Past Issues

 Our Current Issue: Light & Shadow

Find the introduction to our current issue here. It runs from August 21, 2017 to January 15, 2018. We are open to submissions until Decmber 15, 2017

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Issue #6: Refresh & Restore (May 25, 2017 to August 20, 2017)

From the introduction:  A glass of sweet tea on a hundred degree day. A powerful embrace from an elementary school friend. A full day spent devouring a book. All different experiences, yet ways in which we refresh ourselves: physically, emotionally, mentally.

You go to yoga class. You go to church. You take a long walk. All different approaches to restoring ourselves in a physical and spiritual way.

You sit in silence for five minutes. You take the day just to be. You spend a weekend reveling in creativity. You take a week’s vacation to go on an adventure. You declare a sabbatical from social media, and spend several days completely unplugged. All purposeful choices to find balance in your world, to refresh your mind, and restore your soul.

Now that we’re adults, most of us don’t get the summer off (from school or anything else), so we must carve out ways to restore our own hunger. And there are so many demands on our time and attention – many of which are attractive choices – that we can so easily find ourselves in overwhelm.

Part of living a creative life is the understanding that we must refill our own wells in some way on a regular basis, otherwise, we find ourselves resentful of our own lives. Without the time or space to pursue our creative ways, we will burn out.

Our souls demand that we uphold the responsibility of using our gifts.

But what does Refresh & Restore mean when it comes to Creative Living? How do our own creative processes restore our very souls? How do other makers refresh their minds and the ways in which they create?

How do each of us tend our hearts and fuel our own creative spirits?

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Contributors to our  “Refresh & Restore” Issue:

Æverett | A.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  | Briana Saussy   | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber   | Debra Smouse | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope   | Joanna Powell Colbert  | Julie M Terrill  | Kelli May-Krenz  | Kerstin Martin  | Kolleen Harrison  | Lisa Zaran   | Melissa A. Bartell   | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Paula JonesSue Ann Gleason

Issue #5: Routines & Rituals (February 26, 2017 to May 24, 2017)

From the introduction:Where do we draw the proverbial line that separates the mundane routines that govern our days from the deeper rituals that truly enhance our lives? Can a daily practice be both routine and ritual?

What about when a writer must use a favorite pen, a specific kind of paper, or listen to only music without lyrics in order to truly focus? Does the act of preparing one’s writing space for the day transcend routine and become ritual?

How about cooking? The act of nourishing ourselves and others may seem like a routine, especially when it’s associated with that perennial question, “What’s for dinner?” But isn’t there also a sort of ritual to be found in peeling, chopping, roasting, broiling, serving, and, most importantly, sharing the product of our labor?

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Contributors to our  “Routines & Rituals” Issue:

Æverett | A.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  | Briana Saussy   | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber   | Debra Smouse | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope   | Joanna Powell Colbert  | Julie M Terrill  | Kelli May-Krenz  | Kerstin Martin  | Kolleen Harrison  | Lisa Zaran   | Melissa A. Bartell   | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Paula JonesSue Ann Gleason

Issue #4: Mystic or Magic (November 29, 2016 to February 25, 2017)

From the Introduction: We stand outdoors on a cold winter night, bathed in darkness with our very breath visible in front of us, and turn our eyes to the heavens. An infinite number of stars scatter overhead, stars that have hung in those heavens longer than modern science can determine. We are struck dumb with the mystery of all that is unexplainable. We feel the mystical power of our connection with every living being who, throughout eons, has stood upon their own ground and gazed upon those same stars.

This is Magic.

We come indoors and savor the warmth of our home, bend down to caress the soft fur of a beloved dog or cat who rubs against our cold ankles. The aroma of food we’ve cooked for dinner inspires a rumble of hunger in our stomachs, an instinctual response that ties us to every living creature of every species throughout time. We light a candle, mindful of the ease with which we can dispel darkness. We turn on some music, and let it run free in our imagination. We sit at table, admire the beauty of our plate or cup, and offer silent words of gratitude for food, shelter, water, and light.

This is Magic.

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Contributors to our  “Mystic or Magic” Issue:

Æverett | A.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  | Briana Saussy   | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber   | Debra Smouse | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope   | Joanna Powell Colbert  | Julie M Terrill  | Kelli May-Krenz  | Kerstin Martin  | Kolleen Harrison  | Lisa Zaran   | Melissa A. Bartell   | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Paula JonesSue Ann Gleason

Issue #3: Wisdom (September 01, 2016 to November 28, 2016)

From the introduction: You find a book that changes your life, giving you a perspective you didn’t have before the mcl_issue3words on the page seeped into your soul.

You attend a friend’s gallery opening, and witness the world seeing what you’ve always known about your lovely and wise confidante.

You re-read an old journal entry or blog post you, yourself, wrote, and discover just the right words of guidance or encouragement as you embark upon a new chapter of your life.

You flip open a magazine, and catch your breath at the combination of insight, beauty, and style in a single photograph.

You need advice, so you pick up the phone and call that friend. The one who will shoot straight, but do it in a kind and loving way.

Welcome to WISDOM, our 3rd issue.

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Contributors to our  “Wisdom” Issue:

Æverett | A.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  | Briana Saussy   | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber   | Debra Smouse | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope   | Joanna Powell Colbert  | Julie M Terrill  | Kelli May-Krenz  | Kerstin Martin  | Kolleen Harrison  | Lisa Zaran   | Melissa A. Bartell   | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Paula JonesSue Ann Gleason

Issue #2: Nourishment (June 04, 2016 to August 31, 2016)

From our introduction: “You come to the table of creation every day, hungry for the way it flavors your daily living. MCL_Issue2Like a rich spice, it brings a unique bouquet to every dish. It adds enticing aromas and textures that provide so much more than the minimum daily requirements.

Creative living nourishes us. It buffers the winds of change, soothes the stress of daily demands, and calms the wild beating of anxious hearts.

But creativity must also BE nourished. What feeds the fires of your creative expression? How does your creative life feed your soul? And how do you nourish your creative spirit, keep it alive and well so it grows stronger each day?

Welcome to NOURISHMENT, the second issue of Modern Creative Life. We’ll be exploring all the ways creativity nourishes us, and the ways we keep our creative fires fed.

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Contributors to our  “Nourishment” Issue:

Æverett | A.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  | Briana Saussy   | Courtney Weber | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber   | Debra Smouse | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope   | Kolleen Harrison  | Lisa Zaran   | Melissa C |  Melissa A. Bartell   | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Paula Jones | Theresa Reed

Issue #1: What’s Next? (March 8, 2016 to June 03, 2016)

From our introduction: “In many conversations and multiple emails (and letters) we talked about the kind of space MCL_Issue1we’d like in the future to celebrate other Makers. To pay homage to the choice to pursue our own creativity and forge a path forward for living a creative life.

Moreover, we asked the questions: How do we nurture our creative spark and stay afloat? How do we continue to make our art while still getting dinner on the table and keeping a roof over our heads? How do we go back to the page (or canvas) when we are feeling parched? We are all naturally curious about how people DO it. What is life is like behind closed doors those of us who must create?

For the first issue of Modern Creative Life, we chose the theme: “What’s Next?”. It’s a question I asked myself (and cherished advisers) after my book was published. It was a question I asked both out of excitement and fear. That question lies at the heart of every creative person: what IS next for my creative life? What deserves my time and attention?”

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Contributors to our  “What’s Next?” Issue:

ÆverettA.R. Hadley  | Andi Cumbo-Floyd  | Becca Rowan  | Bella Cirovic  | Bernie Brown  |Caroline Persson | Christine Mason Miller  | Daryl Wood Gerber  | David Lazarony  | Debra Smouse  |  Imelda Maguire  | Jeanette McGurk  | Jeanie Croope  |  Julie M Terrill  | Kerstin Martin  | Kolleen HarrisonKrista Davis | Melissa A. Bartell | Patricia Wellingham-Jones  | Pat West | Stephanie Estrin | Sue Ann Gleason Theresa Reed

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