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If Sheep Could Only Talk

If Sheep Could Only Talk

Who knows where the sheep go at night? The gate is always open and they are in groups of five or six, and this is going to sound strange, they appear to be gossiping—talking over the nights’ doing, as it were..
When they see me--they spread out—away from their groups. I wouldn’t be surprised if they began whistling to show that nothing was going on but I know better.
I asked Butch, my next-door neighbor, (if you can call ten acres away next door) if he was having the same problem with his sheep but he laughed and asked if I thought they had night jobs or were going to the truck stop and putting out?
There’s no doubt that Butch will be at the barber shop tomorrow getting a trim and spreading the word of my sheep problem and thoughts. I shouldn’t have said anything.
So I stayed up last night with the house lights off and the exterior lights on and I saw Woolly, our sheep dog, the same off white color as the sheep, amble over to the gate, stand up on his hind paws, an…

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Editor Afterword

Writing has always been about freedom. And there is nothing more free than starting up your own journal and inviting wonderful writers from around the world to share in your vision. I'm always respectful but never shy about my opinion. I've asked some of you to edit, change a word or two and even rewrite a title. As a writer of 30 plus years and associate editor three times removed I feel I have a good handle of what is strong work. Few editors out there will engage you other than sending a soulless form letter. Let's learn from each other, get our work out there and actually have some fun doing it. I also want to welcome a new edition to the journal, Marchelle Young, an experienced poet and fiction writer whom will be handling short fiction submissions.
July was a fantastic month of new writing and new friends. The journal continues to increase its presence around the world and we currently being read in 22 countries.
August was another month of growth and friendship. We are nearly at 10,000 reads in 60 days of operation. Read now in 26 countries.
September is moving along excellent with new voices and perspectives. Please keep in mind our publication date is a rolling one. Meaning your work might not might up on the 1st but rather later up until the 6th. International acceptance also means time consuming format stripping. But I'd rather these small delays than lock someone out of publishing their work because they can't afford a word processor or a wireless connection.
October is a beautiful month for another excellent batch of poetry and fiction. Sept turned out to be a difficult month with the Hurricane and its aftermath. And now as I lay out October issue a monster has gunned down over 50 in Las Vegas. Whether storms or monsters we as a people will press on to find a better day and hopefully one day a safer country.
November has proven to be a very strong fiction month with some of the very best work we have ever published. Thank you for your trust.
December is Pushcart Prize Month and 6 writers published in 2017 were nominated by Marchelle and I for that prize. It's an exciting development and we are proud of all. I'm very thrilled over the poetry submissions this month. Very strong lot of lovely people plumbing the depths of humanity for a nugget of wisdom and wit. This is month is also the month we went over 30,000 reads and now read in 34 countries.
January brings us a new year and another issue of stellar poetry and fiction. We have expanded to over 38 countries and 44,000 reads.
February saw the site reach over 55,000 reads with a number of new countries and writers joining our lovely community. Unfortunately it was also the month I had to start cracking down on credit hoggers and previous published poems. There's too much of this going on and I cannot allow our writer-centric philosophy be harmed by those who have no sense of honor. AC still publishes a larger percentage of writers than nearly any other publication out there. We maintain contact, provide advice and even personally respond when rejection is necessary. Be respectful and be successful.
March is a more modest month than usual. Maybe it's seasonal. Not sure but entries often late enough to simply include in April edition. The work is great and glad we are still reaching a worldwide audience with 61,000 reads and now with over 34 countries joining our ranks.
Mark Antony Rossi, Editor in Chief

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