Autumn begins this week -- a season of chilly nights with leaves crackling in the wind as they blow down the street, of morning frost leaving fantastic shapes on windows, and of writers snuggling up to their warm laptops for good long sessions of making words appear.
At least in some parts of the world. Here in California we're being warned of a freak hot spell that will be about as conducive to writing as a plague of gnats, as sweaty fingers stick to keyboards, causing typos by the dozens, doubling keystrokes in correction, driving the writer mad with frustration and itchiness. Or maybe that's just me.
In any event, the Filthy Pikers decided at Staff Meeting that a theme issue would be a good idea for a week in October, and with Halloween approaching, the theme chosen was "Witches."
Submissions should be 1000 - 3000 words (that's a guideline, not a mandate) and received by October 10, 2009 for possible inclusion in the October 19 issue. Poetry would also be welcome, but do be careful of what rhymes with "witch."
Now we leap to the year 2010 -- the January 11 issue. The theme for that week is "Time Travel;" the same guidelines apply, with a December 28, 2009 deadline.
As always, I encourage all of you who have a story in mind to give your writing a chance. Although fame and fortune are cool to imagine, they are NOT the reason people should exercise their creativity, and the lack of fame and fortune should not deter the creative spirit.