Starting today, Ordinary Times is pleased to announce a new regular sub-blog category, Ordinary Tales. Ordinary Tales will feature fiction, poetry, personal essays, original music, and visual art submissions.
As longtime readers know (but would be forgiven for having forgotten), we have always welcomed those creative and artistic submissions that stray from our usual realm of commentary. In fact, our most popular post ever was an amazingly deft piece of humorous fiction by Russell Saunders, Patient BW, DOB 2/16/1971. As we continue to expand our overall content, however, we decided to make more formal our love for original art and writing. Our first official Ordinary Tale will be a short story by our own Burt Likko, and will go up in the next few hours.
We will also be populating the Ordinary Tales with content previously published on The League of Ordinary Gentlemen and its sub-blogs. However, because we had no category/sub-blog to capture these posts previously, we’re indentifying them on institutional memory alone. If you have had a piece of fiction, personal essay, poetry, original music or visual art published in the past and do not see it in Ordinary Tales, know that the omission was not intentional. Please shoot us a link and we’ll get it over to it’s new home.
And of course, you should consider this an open call to writers, poets, musicians and artists everywhere. The League may not the most widely read site on the web, but it does have a good reputation with publishers. The Atlantic, Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Forbes, Salon, Mother Jones and many other major players publish writers from Ordinary Times on a regular basis. We may not bring you the most eyeballs, but I believe we’ll bring you the best. As with any guest post, writers and artists who submit material will maintain ownership of their original material. We won’t publish all submissions, of course, but we’re happy to take a look at any quality works you think deserve a bigger audience.
Thanks in advance for welcoming Ordinary Tales and its future writers and artists to OT.