like an elephant

Daily Notes, From the Editor
(360 words)

A bit of progress I'm excited to share, and there is no other real reason for this short Daily Note than to say "it's coming" and "I am excited" and "finally."

Last week, the completed layout of Lucia's third print issue went into a Dropbox folder for Karly (design advisor) and Sarah (who graciously agreed to serve as copy editor). This issue has been nearly two years in the making. It's not finished yet, we still must confirm things with each contributor, and there will come edits and changes and rearranging of pages.

But last night I touched the first printed copy--a draft dashed off at the local FedEx print shop so that Sarah can copy edit actual pages rather than try to edit from a screen--and I felt a stirring sense of pride in this slow, deliberate, doing-our-best kind of progress.

Did you know that elephants have the longest gestation period of all mammals? They carry their young for nearly two years before giving birth.

Long developmental periods are common among highly intelligent animals--whales take nearly as long.

This third issue of Lucia has taken two years. I am not trying to say I intended for this (I would like to be printing an issue every year) and I am not trying to say Lucia is as intelligent as an elephant, but I will say there is something deeply satisfying about this moment.

There were times in the past year when I wondered if it would be better to just give up, refund those who have pre-paid for copies, and try to create a less expensive digital version to share online. Elephants rarely give up, though. I guess neither have I.

As I touched this first paper copy last night, I could not stop reading. I have read every word in the issue (on my screen) hundreds of times. But there was something different about reading it on paper, fingers brushing fresh ink, feeling the contributions coming to life.

I stood at the little black kitchen table and read every word again, from the front to the back. 108 pages of wild feminine wisdom and creative soul food. I cannot wait to share this one with you.


It's coming.

And I am excited.


Laura Lowery is the founder, editor and publisher of Lucia. She does her best to lead a creative life. Whether triumphant or stumbling, Laura shares daily notes (that are often weekly) here on luciajournal, including stories, behind-the-scenes happenings, little doses of inspiration, and large quantities of curiosity and heart. She is pleased to meet you.