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February 12, 2011

An update

by subterfusex

Dear Subterfuge Readers,

First of all, thanks for hanging with us during the past month or so. We’ve been slow on production and then we hit a controversy that required some serious triage and re-evaluation.

We’ve taken the time off to relaunch, regroup, recruit new writers, and examine the overall outlook of our magazine. We’re proud of the work we did in the interim and know that we will continue even stronger than we left off.

Here are some of the changes we’ve made:

  1. A New Home We’ve been considering this for a while, and had full intention of doing it during January, but we somehow didn’t get around to it until now. A week off helped, too.
  2. A New Editing Policy We always wanted to incorporate a wide range of views into Subterfuge. We support many feminist issues, but that’s not all we do, and we don’t want to shut out anyone who is uncomfortable with the label. We also know that editing incoming work takes time, which we don’t always have.So, we’re going to try an experiment.

    We’re calling it Subterfuge Peers, a closed site where writers can put up their drafts and everyone in the community of Peers can read and offer their thoughts. Our goal is to create pieces that are not only well-written and worthy of publication, but well-rounded. If you have a question, raise it. If you know of conflicting information, post it. Writers are challenged to expand their knowledge and perhaps even change their opinions, or at least acknowledge the arguments against them.

    Anyone can apply to join the Peerage. We are most concerned with your ability to give constructive criticism, conduct conversations, and debate in an adult manner. You don’t have to be a professional editor, nor do you have to respond to everything. We’d just like your opinions.

    Anyone who wants to write for Subterfuge will be required to submit their work to the Peerage.

  3. New Comments Policy Commenters should do us the courtesy of treating us like rational, thinking beings capable of making mistakes, and of admitting them. We will do the same for you. Comments that insult the poster (or another commenter) will not be responded to by Subterfuge members/writers.Note: Snark is allowed. We love snark. A little friendly snarking is always fun.

We are planning a re-launch on Monday and aim to return to a once-a-day schedule.

We thank you for being with us so far and we look forward to returning to the business of writing again.

D & F
Your Subterfuge Editors

January 19, 2011

Slow Day

by f

Please excuse the slowness. Subterfuge will be back to its usual programming tomorrow.

In the meantime:

What we're working on at Subterfuge Labs

December 15, 2010

Subterfuge turns Deviant

by d
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The time has come, the walrus said… Subterfuge now has a deviantART account and a Group.

We love art and we love artists. It’s only natural for us to tap into one of the internet’s biggest gathering spots of artists. (Plus, we needed a place to keep Roxy’s awesome comics.)

We will be using the dA platform to highlight art we like and reach out to potential contributors. If you have an account there and want to join, do please tell us if we already know you, and/or how you found us. We want to give our contributors their deserved place of honor.

Don’t mind the bare walls, we’re still getting settled over there.


December 2, 2010

We Look Pretty

by subterfusex

Touching up our make up is so time consuming!

You might have noticed some changes to the site. You’re not going crazy, we’ve been renovating.

1) We finally realized that our template allows for a magazine-style front page. You can now see two columns of posts, which is great for browsing.

2) In order to make this work, we had to make the sidebar smaller. So, the image headers had to be changed. They’re prettier now.

3) We also rearranged the widgets, because the tag cloud looked terrible at only 200px wide. It’s now down at the bottom of the page, which has expanded exponentially.

4) It’s something of a mess down there. But it can work, right?

Your comments are, of course, greatly appreciated.

November 21, 2010

Sunday Updates

by f

Welcome to the latest edition of Sunday Updates!

(NaNo is consuming our time, per usual. F is a million words behind. D is staying caught up. Roxy is trucking along with the rest of us. Fun times.)

We have a lot coming ahead. We will start writings and the reasons why writing non-fiction can be very difficult.  We’ll be sharing some very juicy interviews with you. We will take artistic experiments. We will retroactively update Friday. (Shh — you didn’t hear that one!)

We also have sexy confessionals and erotic writing adventures coming up soon. So many goodies! Now we have to follow through.

All here at Subterfuge, your favorite blog for all things [fill in the blank].

November 9, 2010

A NaNo Update

by subterfusex

The participating Subterfugettes are hard at work on their novels, or busy cheering on those who are.

F has been corralling strangers to join us for Word Wars in a chat room.

D has become the defacto organizer for our local write-ins.

Roxy has also done her best to cajole and encourage, specifically…

V started off with a beautiful beginning, then dropped out. (Everyone must encourage her to write this story someday, if not today.)

Lastly, DahliaRoseMonroe got in the game several days late and has already out-written the rest of us.

Back to the word processor for us!

October 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo Approacheth

by d

November is coming.

That’s nice, D, you’re thinking, but I already own a calendar. Or, more snidely, Yeeees, because -November- comes after -October-, which comes after…? September! Good girl!

Ah, but something special happens in November. Does your calendar know that November is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo? Well, it is! Every year, tens of thousands of people across the globe (yeah, I know, it’s actually INTERnational…) attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. They are all more than a little insane, and you should steer clear of anyone you see at a coffee shop frantically jabbing away at a laptop with an ever-growing mound of empty coffee cups around them.

This is relevant to you, the reader, because several members of Subterfuge will be attempting it this year. Some of us have done it before, some of us have won, and some of us have never tried it. Either way, we’re going to have a lot of fun. This might mean some delays in the Subterfuge editorial process, as F and I are both involved.

We’ve also signed Subterfuge up for NaBloPoMo, the challenge to blog every day in November. It runs every month, and we’ve signed up previously and mostly succeeded. It’s a tiny motivating factor to make sure there’s a post every single day.

BUT. In November, they give away actual, physical prizes. So, stretch your fingers, gang! If we win (anyone who completes the challenge is in the raffle) we will split the spoils with whoever publishes the most posts, thus contributing to our total. 

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October 18, 2010

A wonderful monday

by f

from Rutgers Student Life

I just got back from an excellent event at the old alma mater. (Dan Savage! I think I nearly died from the star shock!)

Tomorrow, I have a free morning, so I’ll write about it then. I need some time to think about everything. The talk — the subsequent conversations — everything — has simultaneously excited and drained me.

These are my impressions:

He was impressive in person. After eating bolis with my sisters — plus one boyfriend! — five of us headed over to the student center for the Dan Savage talk.

There were lots of curious people in the audience. The hall was PACKED. You could see everybody there just waiting for him to start talking, and when he did it was a rapidfire humor fest with a lot of salient points about motivation and activism. I felt inspired while listening to him. Throughout the speech I sat on the edge of my seat, straight-backed. I’d intended on taking notes but I couldn’t even stretch to take out my notebook; my memories are clear enough.

And yes, there were three references to Rick Santorum. I counted.

It was the perfect cherry on top of an amazing day I spent with W on our old campus. It’s a beautiful place even if it has moved beyond us. The sadness of the past met the purpose of the present so masterfully I can’t help but view the day through the lens of bittersweet fiction.

October 10, 2010

A promise — this time, to be fulfilled.

by f

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting on Tyler Clementi and the recent epidemic of suicides among LGBTQ youth. I’d intended on doing this last week, but I started writing and couldn’t stop. There was so much to cover: from Clementi himself to the attitudes of the schools that inspired Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, from Dan Savage to Matthew Shepherd’s mother, from the frenzied media coverage to Assistant Attorney General Shirvell and what this means for acceptance.

There is so much to talk about.

I look forward to seeing you here every day next week, because this is going to be one hell of a ride.

(And I swear this time that it will ACTUALLY happen.)

October 1, 2010

Excuses, damned excuses

by f

In case the dearth of posts hasn’t put you all up to it, this was a tough week for me. It was a tough week in terms of things that were happening in my life and around me. It was tough because of Tyler Clementi’s suicide. It was tough because I barely had the energy to do anything for a long time.

I’m writing, slowly, and I will post as soon as I can. It’s a slow, painful process, but it will happen. Can I promise I’ll post tomorrow?

I had better, because this is getting disgraceful.

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