Perhaps it was silly, and I'm sorry if you missed our regular Saturday Newsletter yesterday. But as today is October 1, and our latest issue is published today, I decided this week to make the Saturday Newsletter the Sunday—or Weekend—Newsletter plus new issue alert.
Stone Soup's new life is taking shape. We are producing more frequent issues (this is our second monthly issue) that are each a little shorter and also more focused than were the bi-monthly print editions. I can tell you that I have never been happier with the scale of the issues or the quality of what we are publishing than I am now. I encourage all of you to go to our website and check out the new October issue. Non-subscribers are entitled to several articles per month while our subscribers, of course, have full, unlimited access to everything.
I want you to hear from the editor, Emma Wood, to get a flavour of what to expect this month. In her Editor's Note she talks about the written work:
"Fear, anger, anxiety, the elements—in the stories and poems in this issue, the characters and speakers are all confronting something big and frightening. Time seems to slow down, and nearly stop altogether, in both “Game Time” and “Perfection,” as nerves take over. In “Facing the Hurricane,” the speaker faces not only a dangerous storm, but his own (mis)understanding of his father. Meanwhile, Evelyn faces her loneliness at the thought of her best friend Abigail moving to Korea in “Only an Ocean Away”. In the poem, “I Remember the Water and the Wind,” the speaker discovers her own strength while encountering a storm head-on, and in “Candlenut Tree,” the speaker faces down—and overcomes—her anger “like lava ready to explode into the air”.
If that isn't enough to get you clicking on the link to start reading, I'd like to call your attention to the art in the issue as well. This is now the second issue in which art is published for its own sake, rather than as an illustration to a story. It's been a wonderful process to review submissions of work that both stands in its own right and—as I hope you'll agree—complements the writing in the magazine, starting with "Scrapes of Light", the striking and evocative cover image. You will find three other photographs in the issue, including a second but very different photograph taken through a rain-spattered window ("Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada"), that conveys a profound melancholy and stillness. "Girl Asleep", with its different sense of calm and gorgeous muted colour palette feels almost painterly in its framing, textures and timeless subject, while "The Look" gives us a portrait that stands for itself, popping out of its dark background and, at the same time, inviting a thousand questions abut what that look might mean. I'd also like to mention the exquisite and accomplished watercolor, "Mountain Quail." Whenever I look at it it makes me feel calm. It is a gentle but powerful work of art.
If you are interested in photography—whether you are a Stone Soup aged reader or a grownup—I think you will find the photographs in this issue moving, and I hope they will inspire you to pick up a camera and go out into the world looking for images and ideas that engage you in some way. And if you are someone who loves art in any form, why not send us a review of an artwork or exhibit you have enjoyed recently?
Thank you so much to all our wonderful Stone Soup writers and artists. Great work.