From the Editor’s Quiet Room

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the second issue of The Turtle Way Journal! The first issue, published in November of 2011, was comprised solely of my work, and how mundane would that have become issue after issue? (Although, if this is something you’re interested in then subscribe to my blog, Write into the Light, and I’ll gladly bore the heck out of ya ;))

However, if what you seek is an eclectic mixed of personal stories, perspectives, poetry, and creative art then you’ve come to the right place – Turtle Way. I want to express my sincere gratitude to those who submitted their creative works in the spirit of inspiring and supporting others who have mental illnesses.

This issue includes the talents of eight writers contributing a total of five poems, two works of prose, and one essay dealing with various forms of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and complex PTSD. The featured art comes to us from 15-year-old photographer, Eleanor Bennett. Additional artwork is either public domain, or licensed under a creative commons (as specificed within the posts), and I offer my sincerely gratitude to these artists for making their work available online for all to reuse and enjoy.

This issue’s Special Interest Section (SIS) includes an opinion piece from Amy Jo Sprague on the relationship between child abuse and mental illness. I wrote this issue’s Meditations and Quotes section which also includes some of my own artwork.

But WAIT! Before you dive in, I need to go over a few housekeeping notes:

  • COMMENTS: I have disabled comments to protect the hearts of our contributors, who have put forth their most sensitive and revealing works for us to read, view, and enjoy. Please send all comments and questions to me via email at writeintothelight [at] live [dot] com with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Your comments may be included in future issues’ “Letters to the Editor” section unless you specify otherwise.
  • SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your work to be considered for upcoming issues, please review our submission guidelines here. Without you, there is no we, and only we can get through life – together, not alone.

Love and peace,