts, what are you going to do?

Lots has been happening the world of publishing and literature in my time away. So enjoy a turkey (or tofurkey dinner) with your near and dear and be sure to check back if they’re driving you too mad!

And to whet your palate for the whimsical and literary, I bring you A Book Lover’s Guide to IKEA Seating.

September 10, 2009

Head’s Up

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Due to a personal emergency, this zine will be updated only intermittently during the month of September. If you have submitted work for publication in this, the editor will read your work as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to be back in full swing by October.

August 10, 2009

New Header!

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You might have noticed a change to our look. Yes, we’ve finally pulled ourselves together and changed our header to better reflect the theme of this zine. And thanks to the editor’s personal obsession with organizing her books by spine color, there’s a nice purple-blue calming effect as well.

August 7, 2009

Updates & updates

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So, silly me, I allowed a friend to borrow my digital camera this weekend without uploading my poetry postcard photos first! So no visual updates on the poetry postcard until after Tuesday. I’m disappointed because there’s some fun stuff traveling my way through the postal service — I received two more today.


I’ve also been flooded with numerous submissions to the this zine mailbox and I desperately want to read and post many of them. I’m excited to share the great work I’ve been receiving.


I also have hopes of creating a submissions page that’s easier to read and adding to our links and tapping into the wide network of amazing zines and sites that exist on there. I’d like to get more international submissions — so if you know a talented writer abroad, send them to this and encourage her to submit!