Monday, October 19, 2009

Shift Miner: 5 Minute Fiction

Today, the 73rd edition of Shift Miner Magazine came out, complete with a new section, written by me, called 5 Minute Fiction. The story in this edition is called Lifting Point, and appears on page 21 of the magazine. Shift Miner have recently started their website, where they have a copy of the latest edition available for download in pdf. You've got two weeks to read the magazine before it gets replaced by the next issue.

Shift Miner specifically targets workers in the Queensland coal mining industry, offering them news, opinions and entertainment relevant to the industry. Their business model appears to depend largely on advertisers targeting this same demographic. I'll be trying to write stories that are relevant to the context of mineworkers in this area, so I'm hoping my stories will really "click" with the readership.

I'm very excited to have a regular column in a printed magazine. I'm not sure what this is going to mean exactly, but it can't be bad.

4 comments:

Laurita said...

Cool! Congrats on your column. I read your piece and enjoyed it. I didn't understand a lot of the jargon but I got the point. Clever and funny. Well done.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

Thanks for your comment, Laurita. I'm glad you liked the story. The jargon is a funny thing. It's something that the direct audience will be able to relate more closely to, while possiblity alienating people outside the industry. I'm thinking I just need to find a balance.

Anonymous said...

Hello there Bernard! It Amanda Golding. I was just looking up coal mining for my unit this term and then... wow, your picture pops up. I couldn't find an email, so sorry for writing it here, but i just wanted to say hello. Hope all is well at home in Emerald.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

G'day Amanda. It's been along time. Sorry my email wasn't very obvious. There's now a link in the "About Surge Bin" section in the top right hand part of the screen. surgebin@gmail.com Look forward to hearing from you.