I'm assembling Issue #1 of TBRT at this very moment (well, okay, strictly speaking, I'm taking a very short break from assembling). Assuming all goes well, it'll be winging its way to you as of tomorrow*.
You know what? I'm going to treat myself to a few more exclamation marks: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Which just so happens to be my birthday. Which my co-workers celebrated today by bringing in a million different kinds of pasta salad. (I have a thing for pasta salad.) I am extremely full. And sleepy. But I must amp myself up because I'm emceeing Trivia Night tonight. YAR!
Have you been following the AV Club's Nashville or Bust column? I haven't agreed with everything the author has had to say, but yay him for bringing attention to country music -- and note that I'm talking non-Shania-Twain-pretendy-country.
For the upcoming TBRT #1, I asked the authors for soundtrack songs for their stories. While this song wasn't one of their picks, it's one of my personal soundtrack songs for one of the stories -- it has a similar setting and it made me react in a similar way, even though it's from a totally different perspective and focuses on a different kind of breakdown:
But until the magazine comes out, only the author will know what I'm talking about, so I suppose this post was a tad silly.
The first issue of TBRT is rapidly coming together and is on track to ship in late May. You may be familiar with some of the names in this first line up -- but I'm confident that you won't recognize them all. I'm also confident that you'll enjoy getting to know all of these stories and authors (familiar or otherwise) just as much as I have over the past few months.
In Volume 1, Number 1, you'll revisit one of Shakespeare's plays; experience time travel; spend time at a racetrack, in high school and the world of cubicles; break down on your way to Vegas; and escape from summer camp.
As this is the very first issue, there is no Letters to the Editor page -- but in the future, I hope to include one. So, if you have thoughts about the stories, what you'd like to see TBRT do in the future or anything else -- write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many fine webzines and lit fiction sites online, like apt23.com, where you can find pantloads of well wrought original stories and poetry. But very few general interest magazines, or their sister sites like mental_floss, dare to publish fiction any more. Indeed, if you don’t subscribe to The Atlantic Monthly or The New Yorker, chances are you aren’t getting much by the way of short stories at all. No Small Tales is here to change that, starting today.
Good for them.
Speaking of fiction*, I am still seeking submissions for TBR Tallboy. I hope you are all editing madly.