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Monday, June 19, 2006
The Angler
I'm really digging on a fairly new publication called The Angler. In addition to publishing flash fiction, they also publish reviews of flash fiction. In issue three, there are two such reviews, both of them noteworthy to SmokeLong afficionados:

Peter Anderson reviews Katrina Denza's What She Gave to the Sea, which appeared in the December 15 issue of SmokeLong. And, of course, Kat just guest edited the June 15 issue and is joining us full-time on the editorial staff.

Joseph Young reviews Kathy Fish's The Photograph, which appeared in issue 6 of InkPot. Kath, of course, was our long-time fiction editor, and Joe has appeared in SLQ more than any other author (five times).

I love the idea of lit mags including reviews of pieces from other lit mags. We absolutely should all be promoting one another. The more readers one magazine has, the more readers another is likely to gain. I think I may drop Donovan Hall (The Angler's editor and publisher) a line to ask if he'd mind if we started doing something similar at SLQ. Y'all should absolutely go read his very fine magazine.
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Reviews of Stories in Issue 13
Gotta love this. A reader of Katrina's blog is so taken with the current issue that she's reviewing every single story within the issue on her blog. Check it out: On Life as a Sarcastic Fringehead.
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Issue 13 Is Live
And it's a beauty. Katrina Denza has been amazing as our guest editor. Dig this lineup: Roberta Allen, Christopher Battle, Matt Bell, Lisa K. Buchanan, Jai Clare, Ron Currie, Jr., Steve Cushman, David Erlewine, Kathy Fish, Mike Hagemann, Jennifer A. Howard, Jeff Landon, Steven J. McDermott, Srdan Papic, Ellen Parker, Mary Lynn Reed, Chad Simpson, Claudia Smith, Girija Tropp, and Joseph Young.

Click the pic to read now!
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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Stats for Issue 12
Here are the stats for issue twelve:
Issue Twelve(live from 3/15/06-6/14/06)
3/15-3/31: 48338 page views
4/1-4/30: 51800 page views
5/1-5/31: 60645 page views
6/1-6/14: 23620 page views
Total Issue 12: 184403 page views

Holy cow. I thought the jump of about 15% in page views for our last issue was big. The jump this time is 37%. That's just insane. And it looks like the major part of the spike was in the first two weeks the issue was live. I hate to spout cliches, but maybe we hit some kind of tipping point recently? It seems very likely that we'll crack 200,000 page views with the issue that just went live. That'd require a comparitively modest bump of 8%. Who'd've thunk it?

Oh, and by the way... happy birthday to us. With issue 13, we've now published three years worth of issues.
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Friday, June 02, 2006
Top Ten Page Views for May
And Almond keeps his intense grasp on the top slot. Landon makes a big jump and Mike Young has a re-birth eleven months after publication. Y'know one of the things I love about these lists? I may be mistaken, but off the top of my head, I don't recall a single month when one author had more than one piece in the top ten. I think it's pretty damned cool that, even though people are clearly reading more than just the current issue, the wealth of readers' eyes always seems to spread out across many authors. Gotta love that.

1. Pornography by Steve Almond (June 15, 2005)
2. Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub by Jeff Landon (September 15, 2005)
3. Prey by Myfanwy Collins (March 15, 2006)
4. Voodoo by Gary Cadwallader (March 15, 2006)
5. The Rest of Your Life by Sarah Leavitt (March 15, 2006)
6. The Cellist by Antonios Maltezos (March 15, 2006)
7. Knowing Love by Tristan Moss (March 15, 2006)
8. Irvin Hammers a Cat House by Mike Young (June 15, 2005)
9. Friendship/Love by Ania Vesenny (March 15, 2006)
10. Rain or Shine by Mary Miller (March 15, 2006)

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