Editor’s Notes #189

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Hey, blog readers! I hope you’re all doing well. Before we take a look at some recent posts from our editors, I want to remind you about the Jet Fuel Review‘s current reading period. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so you still have a few more days to submit your work! If you’re interested, you can send us your stuff right here.

As always, Michael Lane and Jake Johnson have selected some songs for our Jet Fuel Jukebox playlist. Check out this post from the end of February, as well as their first post in March. In addition, Michael Lane wrote a great review of Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the horror film Get Out.

There have been two new additions to Sabrina’s Book Corner. These posts review Old Magic by Marianne Curley and Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. Gina Capperino’s latest “romantic inquiry” focuses on The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

Our comics blogger, Quinn Stratton, recently reviewed Daniel Clowes’ newest graphic novel, Patience. And our “casual critics” have reviewed some new films. Donatas Ruzys reviewed M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and Reno Stramaglia reviewed Hacksaw Ridge.

At the beginning of the month, we posted another Artist’s Portfolio post. This time around, we featured the work of Lewis student Larissa Barnat. Check out the post to learn more about Larissa and to see her stunning oil paintings.

Finally, be sure to check out the last two “Meet the Editors” posts of this semester. In recent weeks, we featured Miguel Soto, our Special Sections Editor, and Jacqueline Nelson, our Art & Design Editor.

Stick with us next week for more awesome posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

 

Meet the Editors: Jacqueline Nelson

Jacqueline Nelson

It’s Friday again, so that means we have another Meet the Editors post. This is actually our last new editor for the semester! Today we are introducing Jacqueline Nelson, who is working with us this semester as our Art & Design Editor.

Jacqueline is a computer graphic design major at Lewis University. This is only her second semester at Lewis, but she already feels at home. She is 22, but 35 in spirit. Somehow, she is both the tallest and the youngest in her family. She loves finding new places to explore with friends, especially in Chicago. Art and design has always fascinated her, and has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. (Throwback to the KLUTZ craft books, y’all!) Her goal is to translate this passion into her work with the Jet Fuel Review.

Below is our Q&A with Jacqueline:

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Meet the Editors: Miguel Soto

Miguel Soto
Miguel Soto

Welcome back to another Meet the Editors post! Today we are introducing Miguel Soto, who is working with us this semester as a Special Sections Editor.

Miguel Soto is currently a junior at Lewis University, majoring in English literature and language. He enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, and making music. One of the reasons he decided to major in English literature is because he enjoys reading about various experiences from various timelines.

Miguel’s favorite author (at the moment) is James Baldwin, and he enjoys exploring the genre of magical realism. If he’s not busy with work or school, then you can find Miguel planning his next tattoo.

Below is our Q&A with Miguel:

Who are you and what is your role at Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Miguel Soto, and currently, I’m working on the high school submissions at the Jet Fuel Review. I also sometimes dabble in the Fiction/Non-Fiction areas of the JFR.

What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
The last book I read was If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, but other than that you can find untouched textbooks I bought for the semester on my desk.

If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I have always wanted to co-write with Isabel Allende. The use of magical realism in her novels is very convincing. Her novels are also similar to the life I remember from several vacations I’ve taken to our family ranch in Mexico.

Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
The perfect reading atmosphere is outside, in seventy-five-degree weather, with a cool breeze, under the shade, and with a consistent background noise.

What might your personal library look like?
My personal library is neatly organized, and all authors are in alphabetical order. On my bookshelves, you can find anything from the Game of Thrones series to books by James Baldwin, Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and so many others.

If you could “remake” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I would definitely consider re-making The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.

What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
One piece of literature that I could read over and over again is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“It reached out of his head to the rhythm of an ancient, fetal heartbeat. It sent its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking them off the tip of his tongue. It stripped his thoughts of the words that described them and left them pared and naked. Unspeakable. Numb.” – Arundhati Roy from The God of Small Things

If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Harry Potter, because Hogwarts.

Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
“Death Beyond Constant Love” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Be sure to check back next Friday to meet another new editor. Have a fantastic weekend!

Editor’s Notes #188

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope the world has been treating you well. Before we take a look at what’s been posted on the blog recently, I want to remind you that the deadline for submissions to the Spring 2017 issue of the Jet Fuel Review is approaching. You can submit your art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry right here until March 15th. If you’re interested, please take a look at the Review’s main site and send us your work!

We’ve had lots of interesting new posts on the blog lately. To begin with, some new series have begun and some new bloggers have now joined our team. “Casual Critics” is a new series written on alternate weeks by Reno Stramaglia and Donatas Ružys, two new film bloggers. Their inaugural post included a review of The Founder. They followed that up with a review of The Godfather.

There is also a new series called “Words an’ Pictures,” in which comic blogger Quinn Stratton reviews and expounds upon all things related to comics. Right now, you can read his introduction post and a post he wrote about Entertaining Comics (E.C.). If you want to learn more about Quinn, he was the subject of this semester’s first “Meet the Editors” post.

If you’ve missed out on the Jet Fuel Jukebox, there are plenty of new playlists for you to listen to! Check out this post, this post, and the Jukebox’s special Valentine’s Day playlist.

Blogger Sabrina Parr has returned to her “Book Corner” posts this semester. Check out her latest posts, which focus on Spelled by Betsy Schow and The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen. Gina Capperino has also returned to continue her “Romantic Inquiries” series. Her first post this semester discusses the film La La Land. Also, be sure to check out Michael Lane’s review of John Wick: Chapter Two.

Finally, check out another one of our “Meet the Editors” posts, this time featuring our new Layout Editor and Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor, Kayla Chambers.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Meet the Editors: Kayla Chambers

Kayla Chambers
Kayla Chambers

It’s Friday once again, so please help me in introducing another new editor. This week we feature Kayla Chambers, who is our new Layout Editor, as well as an Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor.

Kayla Chambers is a junior at Lewis University and began as a Communications major. Since then, she’s decided to double major with English as a secondary. While she joined the Jet Fuel Review staff in early 2017, this will be her second year working as a layout editor for The Flyer, the university’s newspaper. Her work was published in the 2015 issue of the Windows Fine Arts Magazine. She spends her free time with family members and reads news articles and videos on current events. She also loves watching and reading anything along the lines of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Thus, a love for Pretty Little Liars, Invader Zim, The X-Files, Agatha Christie, and anything related to Sherlock Holmes has sprouted over the years.

Below is our Q&A with Kayla:

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Editor’s Notes #187

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Hello, blog readers! I haven’t posted an editor’s notes round-up since before the holidays. But we have some new posts on the blog now, so it’s time to take a look at what our editors have been up to in recent weeks.

But first, please be aware that the Jet Fuel Review’s submission period for its Spring 2017 issue is now open. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so check out our submission form if you have poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art that you think we need to see. You might just end up in our next issue.

Now, let’s dive right in! Back before the new year, Michael Lane posted a review of the Oscar-nominated film “La La Land.” Dan Fiorio posted his pre-order alerts for new music coming out in January of 2017. Although it’s February now, you can still check out his post to see music that’s available now.

At the beginning of the year, Michael Lane posted a retrospective of his top 10 films from 2016. Also, the Jet Fuel Jukebox made its valiant return with a new playlist.

More recently, Michael Lane posted a review of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Sabrina Parr returned to her “Book Corner” blog posts with a review of The OutsidersHaley Renison returned to her “Poetic Playlist” by discussing the song “First” by the Cold War Kids.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Jet Fuel Review in the new year. Stay tuned for more exciting posts in the coming month! And don’t forget about our submission period.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan