Editor's Notes : A Look Back at 1997 (The Year That Almost Wasn't) and Ahead to 1998 (The Year That Most Certainly Shall Be) by Robert Fulkerson
published in Volume 4, Issue 3 on December 31st, 1997 It's been a trying
twenty-four months for Morpo. We started off strong in
1996, riding high on recent accolades from the publishing
and web communities, by publishing two issues in February
to celebrate our second anniversary of publishing and
kick our third year off right. Then we took a
mini-vacation from publishing and came back with another
strong issue in July.
Then we disappeared.
We didn't publish another
issue for the balance of 1996.
Meanwhile, the submissions
kept pouring in. All year long, like the valentines in a
grade school kid's manilla envelope, submissions kept
showing up. Where people were finding out about us, I'm
not really sure. But find out about us, they did. And
submit their work to us, they did. In droves.
The new year rolled
around, and resolutions and promises were made within the
staff to get our collective stuff in order and start
publishing again. Editors went on a mad reading spree to
catch us up for the last six months of 1996. Choices were
made, and pieces were selected for the first issue of
1997, which was originally due out in March.
When March came and went,
no new issue of Morpo had seen the pulse of electrons.
Mainly due to poor internal organization and too many
commitments, those responsible for putting together the
issue and processing the subscription requests (mainly
myself) dropped the ball and didn't pick it up or hand it
So a new target date of
May was set. Schedules were rearranged, more commitments
were made, and
May came and went,
and again no new issue of Morpo.
If it hadn't already been,
morale was poor. The hopes that we would actually
publish another issue begin to dwindle. The letters from
folks inquiring about their submissions, as well as the
letters inquiring about Morpo itself, began to trickle
Our poetry editor at the
time left us in August to pursue other interests.
Ironically, shortly after that, the Mythical March Issue
finally made it to the web, and we were caught up with
material. Material through November of 1996, that
After that issue, we were
facing a mountain of submissions spanning a period of
nine months. We hunkered down and covered more than half
of that material (through about May 1st, 1997). The
results of that work are seen here in this issue.
The remaining material for
the balance of 1997 (May 1st through December 31st) are
going to be evaluated for the first issue of 1998, which
is scheduled for March 1st, 1998. That issue will
also mark our move to a quarterly publication, publishing
on the first of March, June, September and December.
One of the reasons we've
become so organized and have rededicated ourselves to Morpo
is because of the addition of our Submissions Editor, Amy
Krobot. She's whipped up fancy brown organizers
complete with calendars for each of us. She brings
with her an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm,
which has infused J.D, Kris and myself with a new sense
of what Morpo could be if we worked at it.
Not tainted with the low morale of 1996 and most of 1997,
she's been a bright spot in the Morpo
universe. Welcome aboard, Amy!
With that, I leave you to
the issue. We have quite a bit of excellent poetry,
as well as two fine stories within the digital pages of Morpo.
Enjoy. We all look forward to seeing you
again in 1998!