There has been no update on Straight from the Heart for quite some time. I know the readers are waiting for the next chapter of the Untitled Series. I have not written it yet. The regular readers of SFTH know that I publish as and when I write. I will be working on the next chapter in a day or two.
Let me tell you what I have been up to these past few days. Firstly, the heat in Mumbai is horrible, kind of discouraging for the writer in me. My other blog You Me & Stories where I publish one story per week (per two weeks for time being) has not been updated as well.
Apart from the heat, I have also been busy with the release of June Issue of my online magazine. I am not sure how many of you know/remember that I am the founder of Writer's Ezine.
Check out the June Issue here.
Published below is my Editor's Note in the magazine.
Sometimes, we reach a place that seems to be the dead-end. Nothing makes sense, nothing seems to work in our favour; everything and everyone seems to be standing up against us. We dread each new day that arrives, the depression is suffocating.
We are almost on the verge of giving up and then, at the right moment, a small voice from within asks us to hang on. The voice promises us that everything will be alright. The suffocation will end and we will be able to breathe again. It assures us that it is not the dead-end; it is just another hurdle in the road. Heed to that voice.
It is with the help of this voice that you would be able to stand up again, would be able to breathe and overcome the hurdle. It is this voice that would fill you with optimism; that will help you embark on an unknown journey with faith in your heart that some unseen force is working in your favour. This voice inside of you is what the Universe is willing to offer to you; you just need to be ready to accept it in your life.
A couple of weeks that followed the announcement of closing down were tough but the anniversary day was the toughest. On 28th March I updated the Facebook page with a status:
"Feeling nostalgic as 2nd April comes closer. It would have been second anniversary issue of Writer's Ezine and right now I would have been compiling the submissions...
Some memories stay with you always; no matter what…"
Even at that point the depression had not hit the bottom. It happened on the Anniversary day. I could not update FB page on 2nd April; couldn’t reply to the anniversary wishes on LinkedIn. Going through the Anniversary Day felt like going through the birthday of a child that was no more. It was spent mourning. A few scheduled posts were published on WE Facebook page and finally around Mid-April I decided that I would restart Writer’s Ezine.
As expected, my announcement received a good response from the dedicated readers and contributors.
There was no looking back once the decision was made. I cannot even begin to explain what it felt like, once I started working on Writer’s Ezine again.
A few changes have been made on the ‘about’ page that describes the journey so far; including the names of the team members who decided to do their parts in helping WE flourish.
My special thanks to our Literati Columnist Aneesha Myles Shewani who helped me with the selection of submissions. Also, do read the Tips she has shared on WE (sidebar).
Out of the many submissions received for the June 2016 Issue; I straight-out rejected a few. This is one thing that has changed in WE. You might, momentarily, think of it as a bad thing but I want you to know my intentions behind this decision.
I believe and have quoted before:
“Some writers have so much potential in them but they settle on being average because of all the praises they get and they do not think it necessary to tap into their creativity. It becomes the responsibility of Critics to give their blunt opinion and provide constructive criticism for the betterment of the writer.”Since even I am a work-in-progress writer; I am not ‘professionally’ equipped to criticise the work of others but I can at least try and offer constructive criticism based on the little experience I have as a writer. The rejected entries have the potential to be made into better writings and I hope the contributors would take the rejection as an encouragement to do better. I will be online on 6th June from 2 to 3 pm; those who wish to receive feedback on their submissions, feel free to chat.
A few out of the selected submissions were edited before being published but most of the submissions are published as they were received. It is for the readers now, to read and appreciate or share constructive criticism to encourage these contributors further.
In her Literati article, Aneesha Myles Shewani talks about ‘The Busyness of Creative Writing.’
Cook ‘N’ Tell columnist Vinakaya Vidhya shares her recipe of ‘Shallots Sambar’ and 'home-made Sambar Powder'.
Writer’s Ezine has recently introduced a new feature wherein the contributor of Writer’s Ezine gets a chance to display his/her submission as Featured Post on the main page, for a month or for three months. Details here.
“Dad Knew Nothing – When I Was Young” by Murli Melwani is the Featured Post for the month of June.
At this point, I am not in a position to say what future holds but I am sure of this...
I am going to make the best out of the opportunity the Universe has given me.
It is a wonderful feeling to be back; please continue loving WE the way you all always have. I would love to read your feedback on the issue. Please write to me at email@example.com
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”― Neil Gaiman