So, it’s issue time again, and our beloved mascot has been sipping tropical drinks and laughing because it is well adapted to this obscene amount of heat we’ve been having. Cheeky thing! As I slaved over assembling my first-ever solo issue, the damn thing just kept chuckling about a literate artist. Does anyone know a good taxidermist? I kid! I’d never harm a feather on the beloved, though rude, bird.
Yes, for those who missed it, this issue is 100% my (Laura’s) doing. If it’s not quite up to snuff you know who to send angry emails to. Liz had a lot on her plate and just couldn’t keep up with everything. While this is very sad, let's focus on all the goodies in this issue. There are all kinds of fun things to do in the summer, like riding your bike in “We Learned to Love the River.” Checking out a beauty contest like “No Fury like a Lawyer Judged Less Beautiful” would certainly be a summer treat. Maybe for you working is more rewarding, or perhaps a class in “Tea and Semantics.” If staying home and writing is more your speed, perhaps “For Your Consideration” will make you feel right at home. And if you’d like to send some of that writing to The Toucan, all the better! But those pieces are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many good things in here you may as well look at the table of contents for a list of recommended reading.
Though this issue marks the end of a wonderful partnership( we are still the best of friends, though!), it also marks new beginnings. I hope you continue to read and love The Toucan even though the next few issues will be a bit different from those we have already published. Unfortunately it’s the nature of the beast, but I plan to make the most of it! As always, I can’t do it without contributors so if you have a piece of writing or art that you think would fit in send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. With that, enjoy summer and the summer issue!
Your fearless leader,