Happy August, Sick Lit Magazine Readers!
It has been a lot of fun this summer. Kelly and I have done a lot of work (as you can already see), but we are doing even more work behind the scenes to get you excited about this fall and what’s to come.
We have some awesome themes coming your way and I am excited to read all of the submissions that we receive in the upcoming months!
I took a small vacation to Denver, Colorado. I saw a concert at Red Rocks amphitheater and just enjoyed the views and food of a great city. It was just the getaway I needed to come back home with fresh, new energy for creativity with the site as well as with my own writing.
I am happy to announce that I have accepted some teaching jobs for this fall. I will be teaching at three different colleges. My English degree is finally coming in handy! But I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Working with all of our contributors on editing and revising your work has really prepared for working with young writers and teaching composition.
I’m excited to be in front of the classroom this fall, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be sitting behind my computer screen reading all of your work! Kelly and I have some exciting things happening in our future; but we both promised that SLM will be better than it ever has been.
I’m not sure if most of you know this, but Kelly and I don’t get paid for this job.
We both do it because we love your writing and want to get the word out about great writing. We are writers ourselves and we both believe that writing is a practice. You only get better at the craft by reading good writing and practicing your own personal style as much as you can.
I have to apologize for some of the posts in July. As you know, Kelly was sick for a good part of the month. I didn’t want her to worry about a thing, so I took over everything. I wasn’t too familiar with scheduling the posts. Kelly tried to walk me through it, but I did make some minor mistakes and I apologize to anyone who felt that their formatting or writing was off. I learned as I went along but I was so happy to hear that Kelly started feeling better and she once again took over.
Speaking of Kelly, I am excited to announce that our Editor-In-Chief Kelly Coody is now a published author! Her novel, Unhinged, is now on sale. http://www.snowleopardpublishing.com/#!product-page/iil1o/5a59ddcb-8bf2-0dda-e03e-52f63c22cf35
I pre-ordered my copy and it should hopefully be here soon so I can start reading it. You all should order it too and maybe we can do a little Q & A session with her.
One of the reasons I have decided to stay on at SLM after my internship is because of the sense of community that this site has. I love seeing everyone encourage fellow writers on Twitter and by commenting on their stories on the site. PLEASE DO MORE OF THIS!
As writers, we love feedback. Kelly and I always try to give everyone feedback.
We encourage you to do that for each other. Read a poem that you like? Retweet it! Read an awesome fiction piece? Leave a comment for the author. This is what creates a sense of community and togetherness. Kelly focuses on the Twitter page while I run the Instagram. Give us a shout out. Leave a comment if you like a certain piece. Tell us what you love about it. That’s why we do this!
That’s why we work on the weekends and read emails when our significant others tell us to go to sleep. We love doing this, we want you all to be a part of it!
Enough of that, how about we celebrate August’s theme, Santino Prinzi’s Perceptions?!
I have loved this theme so far. We have gotten so many submissions and I love how everyone has taken this theme and ran with it. Everyone looks at the idea of “perceptions” differently and that has been the best part of reading the submissions.
When I think of the theme perceptions, I think of a dream. The way we perceive things in our everyday lives is just the way our minds handle things when we are conscious. But our subconscious has a way of viewing things differently, in example, our dreams.
I can go nights without remembering a single dream. Then there are nights when I can’t stop thinking about what happened in my dream. Sometimes I try to decode different things that happened or people who popped up. I tend to dream about people I haven’t seen in years, which is very weird to me.
After thinking about this month’s theme some of my dreams came to mind. I thought about writing about them. What a great story some of my dreams could make. But then I decided against it. There are just some dreams that I don’t want to visualize ever again. The good thing about dreams is that we have the ability to wake up from it and forget it ever happened.
Have a great month everyone!