Positive in the Negative

It feels like it’s been a while since I last wrote.  Has it been that long?

McKraft’s Literary Magazine is still a working progress.  I was able to finally connect my cover art to the magazine content in order to send it digitally as a single link.  I’m pretty happy about that.  I also decided that due to printing cost being too pricey for my purse, I’m keeping it digital.  It’s cheaper, it’s smarter, and using color doesn’t cost.  I want to make the magazine available in print as well as digital, but that’s down the road a ways.

Last week I was dealing with my daughter’s school.  An RTI meeting.  Georgia Cyber Academy is an awesome school, and it’s really changed our lives for the better, but some of their staff are almost ‘pushy’.  I’ve dealt with a few staff members, who I swear, they spoke as if they were more concerned for my daughter receiving the proper education than I am.  I know they mean well, but I’m not some parent who sees education and schooling as a daytime sitter.  The teachers teach the courses, I sit in to refresh my knowledge of the course, and then I teach her the homework.

I’m working on rewriting what I thought were previously completed, well-written stories.  It turns out they weren’t.  They were nice attempts at first, maybe, possibly second drafts.  In rewriting them, I’ve realized something spectacular… I’M IMPROVING!  When you let go of the negative, and see the positive in every rough situation, things are bound to improve.  Whether things improve in your life, at work, in writing, where ever… it’s good.

Yesterday I took an even bigger step in my writing.  I started a gofundme page for the magazine.  Here is where you can donate and receive your own digital copy of McKraft’s.

gofundme.com/mckraftsliterarymagazine

I create the cover art for every issue.  The playful additives, like my #hashtagable calendar, word of the month (some words are made up), and a page of ‘fun facts’.  Every issue includes a recipe, a nonfiction short story, and a chapter of fiction.  This month we debuted my husband’s unsuccessful published book.  Read chapter one of Elemental Magic; Sorceress of Shadows by making a donation.  I send you the link.

I promise you, my magazine is at least fun to look through!

“Small Business in Writing”

After a week of heavy thoughts, pondering the pros and cons of what could either be a disaster, or could totally work out, I’m going for it because I believe in it.

Get this.  I was making the bed, listening to the Fox news channel, and I had a country music song stuck in my head (Maren Morris- My Church).  I’m very good at mentally multitasking, so it isn’t unheard of if you know me personally.  It was the idea I came up with while I was doing all of this.  Again, I was making the bed, listening to the news, and I had a song stuck in my head–a occurrence from activities from the night before.

Okay, I’m sure you’re more than ready to know what my idea was, my husband and I are starting our own literary magazine!

I figure it’s the perfect project that combines my creative nonfiction writing ability, my husband’s fiction work, everyone loves recipes, and poetry.  I don’t think it gets any better than that, but I haven’t told you everything about our magazine either!  Some things you have to find out yourself.

I’m currently working on a layout for the first issue as that is how we’re planning to start.  We’ll make one and it’ll sell itself.  So, come the first week of May, our first issue will be completed and printed from our own home printer.  We’ve not figured out the numbers yet, but there’s work to be done before those numbers can even happen.  All that we do currently know is our literary magazine will be done in monthly issues.

I think our magazine is also going to be a great way to share our work with others and get our name out there for our books that are coming later.

I’ve been asked the question already as to whether our magazine will be in print or eMagazine.  The answer to that is for now, just print.  However, if you’re interested, when the time comes, our literary magazine will be available for a cover price.  Just let me know!  Remember, the numbers haven’t been figured yet.