NOVEMBER LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Vol. 1, Issue 2, November 2015, SLM
We are starting out the month with our first “open submissions call,” meaning that Sick Lit Magazine will be taking unsolicited submissions from the first of the month until the cut-off, the deadline, November 30th, 2015, which is a very short window for those of you who would like to have your work considered. Out of these submissions, SickLitMag will create a special edition issue, which is set to be released in January of 2016, to kick off the New Year. If you’d like to be a part of this, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org for these submissions. Anything submitted after November 30th, 2015, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED for publication in this special edition issue.
I need to reiterate part of our mission here at SLM: We aim to put art back in the hands of the true artists where it belongs.
We do not condone misogynistic behavior, discrimination or any form of hate. We reject the current landscape of publishing, inundated with agents who belong on a used car lot, who’d be boss at peddling a “previously-loved vehicle.” I may call us a “literary journal” on Twitter, but that’s up for interpretation; we love oddities, or gems, as I like to refer to them.
We have so much going on at Sick Lit Magazine for the month of November! Our LGBTQA spotlight of the month is going to….. (DRUM ROLL PLEASE…) Croydon’s own Jamie Andrews!
We started off the month with UK rocker / guitarist Dave Sharman and some Halloween-themed fiction from Hillary Umland, which were both phenomenal reads.
Please check out our photo shoot entitled, “WATER GARDENS,” as it’s the first from SickLitMag, shot by Michael Coody.
Cori Hackworth and I will finally be getting together soon to have our joint shoot. (Suggestions are welcome! I had a few ideas of doing a game night theme where we’d play cards or Jenga, or have a satirical tea party; complete with tulle skirts and ‘90s grunge t-shirts.)
So far we have lined up for this month an article on the pitfalls and failings of the American healthcare system and an interview with UUPA board member, Harlan White, on his efforts to spread awareness and acceptance for polyamory existing in a church setting (visit www.uupa.org or www.uua.org for more information).
Now that we’re in the midst of fall, heading steadfast into winter, meaning less hours of daylight, time changes and, don’t forget: ‘tis the season for depression. As a sufferer myself, it’s an issue that I don’t take lightly; I also don’t take kindly to those who criticize someone, like myself, who has sought help, and is on medicine for said depression.
I have to address a topic that’s become disturbing in the US as of late; it’s been happening since 1999, but the occurrences have become far more frequent, more violent and quite frankly, are starting to make me feel unsafe in my own “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.” Who else sees some trends that have also steadily increased along with these mass shootings over the last 15-16 years? There are two key factors at work here: gun control and isolation. A major shift in the prevalence and quality of technology in our lives has occurred, yes, but with this comes an extreme lack of socialization. You know what else the internet is really good at? Making people feel lonely; inconsolably lonely, socially inept and like their lives must have some sort of void in them.
Can you imagine what that must do to certain people’s internal monologues? It would be one thing if it were 2006 again and Facebook were merely accessible to us on our desktops waiting for us back at home. But, alas, it’s not. It’s almost fucking 2016; and Facebook is glued to our fucking wrists. In an age where we are more “connected” than ever, we are actually more “disconnected” from each other than at any other time in our history.
Don’t get me wrong: social media is wonderful. It is what allows me to do my job. But, there is a fine line here.
So, what’s going to happen? Are Facebook or iPhones going to just go away? HELL NO. So what’s the next solution?
DING, DING, DING. Gun Control. I believe it was Chris Rock who said the solution is simple: make bullets $5000.
As always, Peace and Love,
-Kelly on behalf of SLM-
(And don’t forget that cut-off for submissions is right around the corner, friends!)