Back-To-School Issue

I used to be obsessed with magazines. My favorite? The Seventeen August issue.

So classy, though.

The Seventeen August issue was packed with advice on everything, gorgeous ads, and an East coast style sensibility that while super impractical for a California girl with no fashion budget, was the epitome of dreamy sophistication.

Seriously, this was the best issue ever. I wish I still had this one with Jennifer Connelly.

As an adult, I’ve subscribed to Allure, Vogue, Poets and Writers, Writer’s Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Shape, Fitness, Oxygen, and Women’s Health.

I love going to my mailbox and finding a shiny new magazine. It’s old-fashioned and cool. The problem is too much of the content doesn’t apply to me anymore.

My interests and needs have become so specialized and precise that the magazine that would inspire me would have to be geared towards an audience of middle-aged cross-genre writers with long gray hair who love old-school gyms, glasses of water, and Kendrick Lamar. This would be a magazine for the discerning California woman with one child in college, one in junior high, two backyard chickens (one with serious gender confusion) still with no fashion budget but who loves Beyoncé, Neil Young, and books by Francesca Lia Block.

I want that saucy bow tie more than life. 

Do you see what I mean? I’m talking a very limited demographic. I am not mad that there is no magazine for me.

This one I actually do still have. It’s July, not August, but there is a craft in it for making dresses out of dish towels.

So this September’s daily blog challenge is me making my own damn magazine. It’s called Back-To-School issue, and in the spirit of those thick Seventeen dream machines of the Augusts of my youth, the posts will cover everything from relationships, fitness, beauty, style, career, and fresh starts all from MY point of view. Because I’m in charge. Editor-in-chief.

In August I stand in a field. Totally.

I have no idea what’s going to be in it, but there will be journal prompts at the end of each so you can build your own magazine with me.

You have a day to get a notebook. Maybe consider a Pinterest account too if you don’t have one.

See you September 1st.







  1. Sue Staats

    thanks so much for posting these covers. my assignment for this week is to write a short story about teenaged girls in 1985 and I’ve been googling stuff all day but these are the best. Yes, I loved Seventeen too. And the hair!!!

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    1. The hair, Sue. The hair was magnificent. The eighties was the last decade when I understood what was going on. I can’t wait to read your story, if you share it. You are a magnificent writer. I’m addicted to your stories now.


  2. Aw, look at young Jennifer Connolly! I loved seventeen, but my parents would let me read it until i was 16, haha.


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