Four months ago, three brave and plucky souls/contra dance enthusiasts had a dream.
They dreamt of starting an old-timey literary magazine.
Combining Juliet’s writing and editing background, Ryan’s maniacal sense of humor (and adamant refusal to let her use her “Dan Brown Voice”), and Faith’s artistic direction, that dream became a reality. At first, they called themselves The Tinklings. Realizing that was an awful name that should only be used in private during their dance sessions, they decided on The Wheelhouse Review. And so like a nine pound breach baby, the Always Smart, Often Irreverent, and Occasionally Serious online magazine you’ve all come to know and love was born.
With the addition of Alison Lytton, Amanda Geisinger and Sarah Davis and frequent appearances by Andrea Levendusky, Caitlin Welsh, Howard Freeman and Stephanie Phillips, The Wheelhouse Review has become a collaborative community of people who seem to hate toaster ovens.
Since our launch in May, we have had two honorable mentions in The New Yorker’s Questioningly contest and finally won on Monday, August 20th. That win followed on the heels of having one of our articles go viral on Reddit and a successful week of collaboration on “Rashomon Week” where each writer told the same story from a different perspective.
This past Saturday, we celebrated our four-month blogoversary. Over these few months we’ve been humbled and excited in many ways. So many of you read our work! And today, on our 100th post, we thought we’d take you behind the curtain to see the method to our madness.
Actual Chat from Google Docs:
juliet.vedral: Ok, I just edited the bear paragraph
white.ryang: ok let me see
juliet.vedral: And the one before it.
such a girl
I’m trying to help you!
SUCH A CRAZY HOARDER
white.ryang: ive given up on making this shorter
juliet.vedral: You can die like a Collyer brother under a booby trap for all I care!
I’ll stop editing
It’s your funeral (once we find your smelly corpse under tons of words)
white.ryang: you don’t need to stop editing, but if you’re looking to trim its probably futile
juliet.vedral: Yeah, you’re probably right.
I was just hoping to get it to at least 2.5 pages.
white.ryang: nah thats only gonna happen if we cut entire things
otherwise we’d just be cutting words here and there and it would take away my unique voice.
juliet.vedral: Do you feel like I’ve done that?
white.ryang: ha you couldn’t take away my voice if you tried!
not from a word hoarder like me!
I’m also going back through the edits and may change some things back
white.ryang: but no seriously, i treasure your editorialness
PROMISE YOU’LL NEVER DIE
juliet.vedral: I’ll never die.