B.D. WELTON The Seed of Dream
NATHAN EVERETT The Future of the Publishing Industry
MARTIN ABEL Sail Together
JOHN J. WALSH IV Sail Together, Swim Alone
JEANIE SAVILLE & PAUL BLAKE Opposing E-Reader Reviews
KEVIN VAN DYKEN Music Spotlight: Avox
RENDA DODGE Worth 1000 Words
CASONDRA BREWSTER It’s all Addictions, Vampires and Hookers
SONIA LYRIS Balance, Grace, and Humility
SUSAN MATTHEWS After the Book Deal
JASON BLACK Understanding “Show, Don’t Tell”
MINDI RICE NaNoWriMo Newbie Tell-All
SARA ADAMS NaNoWriMo Thaws!
BARBARA CLARKE How Many Writing Books Does it Take?
Literary and Poetry Contributors
Anna Wood, Nathan Everett, Bhalachandra Sahaj, Ken Davis, Kelly I. Hitchcock, Yasmin Elbaradie, Casondra Brewster,
Shauna O’Connor, Caleb Krause, Michael Sarko, Rhea Wolf, Tryger Graves, Michael Alpiner, Laura Lucas, Michael Sarko, Ryan Unger
Photography and Art Contributors
Featuring Photography by Alisa Gramann, Darby Levison, Derek Solaita, Gabriel Tompkins, Irene Royce, Joe Graziano, Melissa Schipper & Vivian Osborn
Line Zero, the place where it all begins. It’s the blank page, the empty beginning and the start of something new. It’s the excitement of a story about to unfold, and it’s also the terrifying emptiness of writer’s block.
Most of all it’s taking that step into artistic creation.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Line Zero! We have so much in store for you in the following pages. The idea for the publication came as I searched for the perfect arts journal. I wanted pages jam-packed with art pieces, photographs, inspiration, how-tos, stories and poetry. I wanted to hear from the writers and artists in the trenches. I wanted to know that out there, there were other people screaming to be heard over the creative din. I wanted to connect with the others. I knew they had to exist. I knew that there was a sea of artists dying to be heard, and I couldn’t possibly be the only one who wanted to hear what they had to say.
I started talking to colleagues – fellow writers and photographers. I pitched the idea to a lot of people, and tried to explain it simple terms. I didn’t want to create another literary journal, and the world didn’t need another slick magazine full of ‘how-to-get-published’ articles. It needed a gritty, honest look at the publishing industry, the real story behind taking your writing to print. But not only did I want amazing, real essays and articles, I wanted outstanding literature and art pieces. I wanted to show how art and writing are so intrinsically connected. My idea was met with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of blank stares (for those outside of the literary scene the term “arts journal” seems foreign, almost scary).
I finally found like-minded, excited individuals in Bailey Shoemaker Richards and Jeanie Saville. They were able to bring the idea from nothing to this journal you now hold in your hands. Each woman was able to bring me new ideas and perspectives, and I’m so proud of the final result.
It turned out that Bailey, Jeanie and I weren’t the only ones excited about the project. When I started to reach out to my contacts in the arts world, the response was resounding. I thought for the first couple of issues I was going to have to pull teeth, bribe, or sell my first born to get quality articles, but I was wrong. By the time we opened the arts contest to the public, I was only slightly less surprised by the overwhelming response.
Inside you’ll find phenomenal essays on writing and music, a look at Tango that nearly brought me to tears, our short story winner “Tandem” by Anna Wood – an amazing story that left me breathless, several superb photographs, beautiful poems and emotional stories. There’s also a focus on November’s National Novel Writing Month because of the emotional response it brings to those involved. The writers who participate in the month long novel writing extravaganza have so much passion for what they are doing. We have an essay from a veteran and a newbie, and it’s interesting to see their take on the endeavor. Our cover photograph makes me smile every time I see it. It captures the playful-seriousness of childhood and the memory of a time we could be anything.
We still can. We’re still artists, we’re still creating ourselves as we step forward through this portal into the next stage of our creative lives. We’re at Line Zero right now, and it’s the perfect time to start.