It's nice to meet you. I'm not sure where you are as you're reading this. Maybe at home, tucked in bed with a mug of tea, or possibly at the public library, hunched over the computer after stumbling across this page. Wherever you are, and whoever you are, welcome to the beginning of a global community of women.
The goal of starting a digital literary magazine is finally coming to life, and we would love for you to be a part of it. I (Lauren, the younger sister) spent one year thinking, "how could I do this what are the logistics do I need a sponsor how can I reach people [???]" Well, I realized the answer was never going to present itself until I started. I just summed up one year of thinking and fretting and feeling defeated into two sentences. Yet, it surprised me that one second of literal 'light-bulb' enthusiasm and a new idea was all it took to actually make this happen. Something just clicked.
The vision for Daughter began after my sister Sarah and I sat on a bar patio with a bottle of wine. We hadn't seen each other in a while, and it was all mushy "love you's" and a "how did we end up here?" conversation. The best part about it was analyzing our changing relationship with our father. We grew up as momma's girls through and through, and we still are, but our style of daughterhood changed after our mother passed away in 2013. Our relationship with our father has flourished into something completely different after that tragedy: a beautiful, frustrating, complex, quietly supportive, deep deep respect. We realized this relationship would never have blossomed if our mother was here. Which is strange and sad, but also wonderful.
Everyone has hardships in their life, no matter how large or small. It is an incredible gift to be able to write about it, but an even greater one to share that writing. Our experience as daughters is different than yours. We would love, love, loveto read about yours and share it with other women around the world.
So, without further ado, here we go. As a new lit mag, as women, as writers and readers, and as daughters.