Preface to the September 2022 Issue

From the desk of the editor
September 17, 2022

Dear all,

As always, it is with great joy that I welcome you to another issue of Carmina Magazine. While I was putting this issue together, I couldn't help but think about how much Carmina has evolved and grown since its initial conception several years ago. This issue marks our fourth on our own domain and our second on a professional-grade server, and, as with every new issue, I am humbled by, impressed by, and grateful for all our wonderful contributors and readers.

There is a markedly introspective mood to the content of this month's issue, which is full of creative offerings that encourage us to delve deeper, to reflect, to reconsider ourselves and the stories that have shaped us. Within this issue's pages, you will find pieces that prompt a deeper look at familiar stories, many as old as time itself: age-old parables and fables retold and re-envisioned, worlds in which the wisdom of nature shines eternally bright and animals and people once again share a common tongue, pensive reflections on the true emotions at the heart of ancient conflicts, intimate inner moments that previous retellings have overlooked or forgotten, and many, many other re-imaginings of old and timeless stories given new life again.

I hope you will find, as I have, that these pieces invite you to experience these stories anew, and that you will find within them the beauty of the many different ways that people search for meaning and guidance in the world of myth. Ultimately, we all journey back to the same common source: humanity's love of telling stories and finding meaning in those very stories we love to tell.

Thank you to all of you for being here—for reading, for contributing, for supporting. I sincerely hope you enjoy this month's issue, and I hope to see you all here again next year. If you need me in the meantime, I am just a quick email away.

Happy reading, and until next time,

Clarabelle Miray Fields

Founder and managing editor