Geoffrey Long
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Contemplating Inkblots.

Interesting statistic. If I'd kept up the numbering schematic from way back in the day, Inkblots would be up to #17 by now. We did seven print issues, and since then we've done ten online editions. Not a lot numerically, I suppose, but it's still a lot of work and a lot of fun.

I'm hoping to put out #18 this summer, with a dedicated focus on making it fun again. Lately Inkblots has gotten really really serious, which has sort of mixed results. We've been printing some interesting editorial pieces, some great critiques of classics, and some really terrific fiction, poetry and artwork, but a bunch of the levity that we had back in the single digits has sort of evaporated. I think part of that was a side effect of being in Washington, D.C. There was a part of me that never felt comfortable in Washington, which is taking to Chicago like a fish to water. Seriously. I've been here for, what? Two weeks? And already I've found myself saying that I'm never going to leave. Which could be tricky, since the grad program I want to do is in Boston, but maybe I'll take a two-year sabbatical to Boston and then come back. Lord, it feels good to be back in the Midwest again.

Anyway, the point of that was to say that Chicago is rebooting my creative instinct here. Things are percolating, and things are looking up. If you'd like to join me in relaunching the zine, let me know! I'd love to have you aboard.


Geoff, it's great to see you're taking well to this fair city. :) Now that I'm around, I really would like to get more involved. I'll have some spare time this summer, aside from just work and practice time. I'm looking to rekindle my composition work, too.... Ideas, projects, etc... always welcome.

Oh, and in your count, don't forget Inkblots 8 - the lost print issue. I still have a good chunk of that sitting on Zip Disks SOMEWHERE.


Yes, I would love to be involved!

I'm a prose/essay writer and fellow Midwesterner. I've ability to write using many styles, fiction and non-fiction alike. I know you're looking for a critique I'd love to submit, (on Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"), as I'd really begun work on it prior to finding your site. Otherwise, I'm not sure what, specifically, you'd need done, but would definitely enjoy being aboard a project of this nature.


Glad to hear that the creative bug does indeed reside in the Midwest! Lol! Happy to hear you were bit. ;)

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