Editorial: Strange Charms – Siysphus

Editorial: Strange Charms – Siysphus

In Greek myth, Sisyphus is the guy how has to push a boulder uphill constantly. When he reaches the top, the boulder rolls down the the bottom of the hill and he has to start over. This is eternity for him in Tartarus, the underworld.

The Greeks were better at making up punishments for the guilty than most.

I’m engaging in a little bit of hyperbole here, of course. Primarily in that there are certain goals that can be met with releasing a new issue of a magazine, and then the task is over. Naturally, that’s when work on the next issue starts. But it’s surprising how much work we had to do for this issue that seems like was already done forever with the first issue.

I felt pretty confident in the status of our WordPress code. I thought I had it all together. But even right now I find myself rewriting the basic navigation functions.

It doesn’t help that we put some of the work off for a while. Our first issue was conceived, organized, and published in the space of a month. (No lie, on October 1, 2012 I was talking with the Clockwork Gnome and one of us, I don’t recall which but there’s probably a Google chat log somewhere that would answer the question, said we should start a magazine. And, as you can see, on October 31, at midnight, we had our first issue available.

This time we had three months. And we still put it off.

Still, I think the work is worthwhile. none of us get any compensation for what we do here. And I’m not going to pretend we’re a service for authors. After all, we don’t pay anyone else, either. But I love getting this stuff out in front of an audience. I’m helping spread art and literature out so at least a few more souls will see it than would have otherwise.

I suppose I’m naturally an entertainer. Or else I just like the attention and I live vicariously through a small web site’s efforts. But it’s a lot of fun to be able to share things, especially stories, with other people.

Hopefully, you enjoy being shared with.

Save travel to you all,
The Ninja Monkey

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