One of my favorite sayings is “woolgathering”, a term introduced to me by author Breena Clarke when we interviewed her in 2008. She said: “But recognize that thinking is part of it (that) woolgathering isn’t a waste of time and you will have times that you will sit and not write.“ It’s a reminder to me that the time of dreaming is a part of the creative process in each of us and with that in mind, we bring you the first 2011 issue of All Things Girl: Castles in the Air.
Castles in the Air is a fitting them for the state you’ve found All Things Girls in: Beta. At more than a decade old, and more than three-years since our last overhaul, we are dreaming about the All Things Girl of the future. We are re-branding, re-designing and re-organizing. And we’ve chosen to take this time in a state of transparency and allow you to see the transformations during our five-week Beta mode. Over the coming weeks, Lorissa, our Founder and Director, will be talking here in the blog about our changes.
We welcome and look forward to your feedback and suggestions, so don’t be shy!
I’m so thrilled to also introduce some amazing content for your enjoyment. We began as a Literary / Arts ‘Zine and always celebrate those roots. Spend some time seeing how writers and visual artists interpret our theme. You’ll also find fresh perspectives in our Everything Girl section, where we share our insights, present interviews, and introduce you to our Cover Girl (Amanda Schull) and Man of the Moment (Michael Kortya).
As always, keep an eye on The Blog. Lorissa will share with you some thoughts on taking All Things Girl forward and you’ll also be treated to some wonderful interviews, reviews, and fabulous guest posts.
Though the current issue is closed to submissions, we are looking to the future and welcoming submissions for future issues in 2011. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!
As we embark upon our journey into a new decade and show you the behind-the-scenes transformations of the new All Things Girl, I hope you remember that life is truly about the journey as we dream and plan for our future. Don’t forget to live in the moment, and above all, never lose the ability to build your personal “Castles in the Air”.
Much love and light to you.
Deb Smouse, Editor in Chief