Alright, I am reaching out to DA community about an idea that I am working on right now. I live in New mexico in a desert basin full of coyotes, devil's weed, tweakers and religious fanatics (both ungodly and satanic). This place had a lot of history, a lot of morbid and enchanting beauty that people do not usually see. There are three towns/villages here. one of them, completely void of creative writing classes as well as cooking and music. I think that too many young lives get caught up in drugs, in suicide, in so called gangs. Some just get caught up in dead and jobs, or end up having babies too soon and living out their whole lives working to death. I think we need something that would allow people to voice their creativity, something that won't discriminate against the content of someones art.
I want to start publishing a monthly magazine/journal for artists and writers, that features their poems, short stories, artworks of all kinds, that tells them about the legends of the area they live in, the myths, the secrets and the strange histories that lie here. I want to get people interested and help them see their home in a different light. I want them to see why this place is Called the Land of Enchantment. I also want to include advertising for small local businesses and local events organized by both people and city public services. I want this to be an alternative source of information, publicity, culture, and a source of raw, uncensored imagination, in the hopes it might bring a sense of community and encourage creativity in our young people.
I have signed up for several small business classes next month and year in preparation for launching this project, and have already designed a rough draft of the first front cover. But I need a way to test the waters and see if and how many people would be interested in this.
What do you guys think about this idea? and does anyone have any other input, suggestions or advice for me?