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July 27th, 2009
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Two questions from the comments on my previous post about volunteering to become Rune editor.

So what kind of platform, goals, approach, purpose, drove you to this insanity idea?


I thought there was a reasonable chance that I'd be able to get at least one issue of Rune out successfully, and it didn't look like galacticvoyeur had any plans to do that in the forseeable future.

Do you have any guidelines, themes, deadlines for content?


I don't think I'm going to be overwhelmed with content so I don't think I can afford to be very picky. If it looks like nobody is submitting content because there isn't a theme for them to target I'll look at doing a theme, but for now I'm going to welcome just about anything people give me.

As to deadline I'd at least like to know about planned submissions by the end of September, but if something shows up out of the blue after then and before I publish I'm not going to complain.

Elsewhere someone asked me "what are you looking for? Fannish, SF related?" Beggars can't be choosers, but if anyone is agonizing between two articles/drawings/whatever to send and the deciding factor is fannish vs. SF I guess I'd choose fannish.

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From:galacticvoyeur
Date:July 28th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
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Here's a question for you, Kevin: do you plan on publishing both an electronic and a paper edition? If you do print a paper version, do you see this as mainly a local interest project, or do you wish for a wider audience. Like, for instance, a mailing list representing, more or less, the Corflu membership?

My fascination with fanzines was formed from reading fannish material, i.e., humorous and/or informative personal essays, stand-alone pieces that often (but not always) involved other fans and fan groups interacting in social settings that sounded very compelling to me as a 14 year old.

This millieu runs in cycles and we seem to be at a low interest point. The idea of writing, and then re-writing and polishing, a fanzine article, then seeing it in print and receiving feedback, has lost it's dazzle. I didn't stop publishing Rune because I got tired of it, I stopped publishing it because no one sent in any material.

But don't let that stop you from trying! Go, man, go!

By the way, I did find that "final Rune box" I mentioned. I'd like to get it to you sometime. Maybe you'll find some added inspiration in those dusty old file folders...
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From:kaustin
Date:July 28th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
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do you plan on publishing both an electronic and a paper edition?


Yes. I'm planning on distributing paper copies to club members who want them and anyone who requests, or is owed, a copy.

I didn't stop publishing Rune because I got tired of it, I stopped publishing it because no one sent in any material.


I might be crazy, but I'm not stupid. I do expect this to be as easy as pulling teeth. But I've already got a couple of people who've said they'll submit something so I'm hoping it won't prove to be impossible.
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From:galacticvoyeur
Date:July 28th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes. I'm planning on distributing paper copies to club members who want them and anyone who requests, or is owed, a copy.

I strongly urge you to send copies to other current fanzine editors. There aren't really that many, after all. One of the good things Rune did was attract fanzines in return, and, you might have noticed, near the end of my attention span, I began bringing the trade fanzines to Minstf meetings in an attempt to get others interested in contemporary fanzines.
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