One of the benefits of being up all night from the disease you’re harboring, if such benefits can exist, is you find some cool stuff on the internet. Because really, who would rather sleep than miserably surf the web? Well, I would, but that’s not the point.
I came across a couple of neat online writing journals: Born Magazine and The Baltimore Review.The thing I love about these journals is the multimedia experiences you get because they are housed online. That’s more a factor with Born Magazine, but they both go beyond the traditional print experience. For example, I like how The Baltimore Review has an author photo for everything on the site. There’s also a tab for blog content. However, if you’re a die hard printist (Is that even a word? It doesn’t matter. I’m an English Major and I can create language as I have need for it.) you can purchase print copies of the journal. But that’s not all! The very last category link is “Visual.” “Landing” is amazing.
Born Magazine, though, marries multimedia content with written works. You can view the text of a poem, or you can watch the movie for the poem, such as “Like Wings Abandoned from Some Future Score.” “Ways to Carry You” is probably the single coolest thing I’ve seen all week.
I should probably be talking more about the poems, but I’m taking a multimedia writing class so I’m really interested in the ways these sites incorporate more than just the words on the screen. There are a lot of drawbacks to providing content online. The need for a device to access content (PC, Mac, a Tablet of some sort), the need for electricity to power the device or the finite battery life, the additional eye strain caused by reading on an electronic screen, and potential formatting headaches are just a few of them. There’s a versatility to online content, though, that makes it worth it.
You really should check out “Ways to Carry You.”