There have been some obvious and some not so obvious changes going on here at FFS. First, we’ll address the rumor mill. Second, we’ll address what to expect in the future.
Mike Spindell has resigned. He resigned in such a way that indicated he wanted a total break with FFS. He will not be returning. As that is the case, his copyrighted works (all authors here own their material) will no longer be distributed through or archived on this site. If you wish to follow Mike’s work, I’m sure he’ll be appearing soon at a venue near you. We wish him the best.
Elaine Magliaro is leaving FFS to pursue literary interests she has had on the back burner for far too long. Her first children’s book, Things to Do, will be released by Chronicle Books in early fall of 2016. In addition, two of her original works will be included in anthologies scheduled for publication next year. Her acrostic poem “Crickets” will be included in One Minute Till Bedtime, compiled by Kenn Nesbitt and published by Little Brown, and her poem “There Was a Witch” will be included in a collection of space poems, edited by John Foster and published by Frances Lincoln (UK). Be sure to keep up with Elaine and her current projects at her blog, Wild Rose Reader.
Speaking of plugs and changes . . .
What to Expect in the Future:
In addition to “changes under the hood”, FFS is going to be changing formats. We are going to be adding new authors and focusing on a bi-weekly (perhaps monthly) magazine-like format for longer form columns with more graphics. Some authors will be taking on smaller weekly features and we will make provisions for breaking news although those details are still in the works.
The reasons for this are a) less production pressure for authors and editors, b) a more structured production schedule allows for both higher quality and better management of resources and c) to spur further growth.
We may go to a “trusted user” system for comments, but that is still being debated.
There will be internal policy changes but by in large the 8 Simple Rules will remain the substantively the same although some tweaks may be had here and there as situations dictate. We aim to allow the maximum free speech possible while still retaining the tools to wrangle trolls and ‘net creeps.
These changes will not happen over night. In the meantime, production may be spotty. The look of the blog may fluctuate from time to time. However, changes they are a comin’. We hope you all continue to follow us through this transitional period and find the changes to your liking. If you as the audience have any comments, suggestions or requests of what you might like to see going forward, now is a good time to make them and this is the place to make them.
We thank you all for your continued support that got us to this point as well as your support going forward.
Gene Howington, Editor-in-Chief, Flowers for Socrates