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See, we remember standing on a field of dead grass, in the scorching Texas sun, at recess, waiting to be chosen for a volleyball team. We were always the last ones chosen. Always. Except once, but that was because Tina had her arm in a cast. We swore that we’d never judge, we’d never compare. We welcome nerds, dorks, goblins, and even jocks. Yes, even them.
New Sun Rising does have a purpose! It is for the charity anthology, New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan. It’s a book we’re putting together to raise money for the Red Cross to aid Japan after their recent series of disasters.
What makes us so naughty? Well, aside from the rag-tag group of miscreants we are, we aren’t your “average” writers, per se. We are eclectic, diverse, sassy, and some of us have been known to throw in some toilet humor into the mix. I’m not naming names.
TrainWrite started about a year ago, after I completed my M.F.A. and found myself a drifter. At the time, I was subletting a room in an artist’s loft in Bushwick, Brooklyn, so most of my inspiration came from riding the L into the city for a fruitless job hunt.
Fictionaut Five: Beverly Akerman
Our biggest focus right now is bringing back the long story. We think that with our print issue, and the growing ebook market, that the market for the novella, the novelette, the long-form story is going to make a comeback. We’ve grown tired of the pretty, peppy little web-flash things, whatever you want to call them. We like stuff that reads like a meal.
I resent cliques and closed spaces and once I realised how much energy and creativity resides on tumblr, where people are continuously blogging and reblogging, attaching and sharing, I figured that it would be great to bring some of that talent together on an attractive site. This gamble is beginning to pay off – the ‘scene’ is shaken and stirred a little.
The basic premise/thrust of Dark Chaos is to feature writers and artists who aren’t afraid to cross a few boundary lines and potentially end up as an overall disturbance to those who read and view their work.
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