Herd Magazine issue 1 – September 2012 – was off to the printers last Thursday!
Why should you care?
Because this new magazine provides a forum for arts and culture (so “writing and design equally”) in Ottawa that hadn’t existed prior to its birth this summer.
Also, this was the first opportunity I’ve had – when I was a Ottawa resident – to write professionally for a magazine. No. I didn’t take Journalism in school, but I love to write and needed to get my voice out there.
I had the chance to work with Pat Bolduc the main-man in charge of media/advertising, which was fantastic! Pat and I met at Slaysh for the first time prior to my friendly interview with Sarah Hyde (store manager and owner of Slaysh). He did his thing – taking raw, unique, inspired photos of the store and the people in it – and really made me feel comfortable about conducting an unconventional Q & A (question and answer) with a recorder in hand and all. Later, Pat even went so far as to upload the interview and send it to me.
Not only did everything go smoothly at the interview with Sarah, but Herd’s Editor Stephanie Vicente was beyond helpful in guiding me during the writing process. It took a long time before I started to write. I was anxious about committing my thoughts to paper, or computer. The nerves stemmed from the fear of my voice being lost, or being tainted, after submitting my final copy to Steph to be edited. To my relief, that was NOT the case. Steph was so supportive, and edited my piece in a way that elevated Slaysh, Sarah Hyde, and myself – as a writer. I had nothing to worry about.
I can’t wait to see the final product, which will be available digitally at www.herdmag.ca and in print very soon! I am proud to have been a part of the first issue and continuously in support of this quarterly magazine.
Thanks to everyone who supported me during this process, and especially Pat, Stephy, and Sarah. Be sure to “join the Herd” Ottawa, you won’t regret it.