The original The Were-Traveler fiction eZine was first published in October 2011. The first issue was Hundred Word Halloween, a celebration of horror drabbles just in time for Halloween. There were fifteen drabbles published in that virgin voyage, by five authors. Not too bad for a first issue.
The Traveler grew after that. Authors and poets from all over the world have been published on this little modest speculative fiction site. The site author, publisher, and editor, Maria (M.X. or Reo) Kelly took care of everything alone for six years while working two-to-three jobs and trying to stay healthy.
In late 2017/early 2018 she had a health scare. She got sick and thought it might be cancer. She [finally!] was able to get tested [colonoscopy] in 2019 and the results came back negative for cancer...just a bit of diverticulosis.
Needless to say, she was exhausted physically and mentally for a long, long time. She put the eZine on hold and focused on surviving [financially and physically and mentally]. Recently, her main part-time gig offered a chance for a full-time promotion position. She went for it, and got it. She is now in a position to start this modest internet speculative fiction magazine back up again and make it even better. She is in a position to offer authors pay for their work now.
M.X. is looking forward to taking The Were-Traveler even further! I hope you enjoy reading the NEW and Improved Traveler!