Trans Oceanic, Ink

Trans Oceanic, Ink - a handwritten examination of geography.



Writer, you are alienated from your craft.

You get up at night, click on your computer. You hear a fan whir as one of the many complicated devices that necessitate your lust fires electricity into fabricated synapses. In front of you a screen lights up--you open a "word processor" to process your fucking words and begin. Screens and fonts are made to look like paper and pen. Beneath your sweaty nose, glowing in LED lights, your hands hover. Unseen by you, your fingers are reduced to pistons, hitting keys that convey your thoughts.

Writer, you're turning into a robot.
We are too.
But we're trying to break free.
Well, just for a moment.
We're not crazy.

We've bought a blank book. A journal, really. We are going to send it around the world. By postage. We are going to send it to you, maybe. And if you are one of those people, you are going to take out a pen, and you are going to grip it. You will write: you will watch ideas in your head make words on a page. Alone in mind if not place, maybe under a tree in a park, maybe inside your 1987 Buick Regal, maybe in your black room next to your silent computer--you are going to write us a story.

The story you write will be a story that can only take place in the area, the city, the town, the state you are in. It could take place nowhere else. Trans Oceanic, Ink is a project meant to transport a reader to where you are. You may hate where you are. That's fine. In fact, that's better. When you're done, you will send it to the next person on the list, another writer. Or maybe it will be an illustrator. You will send it on, and that person will send it on after that, until the journal becomes an anthology, filled to the brim with raw creative ideas.

We will make the world large and magical again, and then we will try to sell it.

After we take hi-def, professional photocopies of the journal, of course.

Will people buy it? We don't know. Maybe. Maybe they will buy it, maybe they won't.

If you want to be involved in this project, please write an e-mail to our Managing Editor, Scott Waldyn, requesting more information.


Thank you for your continued support,

--Mike Joyce, Editor-in-Chief


--Background photo by Jayme Joyce