New Year, New Things

By David R Castro

With the coming of the new year, a few new things have come to Babbling of the Irrational, many of them exciting. This month alone brings us a new featured contributor, who I have the honor of introducing to you all, as well as a change to our posting schedule. Let us get through with the official things before we go on to the introductions. Your editors, Michelle Drozdick and myself, will only be publishing one Message from the Editors in the new year, alternating between the two of us each month.

You’ve read her work on Babbling of the Irrational in poetry thus far, in “Chocolate Secrets”, “Deprivation”, and this week’s “Fantabulous”, Kylie Goetz is our newest featured contributor. Her first two pieces spoke of regrets, of love had and not, of what could have been, and personally, made my heart pang in compassion. In comparison, “Fantabulous”, as you have hopefully read before reading this, while still invocative, is more poetic than her raw early works, and later this month, Kylie will be making her prose debut in “The Beginning and the End”. We thoroughly enjoy her work and can’t wait to see what she sends us next.

I think I can speak for Michelle and I when I say that we are amazed that our site has been so popular these last eight months, and are happy that so many of you have taken such an interest in us. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us and you, our faithful readers. Until then, happy reading.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com

Flying Lizards and Underground Tomb Robbing

By David R Castro

 

Sometimes you travel a very well blazed path to get you to where you want to go. Sometimes you come at something sideways, in a way you didn’t think you were going to to get to that same place. And sometimes, you mix metaphors and hope that it all makes sense. Either way, I didn’t come to writing through the traditional pathways, at least not as an adult. You can put air quotes around that last word there if you wish when you finish reading this.

I had written some short fiction, and some poetry, but really, nothing got my creative juices flowing like writing Dungeons and Dragons (insert trademark symbol here so that us at Babbling of the Irrational don’t get sued) adventures. Right before Fifth Edition came out, I found D&D as a player, and couldn’t wait to try my hand at creating my own games. Doing so both at my local game shop and for a small group of friends, I found that world building for those games felt so easy, so right. I recently stopped writing for my store, and my first game group fell apart, but that hasn’t stopped me. I now write and run a horror based game that I run every Sunday in Brooklyn for a group of five, and my National Novel Writing Month project (which fell to the wayside as I wanted to take it in a different direction when I reached ten thousand words) is set in that same world.

They say there is more than one way to skin a cat and, animal cruelty aside, that seems to be true, as now I have gotten farther in a novel attempt than I ever have before, thanks to my unconventional writing outlets.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com

Our First Featured Contributor

By David R Castro

This is a fantastic moment, one I have been looking forward to since I came up with the idea of featured contributors many months ago. But this isn’t about me, this is about our first featured contributor, the poet Sarah Tsyrlin.

She has one published piece on the blog as of this writing, “Finalities” from September, and will have another published the day after this, “Kindred Spirits”. Her third piece, the one qualifying her for this honor, will be published in December, as is her new privilege as a featured contributor to cut the line every month.

If you look at the Our Contributors page, you can find a bio about her and her picture. If you want to earn this honor for yourself, all you have to do is have three pieces approved by us, and agree to have one piece for, at least, every other month. A daunting task to be sure, but so very worth it.

I personally thank Ms. Tsyrlin for her work, and her willingness take a deeper role in the site. I look forward to seeing more of her work on the site, and want to allow more people to be household names for the readership of Babbling of the Irrational.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com

The Archive

By Michelle Drozdick

Well, it was about time, wasn’t it?

If you take a look at the top of the screen, you might notice a new feature to the site. Babbling of the Irrational has been active since May, and we’ve had the honor of posting more than seventy short stories and poems. To more efficiently make all those pieces available to our readers, we’ve needed some sort of central archive for some time. Far too many of those older poems and stories were becoming lost, only reachable by far too much scrolling and hunting.

The archive is separated by month, then by type of submission (Poetry, Prose, and Messages From the Editors), then by the author’s surname. At the start of each new month, the archive will be updated to reflect the month prior. November is only a few days away, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled in the coming days.

Thoughts? Questions? Incoherent babbling? We’re always happy to hear from you, so please feel free to email us with any thoughts or suggestions.
Michelle is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with Michelle on Twitter, or at mdrozdickboti@gmail.com

Ten Years Earlier

I’ve been writing since seventh grade. It was that English teacher, whose name I forget, that got me into it, that pointed my creativity towards the written word. Since then I have moved from poetry, into short stories, into other writing venues, and back into poetry. More than a decade later, I’m still at it, and now making it possible for others to do so as well.

I say all of this because my birthday is this month. I turn twenty-four on the twenty-first. You’ll notice in a few weeks that I have a story coming out that day. Sometimes it’s nice being in control of when things come out.

It’s a long way away from where I started, writing chains of haikus, to where I am now, is breathtaking when you take it on the whole. I’m no longer that little twelve year old any more, but a man, who with an exceptional friend, have made this site for all of you to enjoy and express yourselves on. I hope you all love it as much as I do.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com

Amazement

By David R Castro

When we started this blog, I thought it would be something cool for us to do, and that it would be a quaint little blog that no one will ever see. Half a year later the blog, at the time of this writing, has fifty-one likes on Facebook and twenty-seven followers on Twitter. This is amazing, to be seen by so many people, to get as many submissions as we do, so many that we are currently completely booked until November, and we are getting to filling that as well. All of this on a site we created less than a year ago with no real prior experience in this field.

I love this blog; I do truly love this blog. It is everything I’ve always wanted to have. A platform where people can get their work validated, where they are as important as those names you see on shelves. A place where you can have other people tell you that you are, in fact, good at what you do. That’s amazing, and more so because I get to do that for everyone here.

So thank you. Thank you to those who bravely submit your work, for letting others see your point of view. Thank you for those who read, who like, who let the words given form into their minds and hearts. Thank you, from me, just a guy with a blog, to you, the Babbling of the Irrational family.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com

Being Featured

By David R Castro

We have an About Our Contributors page, and as of the writing of this, there are only two people featured there, the editors. That is not what we want to do with that page, or this blog. Babbling of the Irrational is not a showcase for ourselves, but for you. We want that page filled with your bios and pictures. We want that page to be about you.

To be featured, we need a few things to ensure your commitment. Let’s be frank here, we get something from this too, ensured content. You must have had three pieces accepted to qualify at all, of either poetry or prose format. After that, you have to commit to submitting at least one piece, again, of either format, every other month, if not every month. For that, you get to be referenced on the site, like in the “This week on Babbling of the Irrational” preview posts, as a ‘featured contributor’, a bio, longer than a blurb, on the About Our Contributors page, and if you’d like, a picture to go along with it. You also get all the prestige that you’d like to give yourself, and that others might give you, if you show your friends and family your bio on the site. But that’s up to you.

We want to be the way you show off your work and yourself to the world, and promote yourself as a writer. We can’t make every person who sends us something a featured contributor, as it would be worth less if everyone had it, but for those who want to make Babbling of the Irrational important for them, who want to partner with us, we can do a little more for them.

David is a co-founder and editor of Babbling of the Irrational and an aspiring writer from NYC. You can interact with David on Twitter and by email at dcastroboti@gmail.com