Hello hello hello all you rock ‘n’ rollers and welcome to the November 2016 issue of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, the online magazine of culture for adults only. I fell asleep last night in my favorite position flat on my back with two pillows under my weary head with Monday night football low on the radio and a Charlie Chaplin silent film on YouTube which is not unusual for me and when I woke up it was one in the morning of 1 November 2016 and I was wide awake and so I thought what the hell I may as well get up and put up today’s stream of consciousness writing blog post and then I can go back to sleep and when I do get up the day’s blogging will be done and I can just relax and do my deep breathing and flexibility and stretching exercises and shave in the shower and do a little shopping at the dollar store across the street and then by that time it will be time to stroll into Little Italy for my first beers of the month at Armand’s.
It will be a lovely day in Pittsburgh for a stroll with a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high of 70 and no chance of rain and I’m really going to enjoy the stroll and then the familiar environment of Armand’s and I hope my buddy who served in Vietnam like I did will be there and we’ll shoot the breeze and when we fall silent I’ll watch the game shows on the television at my end of the bar which is a great pleasure for me because I don’t have a television and I’ll watch Liberty Avenue and sip my beer and munch on chips and just chill out.
I think I deserve a few beers today and to chill out because last month the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette averaged 969 views every day and for the first time my little girlie magazine broke 30,000 views for a month with 30,033 which means the new commitment to a 1,000 to 1,200 word blog post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a 500 to 700 word blog post every other day is working and now comes the real test which is can I continue this discipline even when I have fun money in my pocket because usually when I have fun money in my pocket I neglect my duties as a blogger.
This is a real challenge and no one can help me because it is a victory I must win over myself and a victory over the self is the most difficult victory of all to win and maybe putting up this blog post before having a few beers is my way of winning the victory. This struggle with one of my demons will be played out in full view of the public or at least that part of the public that reads the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. So at least I’ve done my duty for today and today I win the victory over self and wish me luck and thank all of you for reading my little girlie magazine.
Hail to Pitt!
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette features the videos of Naked News which has its own category here at The Gazette. Just scan down the sidebar to Categories and the Naked News link is at the very top! All photos of Kendal Schuler were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
The Victory Over The Self
Within each of us
Id ego super ego
seek the harmony