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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

State of the Loon


Eric here. So, you might be wondering what the heck is going on with Rampant Loon. There was a whole flurry of activity right around the end of last year with the publication of Stupefying Stories #22 in November and The Midnight Ground right around New Year’s. Incidentally, The Midnight Ground has gotten nearly universally positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads if you were on the fence about it.  There was talk of a new issue of Stupefying Stories on the near horizon and some new content formats, like a podcast. A new website was supposed to be unveiled. Unsolicited submissions were supposed to open up again in April. Books were in line for publication.

Obviously, none of that has happened in the intervening few months. There’s some behind the scenes things going on that have pushed back the calendar for all of those happenings. Without diving into all of the nitty-gritty, it basically boils down to the fact that Bruce works a full-time and sometimes more than full-time job. That is in addition to his duties as Cat Herder-in-Chief of all Rampant Loon projects. For my part, I work full-time and sometimes more than full-time as a freelance writer to support myself. I’m also getting ready to move in the very near future. That means that, despite all of our best intentions, the real world of work projects, deadlines, bills, and surviving-adult-life logistics got in the way.

With the exception of opening up unsolicited submissions in April, all of the things on the list above are still in play. Some of the behind the scenes things have resolved themselves already, others will resolve themselves within the next 3 or 4 weeks, and others remain stubbornly immune to a clear resolution timeframe. As the behind the scenes things resolve, though, you’ll start seeing more obvious movement and updates on all fronts.

7 comments:

Arisia said...

No worries. We're used to this. Glad to see you mentioned only jobs and moving. Have fun moving. You aren't by any chance moving to South Carolina, are you?

Eric Dontigney said...

No long-distance moves for me this time. Just headed for a new apartment.

GuyStewart said...

I appreciate your taking a moment to update us all! Thanks! I look forward to seeing "what's up"...and if there's anything I can do to help, well...you probably know how to get hold of me!

Anonymous said...

So, to be clear, the opening for unsolicited submissions is indefinitely postponed? (I seem to remember Bruce saying they open May 1st.) -- Jason Wittman

Mark Keigley said...

Thanks for the update!

Kit Yona said...

Thanks for the update

Eric Dontigney said...

The last I heard, submissions will still open up again in May.