Greetings, you talented bunch. And you, you readers of impeccably good taste.
As has become tradition, I would like to welcome you to a new month.
I quite like October.
Anyway, October is, for The Pygmy Giant, a month of medium-large significance. Anybody know why? Come on, hands up. Oh, sit down. Anybody else know? Put those pogs away. No?
Yes! That’s right. October marks The Pygmy Giant’s first birthday!
Can you believe it, hasn’t he grown, I remember when he was this big, yadda yadda yadda. But yes, it’s true. October 30th was the date of our first publication, and I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it.
Two things are happening to mark this auspicious day.
Firstly: We are moving house. Don’t worry, we’re going to a better place. We’ll be here for one more month and then on October 30th will make the move to a larger and better decorated home at WordPress. All the current contents will be coming with, so your work is not going to disappear into the ether of the interweb.
Secondly: There will be a party game. The first thing ever published here was a splendid piece of short non-fiction by Bob Clay. I think it would be fitting, therefore, if the first thing to be published over on our new site, on our birthday, was another piece of short non-fiction. So – you’ve got a month to write and send me something, and the pick of the bunch will be the birthday piece. And just to make this a little more fun, it has to have something to do with birthdays, and be under 800 words as usual. Go to it!
So enjoy October – there’s lots of good stuff in store; I know because I read your emails. I sometimes read them too slowly. Apologies for that. Oh and while you’re here, please have another look over the submissions guidelines, because they have changed ever so slightly, mainly to stop the inbox getting so clogged.
Thanks as ever, your imaginary friend,
PS if you didn’t read Jenn’s rather nice article about the online lit scene at Vulpes Libris, here it is.
October: Birth and Rebirth