As the snows continue to fall, the temperatures continue to hover below freezing, and the wind bites through our coats and gloves, we all look forward to what the days ahead will bring. Whether it is warm weather worthy of shorts or the snow banks fading into oblivion under the sun's heat, we all look forward to a springtime revival.
It is hard to believe that spring is only a couple of weeks away, with the weather perching near freezing, yet it is. Along with this rebirth from the snowdrifts, those of us at Ivory Tower look forward to this year's magazine emerging alongside the fresh, bright, and resilient new growth.
It has been a wonderful journey to work with our authors through the coldest seasons, combating the chill in order to reveal the fruits of our labor come spring. We have all grown together, authors and staff alike, doing what we like best and learning from one another. Ivory Tower truly is a fruit, cultivated and harvested by students in a variety of academic fields, an endeavor to create something together that exemplifies the creative prowess of us all. When it blooms it will bring a smile to our faces and remind us of how we have grown, despite the depressing cold.
With the approach of spring break, staff and authors are reaching the final stages of production. We have been working together to shape and hone the pieces to form their finest bloom. What comes next is working with the finalized pieces and typesetting them in preparation for printing. All the hard work that we have done and have yet to do is mounting toward the impressive blossoming of some of the best writing of the University of Minnesota's undergraduate classes, and we cannot wait to share in it with everyone.
Remember, melting snow and sunny days are ahead, and with them the 2014 issue of Ivory Tower!
Edit, edit, edit.
Since we've made all of our acceptances, editing is the name of the game in Ivory Tower right now. Once we've accepted a submission and gotten author permission to publish it, an acquiring editor is assigned to each piece. The acquiring editor works closely with the author to make developmental edits to their piece. Developmental edits mean making changes to the story, order of events, structure - things like that. This is a give and take process involving suggestions from the editor, which the author can accept or reject. Developmental editing is intended to bring out the full potential of a piece, while still respecting the author's vision.
Once developmental editing is complete, the piece goes on to be copyedited. We look everything over three times for technical errors, like grammar and spelling. Once copyediting is complete, the submissions are ready for typesetting!
In other news, we recently took our student group photo. Look for us in the Minnesota Daily under the section featuring student groups, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram!
Wonder is an expression of human sentiments. Wonder is a moment of awareness. Wonder is a reaction to realities--rational or irrational, natural or unnatural, concrete or abstract--both large and small. Wonder lets us imagine beyond the human "being."
Wonder is a mixture of pleasure, astonishment, and fear, which creates the feeling we know as "awe." Wonder for you may not be wonder for me. Wonder for me may not be wonder for you. It's still wonder, you can't deny that. (Or can you? I'll let you wonder about that.)
So why was I wondering about wonder to begin with? If you haven't guessed already, it is this year's Ivory Tower theme!
Right now, each staff member is busy with their own tasks. Some are busy editing and others are organizing Ivory Tower's annual spring Launch Party in April, (There will be free food; it will be wonderful. You should come!). I have been and still am working on designs. My aim is subtle aesthetics. Trying to make subtlety into something wondrous is easier said than done. With that, I'll leave off on a random quote (It's from an anime, of all places) that I find marvelous. It might or might not be English appropriate (You can be the judge of that):
"Living things are restrained by Chains: The laws of nature, the flow of time, the vessel known as your 'body,' and the existence called your mind. The one chain that people can wield: WORDS."February 19th, 2014
The Ivory Tower is inspired by a belief in the necessity of artistic expression and its power to enlighten, challenge, and captivate. We strive to expose and promote original work by undergraduate writers and artists across the University of Minnesota campus.