Hello Dearest Author, Readers, Writers and Artists,
It’s your long-lost editor, back from the brink of death.
And I exaggerate only slightly.
Thus far, 2019 has brought me 5 hospital trips, one of those a surgery and the other an ICU stay. In the brief windows of improved health, I have done as much as I can on behalf of Curating Alexandria and my private editing clients…but those windows have not lasted long. Mentally, I have begun to transition from a mindset expecting a small setback and then back to work to one that recognizes my illness as a part of me for the rest of my life. It’s an odd thing to acknowledge or say aloud, that my life won’t be like it used to.
It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a baby, and speaking as someone who has had a baby, I can readily agree it’s not a job done alone. But it also takes a dedicated parent within that village to tend to the baby, to keep it’s well-being at the front of their minds and daily life.
I’ve learned that Curating Alexandria (probably any small business) is much like that metaphorical baby and village. I am certainly not the only person who runs CALP (Curating Alexandria Literary Productions). There is no way I could do this alone. Arthur, Jacqueline, Vanessa, Frank, Jess, De, John, and every single contributor have been essential to what we produce. But I am the baby’s mother. I’m the person who keeps Curating Alexandria in my mind and routine, who answers emails at all hours of the day, who has the final “yes or no” to publication, and contracts all the aspects of publication. Sadly for the burgeoning life that is CALP, it’s mother has been very ill. I am behind on emails and reading and conference calls in a way I never imagined I would be.
While I come to recognize that my health is forever altered, it gifts me with the recognition of what is and is not essential to my life. With less energy to spend, everything I focus on bears more significance. I am happy to say that Curating Alexandria is still dear to my heart and mind, it is not lost or forgotten despite the prolonged silence. But you’re not here to read about me! So let’s talk mythology and fairy tales and publication:
Despite the recent partnership with Salus Books, CALP will likely not publish anything further in 2019. Salus is a new collaboration of publishers, authors and editors and in their own infancy of publication. If we do have another volume this year, it will be a mixed genre collection of works accepted since December 2018. All publication agreements will be honored by the end of 2020.
Submissions will be read and replied to in the order in which they were sent to us. You are always invited to send nudges via email or text message on WhatsApp to 317-874-7078.
I’m looking forward to many more publications and stories of myth and fairy tale in our future…even if the present is a little quiet.
Happy reading and writing,
Story Godmother and Editor in Chief