LitRecapper: That Time of the Month


Sorry for being tardy to the party with this week's recap, people. We come bearing a doctor's note and mixed metaphors. The reason behind this installment's delay isn't laziness on our part, we just wanted it to coincide with the site's official One-Monthiversery! (Yay! Champagne, confetti, streamers!)! That's right, LitReactor is officially a month old, and what a month it's been. I'm pretty sure internet years are like dog years, so I'm assuming we're legal at this point. We can also drive a car, go to bars, and- if this were still the early 90's- buy porn with impunity!

Let's take a look back at the weeks that were, shall we? [Cue wind chimes and fairy dust]

We'll start with some math. We currently have over 2400 registered members, as well as a whole bunch of creepy lurkers. Don't be strangers, guys! Come warm yourselves by the fire. As always, newcomers are encouraged to take a Tour of the website and Preview our writers workshop.

Speaking of which, Mama Bear's pride and joy, the aforementioned Writers Workshop, has been seein' a whole lotta action. We've had over 130 submissions thus far, and those 130 submissions have been reviewed a total of 800+ times. That is some quality peer review. Also worth noting is the average submission score, which is currently idling at a respectable 3.3. Not too shabby! Think you can make that number go up? Well, then don't put your money where your mouth it, because that's dirty- get involved!

Then there's our Discussion Board. Find out what the kids are into these days by participating in one of our 260+ discussions. Some of the more popular threads include: Pointless Announcements, The Introduction Thread, Your Album of the Week, and Books You're Embarrassed You've Read. You crazy kids! There's also a bunch of high brow, writerly type topics for the adults.

Speaking of popularity, you know what's really popular? Achievements. You guys can't seem to get enough of them. Over 2400 achievements have been handed out in the last month, and it doesn't look like things are slowing down. On October 30th, jacks_username became the first member to earn the coveted "Wordsmith" achievement for making his 500th post. He's also in a dead heat with Brandon for most achievements... achieved (with a whopping 13 out of 20). Where do they find the time? Brandon's still hangin' out in the top five over at the leader board, along with familiar faces Meachman (#1), bryanhowie (#2), postpomo (#3), and scrappy newcomer (I think?) R.moon, who's bringing up the rear in slot numero cinco.

Last but not least, there's our beloved Magazine section. Conceived as a last minute addition to the site, it has proved to be one of our most popular attractions, as well as the most controversial. There have been too many great articles and news items to list, but according to our stats, our Top 10 Best Sci-fi Books That Should Be Box Office Blockbusters and our Submissions Calendar were the leaders of the pack. Congratulations to their respective authors.

At this time I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the hardworking staff inside the reactor suits. Especially me. Because I do a lot around here AND I WILL NOT BE IGNORED! But seriously folks- from the higher ups to the News team to our Columnists to the underage sweatshop laborers- thank you guys so much for making LitReactor's first month a resounding success. If you haven't been fired yet then rest assured, you're doing a kick ass job.

We'd also like to thank you, the readers. Because without your support, our existence would have no purpose. Merci.

Well, I think that's about it. Now that we've made it through the first month, what does the future hold? How about interviews with Chuck Klosterman, Dennis Cooper, and Mark Richard, for starters? On the review front, we'll be tackling new work by some of publishing's heaviest hitters, including Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Don Delillo and... Carrie Fischer? You read right. And let's not forget our upcoming November classes. Craig Clevenger's now legendary 200 Proof Storytelling starts on the 7th, and Mark Vanderpool's popular Art of the Short Story starts on the 14th. We've also got a ton more great craft and industry pieces coming at ya, in addition to a generous helping of our patented brand of snarky-yet-informative news. So keep reading, keep writing, and keep watching the skies!

Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at and

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_ November 1, 2011 - 10:34am

I love this place! This is my Facebook. 

Meredith's picture
Meredith from Houston, Texas is reading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman November 1, 2011 - 12:11pm

We made it! And nobody thought we would. Thanks to you and Dennis for all your hard work and constant support. You guys rock my socks.

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Dennis from Los Angeles is reading Necroscope by Brian Lumley November 1, 2011 - 12:29pm

Wait, what do you mean "nobody thought we would make it?"  

*Looks around, insecurely. Straightens tie.  ;)

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Tina is reading Drive, James Sallis November 1, 2011 - 12:38pm

dudes get all the credit.

Meredith's picture
Meredith from Houston, Texas is reading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman November 1, 2011 - 12:42pm

Oh thanks to the ladies of Lit Reactor, too! 

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine November 1, 2011 - 1:09pm

dudes get all the credit.


Is that why women are always asking for it?

Tina's picture
Tina is reading Drive, James Sallis November 1, 2011 - 1:12pm

I'm just kicking boy shins, no worries. A great first month thanks to all!

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Dennis from Los Angeles is reading Necroscope by Brian Lumley November 1, 2011 - 1:17pm

Let me just take a moment to acknowledge everyone on our amazing Editorial staff. (7 of whom, happen to belong to the fairer sex).

You all do amazing work for us and this month would not have been possible without you.

Tina's picture
Tina is reading Drive, James Sallis November 1, 2011 - 1:18pm

Is that why women are always asking for it?

You're cute.

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 1, 2011 - 1:29pm

I can't say how happy I am that LitReactor exists! I do not say this lightly, LR fucking motivates me to write like no other!! I have seen some really good writing on here and I have learned so much in such little time. I am really excited about the future of LR and where it will take me. Thanks so much to all the staff and contributors! I think some very good unknown authors will come out of here (and I definately hope to be one of them)!!

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 1, 2011 - 3:17pm

I'm all about leading in achievements.

Good month, kiddos.

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. November 1, 2011 - 3:41pm

Good stuff.