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!
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