Everyone who knew this little blog was coming into the world almost two years ago probably thought, "meh". No one they knew was behind it. We don't pay writers $100 per guest post (I wish we could). There are many amazing blogs out there, already.
This blog (I hope) is a starting point. It is a hub for all the programs I fancifully dream of launching for our community. I don't have financial resources, but I have faith that everyone will band together and think, "Hell yeah, let's do it". And then... it happens.
Note: Just because I list it, doesn't mean it will occur. I just want you to know what I hope for. Tell me what you think!
My dreams for The Handy, Uncapped Pen:
1. More guest post submissions and reviews for the blog. Maybe we'll open up the blog to disabled/neurodivergent artists of all kinds (painters, dancers, singers, knitters, etc.) A couple dedicated writers to join the team full-time would be nice.
2. Have a successful mentor program (2018). If the mentor program works out this year, I want to expand it next year and include a branch for teenage mentees.
3. Start a YouTube Channel (2019). The channel would have a reading series, craft talks, and whatever else. Every video would have complete captions, no exceptions. I'm unsure how many people would participate, but it's something I think would be beneficial.
4. Start a writing contest (2020?). Realistically, I'm talking a (very) small cash prize with publication on the blog for the best individual poem, essay, and short story. Fancifully, we partner with a press for longer works and this gets incredible.
5. The blog starts publishing poetry and flash fiction by disabled/neurodivergent writers. I don't want to create a literary magazine, but it would be nice to showcase some of the talent in our community.
6. A free, online writers' conference with forums, chatrooms, craft talks, and more. This will probably never happen, but this is the goal I want the most.
7. I'd love to start a press. Unfortunately, it costs way too much and takes too much time to do alone. Still, I dream of (at least) a chapbook press. (Maybe if I win the lottery.)