Lemon Star Magazine
November 3, 2018
Meet Sylvia Collings!
What is your role at LSM?
I am editor-in-chief.
What is your favorite book?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, To Kill a Mockingbird and It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Do you have pets?
I have one dog (Wallace) and five cats (Cupcake, Peaches, Neighbor, Blacktop and Hazelnut).
What’s one of your favorite things to do?
I love to write and watch Netflix.
What does LSM mean to you?
Lemon Star is a way to be myself in a world full of racists, sexist, ageist people.
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Last Week’s Blog!
For the week of October 15th – October 19th, Lemon Star Magazine did something a little special (and different!) for blog posts that followed. That weeks posts were inspired due to the lack of support and belief in women around the world. We felt it necessary to be a cornerstone for women, by sharing some of our favorite femme authors. We kicked off with Bridget sharing a more recent poem that was published by Abriana Jetté. Bridget expressed, “I remember learning about the purpose of writing, and was forced many times in earlier English classes to ask the question, “Is this an internal or external struggle the narrator is facing?” More often than not, they answer is yes. In the case of this poem, I thought yes as well.” The poem brought a sense of “awareness” and change in our world is necessary-and a good thing, usually. She closes on, “There is a quiet and angry voice that exists in all femme authors.”
The next piece in the series was written by Sylvia about the Nancy Drew series of books. Sylvia spoke of how important those novels were, and why. “When I was about 9 or 10, my grandmother gave me a set of Nancy Drew Mystery Books. They were the first 5 books with shiny covers and a box to keep them together. At night, my father would kneel down beside my bunk bed and read me a chapter, sometimes more if I begged him.” Speaking on the experience of a robbery too close to home, Sylvia wanted to be like Nancy Drew and help create an investigation. Infuriation grew as Sylvia realized they would not discover who committed the crime. Rage in a woman is no friend to anyone, which became a connected trait to the time period of this blog series.
Lastly, but not in the least- Alec raved about Shirley Jackson. Specifically, The Lottery. Alec indulged our readers with the memory of how he came across this fantastic powerhouse of a femme writer! “So I asked Ms. Woods one day what it was about, and her eyes just got kind of big and she laughed. “You’ll just have to give it a read, it’s not that long.” Now, this was before everything imaginable was freely available online. So when I got home from school that day, I told my dad that we had to go to the bookstore and get some “assigned” reading for my literature class. And that’s how I wound up with Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories.” A little white lie never hurt, right? He highlights the beauty of dark literature of which he was not familiar with at such a young age. Alec made the final comment of, “As a writer, I’ve learned how to simplify the unnatural and naturalize the harshness of reality. Jackson knows how to understate her stories to achieve the twisted realism that is life. And above all, she’s made me more keen on noticing strange events and people, and thinking “That, too, is somebody’s normal.”
What We’re Reading!
Sylvia – I’m reading Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. And I’m trying to finish my novel.
Bridget – I’m reading an issue of poemmemoirstory, but it’s now called Nelle!
Gabriela – I am currently reading Felt in the Jaw by Kristin Arnett.
Sara – The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room by Rainn Wilson is my current read.
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