September 2019/ Issue Fifteen
“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.” Neil Gaiman
Dear Readers and Writers,
Summer seems to have left us with alarming speed, and we’re here with a Fall syllabus of sorts to ease the transition. There’s a more extensive personal essay section this time, and we commend our student writers for telling stories that are not only deeply personal, but often difficult to articulate and process.
This issue is an invitation to enter different landscapes. Check out Micaela’s world in the Bronx, Sebastian’s accidental adventure at GameStop, and Esther’s reaction to life in San Francisco. Our Anonymous author explains how a book like Middlesex, can change the way you see yourself, — and things turn darkly comical in the world created by Katherine where people wake up one morning without— hands, which makes restaurant work especially challenging.
We’re nearing the end of our fourth year of online publication, and looking forward to our first print addition, making an appearance in 2020. Watch for some familiar favorites as well as new work coming together in an anthology that will be our five year anniversary edition—details to follow as we move closer to publication.
Blue Marble began out of a love of writing and reading and a desire to evangelize about the written word. When we were building our online platform we hoped writers from everywhere would find us and share their work, and in turn inspire others to do the same. It’s working. Thanks to those who’ve found us from all over the world.