I remember the weather as cold and a little bit wet, but that's probably because of how cozy it felt inside, sitting at that little table by the window. We had ordered drinks and appetizers and, as always, we were talking about art. By art I really mean stories, because all art is story in some sense, or maybe all stories are art, because they're both about feelings and movement and change.
Kerilynn's taste in story, or art, is a little bit dark and a little bit weird, with a whole lot of color and an intrinsic hopefulness. I tip toward the sentimental and melodramatic, but a deeply insecure inner editor keeps me from falling over the precipice (or writing much of anything at all.)
We had always discussed and dreamed about doing a project together. That afternoon, by the window in the Mexican restaurant, the timing just seemed right. It went from an idea to a full-fledged proposal by the time we finished our happy hour cocktails. Now, after months of planning, we are ready to reveal the project.
Meraki. A highly illustrated, densely worded, beautifully designed physically printed collaboration between short story and illustration.
Over monthly, sometimes weekly, meetings, we gave it a mission statement:
Meraki is a quarterly collection of creative stories compiled as a reminder that, as you face the impending darkness, you are not alone.
The first issue is now in the early stages of production. We plan to release it in early December, and you will be able to pre-order it as early as October. More details will be revealed as we creep closer to the date. Kerilynn's website is the main place to watch for updates at present. You can also sign up for our mailing list. We'll send out updates as we go, and we'll let those subscribers know first when pre-order opens.
This is a joint announcement today with Kerilynn, so be sure to head over to her website to read more about the technical side of the project. I am excited (and nervous) to bring this project to life. I'll be writing a couple of updates over the summer with progress updates on the story and the magazine. Be sure to check back here every once in a while if you don't join the mailing list!