Welcome to a new day of blogging and the last day of October 2016! It’s been a great month for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. As of this morning The Gazette has averaged 959 views every day and has 29,078 views for this month and there is still one more day to go.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Plus the blog made $33.33 for this month which puts my Mr. Skin/Naked News account over $50.00 because the blog made $33.33 last month which means I’ll get a check by snail mail for $66.66 around the 20th of next month. I only get paid when my account is over $50.00.
Spank my bare bottom and call me a nudist!
Yes, my little girlie magazine is finally operating in the black. A few more months of operating in the black and I’ll be able to open Submissions again and start to publish more erotic flash fiction by other talented writers like I use to do. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a paying market. I will probably never publish a story by a paid contributor every month like I use to do. But a story by a paid contributor every three months might be doable. It would be irresponsible of me to publish a paid contributor more often than every three months if the magazine is to stay in the black. I have a very modest income and The Gazette must stay within its budget like any other business, like any other startup.
I like to drink. I like to drink beer and when I get my fun money I drink my fill. I get my fun money the first day of every month which means that all too often I neglect my blogging duties the first few days of every month. This is not good for pageviews. And since I need to steadily increase the views of The Gazette to get more Mr. Skin/Naked News subscriptions to keep my little girlie magazine financially sound I can’t continue to neglect my blogging duties for several days at the beginning of every month. In other words which is more important to me, blogging or drinking?
The 29,078 views The Gazette has so far for this month are the most views it has gotten since it went online February 2014. If this trend continues my little girlie magazine should average 30,000 to 40,000 views every month very soon which according to Google (or rather the links I found on Google when I searched for the number of blogs in the world) would make The Gazette one of the top 2,000,000 blogs in the world. Google estimates there are between 120,000,000 to 150,000,000 active blogs world-wide. Right now The Gazette is one of the top 3,000,000 blogs in the world.
Well, tomorrow I’ll have some fun money. Tomorrow I’ll be back on my regular beat in Little Italy. Discipline 007. Discipline.
Yes, tomorrow Little Italy. And the weather forecast for the Pittsburgh area for tomorrow is a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high of 70 and little chance of rain, a perfect day for strolling down Liberty Avenue in Little Italy. I don’t know if I’ll stop in at Sonny’s Tavern tomorrow. I’ll be at Sonny’s Sunday night for karaoke; but I’ll definitely stop in at Armand’s between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
But I’m thinking ahead, because what I really need to do to prove to myself that blogging is more important than drinking to me is to expand my social life beyond just drinking in bars. And I have a plan to do just that.
The West End Book Exchange was across the street from Armand’s. I use to buy books there. It is now The White Whale Bookstore under new management and a couple of months ago I bought a novel there by a local author and it was one of the finest novels I’ve ever read. I introduced myself to the young husband and wife who now own the bookstore and I asked them about any activities they had at the store. They have book parties and readings, especially for and by local authors. I don’t consider myself an author or a writer any longer. I’m much more of a blogger now, but I still have a great interest in local writers of fiction. Maybe this is my chance to expand my social life beyond drinking in bars.
Yesterday I checked out three novels by Charles Bukowski from the public library in Oakland in Pittsburgh where I live. I checked out his first three novels: Post Office, Factotum and Women. Why this renewed interest in Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)? Here is part of the blurb on the back of the novel Women about Bukowski’s alter-ego Henry Chinaski.
“Low-life writer and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. After decades of slacking off at low-paying dead-end jobs, blowing cash on booze and women, and scrimping by in flea-bitten apartments, Chinaski sees his poetic star rising at last…”
If you replace the terms “low-life” with “working-class” and “flea-bitten” with “scruffy” and add a few more years to Chinaski’s age you’ve pretty much described me. Plus, I like Bukowski’s stripped-down and straight-forward writing style, a writing style the exact opposite of Jack Kerouac’s “spontaneous writing” style. I would call Bukowski’s writing style “dirty journalism.” And Bukowski lived the life he wrote about. A critic for the Washington Post called him, “The poet laureate of sour alleys and dark bars, of racetracks and the long shots.” And when he became famous with the publication of Post Office in 1971 at the age of 50 he was still a low-life. He just could afford to live in better apartments and to drink more expensive booze. And he lived all his life in L.A. I’ve never lived anywhere besides in Pittsburgh. If there is any writer that I truly identify with it’s Charles Bukowski.
Hail to Pitt!
All photos of Camille Rowe were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette features the videos of Naked News. This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh. Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 60 and a 90% possibility of rain.
Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.–Anonymous.
I always wanted to be a writer. In high school I wanted to be a writer. When I came back from the Vietnam War I had no choice but to become a writer. Writing was my therapy, my self-help program. And even when I worked low-paying dead-end jobs and went to college and made Super 8 color-sound underground films and was the frontman for several basement bands and got lucky with a woman and drank in bars I did it consciously knowing it would be great material for my writing. But doesn’t every writer think that way?–Guy Hogan
Writing is not a destination. It’s a journey. Life is short. Enjoy the ride.–Guy Hogan