September 11, 2012

If a Comment Falls on C’Flock…

Will it make a sound?


  1. Rick Neece on September 11th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    No, really. How y’all doin’?

  2. Rick Neece on September 11th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Somebody talk. Please?

  3. Michael Grant Smith on September 11th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Well, it’s still clusterflock even if no one is posting.

  4. Michael Grant Smith on September 11th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    The clusterflock abides.

  5. SC on September 11th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Shhhhhhh. Will you guys please turn it down a notch? I’m trying to think.

  6. Casey Cichowicz on September 12th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Hi Rick. Think I’ve been having trouble after Clusterflockstock was cancelled. Willing to try again…

  7. Sheila Ryan on September 12th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    But seriously . . .

    Thank you, Rick, for your post.

    I fear that for a while this summer it may have appeared that I had taken over clusterflock. Not so. I was just posting frantically in the hope of keeping the enterprise going till something — anything — transpired. Auto-destruction, transformation, emigration — you name it.

    So far as I know there is no one currently at the helm. But some wonderful people still want to hang out at a place other than the broad and the bland.

    I’m up for talking if those of you still standing are.

  8. Sheila Ryan on September 12th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Rick, I’m so glad you’ve pushed this out into a public discussion (as others have tried to do over the past few months). I will do my best to carry on a conversation without compromising people based on assumptions drawn on hearsay.

  9. Sheila Ryan on September 12th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Also, I’m glad some of you folks are still loitering around here, ’cause I like you a lot and I think there’s a lot of mutual liking that’s worth exploring and preserving.

  10. Kathy Hilen-Smith on September 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Our neighbors moved their “for sale” sign from their yard to ours. What do you suppose that means?

  11. SC on September 12th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I gave up Walkening after getting frustrated with editing. I think Sheila did the repair work on my posts. Do we get to vote? I vote for Sheila.

  12. Michael Grant Smith on September 12th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t know if we’re beating the ghost of a dead horse, or passing time while the site finds a new identity.

    I’ve been here since 2007 and I say in all seriousness clusterflock has changed my way of looking at, well, almost everything, and my ways of communicating about it. Some wonderful people post here, and leave comments. I’m proud and happy to be part of it.

    The support and encouragement I’ve received for my own work has been incredible. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite literary content! I thank Deron again for inviting me to join clusterflock, even though he has apparently adopted the Amish lifestyle — forsaking the Internet and, I assume, electricity. That’s me being less serious.

    There’s too much goodness here on clusterflock to simply let go away, but I have no idea if there is a new arc still to come. I miss the way things used to be, and the people who no longer post here, or who now post very infrequently.

    Oh, and Sheila Ryan is awesome, even if we are not in alignment in regard to loose meat sandwiches. Our differences simply make our friendship stronger, no?

    And revisiting that old thread makes me sad.

  13. Michael Grant Smith on September 12th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Oh, hey. My wife was in the other room posting comments to clusterflock.

  14. Kathy Hilen-Smith on September 12th, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  15. SC on September 13th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Yikes. Taylor’s Maid-Rites are new to me. (Are you sure this isn’t viral marking for a zombie movie?) For her strong position on loose meat sandwiches, and this alone, I think Shelia should be in charge of the pickles, mustard, and hearsay. (Now, I’m going to get back to staring at the Taylor’s Maid-Rite’s Send a Maid-Rite program page. Opening a Maid-Rite franchise in Brooklyn did cross my mind but there’s no way loose meat will make it past the NYC health code.)

  16. Sheila Ryan on September 13th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Come for the screen doors. Stay for the house flies.

  17. Sheila Ryan on September 13th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’m collecting my thoughts re: The State of Clusterflock and hope to post them sooner rather than later. Thanks again to Rick for his gentle bringing-up (up-bringing? Bringing Up Baby?) of the fact that there’s a big old elephant right here in the room with us and that we haven’t been talking much about him.

    The elephant being The State of Clusterflock.

    Say, didn’t Banksy bring an elephant into a room in LA a couple of years ago?

    And that raised any number of ongoing questions. Plus, it reminds me of when clusterflock was in its Banksy phase.

  18. Sheila Ryan on September 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am
  19. Erica Braverman on September 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I have amassed art posts that I need to post, but I’m currently in San Francisco partying with Misses Amanda Mae and Kelsey.

    I’m still here reading every post that goes up and forgetting to comment.

  20. Sheila Ryan on September 13th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Get down, get down, get down, get down tonight — with Amae and Kelsey! That’s the way (unh-hunh, unh-hunh) I like it.

  21. Doc on September 14th, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I turned a blind corner of the innernetz and here you guys still are. Won’t stay long but wanted to congratulate Rick/Dan on what appeared to be some seriously stylish nuptials. Mazel Tov!

  22. Sheila Ryan on September 15th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hey, Doc, thank you for stopping by. I hope to meet you in KC some day sooner rather than later.

  23. Doc on September 15th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Sounds good. Sorry I missed the museum visit -waaaaaaaaaaay back when- but we had already promised the munchkins some outrageous entertainment that day. Though I’ve no clue as to what we actually did.

  24. Aaron Winslow on September 18th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Also, hi!

  25. Sheila Ryan on September 18th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Doc, the munchkins would just have knocked them expensive tea cups over on the floor and gotten everybody into a world of pain.

  26. Doc on September 19th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    ow. that was painful to watch. i might have ‘noodged’ a cup, much less the girls.

    aaron – hi also.

  27. Dave Vogt on September 20th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I gotta admit that I haven’t come around as much because it makes me sad. Which isn’t to say that I’m not sad for a whole host of other reasons, many of which I also avoid dealing with.

  28. Sheila Ryan on September 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 am

    And I haven’t been around much for the past few weeks on account of Technical Difficulties piled atop Personal Stuff.

    Sometimes things pile up so high I worry that I might be a hoarder.

  29. Sheila Ryan on September 23rd, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Speaking of Technical Difficulties, Andrew Simone is my hero. For his valiant efforts this weekend on behalf of the integrity of clusterflock, I name him Andrew Cœur de Lion.

  30. Michael Grant Smith on September 23rd, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Andrew is all that stands between clusterflock and Darkness.

  31. Andrew Simone on September 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hope y’all brought a flashlight then.

  32. Sheila Ryan on September 23rd, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I’m thinking I should learn to make a single-match fire.