>Moving home base…

>No, I am not talking about the Gardening and DIY shop…


...That should confuse the US and Aussie readers….


…I’m actually talking about my webzine, Welcome to Wherever.


As much as I like the interface on Weebly.com, the technical difficulties (problems uploading, being booted out at odd times, unable to upload large files, images, sound files etc) were getting me down. Most of my stress each month was to do with the technical aspects!


So Welcome to Wherever… has moved. I’ve shifted it to WordPress.com and I’ve found their interface rather straightforward. The February Edition isn’t as pretty as the January edition…


…not because of you, Brian…


…but only because I have just finished uploading the content and setting up the pages. I’ve done very little tweaking and fidgeting with the widgetting or theme – I spent until 4.30 am this morning attempting to get the content up as fast as possible, so please, forgive me the rough edges.


While I was sorting that out, I checked the stats for last month and was knocked for six with shock – in a good way, I hasten to add!


In the four months that the webzine was on weebly, it had 3290 unique visitors! That’s an average of 822.5 per month! In the last month alone (since I registered the webzine with Duotrope.com) I had 1604 unique visitors!!!
I never thought I would get fifty visitors, let alone that many…


So, if you want to check out the wonderful stories and poems, the stunning artwork of Brian Talgo and the magnificent Mama Masha’s Kitchen, not to mention a whole heap of stories that have been entered in the competition, you need to go here – 


 – and rummage through the site. Feel free to leave comments on the content – there’s a comment’s box on each content page and I’m sure that the writers of each item would be glad to hear from the readers we are trying to entertain!

Also, don’t forget to read and vote in the competition – http://welcometowherever.wordpress.com/the-writing-competition-you-be-the-judge/ – it’s easy enough to do. Each story is linked to the title in the list on the main page. Once you’ve read all of them, decide which one you liked best and fill out the form on the main competition page. (hint: it’s the one the link above takes you to.)

So that’s it from me for the moment. I need to go and collapse now – I’ll be back on monday with the Monday Muse Mystifier, as usual!

Tootles!

Mandy

>Rain, Rain, Go away,
Come again another day.
Life can always look so grey,
On the days rain comes to play.

Yes, it’s raining. I don’t actually hate the rain. Some days it’s nice to be in a warm cosy house when it’s tipping it down outside. The problem comes when I’m feeling a little blue and it’s raining. That tends to be during the long dark teatime of the year that falls between Christmas and Easter.

I find myself searching for signs of Spring, things like bulb sprouts and leaf buds. Where I live, that happens around the end of February usually.

I also write a lot of poetry at this time of year. It’s not always that good, so you’re not likely to see much of it!

Good things do happen at this time of year though. For example: one of my writer buddies has just signed a contract for her book and my favourite Horror Webzine, The House of Horror is actually becoming a quarterly print Magazine!

Basically from Issue #20 onwards, they will be going to print and the website will become the details site. This creates a whole new paying market for horror and dark fantasy writers because HOH will pay 1/4 cent per word up to 2000 words!

Keep your eyes open for more news on that – I’ll post it as and when it comes up.

Another piece of good news is that you can now find “Welcome to Wherever…” on Duotrope.com! I’m hoping that will make it easier to find submissions each month – I’m not doing too badly for february at the moment…

Toodles!