Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game.
Well, I finally did something I’ve been dreading to do for a long time. I shut down Submissions to unsolicited fiction until further notice. It was the responsible thing to do. This does not mean The Gazette will no longer publish fiction by paid contributors. I’m committed to publishing six stories for the special fiction issue in July; but it does mean that I’ll be able to balance my books for 2016. It means that instead of the magazine costing me $360 (domain name, 24/7 backup, hosting and contributors), I’ll at least break even.
It means that starting this year, The Gazette is no longer a hobby. It’s an online magazine. The transformation is now complete.
Last night I needed some light diversion as I stretched out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head to listen to the 24/7 local sports talk show on the radio. So, I turned to YouTube and watched again one of my favorite actresses of the silent era, Colleen Moore as I listened to the radio.
Why do I watch silent films and then think it’s worth blogging about these silent films?
I think we flash fiction writers can learn a great deal about creativity from all fields of endeavor. I don’t watch silent films just because I like them (and I like them a great deal). I study them. I find that the more I know about another art form, the more insights I have into writing flash fiction and running an online magazine. Does that make sense? This is what Wikipedia has to say about Ella Cinders, the Colleen Moore comedy that I watched on YouTube last night. (I laughed out loud several times last night as I watched the film.)
Ella Cinders is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Alfred E. Green, starring Colleen Moore, produced by her husband John McCormick (1893-1961), and co-starring Moore’s most popular co-star, Lloyd Hughes. The film is based on the syndicated comic strip of the same name by William M. Conselman and Charles Plumb.
Speaking of art form, I’m hard at work preparing for my next karaoke performance at Nico’s in Little Italy the first Saturday night in March…
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!
Pittsburgh will experience a heat wave during the next 72 hours.
Thursday it will be sunny with a high around 30. Friday there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 50. Saturday it’s supposed to be sunny with a high around 60.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!