There’s something wonderful in the state of Ohio. An elusive young woman (who goes by the moniker of Lily Dawn) has started “HipHipHoorayPress” besides running her secret diary on Blogspot. From her secret location in Kent, Ohio, she encourages, for lack of a better term, internet writers, poets, and shakers. If you fall under any of those classifications or a permutation of those classifications by all means contact her post-haste.
Before you submit keep a few things in mind: internet writing doesn’t make any money and you will not receive any compensation whatsoever besides the immeasurable joy of saying “Yeah, I got published at an extremely prestigious online literary magazine.” Lily (if that is her real name) states this quite clearly in the mission statement. Allegedly she encourages short, weird, experimental and non-prudish subjects as well. Keep in mind if it is boring, long or serious she’ll be uninterested.
A couple of elephants are on top holding balloons. They welcome you into the site. Visitors notice Lily’s altruistic nature immediately. Instructions for submitting to “HipHipHoorayPress” bring you through the depression galmut. Suicides range from choking on vomit, making it to the “writers who committed suicide” page on Wikipedia to jumping out of a fifth story window, all of which she strongly discourages. Don’t worry dear reader; I’d never leap out of a fifth story window because I live on the sixth floor.
Right now they only have two stories. As most of the site appears to be Ohio-based, I’ll assume the mysterious figure (Kevin Tasker) is from Ohio. His story “A Boy’s Paintings” focuses on past works with an uncertainty about the future. Sarah San writes about a shut-in who receives visitors. We don’t know why the character has decided to stay in for weeks, it is never explained. Instead we find out about a cactus.
Poetry takes up most of the submissions (for now). Wiredwriter (secretly Jeffrey S. Callico) writes a poem about bed games. None of the bed games get explicit enough for me. Russ Woods’s contribution “try drinking sand” discusses the merits of drinking sand and Homestar Runner’s genuine love of life. Besides working on this poem, he’s lied on Television and co-manages Red Lightbulbs with Meghan Lamb, a well-respected writer in the lamb community. Jordan Castro (better known as the ‘earnestly try’ guy for all of eternity) contributed a series of poems displaying how he is Bipolar. Whether or not this is the case or simply a random thought remains to be seen. Haikus bookend the poem “(Bi-) Polar Bear” which goes over what a worthless piece of shit the protagonist thinks he may be. Money worries and other concerns float into the bear’s mind.
Brittany Wallace’s work came out on her birthday. Her first poem reads like random twitter updates. The second involves broken up thoughts. Upon reading these two poems, I felt a ‘sudden urge’ to add her as a friend on Facebook. Looking at how we had 52 mutual friends, I wondered why I hadn’t done so earlier. Guess I’ll never know why I don’t network hard enough among all these young hip literary types. Sloths are slow on the whole networking thing, though I like to think I’m better than most.
Glad to see this young press starting out strong. Wish I could see less Ohio-based writers though I guess it is important to realize that some civilization exists in Ohio. For a while there I thought it was just filled with Drew Carey clones. Upon reading these poems and stories at HipHipHooraryPress, I’m relieved to know Ohio isn’t filled with Drew Carey clones. Thank the internet based-God for HipHipHooray!