I am finalizing the documentation for Hapax. It's been very important to me that I get it right the first time, and also that I learn the tools that will enable me to grow the magazine from the start.
InDesign does not seem as complicated as I had feared it would be, but it certainly has its quirks and I think it will take some experience.
I've made the cover for Hapax in Photoshop thanks to Walter Savage's art. I'm quite happy with how it looks. I'll, of course, be publishing an unaltered version within the magazine.
Now I just need to dive in, tackle KDP and publish on the web!
This weekend I'll be spending a lot of time crossing out tasks on the massive list generated by publishing a lit mag for the first time. I'm happy with the state of all the submissions and with the new rendering of the cover art, so all that's left is formatting tasks, figuring out Kindle publishing, and overall coherence.
I'm having fun even though it's a lot of stressful, busy-ish work. Because June is over, I can also look ahead to my goals for the second half of the year and turning my attention to some neglected areas that need attention.
But that doesn't mean my work on Hapax will be ending here, either--I have a contest planned that I need to generate materials for and promote, and of course the next round of submissions after that to look forward to.
My painting, 'In the Water,' is coming out in the New England Review online. It's been in their database for a while along with some other paintings, but after a false start with one of them, I finally have some good news.
My poem/short prose piece/list/hybrid whatever 'cat: a google search,' is coming out in the Binnacle as one of the Ultra-Short Honorable Mentions. I know it had a strange format, so I'm not surprised that it didn't place, but I'm happy that they selected it for publication nonetheless. Last week was the one-year anniversary of Tango's death, and 'cat: a google search' was my attempt at writing what is essentially nonfiction or documentary fiction that memorializes him.
I have some other pending submissions, but nothing spectacular as the summer is traditionally a slow time for submission and I'm focused on generating work right now.