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The Third Issue of Antithesis Common Is Available!

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

The Third Issue of Antithesis Common Is Available!

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The third issue of Antithesis Common was released today!

Also, thanks to a donation from a kindly benefactor, AC can now be found at www.antithesiscommon.com.

To all you writers of original stories, essays, and poems (yes, I'm looking at you), we are taking submissions for the Summer 2006 issue. Check out the submission guidelines for more information!

Regardless, I highly recommmend this issue. It is always a good day in the life of an editor when one has more excellent, publication-worthy stories than one can reasonably print, and this issue, we were faced with just that dilemma.

  • Yay! I got an e-mail earlier today from AC that this issue was out, and the description of the three stories mentioned in it really whetted my appetite to read them! I have just finished the troublesome 3rd chapter of TSotE (YAY!) and now have some time to devote to reading! (Although Talban has insisted on writing another diary entry, this time to explain what happened between him and his father to cause the estrangement. Little pest! I am almost finished editing it for him.)

    I am so glad that AC is appearing to be quite the success! So many stories entered! Wow!

    An idea for another original fic popped into my head the other night, and while I haven't written anything on it yet, I was wondering: would AC accept a serial story, posted one chapter at a time?
    • Yeah, Meryth has been a little pain too. He wanted to write all day yesterday, but I was leaving early to go to a hockey game and I didn't have time for him, so he did an extra-long entry extra-slow just to get back at me. *glares at Meryth*

      As far as serial stories go, we generally only accept submissions <3,500 words. Because it's an e-zine, it's hard to hold people's attentions longer than that. We'll accept longer works if the author queries first with a summary. I had asked Sharon about serial works, and I think she put it in the "query first" category, although--because it'd be hard to hold people's interest with only four issues a year--it isn't likely. :^/

      Could you do a short episode from that story? Or is it too reliant on backstory, et cetera?

      (By the way, whatever happened to your NaNo novel? I really liked that story! :^D)
      • Yeah. LOL! It isn't even written it yet but I could probably make a short little fic out of it!

        Oh, my NaNo novel is undergoing a huge revision and then I will continue it. Thank Eru I have a good, strong outline, so it won't be too bad. I was toying with continuing it on NaNo again this year, or perhaps starting the new story I just thought of. We'll see. How is yours coming along? Have you finished the first draft?
        • I wish! I'm not even halfway there, I'm afraid. :(

          I haven't worked on it in like two weeks. It's hard to find writing time at home...anywhere, actually! But I hope to pick up with it again soon.

          The muses are certainly eager.

          Btw, that Felagund/Ciris.... *melts onto floor* :^P
          • Well, hey! If your muses are eager, you should drop everything else and act on it!

            Felagund/Ciris? Do you like it? I thought it might be getting mundane. I lost focus for a sec the other day and started having Ciris be too tender. But then before I corrected myself and began to have him get tough, I thought, "No. Ciris really likes Felagund and feels all mushy towards him, so I'll write a little of that in with the tough stuff." He really isn't such a bad guy, although he is a loose cannon. Do you think that this should just be a one-off, or can you see any kind of relationship developing? I'd hate to have Ciris disappear forever.

            What does Felagund think? Would he want a big, hard, rough toyboy on the side for surreptitious flings and guilty pleasures every once in a while? If not, then I suppose I can have Ciris do something really stupid and go back to prison for a while.
            • I replied back at the original Felagund/Ciris post about his character. Felagund certainly likes him, although he did notice that Ciris was a bit bipolar in his treatment of Felagund, mean one moment and nice the next. ;) But Felagund already thinks Ciris is crazy anyway, so he didn't think much of it.

              I don't think it's mundane, but then both Felagunds were sorta...erm...virgins. ;)
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