We wish all our readers and writers a Happy Christmas and a Merry and successful New Year.
Here are our reflections on 2015 …
I would like to thank all at Literally Stories for removing the dolphin from my oxters and giving me a real porpoise this year.
The stories, the authors and of course my fellow editors have made the last twelve months a blast. I can’t thank you all enough.
In these times of gaming, technology and all that shit, it is so gratifying to know that there are many people out there who still have a love of writing and reading. Those two passions are what got us to the gaming and technology of today so I may be talking myself out of a point here! It may be old fashioned to sit down with a story.
It may be more difficult to write or type long hand than mutilate the spoken word with text pish but there is a joy to the labour of it all and that is the joy that we share.
I hope that this coming year brings you all whatever success you are striving. I look forward to reading all the stories that are submitted, even romance… Someone out there may be able to change my mind that these types of stories are the work of the devil!!
Keep reading, keep writing and most importantly keep being involved with Literally Stories.
All the very best to you all.
I can’t believe that we are only a year old. Literally Stories has become such a big part of my life that it feels as though it’s been there forever. Right from the start I imagined that it would be fun, I knew that the five of us shared a love of the written word and enjoyed Short Fiction but I had no idea how many new friends we were going to make and how many superb writers were going to cross our virtual threshold.
Setting up the site was fun and I think we have made a pretty good fist of it, we have a smooth procedure that ensures that all the submissions get a fair reading and then the finished pages make me very proud. The banner images have become a really interesting and at times challenging sideline that none of us could have foreseen and the variety of stories has amazed me.
We have read work in every type, style and genre and we have debated and laughed and now and again even uttered a wee sweary (quite often in Scottish as I’m sure you noticed!)
I honestly had no idea that we would be able to publish such amazing work, yes at times we have been short on submissions but much of that has been because we were determined that we would keep the standard as high as we possibly could. I hope our readers think we achieved that – I do and I’m proud that we have managed to fill each week even though at times it was a little bit edge of the seat to put it together.
I truly believe we’ve been honest and fair and every time we have had to reject work it has been with regret, we have rejected editors work along with everyone else’s so it’s true that we know just how disappointing it is.
We even managed to publish an actual book, a real paper and ink volume and I do hope you’ve all bought your nearest and dearest a copy for Christmas.
I am looking forward to a little break but I am also really excited about what next year might bring, I am looking forward to the back and forth in the “office” and the thrill of watching the stories having their moment in the sun.
Thanks so much to my fellow editors for a great experience and thanks so much to our authors, keep submitting and we’ll keep reading and last of all thank you very much to our readers please come back next year.
Winter is coming.
Not for me of course as I’m in Africa helping Santa splatter mosquitoes.
I’m the resident fantasy-phile here at LS, and to paraphrase the oath of the Night’s Watch …
I am the documenter in the darkness. I am the watcher of the words.
Over the last year 575 stories with a combined word count of 908,933 have been submitted to us. I have logged and categorised each of them in my trusty spreadsheet. In fantasy-speak it would have a name like the Ledger of Collective Souls. I just call it Sid.
Not every story gets read by every editor. Occasionally a story gets three very quick YES votes and the stragglers wait for it to appear on site so we can have the singular pleasure of reading it like a normal reader.
Because that’s what we are.
We are readers. We are writers. And even after the five of us have read through a combined total of several million words we still want to keep reading. We still want to keep writing. And we still want to keep debating, arguing and having a whole lot of fun running this site and sharing the best short stories from around the world with you.
Thank you to all the writers and readers who have contributed so much to the site this year. I can’t wait to see you what you have in store for us in 2016 and I wish you a wonderful year ahead.
To my fellow editors: You are the finest four people I’ve never met. But if any of you are hobbits in disguise I will be merciless.
You have been warned.
I am still waiting for my certificate: Advanced Diploma in how to search Wikicommons for totally ace pictures for your website to arrive.
‘Your Diploma is in the post’ just won’t hack it!
That wee blemish aside it has been a good year. And I can prove it.
I have only upset my fellow Editors 367 times. Sidestepped reading fantasy stories on at least half a dozen occasions and made a mere 47 fairly offensive remarks about Orcs.
Told 57 Sean Bean jokes. Quoted PKD, what, must be less than 50 times? And name-dropped Lee Child — I had an audience with him in Bristol you know — on fewer than two dozen occasions.
You see folks, it’s all about the numbers.
No, scratch that — it’s all about the words. Isn’t it? The way in which you arrange them. Or is the story that matters most?
No, it’s about being original.
And never forgetting to say thank you.
To our readers and to our writers.
Last but not least in this inaugural End-Of-Year Editor speeches — my third favourite Swede >>>>>>>>>>
Being pragmatic. It is a road filled with arguments and slow progress. At times it feels worthless. Like giving up would be better. But being dogmatic is not a road at all. It leads nowhere. It’s a roundabout with no exits. Literally Stories are proud subscribers to debate and discussion. Opinions are rarely shared by all. When it does happen, it’s shared in awe of the quality of writing.
The process of writing fascinates me. How do you do it: do you come up with a plan and execute it or do you write on the go? Maybe it’s a mix of both. Maybe your writing experience is completely different. It matters little. What matters is the writing process. Because thousands of years ago, we figured out that experience could be passed on. First it was only in gestures and from parents to a child, or maybe even within the tribe, but the past generations paid the way for the next generation. It is the human way of life. Communication became more important. We started to talk. Some of us started to write. It was just scribbles and doodles on a cave wall, but it was a process nonetheless. Somewhere around this time scientists argue that apes became men, they became us. In another sense, to write is to be human.