Times they are a'changing ( aren't they just...)
So, like you all, of late we’ve had a little more time on our hands than we might have ordinarily; doing our bit in stopping the spread of this dreadful virus by staying at home, out of the way. Sadly, we know from our own experience that this situation is not to be taken lightly and we are truly with everyone who has been directly affected by the current crisis and with all of those currently on the front line.
We speak for ourselves ( although we're sure we're not alone) but we've found keeping positive when such horrors are unveiled each day is less than easy. We also speak for ourselves when we say that in our experience trying to seek out the smallest glimmers of light wherever possible is most certainly the key to dealing with this situation. Trying to look at things in a different way has been key for us, for example, realising that prolonged time spent at home can be well spent. This, for us, has been an essential frame of mind. We've come to realise that at a time such as this, the things that truly matter come to the fore. Staying safe is clearly the priority but as well as that it's things like having time for quality communication instead of rushed conversations wedged into the end of a busy day. Having opportunities to actually exercise, spending quality time with the most important people in our lives - either in person or via virtual means. Reading the books we've been wanting to read for ages but for which we've always been too tired to concentrate. Binge watching shows that genuinely make us laugh and elicit good feeling. Making do with what we have. Being less throw-away. Reassessing priorities; what's important and actually what's not. Forget your designer this and that, 'celebrity' nonsense, good wine ( OK, so maybe not the wine so much). As far as we are concerned, if we're going to emerge intact the other side, this is a time to reflect, realise and ultimately an opportunity to reset.
With that in mind, and with some of the time that has been afforded to us, we've been thinking about how we might improve Platform. If you have visited the site recently you will have noticed some changes. The format remains largely the same ( if it ain't broke don't fix it) but there are elements which on reflection we thought needed a 'make over'. So, in summary we've done away with the vault as it was, tidying up our past publication page, made changes to the way that readers leave comments on writing, replaced membership ( for now) with an option of subscribing to our blog instead and we are going to introduce new features such as Editors' Choice and a Readers' Favourites Leaderboard in the coming days. More information on each of those things below...
Current and Past publications
With over 70 pieces of flash / shorts / poems on Platform we decided to tidy things up a bit by replacing the 'vault'. We think it looks much better as a result. All writing on the site can now be accessed through the listings on the 'writing' page. Each listing contains details of title, author, type, the year on which it first appeared on Platform and the name of the collection it appeared in. Click on the title of each piece and it takes you directly there. Once you're there you can read the piece and see any previous comments made by readers.....
Reader comments and reviews