I like this whole lit scene that has developed around blogs. It is good. It makes me happy and inspired. I feel like I'm on the outskirts of it. I am ok with this.
I like that fifty percent of the people who are involved seem to have online lit journals. Lit journals are good, although I would be happier if there were more print journals.
I'm not sure if I want to submit to these online journals though. I feel like I'm anal retentive. I don't think I would be this way if I didn't edit my own lit journal.
I think that most of these online lit journals have layouts that lack consistency. Like there might be one story that uses indents before the paragraphs and another story that uses line breaks before new paragraphs, and another story that mixes indents and line spaces for no rhyme or reason. And stories with different indents of various sizes.
This looks sloppy to me. It makes me hesitant about submitting my work. Because I am anal retentive.
It makes me think that the journal's editors is are an editor. The journal's editors are compilers. They select the stories that they like and don't go beyond that. They just cut-and-paste the story as it appears into their html editing program or whatever.
I think this sort of looks like shit.
Plus stories online are easier to read when there are line spaces between paragraphs rather than indents. The spaces give the eyes an opportunity to relax.
I think the layout of the stories should match up unless the layout of each story is different intentionally for the purpose of aesthetics. Bear Parade is good at doing this, except when I sometimes find their e-books hard on the eyes. Those e-books may be difficult to read, but at least they don't look like shit. They look good.
I don't know if I should care if the layout of an online journal looks like shit of they are publishing quality, readable stories. I don't think I want to care, but I can't stop myself from caring. I guess I can submit with trepidation. I will feel like I'm making a compromise. Maybe this is ok.
I talked to Mike Young about this yesterday. He thinks the inconsistent layouts are intentional. He said something like the literary journals doing this to intentionally be anti-literary journals. He said something like that at least. I don't really remember.
I'm not sure if I agree with him. I don't think editors are going out of their way to make their layouts inconsistent (and maybe neither does Mike). But maybe the editors are leaving the stories as they received them because of their desire to be anti-literary journal.
I don't think any of the people who I link to on this blog are the kinds of editors that I'm talking about in this post.