Lyn Jensen's Blog: Manga, Music, and Politics

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Location: Anaheim, California, United States

Regular contributor ("Carson City Limits" and other content) for Random Lengths (circulation 56,000) in San Pedro, CA, 2001-present. Manga reviewer: LA Alternative (circulation 150,000), 2005-2006. Some manga reviews also ran in NY Press around this time. Entertainment reporting: Music Connection (circulation 75,000), 1983-1906. Travel writing: Oakland Tribune (1998) and Life After 50 (2006). Other bylines: Goldmine, Star Hits, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Blade, BAM, Daily Breeze, LA Weekly. Specializations include community news reporting, writing reviews (book, theater, concert, film, music), copywriting, resumes, editing, travel writing, publicity, screenwriting, lecturing, and content development. Education: B. A. Theater Arts, UCLA. Post-grad work, Education, Chapman University.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bloglandia: Dark Shadows

Between 2008 and 2009 Wapshott published a non-fiction literary journal, Bloglandia, which operated as a blog anthology, publishing selected blogs from the Internet because, as Wapshott's publisher Ginger Mayerson promoted it, “some ideas are too cool to stay in cyberspace.”  Bloglandia Vol. 2, Issue 1, for example, led with a lengthy postmortem by veteran activist Bruce Hahne on what opponents of California’s anti-marriage Proposition 8 did wrong (essentially everything).  Other topics have included sexual harassment in the Department of Defense and the medical mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (both by this author)

After such a long hiatus, Mayerson is now offering a new J Bloglandia: The Journal of Bloglandia with, for the first time,  one unifying theme. Volume 3, Issue 1 consists entirely of Katheryn L. Ramage's 42 blogs that recap and review Dark Shadows, the cult-favorite Gothic TV daytime drama that most recently was revived in movie form with Johnny Depp as the modern-day vampire Barnabas Collins.

The classic TV episodes--more than 1200 in all--are now available online, and Ramage, having been a fan of the show during its original run, watched the entire series in sequence, blogging about her experience as she went. The book is presenting the highlights of those online reviews. It may be ordered, in print form only, from Amazon.

If you think you've got a blog--or better, a series of blogs around one unified theme--that demands to see print, check where the deadline for submissions is ongoing. Mayerson will publish the next issue, "Whenever I have 65-75 pages of material."