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Our Commonwealth Pride
I had been living in Richmond, Virginia just slightly over a year when I registered the domain name for Quail Bell Magazine. It was December 2009, and I had no idea what I'd first post. I just knew that by 2010, I wanted to start gathering stories and staff for a spring launch. The first batch of writers, photographers, artists, and editors for Quail Bell weren't even based in Virginia. They came from all over the country because I lucked out on Craigslist. But the lack of face-to-face connection bothered me. While I always imagined there would be QB contributors I'd never meet due to timing and geography, I didn't think I wouldn't meet any of them.
One year later, I recruited talented folks from my home state of Virginia to help me realize "the Quail Bell dream" and establish Quail Bell Press & Productions, LLC. Some of these fine people came from Northern Virginia like me—or NoVa, as we natives say—and others came from Eastern Virginia, but most came from my new city, RVA, in Central Virginia. We've had our ups and downs since then, particularly with the death of managing editor Josephine Stone in terms of downs, and yet here we are, wings outstretched, soaring. No matter where Quail Bell goes, I will always be proud of its Virginia roots.
That's why I'm especially pleased to announce that today Quail Bell Magazine was listed on the Virginia Bloggers website. Not only are we in the directory, but we've joined a new community. Please poke around the website, stay tuned for our guest post, and try to make one of the Virginia Bloggers events. The Quail Bell Crew is always eager to put faces to our readers.
Christine Stoddard/ “Luna Lark”
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Christine Stoddard conceived the idea for Quail Bell in late 2009 after writing a children's story by the same name, and launched the website as a college blog in 2010. In June 2013, Christine and former art director Kristen Rebelo officially launched Quail Bell Magazine as a global web magazine. Read our editorial mission statement to learn more.