End of 2013 - This is it.
What I am going to do is look forward. Talk about my plans for 2014 & beyond.
I’m going to work harder on this blog. I like posting people’s poems & images & ebooks. In fact it’s like one of the few things that makes me genuinely happy. I’m going to work harder to get people to submit things & I’m going to try to browse thru #Alt Lit and related tags more thoroughly for gems worth reblogging. I’m going to try to redo the layout and shit so this all seems more…“professional” or something.
I’m going to do physical book releases this year. The first physical release will by my very own book I’ve been working on. I hope my book will get the ball rolling, & after I put it out I hope to help other people get their stuff printed.
I’ll also continue to accept ebook submissions.
I’m going to try harder to collaborate with other alt lit blogs & entities. I started this blog as a sort of affront to the existing alt lit blogosphere—I wanted to outdo them, mostly out of spite—but I’ve come to find my initial attitude was somewhat childish. Each year this stupid thing called “alt lit” sticks around my respect for it & the people in it grows. So I want to be helping people who are into it, not competing with them—& I want to be more willing to ask for help with my own endeavors.
I’m going to strive to be more politically active & socially engaged. Recently, Bebe Zeva posted an interesting thing about net art. You can take what she said as pessimism, or you can take what she said as a call to arms, to do better. I want to do better. I don’t know how net art can “change the world” or anything, but I maintain faith that what’s happening online is “real,” & not meaningless. If we can get a bunch of people together to listen to flarf poems or to look at funny image macros, it’s not a far step to believe we can get a bunch of people together to riot or vote or do whatever seems necessary to even slightly brighten our political landscape. We’re all too smart & educated about the ways in which our world sucks sometimes to not do anything about it together. I feel it’s almost 100% likely that anything we millennials try won’t make a huge difference. Earth’s already too fucked. But I also feel like you either try or you don’t in life, & if you don’t even try…you’re kinda a fuckwad, frankly.
This won’t happen immediately. Might take years. Probably won’t happen in 2014. But I’m planning on sticking around online for a long time. I’m in it for the long haul. I’m one of those people who make plans & doesn’t fulfill those plans. But then I make more plans, I keep coming back, & eventually SOMETHING gets done, even if it’s just a tiny, little, insignificant thing.
Steve Roggenbuck’s latest video says: sometimes the only thing you have to do is not quit.
The times you want to quit? That’s when everybody is dropping out.
So that’s when you know you have to keep going.
For Xmas I got a book called “The War of Art” that’s about not quitting. Let me quote the last page of it here to sign off on 2013—& give myself guidance looking ahead into 2014. Have a safe & happy holiday.
“Are you a born writer? Were you put on the earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.
It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.
Creative work is not a selfish act or bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
So give me what you got, motherfuckers. & I’ll do my best to give you all I have.