The Music is Beautiful

Today, Open Thought Vortex Magazine published a piece in which I come forward about an assault I’ve never publicly shared. I chose to do this there for a number of reasons. One is that OTV is dedicated to elevating voices and conversations which have primarily come to include issues of survival. The other is a history of trust and love. While I may have left my editorial position at OTV, it still has a place in my heart.

The Music is Beautiful

It was such a privilege to be invited to support OTV. Watching it grow as its creator and publisher Shareen Mansfield dreamed its new directions and shape from the inside was a profound experience. When it was time for me to move on to my own projects (they are under way, I promise), I left incredibly proud of what OTV had become and confident in its future. Since leaving my post, I am delighted to see it has become even better. OTV has grown to include daily content and a broader expanse of strong, regular voices on topics of beauty and survival.

If you haven’t discovered the magazine, I hope you will. Start anywhere, but if you want, start with my story of being healed by a cello at a point in my life when I wasn’t certain of who I was, where I belonged, or how I might recover.

Please read “How a Cello Healed My Heart” on Open Thought Vortex Magazine.

My tale is one of friendship, and how even when it turns or fades, the music plays on and the music is beautiful.

Share
Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

7 Discussion to this post

  1. Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i
    like to learn more and more.

    View Comment
  2. Hello to every body, it’s my first visit of this
    blog; this blog contains awesome and truly good information in support
    of visitors.

    View Comment
  3. What’s up, this weekend is nice in support of me, for the reason that this moment i am reading this impressive informative paragraph here at
    my residence.

    View Comment
  4. Unblock site says:

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your
    website? Its very well written; I love what youve got
    to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful
    lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space
    it out better?

    View Comment
  5. gitlab.com says:

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Thank you!

    View Comment
  6. ufa168 says:

    I have fun with, cause I found exactly what I was looking for.

    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice
    day. Bye

    View Comment
  7. I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for your information.
    This article has truly peaked my interest.

    I will book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

    View Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Stories

Search stories by typing keyword and hit enter to begin searching.

%d bloggers like this: