It's finally cooling down in New York City, but I'm still feeling kinda hot. After all, the fine folks at Feminist Wednesday just notified me that they'll be running Forget Fairytales' The Wise Walrus Series in their biweekly newsletter. Check out samples of the comic in The Huffington Post and sign up for the Feminist Wednesday newsletter here:
It's been a fabulous first week at For Her, where I'm—ta-da!—the new associate editor. Here are the stories of mine that have been published thus far:
As a "Jane the Virgin" fan, I was very happy to recently interview actress Andrea Navedo ('Xo') for Latin Trends Magazine. Check out my story how on how Navedo connects with her Puerto Rican heritage in the October issue!
After much thought (like, meditative levels), I've decided to return to the world of full-time employment, in large part because the right opportunity came along. I haven't been a full-time staffer since Halloween 2015. It's not that the chance hasn't come up; there have been many chances, but either the position wasn't right or the timing wasn't. The past several months have been chock-a-block with action, from family obligations to freelance contracts and assignments I could not turn down. Now I'm in the mental and emotional place to make a commitment to a publication that speaks to me. That's why I accepted a generous job offer from For Her last week.
For Her is "an online fashion and lifestyle magazine created to help the modern, style-conscious woman live a beautiful life inside and out." As of Friday, I am the first-ever associate editor of this elegant online publication. The connecting thread between For Her stories is mindfulness—bringing awareness, meaning, and intention to worldly fun and pretty things. I can't wait to begin writing and editing stories with this focus. Here's to my new journey at For Her!
Reading with your tribe makes you feel powerful. I felt like a jaguar when I hopped on Chumley's Stage at the New York City Poetry Festival this weekend. Members of the Quail Bell Crew, including moi, had a half-hour slot and we filled every minute of it with poems, flash fiction, and even a novel excerpt. This year, my fellow Quail Bell Magazine poets included Mari Pack, Deniz Ataman, Jessica Reidy, and Benjamin Nardolilli. What a crowd and what an experience. Here's where I use #Blessed unironically.
Through much trial and error, I've produced a lot of creative work since childhood, but it can be hard to evaluate yourself shortly after you've made something. Time often provides you with the emotional distance necessary to do that. After looking at some old stuff more critically recently, it turns out I still like some (but definitely not all) of what I produced in college and not long after graduation. In an effort to give some of that work a new home, I submitted it to The Huffington Post this week. Some of it has already been published! (Yay for the Digital Age.) Check the pieces below, including the Nelly Custis recipe and poem I produced at Woodlawn last week.
During my Inner Loop writing residency with Arcadia Center at Woodlawn Estate, I decided to create recipe and poem graphics related to the site's different historic food cultures. The first subject in the series is Nelly Custis Lewis and her tomato soup recipe, which is detailed in her housekeeping book. Here are the first two graphics:
Check out the rest of the series at WordsmithChristine.com/Woodlawn soon.
My first-ever piece for YourTango.com was a little difficult to write, but I'm so glad I did. Check out "A Letter To The Man I Once Loved On His Wedding Day." Maybe you can relate.