Asked to write a little something for the front page of the Sixth Anniversary Issue of the Piker Press, I found myself more than a little intimidated. The very fact that the Press is entering its seventh year as an ezine -- a weekly ezine -- makes my head reel. That we're read in over sixty countries around the world seems like some kind of cooking-sherry induced fantasy.
Indeed, what if I were the victim of the old writer's Can't Figure Out How to End This Story ploy, and woke up tomorrow and all the Press was just part of a dream as a result of eating too many pickles before bedtime? All the writers, all the stories, all the sweating bullets over how to format, all the headaches learning to use Photoshop ... all gone. I know "what if". Waking like that would be the nightmare, and with that, I think I finally know what to say.
First, thank you, Alexandra Queen and Josh Brown, creating this ezine. You've given me a chance to be a published writer when I had no idea that I ever could.
Thank you, dear Staff Members, for your hard work, writing on demand, beating deadlines, and keeping me sane this past year as Managing Editor.
To all the writers and photographers who have contributed to the treasure chest of our more than 3000 articles, thank you for sharing your talent with the world through our ezine.
And thank you, all readers of the Piker Press. Creativity doesn't have to have an audience, but you sure put a spring in our steps.
I hope that you enjoy this sampling of past items that comprise this issue.
Long live the Piker Press!