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It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/02 22:25 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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remember when Percival is like drowning in the river? Wagner ... playing on the soundtrack yo. Percival is all done in, man. Lancelot just pushed him in the water to drown because the knight's of the round table are done for, they've lost their mojo, and their sacred honor. But ... Percival is like, 'Fuck this! I got something more to say!' and he kicks off his armor, which is killing him, and he strives back toward the surface yeah? Like reborn! And where the hell does he find himself? At the threshold of the castle of the Grail! The goddamn Holy Grail. The chalice whereon the lips of Christ partook their last supper, man! The Grail.

What the fuck am I getting at. Shit. I have lost my train. The goodman Grail! Oh yeah.

When Percival broke the surface, he gasped out, "We can't lose hope, Lancelot ... it's all I've (we've?) got!"

And what did this badass Englishman do? He strode across the drawbridge like a motherfukin boss and answered the questions! He got the Grail and the rest is history.

"Percival, I did not know how empty was my soul until you filled it." The grail, man.

Not saying we'll be good enough to find the grail. But goddamn like that stubborn son of a bitch who got Mordred's spear right in his spine, we sure as hell will die trying (if I may speak for all of you on such an important subject ... I mean, it's only dyin'?). Leondegrance! Leondegrance!
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/02 22:44 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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In other words, for you investors and staff that don't cotton to the nuances of EXCALIBUR (the goddamn bestest fillum ever made!), if TQR is going to make itself worthy of patronage ie cold, hard cash via patreon, we've gotta shake up our business model in order to make ourselves stand out from the veritable ocean of zines that we are a drop of.

Motto: The speed freaks of the literary world! If you got something better I'd like to see it!

I mean, it's adapt or die! Fuck you, Darwin! Blaze of glory, bitches ... Sundance Kid and Butch Foshizzle. Are we gonna do this or wha?
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 09:39 By: rockefeller Status: Admin  
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Not sure what you mean by business model, but TQR already stands out from the veritable ocean of zines that it is but a drop of. Perhaps VCs have not grokked to this difference, or maybe one or another of us has pissed most of them off with our misguided and at times unkind review. Or perhaps they are just too thin-skinned, too lily-livered for anything but bullshit form rejects. "Dear [insert name], Thank you for the opportunity to consider [blah blah blah]. Best of luck [blah blah blah]."

Size doesn't matter. Well... actually, maybe it does. Small is good for what we do. We could not give the careful and captious attention that we are so renowned for to submissions if we were suddenly inundated ala Electric Lit or Glimmer Train or Lightspeed, etc., etc., and, instead, become like all the rest.

Don't go changing,
to try and please me..."


[Rox's singing voice is even better than his critiques.]
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 09:58 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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[Rorschalk sighs dreamily and closes his eyes]

Ah, Billy Joel was so dreamy way back when...

I just need someone ... who I can talk to-o-o-o

Dadada da da da da!

To business... now, what you say is for the most part true. We don't want to be deluged. But we could stand a bit more volume! And our turnaround time is already much faster than any other pub that I have ever heard of.

All I am suggesting is we do away with the start times, the cutoffs and the hard breaks.

Make our turnaround time part of the marketing plan, part of the appeal. Say, two weeks from Floor to Suite? If we take away the fetters of Floor one month, Terminal the next month and Suite the 3rd, then we would be a free flowing cap vetting motha... no? Instead of hurrying up to wait, the party would never end!
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 10:11 By: H3K Status: Visitor  
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Very interesting thread here. Twisty; maybe too tightly. I agree fundamentally with both of yas, which is a staggering statement in itself. Boorman's "Excalibur" (not the other one) rides the pinnacle of greatest fillums for sure. I don't mind the concept of loosening our borders, time-wise, but a committed two-week turnaround? No way. We are neither chattel nor cattle to be led through a chute and fed through a machinated grinder (I'm not an industrial robot!). Liken us instead to bespoke butchers who carve with deft intent, and lovingly. How about a Kobe beef metaphor instead?
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 10:45 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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[In the dank corridors of Rorschalk's terracotta mind comes an unholy alliance of vintage memes (before there were 'memes') starting with Wendy's "Where's the Beef" and lifelock's old bag on the linoleum bitching, "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" mingling with a faint harbinger of an old Spike Lee joint title KOBE DOIN' WORK]

Errr, H3. Agree? I don't know what to say... at a lost. Do I hear 3 weeks and a reach around?
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 11:16 By: H3K Status: Visitor  
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Gads, and my processors are flooded with tic-cy recalls of your hot beef buffet (was that us all carved up?) and that part of "Excalibur" in which Lancelot races across the wilderness, voiceover declaring, "But Guinevere--just one night with her!".....redundant then, redundant now.

A month, first through thirtieth. Per cap, starting the top of the month following its arrival. Natch, we will endeavor blah blah blah--our track record speaks to our motivation. But I cannot imagine consulting a calendar for this. It's not like we're selling something and contracted to a specified delivery window. We are not takeout!
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 12:45 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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[Rorschalk sees Kobe rising, rising, rising up from the foul line, the ball cupped twixt his fingers and forears as those defenders attempting to rise with him are a split second late and a hands breadth short ... as Kobe arcs through the air with power and grace as he culiminates all this beauty by slamming the balls violently through the hoop]

Slam dunk! 30 days max from receipt to dispensation.

[He reaches out for H3K's hand, but realizes his mistake and quickly rescinds it... palms its blinking diode instead]

Deal!
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 14:28 By: rockefeller Status: Admin  
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Or what? Doing away with Qs sits okay, but Rox is with H3K on this. We do this for love. Love knows no boundaries. Or is it hate? Whatever. If it gets too busy, just recruit more Terminali. Dep and Boli might need electrify their fence, or make it even higher. But sure, go for it. Let me know when it's my turn.
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/03 14:38 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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That is the spirit, old bean!

Now, if only Otto could tear himself away from those 2nd rate strippers...
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/04 08:59 By: deplancher Status: Admin  
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Okay, so...Have I got this?

1. TQR lights up full throttle. No more gates/gaps of time.

2. Chair Ted continues to receive incoming anytime all the time.

3. Chair Ted continues distribution of new flow to Floorites.

4. Floorites receive read sift delight deride decide fate of each cap as they come/go.

5. Floorites (am I really referring to us with that term? Oui, poor but easily followed.) notify VCs of fate o'the cap via email while concurrently notifying Chair Ted.

6. Chair Ted, without delay, flings successful caps to one of Terminali in waiting.

7. Terminali, without delay, examines picks spikes eats spits decides on fate of cap deemed potentially viable at Floor level.

8. Terminali posts yay or nay, without delay, onsite. Concurrently, Floorites receive read...etc. new flow as received and distributed by Chair Ted.

9. Nothing stops ever. We go and go, round and round like a perpetual carousel only with a cooler soundtrack than a kiddie amusement park.

10. Sometime a cap deemed worthy emerges on TQR Home Page. Quaere: when is that time? How often? Chair Ted to clarify, svp.

Have I got this new sequence as intended? If not, you got to help me see because, you know, I may be sometimes missing but I've no wish to be running blind...there's a Jackson Browne lyric in there somewhere, je pense.

DeP
A Bluelight Dancer/Not a Pocketbook Romancer
of The Floor
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Re:It's like this...
Date: 2017/02/04 11:38 By: tqr Status: Admin  
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Madamoiselle, all that you have gleaned has been gleaned correctly.

And you are also honed in on one of the, shall we say, 'questions' that are implicit in this new dynamic ... frequency of publication. The very most I can afford would probably be 1 pub every two months. But this whole new thang has been predicated by the idea that somehow we could get funding from patreon.com

1. In order for patronage from investors (investors in the TQR- as well as the normie-sense incidentally which must please us all with the elegance of its poetic overlay)the continuous submission cycle has been born. Otherwise, with the summer hiatus, I seriously doubt we'd be fronted any shekels.

2. The 'question' of publication frequency, if patreon became a reality, would no longer be a problem, seeing as how the capital gained VC would be paid directly from that revenue stream. Should it grow big enough, I can foresee a time when we could even pay more than we already do. But that is getting way ahead of where we are now.

3. This move could be the renaissance or the doom of this publishing house. But something needed to be done either way. I was losing interest and feeling despair that I was just phoning it in, as they say, anymore. Something needed to happen. We will give this a try ... I wish Otto would pull himself away from those 3rd rate strippers long enough to chime in on this ...

Adieu.

ps All capital managers should use this business office as if it were a business phone. You are all capable of creating your own bulletins here. I will check in every day to conduct business.
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