May 28, 2008

Being Friendly

I have this really great hair stylist who is also my friend and his name is Mark. He comes to your house or you can go to his, get your hair done, have some coffee, check out the new flowers he's planting in his garden. It's always a fun time and I end up with really cute hairstyles too.

Recently, he and I had a conversation about how young people today are so connected. Phones, computers, email, text messaging - we are all networking. I said something about how the word "networking" always ends up sounding cold and overly professional. That's when he said, "Networking? Back when I was younger networking was just called being friendly!" Some serious words of wisdom there I believe.

Weave Magazine likes being friendly. There is warmth in that word, community and real connections. So in the interest of being friends, we'd like all of you to look us up on Myspace, as well as Facebook. It seems those are the most popular "friend-making" sites on the web so be sure to stop by and leave us a friendly comment or message. Weave looks forward to being your friend!

May 22, 2008

Coming Soon!

We are still alive here at Weave Magazine; it's been a busy week for me but Margaret and I still managed to do some phone conferencing even though our schedules didn't quite match up. I'd like to say I was busy doing some reading and other artsy/cultural/humanitarian things, but to be honest, I was caught up in the American Idol finale. Plus, this weekend is Memorial Day, and like any good American I plan eating something grilled and getting a little tipsy with family members.

In that vein, I wanted to share some of the things we plan on posting about soon. Margaret and I want you to get to know us better and therefore know what we might be looking for in terms of submissions. We also have some fun ideas for ways to keep both us as editors and writers/artists motivated and excited about our little publication here. Here are some of the things you can expect to see from Weave online in the near future:
  • Online publishing of writing and art right here on Weave's blog
  • Interviews with Weave's editors (hey that's me!)
  • Fun photo and (maybe) video posts about the editing process
  • Analysis of submissions and gender
  • Advice for writers/artists who are submitting for the first time
We hope you can tell that while we take our roles as editors and the submission process very seriously, we both have a playful sense of humor. For all you Americans, enjoy the holiday weekend - and for those of you outside the US - do you really need an excuse to have a barbecue? Have fun and be safe.

May 13, 2008

Weave's First Week

It's been an amazing first week here at Weave Magazine. Margaret and I are humbled by the response from both old and new friends and we'd like to thank a few people who have really spread the word. Thanks so much to Brooklyn Copeland-Johnson of Taiga for not only linking to Weave on the Taiga website, but also for writing up a nice little intro on her personal blog. Also for sending so many people over to our Facebook group. Many thanks also to Emily of Warbler Zine for linking to our site from theirs! I think making these kinds of connections, however virtual they may seem, can only improve and strengthen the artistic community.

We are also somewhat overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the number of submissions we've received in just the first week. I know I get excited to just check the inbox each day to see what new literary nuggets we have waiting for us. Keep them coming - feel free to pass along the submission guidelines to friends and family.

We hope to update the blog often so you can feel a part of our transition into the new world of literary mag editing. As editors of Weave, we really want you to get a feel for our personalities and tastes to better help with the submission process. We also want you to know that we are an open community here; Weave wants to build connections between artists, writers, and readers. That is our mission and we hope that you'll contact us if you have any questions.

So thanks again to everyone out there who has supported our fledgling magazine and we look forward to future submissions.

Laura and Margaret
editors, Weave Magazine