[Another new category for 2010: Love Letters! I think you'll get the point...]
It must be said: You had me at hello.
I remember the day Ms. Blue Poppy told me I had to check out a new magazine called Uppercase. I immediately went to your website and ordered a subscription, and when the first issue arrived at my doorstep I knew I would not be disappointed. I want to applaud you not only for creating a beautiful publication, but for having the passion, vision and courage to launch it right smack in the middle of a whopper recession, a time when most seasoned accountants would have probably told you to quietly set your vision aside and wait until "the time was right."
I don't know if anyone actually gave you that advice, but either way, you decided that the right time was when you said it was the right time, and for that I will always cheer you on.
As far as the actual magazine is concerned - the paper alone would have been enough for me. No glossy, flimsy, easily-wrinkled pages - no, you've created something that will have a permanent home on my bookshelf. I even got a bright orange canvas magazine holder especially for my issues of Uppercase. Beautiful photography and artwork, great interviews and so many inspiring bits and pieces that I usually have to set aside each issue of Uppercase for at least a day or two after it arrives for fear I'll tear the pages in my excitement over all the new goodies.
I also want to tell you how honored I am to have a wee byline in the latest issue. I was beginning to feel slightly stalker-esque with all the essay and article ideas I sent you, having decided that if I didn't have my name attached to a story in Uppercase then I simply couldn't go on (the needs of the ego and blind ambition unite!) I hate to tell you that this doesn't mean I'll stop sending story ideas your way, but for now I am content to contemplate getting new business cards printed that say:
Christine Mason Miller
Artist * Writer * Explorer
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