Happy New Year!
We hope you fully enjoyed celebrating the passage of an arbitrary increment of time within our arbitrary, but widely agreed upon, measurement of the earth’s orbit of the sun—whether you cheered the descent of a neon orb, the eruption of twinkling lights festooned over an iron tower, or some other signal of exuberance. In our book, any moment can be worth celebrating, if you have the right company and pleasant substances to imbibe or ingest.
We will take advantage of the conventions surrounding the turning of the Gregorian calendar to share some thoughts about the year to come. You may have noticed that Stoneslide has been a bit quiet for a couple months. The explanation is that the editorial staff has been wrapped in a cocoon. Admittedly, not a literal cocoon-that would be a good excuse, wouldn’t it-but a figurative cocoon, as we ruminate and develop the next iteration of The Stoneslide Corrective. Starting in March 2016, we will have a glistening, new, and, we think, glorious form to spread over the world. Expect us to be a bit quiet, still muffled in that cocoon, until then, though we will share updates and the occasional piece of humor that’s too good to keep under wraps.
As of these first days, the new year looks pretty exciting. We are eager to share with you all that we’re working on here.
In the meantime, we have also been thinking about the year that just passed. Two milestones stand out: We published our first print issue, a delicious confection of fiction, humor, and other undefinable ingredients; and we announced the winners of our 2015 Stoneslide Story Contest.
Along the way we published great stories of which we’re embarrassingly proud. The five most popular stories on the website in 2015 were:
- Dog People by Jude Polotan
- The Redemption of Oren Barry by Libby Cudmore
- Witch Luck by Marcela Fuentes
- All Together Now by D. R. Glass
- The Viewing by Martin Dodd
There were also many attempts to understand this befuddling world by means of humor and, more particularly, satire. What other tool is equal to describing a universe that includes Donald Trump? And on that note, here are the five most popular humor pieces of 2015: