Media with a Mission
Karma is a confusing word to Westerners, and it’s really baffling to Southerners. If they’re willing to make the cosmic leap that it is exists as a foundational truth of the world, then they have a tough time articulating what it is or how it operates. It’s a hard notion to define. It’s similar to explaining the grace of God, which is truly amazing, but hard to pigeonhole. Perhaps, as we begin the second year of The New Southern Fugitives it’s best to leave characterizing tricky metaphysical laws to philosophers and spiritual teachers, and instead focus on our own Southern Fried Karma. For us, we need to answer the question—what are we supposed to be doing? Over the course of the past several months, it’s become clear that our purpose is to create a community of like-minded readers and artists intent on bringing out civil, social discourse by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and freethinking. Simply stated, our mission is to tell a million tales of Y’ALL MEANS ALL.
In his best-selling book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, Vishen Lakhiani introduces the idea of “bending reality.” He explains that as the “ideal state where you’re happy in the now, and you have a vision for the future that drives you.” That’s exactly what our mission does for the Southern Fried Karma. We revel in developing disruptive tales that incite discourse and freethinking. We’re committed to inclusive connecting messages in all our endeavors, and at the same time we’re driven to grow our community, expand our portfolio of projects, and discover diverse talents. We keep our nose on the grindstone and our eyes on the horizon. But without the support of our readers, our path to success would be more difficult. We’re grateful for all our followers, and my hope is that somehow, in someway one of the stories we published captivated a portion of your daily thoughts and challenged your view of life’s situations. Our interaction with the community is “mission critical,” as they say in astronaut movies.
Earlier this fall, we asked reader for their opinions of how we should evolve as we launch Volume 2. We received some gracious and insightful responses, and based on the input we’re making adjustments centered on the theme of less being more. Starting with this issue, we’ll be publishing The New Southern Fugitives every other week. This schedule change allows us to raise the amount we pay our contributors and provides an opportunity to expand our impact. It does sound counterintuitive to our mission to tell a million tales of y’all means all, but we feel that bi-weekly issues will give us more attention in the inbox of your lives and higher number of writers submitting their work. In between issues, we’ll be providing a link to the Fugitive Voices, a podcast led by SFK Associate Publisher April Ford and 2018 SFK Novel Contest Judge Pickney Benedict and giving you updates on where to find us and our authors. There’s nothing more rewarding than meeting a reader or contributor on the road in Nashville or Tampa. It’s like making an instant schoolyard friend.
Finally as we send out our new volume, we ask you to increase your own engagement in the community. Below each post, you’ll see an area for comments, and we’ll plant a few provocative questions to stoke the flames. Let us know what you think. We’d also ask you to help us increase our audience. One of the highest compliments we can receive is for a reader to recommend our zine (or books) to a friend. Whether on social media, over a morning coffee, or after that second glass of wine, we feel like we offer an fruitful means way to change the conversation to art, books, or a story that stirred a wild notion; to move away from the droning rancor of divisiveness and make us all instruments of peace and justice. That’s our calling. That’s what we are supposed to be doing. We appreciate you joining us on our karmic journey.