Into the Aethyr #5 – Goodbye and Hello

April 30, 2007 by  
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Into the Aethyr #5 - Goodbye and Hello

This issue, “Into the Aethyr” takes a step into meta-discussion as we say goodbye to my co-founder, Nicholas Graham and welcome our new Senior Managing Editor, Gerald del Campo, to the newly-created position. I hope you won’t find this too boring (or irritating); I promise this won’t occur often. But I think a personal note is in order.

One day last year, Nick posted in his then-LiveJournal to ask if anyone would be interested in starting a webzine on the topic of magic(k). I pounced, and the rest is history. Sort of. When Nick put out his call, I was in the midst of trying to put together a somewhat similar project (which I’ve been discussing a bit with our new Assistant Managing Editor, and still hope to implement as an add-on to RTV at some point), and as Nick’s idea was much easier to begin immediately, I was attracted.

Nick’s involvement between Yule and Ostara sort of faded off as he became involved in several complicated real life issues, until finally he felt the need to disengage from the project altogether. I’m sorry to see this happen, but I understand that sometimes, life gets in the way.

What I don’t understand is his statement in his Farewell message that his material is not worthy of submitting. I met Nick when he was 17, and he’s now 25. In that span of eight years, he’s never stopped reading, learning, or practicing his craft. Like anyone else, his focus changes as he grows, but grow he certainly has. I used to find him somewhat intimidating because his book knowledge so far surpassed mine. (I eventually got over it.) He’s never been one to sit on his laurels, but he is human, and like any of us, he’s going to have moments of insecurity, depression, and disillusionment. Perhaps this is one of those.

Nick has long been a source of inspiration for me on personal and magical levels, and I am grateful to count him among my friends. Regardless of how far apart we may drift, or for how long, we always meet again and more or less pick up where we left off. He’s an independent, but consistently caring, person (no matter what he says about his feelings of anger and so forth), and he has never been anything but respectful and pleasant to me.

While I’d really hoped to see Nick stay with Rending the Veil and develop the project with me, I cannot begrudge him his decision and I wish him only the best. He’s engaged now, and I hope to be present to congratulate him and Kasey in person when they wed. See you around, Nick. Keep in touch!

As Nick found himself pulled increasingly away from us here at the zine, I began to search for others to help out in substantial ways. A few people stepped forward for various jobs, but for the most part, folks seem to want to find out if we’re going to make it before they put much time into this. Our contributors have been very reliable, and Matt Hillman, as webmaster, has demonstrated an admirable commitment, even during his final year of university and his exams. I’ve been carrying the load of site design and content management alone since the inception (Nick’s not one for html), and the one thing that keeps me motivated better than anything else is the generation of ideas.

Tonight I spoke to Gerald del Campo on the phone for at least two hours. It was our first phone conversation, though we’ve emailed quite a bit. He and I agree on a great many things (so far), and it was very exciting to be able to discuss ideas with him verbally, because the response is immediate and therefore things move along very quickly — much more quickly than in email. After we tossed a few concepts around, I offered him the position of Managing Editor — a job spontaneously created and designed to encompass essentially whatever is needed. He’ll be looking into resources for the art gallery, helping to attract people in his circle to the magazine for submissions, and various other things, but mostly, he’ll be helping me come up with cool ideas. As a bonus, he’s also practiced at server-side work, so he can potentially help Matt with the back-end. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the job, and I hope you’ll find his contributions to your liking.

So, within six months of our premiere, we say farewell to one managing editor and welcome another. I don’t plan to disappear any time soon, so you may be stuck with me until this project either dies or evolves into something greater. We’ll see how it goes. Here’s to a fun ride!

©2007 Sheta Kaey.

Rending the Veil is seeking serious volunteers to help kick off next summer with new features and new staff. Also, we now welcome submissions anytime, so send in your best pieces today! Volunteer application (.docx).

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