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SHOWCASE #11 • November 22, 2013


We considered simply blowing off SHOWCASE this week. We have a nice lineup of stories in the works and we’ll be publishing them next Friday, but I also had a critical deadline this week for a big software release that’s shipping the first week of December—yes, I do in fact have a day job—and it went right down to the wire.

So we got to Thursday and realized: none of the stories we were working on would be ready in time for SHOWCASE #11. Nor would we have a movie review: Badger & Vole went off to report on Yet More Hunger Games but were last seen laying on the sidewalk outside of the movie theater exit door, curled up in fetal position and screaming, “No more big-budget crappy derivative movies made for emotionally incontinent 13-year-old girls!”

And while we have had some potentional contributors contact us about writing for Learning Experiences, nothing had made it to the point of being ready to publish yet. Seriously folks, if you have a story that you’ve previously published in a professional market, and an interesting story to tell about what you had to go through to get that story published, we’d love to hear it.


So just as we’d almost made the decision to give SHOWCASE a miss this week, a pile of email came in from people who were “concerned by our silence.” (We’ve been silent? Odd, we thought we were concentrating on work.) Then Friday morning dawned, and with it came—

Well, if you, like us, have grown truly and deeply weary of the way your Baby Boomer elders get together every November 22nd to wallow in their memories of The Awesome Sixties and sing a few verses of that old yuppie spiritual, “Where were you when they murdered JFK?”, then you simply must read “Jackie, We Hardly Knew Ye,” by Carly Berg, which you’ll find in SHOWCASE #9. So for one terrible moment, we considered simply bringing that story to the front page again, only this time with a big black border.

But, no. Get thee behind me. Not only would that be too tacky even for us, but it wouldn’t be fair to all the other great writers whose work has appeared in SHOWCASE thus far. Instead, we decided that what we really needed to do—since people responded so positively to the Rampant Loon Press catalog, and since we were already working on it anyway in preparation for the big site redesign we’re planning to unveil on January 1—was this.



The stories thus far...

    Sarah L. Byrne     The Vending Machine
    Samuel Marzioli     Smart Money
    A. G. Carpenter     Caught
    Gary Cuba     Seek Vista
    Robert Lowell Russell     Elves Are Douchebags
    Franziska Louise     The Millionth Soul
    Robert Bagnall     Muscle the Menhir
    Joy Bernardo     The Key
    Arthur Bangs     The Mission
    A. Q. Wagner     High Heat
    Simon Kewin     The Cat’s Tale
    Michael D. Turner     A Turning Point
    Rhonda Parrish     Waste Not
    S. R. Mastrantone     Full Disclosure
    Sean Thomas     The Lost Chapter from Stranger in a Strange Land
Learning Experience:
    Mark Niemann-Ross     The Music Teacher
          On Writing “The Music Teacher”
    Maude Larke     The Piano is a Percussion Instrument
    Peter Wood     Timeless Bore
    John Zaharick     After the Kaiju Attack
    Lance J. Mushung     Space Program
    Romie Stott     The Wishing Hour
    Alex Shvartsman     The Storyteller
    Robert Lowell Russell     Here There Be Monsters?
    Kit Yona     Not Taken
Learning Experience:
    Guy Stewart     Oath
          On Writing “Oath”
    David Steffen     Reckoning
    K. B. Sluss     Bacco Joe
    Anatoly Belilovsky     In Vino Veritas
    Jason Armstrong     A Hole
    Paul DesCombaz     Soft Magic
    Kelda Crich     The All-Seeing Ring
    Eric J. Guignard     The Calling Card
    Georgia Ruth     The Blue Ridge Wreath
    Carly Berg     Jackie, We Hardly Knew Ye
    Anatoly Belilovsky     Tempora Mutantur
    Jennifer Davis     White
    Edward Ahern     Happily Ever After
    Jason Andrew     Lessons Learned From My Fifth Attempt to Conquer the World
    Alex Shvartsman     An Indelible Feast
    Natalie J. E. Potts     Stanhope’s Finest
    Jarod K. Anderson     Allegory at Table Seven
Learning Experience:
    Bruce Bethke     Appliancé
          On Writing “Appliancé”