Letter From the Editor
It's May 31, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Frankly,
I'm exhausted. I really just want to go to sleep but there are some
people I have to thank first.
First, Deborah (Deb) Simpson, of
Deb's Boot-ique, my Art
Editor. Deb taught me how to build websites. She created the HM
logo and worked diligently to make the visuals of this magazine look
outstanding. Believe me, if anything looks less than perfect, it's MY
fault, not hers! Deb also spent many, many late nights Yahoo!® Instant
Messenging with me
to offer advice, encouragement, support and the occasional kick in the butt
I needed! She solved many of my web-building dilemmas, as well as
taking the initiative in creating logos, patterns, and many other aspects of
this magazine that will appear in future editions. Even better, Deb is
my good friend - they don't come better than her! Thanks Deb!
Next is Maggie
Labouisse. I'm still not sure exactly who Maggie is. But, I can
tell you this; she is a force to be reckoned with! When I put up a
sneak peek of the HM Table of Contents, Maggie, whom I did not know,
immediately wrote to point out a typo. Seizing the opportunity, I
asked her to be my Copy Editor! I belatedly realized that not only did I
not know Maggie, I didn't even know if she was qualified to edit!
Within hours, my fears were allayed as Maggie cranked out page after page of
revisions, finding every single mistake I had made. Qualified? She
is brilliant! She's blunt. She pulls no punches. The writing in
this magazine has been significantly improved by her work! I'm not
going to call it "hard" work because for Maggie, I think, it's a breeze!
She dropped into my lap from out of the blue and I'll be damned if I'll let her
get away! If Maggie weren't so much like me, I think I'd be scared of
Tracy Weston and LeeAnn Bernard graciously
allowed me to use their Esme, Sydney and Coco Wentworth Stories; filling my
Entertainment section with tons of laughs! Whether they want to or
not, I'm going to make sure they keep updating these fun-filled doll
dilemmas! They sure know how to make our "girls" come to life!
Next, I want to thank all of the people who
trusted me to "tell their stories." I came away from these interviews
enriched both by the people I met and by the friendships I was lucky enough
to make! I tried really hard to "bring them to life" because each one
is unique and wonderful in his/her own way. They all have very vibrant and
entertaining personalities. I hope my articles convey this.
Finally, to the many people who encouraged me
to create this magazine: many expressed verbal support; many others
implied their support by signing up on my mailing list. Thanks to all
of you - I hope I have created something special that won't let you down.
With that, I'm going to bed now!
Lisa A. Lawrence
Editor in Chief