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Letter sent on Feb 15, 2017

Checking in at The Junction

Hello Dear Reader,

Much is afoot here at The Junction. There’s been an influx of new voices and strong stories, and the goal is to maintain that momentum. Before I serenade you with suggestions of stories you may have missed, perhaps you’re a stat geek and would like to read about numbers.

As of this writing, The Junction has published 72 stories by 16 different contributors since debuting in mid-October of last year. You are among 2,851 other people checking in to see what’s new. Can we break 3,000 before the end of the month? Spread the word.

In the previous 90 days, readers have spent nearly 25,000 minutes engaged in various short stories, essays, and poems. Over the last 30 days, we’ve averaged 145 unique visitors per day. These aren’t the numbers of the failing* New York Times, but for a scrappy upstart, I feel both hopeful and optimistic for the future.

*Uh, sarcasm. (hat tip to ThunderPuff)

Not to say there aren’t clouds ahead. Many have expressed doubts and uncertainty about the direction of Medium, and whether or not it will soon embrace a subscription model of some kind. Moreover, many are concerned about the type and quality of content that arrives in their feed each day. Will Medium continue to be a welcome home for places like The Junction, which serves to champion fiction and other literary arts?

Obviously, I hope so. In any case, the mission remains the same: to keep writing great stuff that stirs the soul and maybe even stimulates a few brain cells. Thank you for joining us on this journey.


Did You Miss It?

The inimitable Classical Sass recently wrote: “Don’t Do Anything Before Coffee,” especially when you’re filled with rage about moral equivalencies.

walkerjo lee wrote “miss. ma’am. & ruby.” This one will have you reaching for a box of Kleenex.

Dan Moore suggested “The Sickness of San Francisco” is revealed every time it rains.

James Ardis asks: “What Happiness Do I Stand to Gain by Considering King of The Hill an Anime?

For a taste of fine dining, I recommend reading Wolf Cassoulet’s experience of trying the Russian way of drinking absinthe in “The Leap of Faith.”

Tõnu Runnel wrote an evocative photoessay about Estonia in “Eesti blues.”

Aaron Knuckey explored what happens to childhood pets in “Unplanned Obsolescence.”

In honor of the passing of Carrie Fisher, Megan Beard tells the tale of how a certain intergalatic princess became a feminist icon in “Princess Sweat.”

Co-editor Mike Sturm rhapsodized in free verse with the beguiling “I Say.”

As for yours truly, I published a few short stories that might be intriguing. In order of increasing length:

The Other Kind of Coffee
A Piece of Heaven 
It’s What She Didn’t Say
Reaching The Beginning

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stephen M. Tomic
Editor of The Junction