Make Muse is thrilled to debut our 2nd print magazine. The magazine is a scrapbook-style collection of exclusive content, our favorite online pieces, op-eds, art, photography, and writing. Make Muse believes in the power of slow media, as this 140-page book is designed to be read over and over again. Read the issue 2 intro letter and check out the cover below. You can now preorder the magazine until late April 2019. The magazine will officially go on sale in mid-May 2019.
We’re calling our second issue our sophomore issue, as it covers the wisdom and the playfulness similar to the ethos of Make Muse. Comprised of exclusive pieces and the best of our submitted content, resembling a scrapbook or journal of sorts, you’ll find oodles of essays, photo series, .artwork, poetry, and opinion pieces that you’ll want to s a v o r forever
I’m pleased to welcome you to issue 2 of Make Muse. You know what they say, first is the worst, second is the best!! Second also equates to sophomore or “wise fool.” I’d like to think Make Muse has both a sage and playful spirit.
Since Make Muse was birthed onto the internet, the number one question I receive from readers, social media followers, and my own friends and family is about our name. What could Make Muse possibly mean?!!
Well, there’s a lot of things.
Make Muse sounds like “make music” and comes from a line in Arthur O’Shaugnessy’s poem, “Ode.” The first line reads, “We are the music makers.” The first stanza has been my phone wallpaper for years and serves as my personal mantra as to how I want to live my life. I like to tell people that Make Muse is, “the muse to make a change,” and features photos, writing, media meant to inspire you to go out and do something.
Here are some other interpretations:
Make Muse is also the idea that you are the muse of your own life. Make Muse is transforming the notion of the muse into an interesting- rather than one dimensional- person. Make Muse is actually going out doing something because of what you’ve seen on the internet or in a book. Make Muse is not morphing into the dominant masculinity and owning femininity. Make Muse is the marriage of activism and art. Make Muse is knowing there’s more than looks. Make Muse is smashing society. Make Muse is the time between teenage-hood and adulthood. The reality meets mythological. The intelligent meets creative. Make Muse is a breeding ground for makers. Make Muse is about fostering the interests, hobbies, and curiosities you have. Make Muse is a renaissance- a rebirth.
And I think a lot of these ideas relate to the idea that it could be for the *wise fool*, too.
I called a friend recently (on a Friday night, no less) and chatted for hours. She- of course- happened to inquire about Make Muse’s name during the conversation and my definition of its meaning. I told her that Make Muse is whatever you take from it. Whatever you want it to be. Whatever it makes you feel, consider, or do.
**Take note that I said Friday night. I’m sitting here in my pajamas, drinking tea. But I also kind of want to be at a preschool because I’m dying to do crafts right now. If age is wisdom, then my senior-citizen tendencies probably are making my IQ soar. However, there might be something foolish about having an intense need to DIY or even starting a ~print~ magazine in this day and age. Wise Fool. Weird moods.
I kind of hate the word “founder.” It’s just a publication that’s a collection of interesting things. It’s up to you to find out what Make Muse is to you.
By Maura Sheedy
I’ve always considered myself a feminist, and I think I’ve been able to identify as such because my mom has set such a strong example for what it means to be a woman smashing societal standards. But, as times change, so do social norms, and the actions that were ground-breaking in my mother’s day are often considered more ordinary now.
…As I began to embark on my new life journey thousands of miles away from home, one of the hardest things I had to undergo was learning which relationships to “take” with me on my young adult novel-esque journey, and which ones to leave back in Texas
I didn’t analyze the situation too closely at the time, other than to remark, “Wow, that’s funny that they thought I was pregnant.” But thinking back, I’m struck by how inappropriate it is to compliment a young woman on her maintained virginity. I also think, what if I had been pregnant? Would they have described abortion as an option? Or would they have positioned adoption or motherhood as the only available choices?
Support networks are important for everyone, but they don’t always come in the same form for every person. Family is perhaps the first one that comes to mind, but the definition of family is not uniform. For some, it’s biological. For others, it’s chosen. For some, it’s a mixture of the two.
Every time I pass her building, when the family gets together for dinners, as her favorite song plays in my shuffled playlist; she is everywhere…I didn’t know how much of me was made of her, and I don’t know if I’ll ever fully understand, but having you here is something I’ll forever be grateful for.
The manipulation it takes one to fall deeply into abusive dynamics in relationships may seem unbelievable to those looking at these sorts of relationships from the outside in, but the fact of the matter is that abusive manipulation occurs in all sorts of different ways.
Through messages I’d received through books, and through the messages I’d received from people around me my whole life, I’d been told that relationships have a playbook that they start and develop by, and had either desperately misconstrued these messages or taken the really damaging ones to heart.
In my hand was a boarding pass for a flight to Madrid, the first stop on a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route that has attracted religious and secular travelers for centuries. Aside from the aforementioned backpack and shoes, I was diving way outside of my comfort zone without as much as a clear idea of where exactly in Spain the journey would take me.
It’s important to consider how the technology we use everyday can help us foster long-term, healthy relationships, as its ability to do this sometimes becomes forgotten amongst its variety of other impressive technical uses.
By even taking the steps to [come out], a person is committing a radical act in making themselves vulnerable to the world around them—is taking a radical act in choosing to live their truth in a society that conditions them to do otherwise.
“When we black women are given the opportunity to see other black women just like us—just as funny, awesome, quirky, or nerdy as us—it instills within us an unspeakable sense of empowerment that has been robbed from us by oppression.”