Full House Lit Mag

Orange blush issue 5 and good vibes with Southchild Lit Mag

April 02, 2021 Full House Lit Mag Season 1 Episode 13
Full House Lit Mag
Orange blush issue 5 and good vibes with Southchild Lit Mag
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In part A of the podcast for this week, we first look through Orange Blush's fifth issue, highlighting some stand out pieces. We then speak to Magi from Southchild Lit Mag and learn more about them and the great work they do. 

Leia  0:10  

Hello, and welcome to the Full House podcast. This is Part A, and in part A, we'll be looking at Orange blush and their issue five, we will be talking to the wonderfuMagi from Southchild. And yeah, we're just excited to kick off this episode. So looking at Orange Blush's fifth issue. So they say that 'when people think of us, we want them to think inclusive, eclectic, bold, welcoming, experimental, and more recently romantic and dreamy'. So they like 'art that makes them feel things, or that makes them glad to be alive, or art that reminds them why they create.' And they also say 'the artist is an umbrella term. And if you make things with your hands, your words or your surroundings, they consider you an artist.' So that is orange blush. They are fantastic. This issue is beautiful. There are some really amazing pieces. The issue features the work of 22 artists, and we've highlighted a few pieces, the whole issues gorgeous, and I definitely recommend checking it out it's laid up so beautifully. And there's obviously been a lot of hard work in this issue. And it's fantastic. So we're going to just highlight some of our absolute favorites.

Jack  1:28  

So the first piece we'd like to speak about from Orange blush is Noah by Heidi Miranda. Now this this poem is quite simple in language, almost like conversational. And it's very short and effective. There's not a wasted word. And there's, there's like really great spacing of lines and it's quite a personal piece as well. It's sort of I sort of imagined it as sort of like a encounter, like a sort of conversation between a, I'll say like I'll say like a father and daughter.

Leia  1:54  

Yeah, a line I really liked is 'he laughs and says, Good. My daughter is made of Cypress.' I think that's really cool. It's a really great line. And there's so much in that image that can be taken and discussed. And I also really like the starting point, which is 'my dad asks if I'm off my painkillers yet'. It's an impactful line, it really draws you in. And as Jack says, no, this isn't a long piece. It's a very short, impactful poem. But you know, every word as Jack says is there for a reason, it really gives you something to play around with and go back and dissect and look at and I really, really like this piece, especially that first half, we get this really great resolution towards the end of the piece but that first half is just so strong. And Heidi, this is definitely one that we thought was fantastic. You should be really proud of the piece. Obviously orange blush love it. And we do too!

Jack  2:48  

The next one we have vaulting by Tryn Brown. This is like a very sensory poem there is  quite a focus on smells, visuals, feelings, sounds, or all the senses really. And I think the way I interpreted vaulting was like vaulting as in like jumping. So it's sort of like jumping from thought to thought and this can even be seen with the way it's arranged on the page. And so it's sort of like arranging, I want to say in couplets, but not quite, it's like so there's, it's arranged into like a bunch of couplets and then there's sort of a split in each line between which sort of like, I don't know, maybe like maybe maybe the writers hit tab or something which sort of breaks up the lines a bit and creates like a sort of spacing which makes you think it's like a pause maybe like a jump to a different thought. And this is like each line is a separate entity apart from there is a couple that are set separate into three which is which is quite interesting, in my opinion. Probably my favorite couplet from this is 'bergamot and Aloe Vera, Ginger to ease my feverishness, the stench of hunger covering everything'. With the bergamot aloe vera so there's, there's a real like, obviously there's the smell, the smell is the most it's the most powerful thing out of those two things, but there's also the the sense of taste and also like the feeling of both of those things.

Leia  4:04  

Yeah, I think the thing I liked best about this piece is there are lots of different ways to read it, you can obviously just read across the page, but I think you can read each small section together as well. So I mean if you just read it across so for example, the first line is 'I would do anything to avoid being caught up in the thin of the thick of things.' But you could also read it just 'I will do anything to avoid being in the thin' and you can also read it 'caught up of the thick of things' and it goes on like that throughout and I think it's really interesting to take different parts and you know, put them together and see what happens. I think it's a really really really great piece. It's quite, you know, challenging visually, but in the most exciting way it really makes you look at the different parts and pulls it together and the spacing this piece is perfect and I just really like it. I think it's fantastic and as you say the language Jack is brilliant in this piece. I highly recommend reading this piece. I think there's a lot that can be taken like thematically, visually, linguistically, I think it just ticks all the boxes for me personally.

And so next up well there's a lot of art in orange blush, a lot of art and photography, which is fantastic because it's all like original and unique. And it has a really, really cool way of fitting into the issue. And one of the sort of arty pieces I really like is called smile by Thomas Stockley. And it's this really cool like, image of a woman and she has like a post it note smiley face stuck on top of her face. And I just love that I think it's a silly and playful and fun and creative. And visually, it's super strong, because we've got this yellow post it note and the contrast of the ladies silhouette and figure has like it's an red color. So you've got those two contrasting colors. And I just think it's really good. I'd love to put this on a wall. So definitely passes the wall test, I think it's just perfect. And I love it. Its everything down to the small smiley face, to the details of the lady's dress, it just, it's so visually interesting, but it's the sort of thing that don't have to look at too deeply, you can just look at it. And it just brings a smile to your face, because it's so like humorous. And I really enjoyed this piece.

Jack  6:13  

The next piece I'd like to speak about is hollow chests by Akash Ali. This is a quite an introspective piece. It's like quite a good display of vulnerability here. And there's some there's some really great phrases I like in this. So I think it's in the third stanza. The lines, the last three lines of the stanza. 'I don't know who or what will fill this repulsive desire of wanting to be wanted.' I think this is quite a sort of raw portrayal of a feeling I'm sure that many people feel, but maybe they never actually express it in, in poetry or even to other people. And sort of continuing this trend of us finding lines that we've never really heard before. The phrase, 'when I zip open my chest' is just one that like, well, I've never heard it before. And the image is just completely unique to me. And in addition, the last line, 'I find nothing' is very impactful, especially with most of the lines being a lot longer in this piece.

Leia  7:14  

Yeah, I just think the language is really interesting, as you say, like the first line is 'I crave to drown'. And obviously, that's quite a striking image craving to drown 'in the hot pink neon lights', I love the sense of color. And I like how visually accessible it is in terms of the imagery. So you can really like see what was happening, it's very grounded in this imagery, which makes it very, very easy to sort of see it, you know, it's a it's like more like a 3d piece, you know, you can see what's going on, because this imagery is so inviting. So I really like that about the piece. And I think as Jack says it's really, really, like the lines are so interesting. And I've never heard some of these phrases before, you know, we always love to highlight pieces that do that. Yeah, the sense of the way the narrative is constructed in this piece is absolutely fantastic. And I just have so much like admiration for this piece. This is, as I said, this is one of the pieces that you know, this is what writing is for me. And this is the type of writing I want to write. So I'll  always definitely be highlighting pieces like that. And yeah, this is one that I just think is really, really good. It's great. It's a fantastic read, and I think you'll definitely get something from it. So 100% recommend checking this one out. 

Another piece we want to talk about is a sunshine baby by Jasmine Kapadia. I'm really sorry if I pronounced that wrong. And it's really cool. It's a short piece that's sort of written in like a prose paragraph. And one of my favorite lines is 'when our edges run like mango juice down chins, she dunks me into an ocean and I come up with my nose dripping.' And you can almost read all of this in one breath. There are full stops, but it seems like it's so easy just that everything flows so well. And I really like that about the piece. The lines are mainly quite short. So you can go in and they stand out and there is this impactful imagery. I really like the story in this and it reminds me quite a lot of Deborah Levy's hot milk in the way that the narrative and the just the tone is written and I really love that novel. So yeah, Jasmine's piece really, you know, resonated with me because I absolutely love that way of writing. I think it's hard to know what it is about it,  it's just got such a quality that feels very, maybe genuine, honest, I suppose. Like, it's not constructed necessarily to get something from someone. It just is. It just exists. And I really, really like about this piece in particular, I love the title. I just think it's really cool. I love that and I've read this a couple of times and it gets it gets better. Every time I read it. I see things that I didn't read before and different lines strike me, and I just think it's a really, really good piece. 

Another piece we really enjoyed was 'You fold yourself into tiny spaces' by F.C. Malby. And I love this. I think it's so interesting and intricate. And I don't know, it's this tiny little moment that is caught. And it's just fantastic. So it revolves around sort of this conversation. And the line that stands out to me is, 'why didn't you tell me she asks, but you know, you won't give a proper answer. I forgot, you say and take a swig of hot tea the mug leaving a ring on the mat'.  Again, it's one of those like honest moments that you can really see happening like it's, it's genuine and you can just you know, it's realistic in that way. The details in this piece such as you know, the mug leaving a ring on the mat, the piece is very closely detailed in that sense. And I mean, we have 'scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. saliva lines your lips.' As you imagine this, it just feels like I can totally see this happening. It's very believable. But it's we're in this really interesting way. I think F.C. Malby's voice comes through very well in terms of it's subtle enough that it doesn't like, it doesn't take away from the piece. But it's it's really good. It's a really, really interesting voice come through in the tone it gives and leave is fantastic. Things like 'No, thank you. You say but she's already making the next cup.  You sew yourself back up, so that nothing is exposed. And it all looks pristine.' You sew yourself back up. I love that line. It's fantastic. And the way in which the small conversation is like outlined with these other details is fantastic to see. And I again, this is a piece you need to reread a couple of times to figure out you know, what is even going on here. And the language is fantastic. The narrative is really interesting. I love pieces where it's just a small moment, a conversation, a few lines, and you can sort of have to try and guess what happens before and what happens after. And I just love this little snapshot into these people's lives. And the way that it's described, I think it's really good.

Jack  12:12  

Another really amazing piece of artwork from Orange blushes issue is African people by Anoushka Ambrose and its a really, really colorful, sort of, I want to say like spread like it's like a double page spread of African people sort of drawn with like these really amazing bright felt tips. And you can see all the lines of like the felt tips themselves, which makes it like really expressive and flows really well. It's really incredible to look at.

Leia  12:39  

Yeah, I love zooming in on each of the different people portrayed in this picture.  And as Jack says, you can see every little sort of line mark from the pen, which is fantastic. And when it's all together, it's just such a visually strong and striking image. And I think so much personality and character is conveyed. Anoushka down a really, really fantastic job here in portraying something that's got such story in just you know, across the page spread and the talent in this piece is fantastic. Love it. And I'd love to see more from Anoushka, because it's so vibrant, and it's really it's got a lot of movement, it's a really alive piece, you know, it's not just sitting there still, this piece really is alive. 

And so the last piece we want to look at is 'her rose colored glasses' by Chloe Harnett- Hargrove and this is awesome. This is like a comic zine and is captioned as a standalone issue from a comic zine. And yeh it's a fantastic addition to the zine overall. So these visuals are so cool and I love the way it's laid out. Andits  sort of this really interesting comic but the lines in it are really poetic. So lines like 'a breeze moves through the clouds' is fantastic and it's this really really cool piece I think it's fantastic and it's obviously taken so much time and detail and energy to construct this piece and that's always worth admiring. And I love that the front, the cover is colored and the inside is in a more black and white gray style. I think that's a really cool the way that the the characters have shown just through the you know the the lines and the way the pen has moved and created them is fantastic. I could never do anything like this in my wildest dreams and there is a really interesting narrative that's explored I don't know if it's necessarily connected. It feels quite random in the phrases which I absolutely adore. I love it, but it's got a sort of random feel to it. Like one of the lines. 'As I look on, two kittens sneak from around the corner'. And then we have this gorgeous little visual of the kitten sneaking around. And it's fantastic. It's such so many little gems, I feel like you could take each page of this comic and just have it as its own sort of art piece. I think it's fantastic. It's, it doesn't feel like it necessarily has to be a connected story. I think each page is a story in itself, which is amazing to see. And I really love it. I think it's really innovative. I don't see stuff that is very often the standalone comic zines that have a poetic or storylike, you know, feel to it. So this is fantastic. And I really enjoyed it. And I think you guys will really like it too. I think it's really really nice. And yeah, Chloe, this is fantastic. I I wonder how this would look, you know, actually printed out in a comic, that'd be fantastic as well. So yeah, it's brilliant. And I really enjoyed reading it. And I'm definitely going to be looking out for more pieces by Chloe, because this was just absolutely fantastic to see I really really enjoyed the use of color and not color in the inside. I enjoyed the way that it was written. And I really enjoyed the way the characters were conveyed through the brushstrokes and the way that again, movement is so present in this piece in the breeze moves through clouds, the such a lovely use of like lines and waves. And it's just gorgeous and there is so much talent in this, Chloe. 

And yeah, so they were the sort of standout pieces that we absolutely adored. But every piece in this is fantastic. So highly recommend you taking some time out of your days checking these guys out, because orange blush, you've really hit the nail on the head of this one, the issue is gorgeous, every page has got such care in it. It's just brilliant. I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of great stuff in this. And I had not heard of any of the artists and the creators present in this issue before. But I'm leaving now with 22 people that I can't wait to follow and check out. So definitely recommend you doing that. It was a pleasure to look through orange blush's issue and we can't wait to see issue six. 

And so our next guest is the wonderful Magi from Southchild lit mag, and we are really excited to find out some more about you know, the mag!  So hi, Magi, how are you?

Magi  17:17  

Hi, I'm really good. How are you?

Leia  17:19  

Brilliant thanks. We just really excited to learn more about you and about the mag. So tell us a little bit really about you know what you're all about and what you guys are going for.

Magi  17:29  

Okay, southchild started, it has weird origins. Like the whole, the whole mission behind it is to find a home for the work that you have. The poetry, the fiction, all that fun stuff that just been kind of wandering around for a while and you haven't really been able to find a home for it. The term Southchild came to be whenever I started writing a poetry collection that has never gotten off the ground and rereading it should never get off the ground by any means. But it was sort of a term I came up with to describe someone who has roots in their hometown that doesn't even really realize it until they've left and yeah, so Southchild is all about bringing a home to work you didn't really think you could find a home for or just haven't found one for yet.

Leia  18:18  

Hmm, yes. I love that. I think that's great. And how long has Southchild been going for?

Magi  18:24  

Southchild started in early December of 2020. So it's still pretty new. But we've had one issue come out and we're about to have the second one come out. So we're moving pretty fast. And I'm having a lot of fun with it.

Leia  18:40  

Yeah, I mean, you guys do some really fun stuff, right? Like your next issue technicolour sunrise that looks absolutely fantastic.

Magi  18:47  

Yes. And I'm I'm actually really excited about this because I've been pulling some strings today. And while for the first two issues, I've been doing all the legwork completely by myself. I'm bringing on a team of guest readers from the queer community for our third issue and I am extremely excited. We have Fox circumgender from delicate friend we have dhwanee, I might have butchered her name completely, but she's from Indigo lit. Preston Smith from periwinkle lit, sofia fey,from the luminaries workshops that are absolutely fantastic. And then Briana Gonzalez who has contributed to this current issue of southchild, and is just a fantastic poet. I am extremely, extremely hyped up for what's going to happen for this next issue.

Leia  19:41  

Wow, that's just sounds incredible. I mean, this is gonna be such an incredible issue, especially with those guest readers how exciting.

Magi  19:49  

I actually just finalized the team today. So you guys are technically the first to know about it. 

Leia  19:55  

The inside scoop! And so Magi, if you had to pick three words I wonder to describe Southchild, what would they be?

Magi  20:04  

Definitely laid back would be one. I've had a lot of people come to me and just talk about how chill and how, how many good vibes, my magazine radiates, and that is all I could ever ask for. So laid back is definitely one. Number two, we're definitely inclusive. I try to bring in people from all walks of life, both emerging and established writers. And like I have editors of different magazines. And then I have teenagers who this is their first poetry acceptance and issue, which is absolutely astounding to me. Because just looking at it, you wouldn't even think that they were on different levels, you know, they're so talented, it's crazy to think about. And then number three, I don't know if this is even really a good word, but vocal. We've had since since December, a lot of stuff has gone down in the literary community, both good and bad. And I'm very grateful that I've been able to use this little platform that I have to sort of bring awareness to both the good things that are going on, and the bad things that people should be aware of. So yeah, I think my three words would be laidback, inclusive and vocal.

Leia  21:18  

Oh, fantastic. I love that. That's just, you know, all around good vibe energy really. 

Magi  21:24  

Yes, absolutely. That is all I strive for. It's just good vibes everywhere.

Leia  21:28  

Yes, absolutely. And so what would you say that your, you know, ethos or vision for Southchild is, and you know, the way that you interact with people and the way that you guys, you know, exist? You know, what do you hope that when people you know, see you guys who you know, read your issues, what do you hope they, you know, take from you and think. 

Magi  21:51  

For writers to read the issue, I want them to read over it and think, wow, like, this is a place where I could find a home for what I have. And then those who don't write, those who just want to read and enjoy it as a whole. I want it to not only be accessible, I want it to be relatable and understandable. I want it to be something that they can comprehend. And they can take in on pretty much all fronts. 

Leia  22:18  

Yes, absolutely. I can totally see that. And I mean, I was wondering, Magi, what in you know, in your experience have been some of the highs of the experience so far, you know, as an editor? 

Magi  22:28  

Some of the highs, honestly, how accepting and how welcoming the whole literary community has been like I started, I started my Twitter account in December whenever I launched the magazine. And since then, I want to say we're almost at 1800 Twitter followers, and I have this huge network of not only, like people I work with, but people I'm friends with, and people I can talk to on a daily basis, not just about writing and not just about running a magazine, but about anything. Like I am in a Discord server with about with editors of about 40 to 50 different magazines, and we have a whole channel in the server where we just share pictures of our pets. And, you know, that really does bring a lot of happiness to somebody. So definitely the people in the community have been one of the highlights of running this magazine. And then also just seeing how talented people are. And just wow. 

Leia  23:31  

Yeah, I mean, you must read a lot of great pieces. And, you know, does that inspire you and hype you up?

Magi  23:38  

Absolutely, um, I had, like, I write poetry and I write prose, but I mainly write just standoff pieces. And these people I've met, these pieces I've read up and like, oh, okay, so chapbooks are a thing. And we're working on manuscript number four in a span of three months, and it is an addiction. I'm not sure if it's healthy or not. But I would say definitely 100%, one of my greatest friends in this community so far is Rachel. She's the editor in chief of the winnow, and we just send each other whenever one of us needs feedback on a poem, we'll just send it to the other one. And a lot of times we'll bounce ideas off each other and we really just hype each other up and inspire each other to do great things.

Leia  24:28  

That is so great to hear. It sounds like it's been, you know, a really positive experience so far.

Magi  24:33  

Yes, absolutely.

Leia  24:35  

Oh, great. Good stuff. And then so Magi, from your issue one, what would you say are some of you know, your favorite pieces, or some of the favorite writers you featured in that issue? And that, you know, emerged from issue one?

Magi  24:47  

So the first one is actually the first submission we got 

Leia  24:52  


Magi  24:55  

And it's a short story from Ashley Pearson who's a high schooler I want to say in Illinois if I'm remembering correctly, and her piece in issue one is called Small Town summer, and it is just it is raw. Small Town summer is a very, very clear, concise look about how it feels to grow up in a small town where you really, you really don't know where you're going, you know where you you know where you are. And you know, you don't want to be there. And it's got these absolutely brilliant characterizations of people, kind of lower class people in a small town like that is something that I personally related to because I grew up from birth to now in this super small country town, down in Louisiana. And her depictions of this small town in her story really, really mirrored kind of the life that I lived. It brings in a lot of extra factors that I was lucky not to have grown up with the narrator of actually story is an Asian teenage girl. And so she faces a lot of struggles growing up or not necessarily growing up, but living in this small town that's predominantly white, predominantly very country. And it really sheds a very unique light on what it is to just kind of be. I really, really enjoyed this story. And it's by far one of my favorites. And as far as poetry. The very last piece of our issue is past lives by Justin Clark. And Justin Clark is the editor in chief of IDC lit magazine. And it's somewhere between prose, poetry and prose. It's, I wouldn't necessarily call it either, but it kind of follows the same general overarching themes is Ashley's piece in that it kind of just describes life and how it's kind of weird and kind of isolated, there are definite moments that really define kind of how weird life can be and how weird life changing life shattering events can really change and shape a person, it is the perfect piece to close out the first issue. And I'm really, really blessed to have worked with Justin, who has a piece coming out in the second issue as well.

Leia  27:28  

Yeah, I mean, flicking for your issue, I think it's clear that it is a cohesive issue, like a lot of the pieces, as you say are similar in the way they approach different ideas, or they give you a similar sense of tone, or theme. But really, they are all so original and so unique. So I mean, you've done really well to get these pieces that definitely string along together very well, but that still show real, like uniqueness and originality within, you know, the pieces themselves.

Magi  28:00  

Thank you I am I obviously want to strive for a cohesive issue. But at the same time, like a lot of the similarities and a lot of the different themes that sort of came together were completely by coincidence, like I didn't even notice them until after the issue was released. And it was so, so cool to have other people come up and say things like that, like, oh, this fits with this one. And it was, it was really cool to see other other people's opinions on that. I'm really, really glad you liked the first issue.

Leia  28:31  

I mean, yeah, it was incredible. And I'm really excited to see what you know, what issue two is gonna bring now I'm really glad to see what you know, the rest of the projects and issues work is going to be if that is anything to go by. Very exciting.

Magi  28:43  

Thank you. The second one, I'm, like I said, we just closed submissions for it a couple days ago. And I'm really excited about this one. It's based off the fool tarot card. So the first card in the major arcana, and it's about new adventures, new opportunities, new beginnings. And for the reverse side of the card, hesitation and caution when going on these new adventures. And the issues going to be released in two parts. And we've got an absolutely lovely stellar lineup for for this issue. I am beyond happy.

Leia  29:26  

Yeah, fantastic. That's so exciting. And Magi when does your next issue then come out?

Magi  29:31  

The upright, so the first part of the issue is going to come out on April 15. And then the second part of the issue, the reverse part is going to come out on the 18th. And yeah, then after and April 15 is also when submissions for issue three startup, so that's going to be a lot of fun.

Leia  29:51  

So as submissions, you know begin to open up again fairly soon. For anyone out there listening who is thinking of submitting to you, what would you know, give them in terms of advice for, what is the best thing they can do, or what are some of the best things they can do in order to see you know, help their chances of, you know, being accepted by you? 

Magi  30:09  

I would say, don't focus too much on trying to look professional, and trying to appeal to a professional editor, yada, yada, yada, I am a college student, and I'm running a magazine and I'm, I'm trying my best, I'm going to kind of give back the same energy you give me. So if you want to attach a tik tok to the bottom of your submission, and send memes and just talk in your cover letter, like, like you're talking to your friend or something, I'm going to match that energy. And I don't really worry too much about professionalism, like, just come at it as you. And that's really all I can ask for. If you bring your energy, then I promise it'll translate into your work. And it'll make me very, very, not only a lot more excited to read your piece, because I know your passion behind it. But it also just makes me a lot more excited to get to know you and get to work with you as a writer. Because, honestly, I would say that, more so than not even the people who've gotten rejections from Southchild, I still talk to them on a daily basis. And I still check base and we still promote each other's work. It's like, I don't know, just be you in every aspect of it. Don't worry about trying to come off as too professional, because I'm not about that.

Leia  31:32  

Yeah, that's absolutely fair enough. If they want to submit to you, they need to match that fun, relaxed, you know, vibe that you have going off really. I think that's absolutely understandable. And so Maggie, obviously, there are lots of good bits about being an editor. But you know, there are some bits that are a bit more difficult than others. So what are some of the bits that you find difficult? Or is there anything that's, you know, particularly hard out of everything for you to sort of do. 

Magi  31:56  

Definitely the hardest bit, I number one, I hate writing rejection emails, because if they're the worst, and I hate using form rejections, more than anything, I try, I try my best to personalize each email I send back just so they know that I do care for them. But if my mental energy and my physical energy run out, I occasionally resort to a form rejection, which is not a reflection on their quality of work or their peace. It's just how much I can handle it at any given point. But that's definitely one of the hardest parts. And then there's always, at least for the past two submission cycles that I've been through, there have been one or two submitters that have caused issues. And it's really hard to confront those issues. I'm not a very confrontational person, I consider myself very passive and very pacifist. And so if I have to, you know, tell somebody that they're doing something wrong, or that they shouldn't do this, or that, like, if I have to tell someone off, even if it even if it's something just as small as breaking submission guidelines. You know, I feel really, really bad about that. Because I'm always like, oh, well, maybe they didn't know, maybe I mistyped it on the website.

Leia  33:23  

Yeah, I mean, aside from just, you know, being a bit of a passive person, I feel you on that. And, you know, finding it difficult to break through that politeness and, you know, just, you know, call someone out when they're not doing something right. I think also a factor can be, you know, the doubt in yourself. And you know, like your experience I mean you're 19 I'm 20. So as a young person, I think that does add another layer of, you know, doubt, when you have to, you know, say to someone, this is not how I want things to be done here. Yeah, I think that can add a bit of trickiness in that way, as well. So, you know, I don't want to say that age is like something that makes it harder, because, you know, just because you know, you're 19, and I'm 20 doesn't mean that we can't, you know, do our jobs, but it can, you know, just in general, if you do feel that you are a little bit less experienced or you're not as established to some of the people that are submitting to you, it can add a tricky sort of dimension there. I think so I understand where you're coming from?

Magi  34:24  

Definitely. Absolutely. You put it a lot better than I did. Exactly what you said.

Leia  34:31  

I mean, the community they are great because you know, you don't feel like you're this isolated, one single, you know, editor or one single person, you have a whole community of either going through the exact same thing and feeling the same way you are. So it's really great to be able to you know, reach out and connect with these people. So how have you found the experience of being in the community Magi?

Magi  34:53  

It has been absolutely life changing. Like, I started Southchild by myself, which I knew was going to be a feat within itself. But I just didn't know if I had the mental capacity or the time to manage a full staff. So I was like, okay, this will be small, I'll do it by myself. And then I realized that that was not an option at all. It is, it is very stressful work, but it is good, stressful work 95% of the time. And having people that I can go to even just to just to vet an email, like, like we were saying earlier, with issues with being too polite, I'll run around an email by someone and be like, hey, is this too mean, and have them shoot back? Magi, you just told them you would have their firstborn child? What do you mean? And I'm like, well listen, and having a whole group of people and a wonderful community of writers and readers, and just wonderful people from all walks of life, all ages, it really helps bring a perspective to things and realize that you're, you're really not doing this alone, even though, you know, you're the only one on the masthead, you've got all of these different people who can stand behind,

Leia  36:11  

For sure. And so, Magi, what would you say are your you know, hopes and dreams for the future of Southchild? What does yeah, what does the future look like for you?

Magi  36:19  

Well, eventually, this is probably pretty far off in the future. But I would love to have our issues in print. So people can hold them in their hands. Because it really is. It's different. Whenever you whenever you feel, you know, a magazine in your hands, I got my first contributors copy of from the farther trees a month and a half ago, and I nearly cried because I got to see my work on paper. And being able to share that feeling with other people would be absolutely spectacular. I'd also love to eventually open up to being a paying magazine where I'm able to pay my contributors. Unfortunately, that is not an option at this time. But I would like to do something along those lines. And I just, I just want to continue growing and gaining momentum and being a welcomed safe space for everyone to be able to come to and just kind of chill out.

Leia  37:14  

That sounds fantastic. That sounds great.

Magi  37:17  

Yeah, it's a dream. And I really, I really do hope that, I feel like it's definitely an achievable dream. 

Leia  37:24  

Totally, I mean the way you guys are going, in the successful, you know, way that you guys are really reaching the community. So it's definitely an achievable goal, and I can't wait to see it happen.

Magi  37:34  

It's been absolutely insane. The whole community's reception to it. Like my personal Instagram I've had since 2010, or 2011, somewhere around there. And I have 600 odd followers there. And then Southchild has been around three months. And we're almost at 2000. And it's like what people people want to see this. And people want to read this and they want to be a part of this. And not only does that give me validation, but it gives the things that I care about validation. It, you know, it just makes me happy to be a part of this, to be a part of something for other people

Leia  38:17  

is brilliant. And, Magi, thank you so much for coming on and chatting to us and telling us a little bit more about Southchild. It's been an absolute pleasure getting to learn more about you guys. And I just can't wait to see what else you guys do in the future. So thank you.

Magi  38:30  

Thank you guys for having me.

Leia  38:32  

Okay, and that rounds out this portion of the podcast! Over in Part B, we will be talking to Jeffrey from monologging, and we'll be going through our news blast and tweet of the week. So thank you so much for joining us and we'll see you over there.

Introducing the podcast
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