So! The two Managing Editors (myself and Lucie) have been taking turns being sick between working on our assigned tasks (I am, in fact, writing this to you from bed. Day 5, people. Day 5. If you get this thing....STAY IN BED. Seriously). We're therefore playing a bit of catch up, and we'd like your help.
Actually, we'd like your help anyway, because this is your publication and because you're smart people. But helping your beleaguered and ill Man. Eds. is part of the equation as well.
Lucie and I are putting together Thrust's Mandate and Style Guide/Sheet. These are both critical to the magazine's final iteration. The trouble thus far for us has been that we didn't want to just slap these together without having a full understanding of what this thing is going to look like. We now feel like we have a better idea, but no one knows better than all of us collectively (if that makes sense...I've been ill, did I mention? Ahem). So we'd like your help in developing these from here.
The mandate should reflect Thrust's face to the world. That is, what message we're trying to send by publishing it, and what makes it unique. Lucie and I have a few ideas for this, including the sexy/fresh angle that the name Thrust suggested in the first place, but if you have any additional ideas, please post them as comments or email myself and/or Lucie.
2) Style Sheet
This one's more important in the long run as it determines, to a large extent, the textual unity of Thrust. This is something I'm very excited to play a part in. There are certain things Lucie and I already know about Thrust's style, but we'd like your input as well. Hate certain spellings of words? Love others? Think British Columbia should be B.C. not BC? This is your chance. We're likely going to base everything off of a particular style (CP, AP, etc.), but we can make the style sheet reflect infinite preferences, if we'd like.
We also recognize that certain genres (poetry, for example) defy certain style markers, and these sorts of things should also be part of the style sheet.
So please, send us your style sheet entries. We will most likely work with them, and if we don't, we'll give you a good reason why.
Thank you so much for your input, and if you could send us your responses (here in the comments or via email) by next Wednesday, that would be great, as we're finalizing the style sheet ASAP. Keep up the good work!
Your Man. Eds.