Closer to Publishing 

Graduation is finally over and business as usual has resumed. I have set a new deadline of June 4th for myself. So far, what I have completed, I am proud to have done and hope the writers and readers will be too. 

This is my first publishing endeavor, so it is taking me some time to learn the ropes and get things to look the way I want them to on the screen. Also, taking into account the way it looks on a phone or tablet vs. a laptop or desktop has been an adventure because I work on my iPad and iPhone a lot. 

I am loving it, though… every step of the way has been a joy. 

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😓 Working Hard

As the publication date comes closer, I am working harder at bringing things together and making my vision come to fruition. 

This past week has been a struggle to do anything. I’ve been ill. Just a common cold for anyone else can take someone with a chronic illness out for a couple weeks. I’ve been in bed since last Friday, a full week today. Antibiotics and otc meds, juices full of vitamins and antioxidants. I still feel lousy, frustrated about missing class or teleconferencing in and not being present, frustrated and happy I don’t have more friends that understand why when they ask if I am feeling better or on the mend yet I still say no. 

However, life goes on as it always does and it spins outside these four walls without me as it always has… I’ll rejoin my rat race soon enough. One would think, by now, I would have learned to accept I have no control over this and just accept this time and rest, try to view it as a message my body is telling me to slow down and do so. I guess I get afraid if I truly give into acceptance, I won’t be able to come back from it and rejoin society. I’ll be left confined here in my room, in my bed. I suppose some of you can relate.

Midday has come and passed. Evening slowly encroaches and I’ve done nothing but take meds and write, have some juice, Greek yogurt, and a pistachio muffin. I should dress and try to see the sun before it sets. Check the mail. Read some of my homework in preparation for next week and do some work on the magazine I edit as well as this one. 

I hope you all have a great weekend and remember to breathe into the day not against it.

Pat Berryhill 

Wraith Infirmity Muses EIC 

About Wraith Infirmity Muses

WRAITH INFIRMITY MUSES IS CURRENTLY AN ONLINE JOURNAL

The concept of Wraith Infirmity Muses was spawned in the fall of 2016, the senior year at Salem College of Founding and Senior Editor, Pat Berryhill. A creative writing major and a woman who lives with invisible illness, both physical and mental, she struggled to seek a place where her love of literature and battles with social stigmas associated with invisible illness met. This literary magazine is the birth of an inability to find a place unencumbered by further social impediment. Wraith Infirmity is a place where those who live with invisible illness and allies will be welcome to publish and bring light where none is shed, truth where there is stigma, and a home where there has been none. Welcome and stay tuned for more updates on submissions and an expected date for  release of the first issue in 2017.

Submissions

PLEASE REFER TO THE UPDATED SUBMISSIONS PAGE IN THE MAGAZINE. CURRENT CALL CLOSES NOVEMBER 20, 2017. Submission requirements begin with having an invisible illness or being the child, parent, or partner of someone with an invisible illness. Submission need not address the subject of invisible illness but the platform is presented to allow that without censorship. Artwork, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction accepted. No reviews at this time.

If you would like to submit, please send your entry. Flash fiction no longer than 800 words. Creative Non-fiction or Essays contained to 800 words or less. Poetry, send no more 3 at a time with a 20 line maximum per poem. Art work can be sent as 3 images at a time. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, please notify if work is accepted elsewhere.
Please send Submissions to

WraithInfirmity@gmail.com 
and place submission and the category in the subject line. Please send entries as a word document or PDF. Art work submissions as a high resolution jpg or png that allows size change in size without distortion.

Include a 50 word third person bio and a headshot.

Include a sentence or two about your connection to invisible illness in the cover. This information is for staff only.

Note that accepted work may occasionally be subject to editing and returned to you for approval before publication.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing your work!

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As I Enter Into The Masses – Submission Guidelines Below

So many literary magazines out in the world and yet, I am compelled to begin one of my own. I have to ponder what will make this one distinct. In my endeavors to seek publication, looking among the vast multitude of Lit mags,  I couldn’t find one that consistently gave voice to invisible illness and those that love someone with an invisible illness. Because let’s face it, if you love a person with an invisible illness, your life is greatly impacted as well. 

What do I define as an invisible illness? There are a plethora of mental illnesses that fall into this category. They are too many to name, but to give you an idea of the concept, I will ask you a question. How many times have you discovered a colleague, friend, or family member has begun taking an antidepressant, been hospitalized, attempted suicide, and you “had no idea they were even depressed.” Then there is a laundry list of anxiety disorders, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and many more. 

Physical invisible illness exists as well. Fibromyalgia is a huge one. There are days people with fibromyalgia feel okay and their medication manages their symptoms well. They can go places, be involved in activities, and you would never realize a thing was wrong. Then there are days they are confined to bed in so much pain they can not leave the house, afraid to tell friends because in the past no one believed them. Multiple Sclerosis in early stages is somewhat similar at times. There are types of cancer where treatment doesn’t cause hair to fall out. They appear “okay”. They aren’t.  The list goes on. This is invisible illness.

How will I know for sure if someone who submits lives with/ loves someone with invisible illness or has it themselves? I won’t. I will have to accept their word on faith. How could I do otherwise? 

I am eager to begin accepting submissions. I hope to release my first issue in Spring 2017. I am shooting for March 20, 2017. 

If you would like to submit, please send your entry. Flash fiction no longer than 800 words. Creative Non-fiction or Essays contained to 800 words or less. Poetry, send no more 3 at a time with a 20 line maximum per poem. Art work can be sent as 3 images at a time. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed at this time. 

Please send Submissions to 

WraithInfirmity@gmail.com 

and place submission and the category in the subject line. Please send entries as a word document or PDF. Art work submissions as a high resolution jpg or png that allows size change without distortion. Include a 50 word third person bio and please include a sentence or two about your connection to invisible illness in the cover. 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing your work!

Pat Berryhill – Senior Editor