Static Movement

A Blog for our Webzine, Static Movement

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Static Movement now live

We are now a live zine, complete with stories...wow, we did it! Thank you to everyone involved, I hope all who come to Static Movement enjoy it! Happy New Year!

The Write Side Up
This is a new zine that just now went live, I have a story here
And a new picture for your dart board! here

Check out PaulXRay's blog, look at the penguin flick on the left towards the bottom, it's the funniest thing, here.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Updated columns on Static Movement

Under Ongoing Columns, I updated both mine and Monika's. You might find it interesting to read, especially if you know someone with either MS or Lupus...there might be a help there.

We are ready for the first, just one more day! I'm really proud of everyone working on the site, "the staff" who really are the zine, and the writers. Wonderful stories, I couldn't have asked for a better line-up. Thanks everyone!

In all my years, all 51 of them, I've never given a party because I always thought it would be embarrassing to throw one and no one come. This is a big step for me, so I hope lots of people come to read the issue, and that writer's will keep submitting.

For everyone who needs a good year, I hope 2006 is it for us all, let's just decide to make it happen!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Guidelines

Guidelines

I made them simple, and I wish people would read them. I'm not mad, but a tad irritated. I went to all the trouble to set the stories, and find two reprints. The guidelines started out saying NO REPRINTS so when these works were sent in, the fact that we didn't accept them was in plain site right were people know to find them.

These two wanted their work in Static Movement so I've changed the guidelines to accept reprints but I'd like to know before hand that they are reprints. I am online reading often, and just thought I'd check and see if anything we had accepted was online, but I hope not to have to do that with every issue as it's time-consuming for me.

One guy sent in a submission with two stories. The guidelines still say to send in only one story at a time...I'm in my nice phase right now, being new and all, but I can feel the witch is coming so be warned, from now on it's likely I'll be sending submissions back before they reach an editor if I can see that you have not read the guidelines.

I love other writers, I really do or we wouldn't be doing the zine, but I don't want to do your job...when I was submitting stories, you never came and did mine - READ THE GUIDELINES.

Chris

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Almost 2006

Finally. Looking for better things in the next year.

I found a site that talks about web design, looked it over, read it all, and found that I've done well in most of it, but was supposed to have links to HOME and STORIES on the bottom, (were I put them) and on the left top, so I went in and added links to the top left to all of the pages according to that web design page.

LOL...I also fixed the Columns page, which had column spelled coloumn...duh me.

When the 1st comes and Static Movement is online, if anyone finds any mistakes, I do hope someone will email me so that I can fix it. I've read the stories until I can almost tell them word for word. I'm going to read them one more time tomorrow and then I've promised myself to stay away, lol, I often break promises to myself.

Chris

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Turkey Sandwiches

My favorite. Hope everyone is having a great day.
We have a web designer interested in the site, very exciting if he doesn't change his mind, I'll let you all know.

I entered the contest at AstoundingTales; It's the Pole 69 contest. Very interesting information behind the Golden Gate Bridge... http://www.astoundingtales.com/flash/69/bartholomew.html

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

I've been watching horror movies all day, but before I get back to it, I wanted to say Merry Christmas, hope you all have a wonderful one.

Almost time for the big Static Movement opening, I hope it goes well and a lot of people come.

I added two new stories this week, to replace one where the author pulled their story out and another that I found out was a reprint. All of the stories that are scheduled to be in the Jan. issue are on the forum, if anyone's interested in looking.

Chris

Thursday, December 22, 2005

http://www.cthreepo.com/xmas/ this is a neat christmas card program that Keith Graham put together. I used it today to send a few. For those of you who like Sci-Fi, this is pretty cool. Everyone that I sent one to really enjoyed it. It was probably double pleasure for the family since I usually don't send cards. Try it, if it goes over well, he'll do something for Valentines day!

Speaking of Christmas cards, Theate of Decay sent me a card, I'm in issue one and three, two is out now and go look - some of our writer's are in the second issue! I thought sending me a card was very nice - wish I'd thought of that. Theatre of Decay has a great print magazine, it's really beautiful for all you horror lovers, buy a copy!

Chris

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Writer Bio's and other stuff

I've emailed, posted on the forum, and now I'm posting it here, if you are a writer who has a work that will be in the Jan. issue, if you haven't already done so, please send me your bio if you want it on your page.

Plug: There is a new ezine going live at the same time as Static Movement; The Write Side Up, I have a story in there entitled; Doll. Be sure to check them out, they will be online and in print.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Forum Fixed

I was so happy when I went in to the forum and found that my mistake had not only been erased, but a banner put in place right where I wanted it. I knew it could only be Keith Graham, from AstoundingTales so I emailed him and said thanks. It's great to have people who can jump right in there and fix things...I make so many mistakes! I'm really thankful, it's because of him that the site is even able to go on, and this was just an added kindness.

NEW STAFF MEMBER!

I don't know what I've done but it must have been something right, another artist is joining the staff of Static Movement. I'm pleased to introduce Thom Futrell. Welcome to the team!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Fooling around...

Oh my, I crack me up! Still fooling around with the site...and messed up the forum, I just can't be trusted with the forum keys so this mistake will be with us until someone who knows tells me how to restore the thing. I was trying to add a banner, you know, like AstoundingTales.com has on theirs, but it is telling me over and over now that I can't. Oh well...maybe this means I got the big mistake overwith so it won't show up in the zine when we publish on the 1st. I can only hope.

I am really amazed at the great stories that we have lined up for the first issue. I am looking forward now to new submissions. I hope the next batch is just as great as the first one was. I think everyone who reads the issue is going to love it, it's that good.

I didn't format all of the pages the same. I started out that way, but just as pictures and illustrations add to a story, I feel that the type and look of the word does too. I really tried to match the print with the feel of the story and I hope I succeeded in doing what I set out to do. I'm sure some will wonder why, maybe they will wander over here and find out why the pages are different.



Chris

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Changes

We've decided to go bi-monthly. It'll be a little different than most bi-monthly zines though, here's how:

In Feb. we will accept some submissions and I will publish them to the site. In March, we will have a full blown issue like we are having in January. This will give me time to learn more about setting stories to page, and give enough time to look over submissions. Monthly was ambitious, but at the time this started, I had someone who felt he could handle the workload, someone way more knowledgeable than I am.

Okay, full blown webzine in January, March, May, July, September, November, and a smaller issue in between. I'll also be adding galleries for our artists and illustrator if they would like one. Of course the columns will be updated as they are sent to me.

We hope this is agreeable to everyone. Stick with us, we're new and working out the bugs...and no one likes bugs, do they?

Chris

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Christmas

Christmas. I just had to say something to the people who might read this that maybe are a little sad or dissapointed. It's a day that will pass. I hear so much about lonelyness and dissapointment at this time of year. It's too bad that we put so much pressure on ourselves to get so many things for so many people that we let ourselves down. Don't get depressed, know that it'll pass.

It sometimes seems as if everything waits for Christmas to go wrong. A lot of people are having a hard time, but I just hope that they remember the hard times they've gotten through before and know they will get through this too.

About the site. If anyone has a link they'd like to see on the links page at Static Movement, please send it along and I'll put it up. I had some banners from some people that I don't have any more, go look at the page, and if you aren't there - send it again please.

I think the site looks great, I believe the people who visit when we open will be pleased. It's been fun and will continue to be so.

Chris

Friday, December 16, 2005

Friday

Well, just a few things left to do, find pictures for more stories and proofread it all to be sure everything is just right. The only thing left now is to put a link on the main page to get to the cover which takes you to the stories. Wow! The link thing is easy but takes forever, well, it took 2 hours today to get it all done.

I hope everyone takes the time to browse the pages of Static Movement. I've added some columns, changed some welcomes and even put my pic up there for your dart board!

I really do hope everyone likes the zine, the stories are so good - I just want to do the stories justice.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

All Seems To Be Well...

All of the stories, non-fiction, and poems that have been accepted for publication are set to page....ha ha-ha! I did it. All that's left is to add bios, artwork or pictures, and double check...and of course at the crucial time, to link the pages so that you can read them. I'm pretty excited about this and doubt if I would be quite this ecstatic had I not done it myself.

When all of the trouble started I wasn't sure I could do this, and am proud of all of the writers because they all had a chance to take their stories out, but none of them did. I have to thank the staff for hanging in there with me also, and for all of the support they've given during this time. Now, all that has to happen is that the site gets published.


The submissions deadline is coming fast…you better hurry if you thought about submitting something, just two more days!

Now to go look for pictures…

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Hats off to Webmasters!

Wow. What an awesome job it is to put things on a website. Over, and over, and over again! Well, I'm sure webmasters don't have to do it over, but I sure have had to. It's fun most of the time but some of the time it's very hard.

I've been making pages, and putting the stories on them. No link to them yet, just getting them ready for the opening and it's very hard. I've already spent what time most people spend on their entire site, start to finish, and I'm not half way done yet.

The illustrations are beautiful and those who have illustrations will be pleased with the outcome, really beautiful. I said from the outset that some stories will be illustrated, so far there are six, all done by Paul Campbell. Outstanding artwork!

Well, back to it...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Home again

Got home around 9 last night. It was a great trip, traffic was good and no traffic jams. The whole trip took 12 hours to get to NC by way of Va. and then another 7 hours home. I'm happy that I was able to drive the whole way there without getting tired, I can still do it! My son drove home, that was nice.

I'll begin working on Static Movement sometime this afternoon, though mostly it'll be reading files and things to see how it all works. I'll add onto this as I go with any good news. Keith Graham of AstoundingTales has been helping me. I was happy to see the new look he created and hope everyone likes the top, it's brand new and a creation of Keith's, he's so smart. I already had to call him once for help and I've been emailing him all day...but as long as he can get me out of where I mess up or get stuck, we'll be okay. I really think this will be fun once I've got to the place where I can actually get to the website to make changes, I'll get there, sooner or later.

Friday, December 09, 2005

See you in a couple of days...

I'm leaving in the morning for the trip to Virginia and North Carolina. I haven't driven on a long trip since my cancer surgery in April, so I thought I'd turn in early.

I spent today mostly reading online about websites and how to run them, and believe it or not, it's beginning to make sense to me. I do the bikrpreacher site, and though it's not as formal as Static Movement will be, if I can do that, I can do this. I have appreciated all of the emails of encouragement and want you all to know, this is going to happen and I wouldn't be surprised if it made the original deadline of Jan. 1st.

Keep writing!

Chris

Important Note

Dan Naden, because of the time restrictions that he has, has quit. Since I'm going to have to figure out how to run a site, it's possible that Static Movement might, in the next week lose all of the information that is there.
I have a call in for help from someone who uses the same site builder as I have that Dan doesn't use, but they've not gotten back with me yet...if they do, maybe things will be okay, if not, it's going to be hard and long for me to do this alone. I've had offers for hosting, but I already have that. What I need is someone who can show me how to make the extra pages in sitebuilder, I already know the html - between my son and I, we can do that but I can't understand how to do the pages and I don't now how to add pictures to a story, but I think I can figure it out.

I apologize to everyone out there who's waiting for the issue, I know this seems stupid, and maybe when we lost the first webmaster we should have thrown in the towel, but nothing good ever came from quitting.

Well, keep your fingers crossed. I have to go out of town so nothing will happen until Monday most likely.

I'm putting this same message on the forum, so everyone will see it and emailing all of the writers who are in the first issue, plus the blog.

Again, I'm sorry for the delay...

Something to do while we wait...

I still don't have a date that we might publish the first issue of Static Movement. Waiting for news has always been hard for me, but while we are waiting we can't just sit here...

AstoundingTales and Anotherealm have great contests all the time. Links to these two sites are to the right. I entered the one at anotherealm, and am working on one for AstoundingTales. Arthur Sanchez' usually starts out the contest with a story of his own, and this one is very good...go read it.


The trip to Virginia and North Carolina is still on. Ice and snow are in the forcast, oh joy.

I have no other news to talk about. Keep writing!

Chris

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Publishing Delay

There probably will be a delay in publishing the first issue of Static Movement.
When we started the zine, we had a full time webmaster. When we parted company, our senior editor Dan Naden stepped in. Dan has done a wonderful job, but he works full time, and has a big family. He's not finding it easy to get away to work on the site. As it stands now, he's the only one here that knows how to do what he's doing so we will probably be posting a new start date for the webzine.
I know the writers and everyone else who's looking forward to the opening will be sad about this, but it's going to be okay, it's just that the holidays are coming and I guess our timing isn't great - it was as it started out, but when the webmaster left, well, we've really been trying to do a good job, things have gone well, I guess something had to happen.
I'll let you know when we find out what the new start date will be.

Chris

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Static Movement gets another Artist

We have another artist on the webzine, he's Kevin Hurtack, and he's editor/founder of a new webzine himself entitled; SkullGrinder Magazine and can be found here: www.skullgrindermagazine.com His art work can be found on his website here: www.eternalnightmare.com We are proud to welcome him to the team, and we think you'll like him too. He's busy right now creating illustrations for some stories that will appear in the first issue.

4 artists, 6 editors, 1 consultant, who are all writers, WOW am I proud of you all...and then there's me, oh yeah, I'll fit into the writer group.

Hey again!

We've been busy getting the first issue of Static Movement ready, more the rest of the staff has been busy, me, I've been reading and sending submissions on, and talking on various message boards like Anotherealm, Astounding Tales, and Bewildering Stories. The links to these zines are on the right if you are interested in some conversation. The Static forum is hoppin' and I hope even more people will come on over and participate in the discussions. (Is that how you spell hoppin' remember, I'm not an editor and I prove it here often, lol.

You see the little box for hits to the blog at the bottom of this blog? I can't help it, I'm addicted to statistics. I got that way when Pete Marsh would tell me at Ragged Edge Publishing how many hits my poems would get on his site. Not bragging, but stating a fact, Static Movement is doing very well, at 3971 hits in less than two months online, as is my personal page at 696.

I mention the stats because now you know why I'm a little nervous now and then. We are going to have a great zine, no doubt about that. We've had over a hundred submissions so far, and we have one other artist interested in doing illustrations for the webzine besides our Paul Campbell, and someone who does interviews with publishers and editors interested in doing interviews for us every month. I think it's exciting that people keep coming that want to be involved with our effort.

Our editors are busy reading submissions and it never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these people are, it's amazing how quickly they respond. Our new editor, Rachel Kovaciny is not only reading and rating submissions, but she is also formatting them for Dan Naden to set to page. Speaking of Dan Naden, our fiction editor, he's also now webmaster, and I think he's done an amazing job on the site. Paul Campbell did an excellent job on the logo, (on the front page top and side,) I liked this Static image so much that it's now on my desktop, an amazing illustration. For more of Paul's illustrations, you can see them on the forum, and of course in the first issue where he is illustrating some of the stories.

Most of the staff has work online, I think for the next blog I'll get some of those addresses and let you go see for yourselves how great their writing is. I'm not bashful; a lot of my writing is in my own website at bikrpreacher, on the credits page. I also put a ragged link, it's where I put everything I could remember that was on the Ragged Edge, the zine website before they went offline. Ragged Edge was my favorite and I'll always remember Pete and Deb...I hope someday they will come back. In case they ever read this blog - you two will be welcome to join our zine any time.

Our Non-Fiction editor, Shanna Tolley, who also edits Non-fic for Dispatch, is moving to North Carolina, where she has a new job on a newspaper. I'm going to rent a truck here in Georgia, drive it to Virginia, where her belongings are, and then bring it all to her in NC. When will this 12 hour trip be? Well, that's why I'm telling you, I don't know. Sometime within the next few days I won't be here to blog or do anything else, I guess I'll be gone for 2 days, so I'll blog every day till I go. So...from now to then, when you don't see me, you'll know I'm on the road - see what we go through for our editors? (I don't want her traipsing all over the country-side; I want her at the computer working, lol.

Chris

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Perks

Here it is, Sunday December 4th already. Time is going very fast, but that might just be because I'm not young and looking forward to things as young people do. Can anyone identify with this time thing?

I was approached today by someone wanting to know if I would be interested in their doing an interview of someone I've been following for quite some time. Of course, I said yes. This is a person that I think a lot of and I believe an interview would be very interesting. Having a webzine does have its perks, meeting people is one of them.

I've had a very full day of writing, trying to meet deadlines and such, but I wanted to touch bases with all who read this blog and say that I am enjoying the submissions and contacts. I am also enjoying all of the people who are now posting on the Static Movement Forum, you should go read and join. I know there are so many forums out on the internet now, but it's really nice to see that apparently there is room for more.



THE OPPOSITE OF PERKS...WHAT'S THE WORD?

That would be the writer who thinks their writing is so good that there's no way a group of editors could be right if they say no to publishing it. Some people need to get a grip. At Static Movement, I really do strip the names off of the submissions before sending them out to be read by our editors. Every now and then I slip up, but those times are few and far between. When they say no, they have no idea who they are rejecting, and most of the writers so far are happy with that, they want to be published because they wrote something we liked, not because of who they are.

I will admit that there have been times when someone who is known has been rejected and I thought it might be bad for my chances at getting published, but for the writer who has made it into our webzine, I will not compromise, it's going to be done fairly.

Well...back to it, and until next time, keep writing!

Chris

Friday, December 02, 2005

Project Cancelled

The project with Ed Williams and Sooty, of Ed and Soots Writers Guild has been cancelled. This makes me mad, but I'll get over it. It probably wouldn't be so bad but this is the third project this year...good thing the end of the year is nigh...maybe 2006 will be better. What bothers me about two of them, (one I have no idea, the people just dissapeared,) is that they were cancelled because of other people. For the Ed Williams book, some of the other writers emailed the heck out of us all day, with 47, yep 47 emails and Ed finally threw in the towel. Well, Ed had a mighty fine idea that would have done well.

Putting yourself out there with an idea is always a gamble. There are going to be those that will criticize, and being a writer who sends out submissions and gets some rejections, I think we all know that. Always be prepared for those who won't agree! Don't let yourself get discouraged! If you write, do it! If someone doesn't like it, too darned bad! If you get rejected, fix it and send it back out there! Quit crying!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sheesh!

When I write, until the story is done, I rarely tell anyone what I'm writing about, because you can be sure anyone I tell would have a better way of doing it and my story wouldn't ever get written. As writers, we need to quit seeking the approval of every Tom, Dick and Harry. We need to write a good story and proceed to find someone who likes what we've done.

I send a story out, it gets rejected. I read what the editor said was not right, and if I can see his/her point, I fix it, and then it goes right back out there...I don't quit!

Keep writing!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Static Movement has a new Editor

That's right, we have a new addition to the team. Her name is Rachel Kovaciny, and we are very excited to have her with us on the webzine. She was editor of a college literary magazine for two years, and we feel very fortunate. She will be reading stories as per our "How We Choose" page, editing accepted stories, and writing a column. Welcome Rachel!

Christmas is almost here...again

(What time zone is this blog in anyway? It's 1:02 AM here, December 1, 2005)

Already December, time goes way too fast.

I recieved my chapter for the book I was telling you about, it's really going to be a tough one to write, it's about...nah, can't tell ya, but I can say that judging from all of the chapters it's going to be a great book, and I'm honored to be a part of this project. I got chapter two, lol, why that's important I don't know but there you have it.

Dan Naden has been hard at work on Static Movement, I hope you'll go see all of the changes he's made there. A new link page has been added so if you know of some links you'd like to see listed, please let us know! A few new welcome columns have also been added, one from Paul Campbell, and one from UnityFlow.

The submissions are still coming in. I'm not sure about a true number here, but we've gotten a ton of them. It's been a pleasure reading all of them, it really has. The bad thing about it is that they can't all be published and I hate writing rejections almost as much as I hate to get them, but it's all part of what we all do.

As we've accepted stories and poems, I've been putting the story/poem title and author on our forum, there is a link to the forum at the right.

Today I tried to get the horn fixed on a car so that my daughter-in-law to be can get her drivers lic. test tomorrow. I'm told I'll have to get a new steering wheel. When you buy a steering wheel, you also have to buy a horn kit. Does anyone else see how stupid that is?

Bye for now.

Chris
 
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