It’s scary going out on a limb, especially when you’re backing it with your own money. I’ve always been fascinated by the power of a short story and poetry in general. I remember reading The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and imagining myself in his shoes. I wanted to collect all my story ideas already written and on the tip of my tongue for the public to consume. Years have passed, and that urge has never really gone away.
So here we are, new horizons on the way. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none. A game developer, author, artist, chocolate fanatic, poodle aficionado, entrepreneur, and lifelong student, it never crossed my mind before that I could merge my love of the arts with my passion for the short story format in a magazine. Having never been the type of person to do things the right way, I’ve kickstarted a quarterly magazine with two issues at the end of the year.
The theme miscommunication has a special place in my heart for two reasons: I can never find the right words to say, and stringing language together always leads to a gap in understanding. What better way to express stumbling in the dark with this new venture, than to have this issue grapple with how and why we try to connect and communicate with each other?
Being passionate about genre fiction, and a women of color, I will feature the hard work of those on the margins from here on out. Eos•Quarterly, Goddess of Dawn and sister to Helios, will be a dedicated space for stories up to 2,500 words, art, photography, and longer poetry. You can view their stories as well as exclusive interviews on www.heliosquarterly.com during February, May, August, and November between official issues.
Cheers and enjoy!
Elizabeth O. Smith