Okay, people, I have a confession to make. I had this idea. I loved the idea. I created a publication, made my plans, asked for your help -and a lot of you jumped up to help. It was an ambitious idea to be sure. A “best of” publication, but set in a fantasy world so it would be just a little more than “read these stories” lists. I envisioned people would spin stories about stories. I have faith you would have. I named my idea “The Order Of the Green Heart”
Here’s the thing: on June 13th, when The Order was going through the final tweaks in my mind, I was convinced I had the time to devote to it. I had planned to take it slow, build it up right, carry it for a while until I had gotten enough community engagement for it to keep rolling with just a little push now and then when it needed it. At this time The Weekly Knob was doing well, but didn’t need too much attention. We just had over 700 followers and about 20 submission per week. I was counting on a slow but steady growth.
Boy, was I wrong.
In two months, The Weekly Knob has grown to over two thousand followers with over forty submissions each week. We’ve gone from this fun little thing we do, to a serious literary publication. We’re expanding our presence on the internet. And we’ve got big plans for the future.
In the same time The Order ran into some delays. I didn’t reach the deadline I set. I wasn’t really worried about it for a while. I still believed in my idea, I just had to move it to the back burner.
But I’ve come to realize, I can’t do both at this time. I would end up half-assing. And I don’t want to half-ass either publication. I am excited about what we are doing with The Weekly Knob. I am excited about what we have in store for you. My excitement for The Order has waned as the Knob demanded more and more of my time.
The decision, while regretful, was surprisingly easy to make. I am scuttling The Order Of The Green Heart. I do not have the time I need to make it great. And not making it great, but making it anyway, will prevent me from helping a publication that’s already reaching for greatness to become fantastic.
I do apologize to anyone who is disappointed with my decision. It was not my intention to start something I couldn’t finish. But life sometimes turns out that way. Consider the idea and the name public domain now. If anyone has the vision and time to pick the idea up and make something great, you have my support and my blessing.
I do still need a side project. Something small and personal, more oriented towards my own writing. Something that only takes as much commitment as I have to spend on it. I am starting a vanity publication. I’m certainly vain enough to have one. I’m going to try my hand at blogging with some regularity. I’m aiming for 4 days a week (don’t expect anything on Thursdays and Fridays. Probably Saturdays neither.)