‘If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.’
Twist in Time Lit Mag is going on hiatus for 2021. No issues will be released until 2022.
2021 will solely focus on publishing books. There will be no books published in 2022.
This is a decision I had hoped to never have to make. But if 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that I haven’t been taking care of myself. In the last 2 years, I have put out 10 issues – all of them full of incredibly talented writers, artists, and photographers. And while each issue was released with all the love and care my creatives deserve, it was at the expense of my mental and physical health.
I work full-time. I am an officer worker, a publisher, a magazine editor, and a podcaster.
I used to be an avid reader and writer, but not anymore. And my heart is breaking. The two activities that brought me the most joy, which allowed me to step back and unwind, have been denied to me.
A few months back, I sat down for the first time is over a year to start rewriting my novel. I haven’t been that at peace in ages. I fell in love with my characters all over again. I chuckled at my cleverness (doesn’t everyone do that?). But. I haven’t written another word since.
Around the same time, I devoured a 9 book series in just as many days, sometimes not falling asleep until 3 or 4 in the morning, because what kind of heathen can fall asleep when a chapter ends on a cliffhanger? I don’t regret it for a moment. I was so starved for a fun read. But since then, I haven’t read anything else for pleasure.
With everything on my plate, I don’t have the time. That is no one’s fault but my own.
Between all of my responsibilities, I have lost myself.
Now I need to find myself again.
The only way for me to do that is to free up some time, which is why I have come to the very painful decision of placing the magazine on hiatus until 2022. In 2021, my only concern will be working on and releasing books through TwistiT Press.
But this isn’t the only reason for my decision.
The hiatus is as much for me as it is for my authors. When juggling so many tasks, there is a huge possibility that things fall through the cracks. How is it fair that I forget to email someone back? That it’s taken me months to read through one manuscript submission? That it’s taken me weeks to get manuscript edits back to an author?
Simple answer: it’s not fair.
I have been lucky, so very lucky, to have authors who are kind and understanding. I aim to go above and beyond for each and every one of them. I want them to feel my constant support and encouragement. They matter. Their work matters.
I cherish my authors and am humbled by their trust in me. I must honor that trust; otherwise, I have failed them.
Please understand I love the work I do with the magazine. Reading through submissions and discovering new interpretations on ‘time’ has brought me a sense of rightness I hadn’t known existed until the first time I opened my inbox for submissions. And that is the very reason this hiatus will only be for a year.
It’s not forever, just for right now.
*The website will remain active. All work will remain on the website. I have no intention of taking anything down.*