In Memoriam: JFR Editor Steven T. Seum (July 19, 1978 – December 29, 2017)

Dear readers, Jet Fuel Review has established a memorial page for our dear editor Steven T. Seum with some of his work as well as tributes from his peers and professors. This is work-in-progress as we will continue to update the page with pieces about Steve from students, faculty, and others. If you have anything you’d like to say about Steve, please send it to our JFR blog editor Michael Lane and/or Simone Muench, and we will post it on this page as we are able. If you would like to donate groceries to his family, there is information at the bottom of this page for a GoFundMe organized by Steve’s brother, Michael Seum, as well as a link to a food delivery service called Meal Train created by Amber Ruland.Simone Muench

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Steve Seum at the JFR Issue #14 Launch on November 30th, 2017

The Chronic Appeal
by Steven Seum

(Written for Dr. Jen Consilio’s Advanced Writing course)

“We are not to blame for our illness, but we are responsible for our health.”- Victoria Maxwell, BPP

Being overwhelmed by multiple, debilitating chronic health issues at any time in my life was mind-bogglingly unanticipated.  My back has been sliced and diced twice (once through my back, and the second time through a six-inch opening starting at my navel and going down past my waist).  I now have an artificial disc in the lumbar region of my back, I deal with chronic neuropathy, I have limited control over my right leg, and I have dealt with Crohn’s disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, for the past twenty-six years of my life, all at the age of thirty-eight.  Unable to anticipate each day bares an undesirable burden.  I am incapable of anticipating when my back will seize up, as various muscle groups compensate for the injured region, or the surgically repaired and replaced areas of my back will ache a deep ache, pulsing in time with my heart, or if I will be stuck running, no, sprinting to the bathroom because of my Crohn’s disease and the side effects which come with it (the fatigue, the vitamin deficiencies, the joint pain)—a daily routine was ruled out long ago. This is how it is for anyone dealing with anything chronic or invisible, or those close to it—our family and friends—and the side effects that come with chronic illness and the depression, the lack of routine, and the inability to live a “human” existence (the “human” existence is simply a dream I have of a life apart from this dysfunctional body of mine).  There is much I would like to say, to those new to these chronic issues, which would provide a positive story or feedback of a structured regimen, but even the best of us know that the struggle for remission is an overwhelming and intimidating burden of this disease.

“As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.” – Neil Gaiman

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Jet Fuel Review Fall 2016 Reading Period

JFR 11Hello, blog readers! Things have become rather quiet here on the blog, but this post may be a sign that we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon. As the summer draws to a close and the new semester at Lewis University, the home of the Jet Fuel Review, begins, I have an exciting announcement for you all. The Fall 2016 reading period for the Jet Fuel Review is now open and accepting submissions from you!

This latest reading period opened on August 15th and will remain open until October 15. If you’re interested in submitting, but still need to polish up some pieces, you have some time to prepare. As always, we are accepting submissions for fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and artwork. Submissions are open to anyone who has created a piece of work in one of these genres. In the past, the Jet Fuel Review has published a wide variety of work, from beginning writers to experienced, published authors.

If you are interested in sending us your work, please review the submission guidelines on our website. These are very important if you would like us to consider your submission. If you’re not sure whether your work is a good fit for our publication, you might want to review the note about our editorial tastes.

Of course, you can also review our previous 11 issues to get a better idea of the type of work we regularly publish.

Good luck, and happy writing!

~ Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Looking Back and Looking Forward

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About five and a half years ago, I was beginning my senior year at Lewis University. In my senior year, I knew that I’d have to do some type of internship for my major, which was English (creative writing). The previous semester, my professor — Dr. Simone Muench — mentioned in class that she’d like Lewis to have a literary journal that was run entirely by students. We already had a journal that was run by the college and maintained by professors, but I agreed with Simone that we should have a student publication as well. After discussing this and filling out some paperwork, creating that student-run journal became my senior year internship.

I can’t stress enough how little I knew about where to begin. I remember spending afternoons just searching through other literary journals for design ideas, formatting techniques, submission information, and masthead hierarchies. After much research, I thought I had some ideas of my own, and one of those ideas was to begin a blog that would accompany the literary journal itself. Thus, the Jet Fuel Review blog was born. You can still go back and read the first post that went up here, a welcome post describing the blog and the journal. If you check out that post, you’ll discover a fun fact about our origins — at one point, we were tentatively called the Honeycomb Review. As you know now, that name didn’t stick.

Since those early days of the blog, we have grown immensely. Not only have we published ten issues of the Jet Fuel Review, all moderated and managed entirely by students, we’ve also continued to add content to this blog. I was worried at first that no one would want to keep up with the blog, or that it would simply fall away once the Review picked up steam. Luckily, that has not been the case. When the blog began, I was the only one adding content from day to day. Slowly, more editors from the Review began to take an interest, and now we have a truly impressive roster of writers here at the blog.

The whole reason for this retrospective is that something pretty prominent about the blog will soon be changing. We’ve had this blog layout since the beginning, but we’ve recently decided that it’s time for a change. Michael Lane, our other blog editor, suggested the change to me last week and, while I was reticent at first, I came to realize that this blog deserves a new coat of paint. After five and a half years of posts, it’s time that we begin displaying our content on a new, sleeker design.

I hope that you all like the blog’s new layout, and I hope that you’ll stick with us as we continue to post here for (hopefully) another five years.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Introducing Our New Assistant Blog Editors

We here at Jet Fuel Review have some exciting news to share this week. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce three new assistant blog editors who will not only be contributing their own unique blogs to this site, but will be working hard to enlist the work of others as well, making for a much livelier blog, brimming with more content than we’ve ever had before.

Gina Capperino
Gina Capperino

First up, we have Gina Capperino. Gina is currently a senior nursing student at Lewis University, and this is her second semester as a member of the Jet Fuel Review. During school sessions, she works as a CNA (certified nursing assistant), where she lends her ear to veterans so often that she thinks we’re still at war with Korea. In the future, she hopes to work as a healthcare blogger or simply to harass politicians to change healthcare policy. In her free time, she likes to explore the world and compete in risky sports that disqualify her from getting life insurance.

The blog that Gina is going to be writing will be called “Capperino’s Romantic Inquiries,” and it will be all about intimacy in media today. From movies to books, Gina plans to explore how relationships and intimacy in media can affect the viewers of such media. Intimacy is essential to human nature, and media has the opportunity to affect how boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, and any other relationship can communicate. What are these movies and books doing to change how we connect with others? That is the question that Gina will be trying to answer in her blog.

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