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Longshot Radio: Creativity and Failure -- The Results

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Whew. From noon Thursday to Friday evening, Longshot Radio and Radiolab used the 99% Conference in NYC as our home to talk about creativity, failure, and revision.

In a little under 30 hours we received over 75 pieces of raw tape, and ended up with 25 finished stories. We wanted to find a…

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Here’s a little doc by our friends Roshelle Fong and Jane Lee who came and shot the making of the last issue of Longshot.

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Longshot Radio is back! Sort of!
This Thursday and Friday, the fine folks of RadioLab have asked us to attend the 99% Conference to tell stories about experimentation, failure, and creativity.
And we want you to get involved. Tell us a story, answer a question, try out a crazy idea. 
Thursday and Friday, loads more info on the RadioLab blog.
Follow us on twitter for the latest updates. Zoom

Longshot Radio is back! Sort of!

This Thursday and Friday, the fine folks of RadioLab have asked us to attend the 99% Conference to tell stories about experimentation, failure, and creativity.

And we want you to get involved. Tell us a story, answer a question, try out a crazy idea. 

Thursday and Friday, loads more info on the RadioLab blog.

Follow us on twitter for the latest updates.

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Attention white earbud owners: Longshot Radio, now on iTunes. Zoom

Attention white earbud owners: Longshot Radio, now on iTunes.

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The Making Of Longshot Magazine Number Two

Wendy’s art is so good, it deserved its own domain. You’re going to love this.

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The Making of Longshot, by Wendy MacNaughton
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The Making of Longshot, by Wendy MacNaughton

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And the bounty goes to…

We are delighted to announce that the Longshot editors have selected Aholaah Arzah, author of Ring Cycle, to receive our $2000 feature fee. As Mat put it, when the three of us read this story together in a Gakwer conference room last weekend, we let out a collective gasp. We love the multi-layered interpretation of “debt" and admire the beautiful use of language. Congratulations, Aholaah!

Since you all may be curious to know a little bit more about Aholaah, here’s a short Q&A…[SPOILER ALERT! If you don’t want us to ruin the ending, go read the story first.]

LS: Tell us a little about yourself…where do you live? What do you do for a living? 

AA: I live as nearly surrounded by water as possible without actually being on an island…Port Townsend is located at the tip of the Quimper Peninsula in the Puget Sound; a beautiful small town with a vibrant arts community…I work with individuals with special needs as an independent living aid.

LS: How long have you been writing?

AA: I have written intermittently along with making visual art and raising children for many years.  I recently completed my MFA in Creative Writing and am focused on writing.

LS: Where have you been published before?

AA: Over the years, I have been published in a number of small literary magazines: Seattle Voice, Poets West, Brussels Sprout, Clay Drum, Chrysanthemum, among others…recently; the Pitkin Review, elimae and upcoming in Short, Fast and Deadly.    

LS: It appears your primary writing vein is poetry. What prompted you to write a piece like this one? 

AA: My “poetry” of the last two years has been “hybrid” or prose-like and most recently I been writing more intentionally in a prose form although I rarely feel a need to distinguish between these forms.

LS: How did you hear about Longshot? 

AA: A fellow Goddardite (graduate of Goddard College) posted a link on facebook.

LS: What was your process for writing the piece? Did the theme trigger the idea or did you already want to write about it and the theme fit? 

AA: The theme triggered a recognition…I had had the idea to write something about the irony of the ring and my relationship with my father and it personified a particular kind of “debt” that was the only debt I really wanted to write about at the moment…

LS: When did you begin writing the piece?

AA: Sometime during the morning before the deadline…

LS: Will you show this story to anyone else in your family?

AA: Yes.

LS: Other than your own, what’s your favorite story in the Debt issue of the magazine?

AA: I haven’t had the chance to read everything yet but “Appraisal” struck a chord…home “ownership” is an interesting delusion…

LS: Did you really pawn the ring? If so did you ever get it back?

AA: Yes, I really pawned the ring and no, I never wanted to see it again.

LS: And finally, are you going to use this money to pay off any debts? 

AA: Oh, yeah…

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Surround yourself with talented people you trust and then let them step up. In our real lives we often have the luxury of time and titles to question and prod and re-do. Often that’s what makes for really great art, but it’s good to be reminded that you can work from a position of fundamental trust as well.
Association of Independents in Radio talks about the Longshot Radio process.

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Do you love the Circles of Influence print from the Debt issue of Longshot? Great!  You can buy it on Etsy Zoom

Do you love the Circles of Influence print from the Debt issue of Longshot? Great!  You can buy it on Etsy

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laphamsquarterly:

Created this weekend over the course of six hours as part of Longshot magazine’s Debt issue, “Circles of Influence” is a chart of artistic, scientific, and philosophical debts through time. It’s also very pretty and something we’d like to hang on our wall. 
Listen to a Longshot Radio interview about the making of this chart with Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. 
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laphamsquarterly:

Created this weekend over the course of six hours as part of Longshot magazine’s Debt issue, “Circles of Influence” is a chart of artistic, scientific, and philosophical debts through time. It’s also very pretty and something we’d like to hang on our wall. 

Listen to a Longshot Radio interview about the making of this chart with Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. 

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Standing on the rooftop of Gawker Media with some of Longshot’s web team, watching the sun rise Sunday after a sleepless night of coding, I said, “I don’t even know how I got here. I’m just some kid from Fresno.” Adam responded, “We’re all just kids from somewhere.”

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Longshot Contributor&#8217;s Badge
MagCloud made this great badge for contributors to use. You can post it to your blog or Facebook page (or whatever else) and link back to the magazine. The code is below.
&lt;a href=&#8221;http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/223579/follow" class="test_navToIssue" style="font-size:0px;line-height:0;border:none;"&gt;&lt;img src="http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpb5bd9uF11qcjs9co1_250.png"&gt;&lt;a&gt;

Longshot Contributor’s Badge

MagCloud made this great badge for contributors to use. You can post it to your blog or Facebook page (or whatever else) and link back to the magazine. The code is below.

<a href=”http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/223579/follow" class="test_navToIssue" style="font-size:0px;line-height:0;border:none;"><img src="http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpb5bd9uF11qcjs9co1_250.png"><a>

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Longshot Magazine&#8217;s Portland Satellite Office (aka PDX Moonshot Group). Illustration by Hami Suh.  Zoom

Longshot Magazine’s Portland Satellite Office (aka PDX Moonshot Group). Illustration by Hami Suh.