Crank out those spirit duplicators! It’s time for Ye Olde Reviewer to reveal my favorite selections from the June bundle. If you’re not in agreement with my critiques, blame our esteemed Official Editor Clarence! He put me up to this!
Journal of the Month: Tough choice, because there are so many exceptional journals this month, but I’m going with Tribby Tribune Number 122. In four short pages, Dave Tribby invites you to participate in meaningful ways in our wonderful medium of amateur journalism. There’s an update on Ink Cahoots, information about using Scribus to produce journals via desktop publishing, info about The Fossils (I’m one, in more ways than one) and also invitations to actively use our AAPA website and Facebook page as resources.
Writing of the Month: I’m choosing a few lines to highlight from the essay A Sense of Anticipation by Marlan Beilke (printed as a chapbook by Michael Coughlin). These words and sentiments echo my own: “Your time is limited. How could any-one ever be bored?” I am simply amazed that people experience the emotion (yes, it is an emotion) of boredom, when there is so much to think, feel, and be with the time we are blessed with here on Earth.
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