Anyone with a keen eye for dates may have noticed that, on the 5th of this month, Scout & Engineer No. 2 did not make its debut. I'm happy to confirm, first, foremost, that the publication is alive & healthy.
This month, in lieu of regularly scheduled programming, S&E offers a single-author short story collection. Its snazzy pic lies below, and you can read all about it here. It is available for purchase as a PDF download here.
The skinny: 9 regular-sized shorts, 1 flash. One reprinted from S&E No. 1; 2 making reappearances, having been first published in other magazines. The others--previously unpublished, in print or electronically.
What I would like to briefly emphasize is that the stories in Wendy Never Married (primarily) abide by the theme of individualism. Issue No. 1 contained stories similarly themed while distinct in subject, style, etc.
At this juncture, I can confidently say there will be a Scout & Engineer 2--slated for release early in October--and that it will provide an assortment of precision-crafted stories, from a variety of talents, that weave in S&E's core focus. I'm gratified to have read the work of these authors, and I encourage all who enjoyed the first issue to stay tuned for our second.
I would also mention, though, for a second time, a point I originally belabored here. Namely, that Scout & Engineer will only go to print when a solid issue's worth of theme-appropriate and stylistically excellent material has been gathered. For this reason (a change from the planned design), Scout & Engineer does not offer subscriptions; readers are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter &/o connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements concerning new issues.
A brief word also on submissions. Since the gates officially opened, S&E has received a bounty of stories that reveal their authors' polished sense of story, discipline, and familiarity with the best of words. I'm delighted to say--as I was to see--that the stylistic quality of submitted stories has been, on average, very high. In the minority, unfortunately, are those submissions that integrate our theme. And as for the detailed theme--well, that point can be found belabored in more or less any editorial piece sitewide. As long as submissions that--creatively, skillfully--match in some sense with our focus keep rolling in, I will gladly continue orchestrating new issues.
On a closing note, if you like what you've read in our first issue, and if you enjoy the stories in Wendy Never Married, please consider spreading the word about S&E; putting us on the radar of authors whose work would be at home here; posting reviews to Amazon, Nook, and Kindle pages; liking S&E on Facebook; following on Twitter, etc.
And there's always the helpful-to-all option of bulk-buying copies and with them replacing Gideon hotel bibles. Whatever strikes you as appropriate.
Thank you for reading both the Scout & Engineer blog and literary offerings, and thank you for your time.