May 15, 2015
Dear Intrepid Readers,
For the past couple of editor’s notes, I’ve been repeating a Paulo Coelho quote: “No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up, and show up.” I hope that this week, you managed to get out to a literary event, or that you met up with a reading club or your circle of writers, and that in some way, no matter how great or small, you showed up to be part of your own process and connected with the literary world around you.
Earlier this week, Editor-in-Chief Lise Quintana brought you a First-Person blog, “Giving Up Time,” about the time we borrow from ourselves and our own writing, and where we spend that time—writers often have a hard time justifying the time that they spend writing to people who don’t write. The result is that it’s sometimes exceedingly difficult to get up, dress up or show up for your work (or other people’s work) because we could be using that time “doing something useful instead.” In Lyndsay Hall’s ongoing blog series about the MFA vs. NYC debate, one point stands apart from all others, with regards to the many reasons that some people enroll in an MFA program. The MFA degree essentially legitimizes the act of writing and buys the student the luxury of being allowed to keep their time without apology. Being a student allows you to be selfish with your writing time, because it’s “for school”—the MFA degree is much like hanging a shingle outside of your business that allows you to present writing as your vocation, instead of just the “hobby” it’s often relegated to when conversing with people who don’t write.
So whether you choose the academic path or the path of the working writer, we hope that you know that each path has its own set of strengths, but that writers, like the stories they tell, are at their best when they embrace liminal spaces and reject binary modes of thinking. Either way, you’re destined to have an “office” that’s defined by half-drunk cups of coffee, abandoned teabags, and bits of writing on napkins and the backs of receipts pinned to the walls.
What, you thought writing was going to be glamorous?
This week, we began sending out the second round of acceptances for our upcoming King in Yellow issue and its companion series of Alphanumeric features, and we can see the issue coming into focus—what an issue this is going to be. But while we’re assembling that issue, don’t miss out on the last few weeks of Bulfinch’s Mythology Alphanumeric features—recently, we’ve posted fantastic new work by Carina Bissett, John Mueter, and Kristin Agudelo as we wind down on our mythology issue and begin building towards a new cycle of cosmic horror. Likewise, twice weekly, we’re bringing you First Person blog posts on everything from the MFA debate and writer confessions to how we carve up our writing time—just visit Rhizomatic Ideas on Monday and Thursday to see what’s been on our mind this week. And if you’ve got something you’d like to talk about, shoot us a post (300-500 words) at firstname.lastname@example.org— we’re interested in hearing from you.
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Until next week—
Allie Marini Batts, Managing Editor