LETTER FROM THE EDITOR, Issue #1
What I hope I’ve accomplished with this project is bring a new opportunity and dose of vigor to my own writing, that of my peers, and to those, like me, who are looking for an outlet and a chance to showcase their passions, their dreams, their talents.
Largely, this is a literary journal. I have published stories, alongside fellow CSU Channel Islands students, alumni, and community members. It’s something that’s very important to me and my fellow contributors. Having your writing read is a huge step in giving yourself a name and creating confidence in your career. A project like this is also essential to knowing the ins and outs of the industry, and learning how to start at nothing and get to something. It brings a true sense of accomplishment to know that you got where you are because you put in the time and effort to make it happen.
The DIY aesthetic thatNegative Assets adopted stems from punk roots. It says “No one else is going to do your work for you, and you shouldn’t expect them to. You have to do it yourself.” It is this sentiment that drives our creativity, and pushes us to make our content seen and read. But it isn’t just about making your name heard. It’s about showing what you’ve spent your time creating and learned to love.
CSU Channel Islands is small, but densely packed with talent, eager to be seen. Beyond skill, the students have drive and are prepared to put in the hours to make their voices heard. There is community here, and culture.Negative Assets will hopefully help foster that culture, and strengthen the campus’s place in the world.
A lot of students leave school with their degrees and their debts, and the realization that there aren’t many opportunities for them. This project is about taking the initiative to get your work out there and let the world know you’re here, you have talent, and you’re ready to put it to use.
I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this project, and all of our sponsors that helped make Negative Assets a reality. You’ve helped cultivate a new outlook on pursuing dreams, and giving your work purpose and light. I hope that Negative Assets continues to drive people, bring them passion, and make their work seen and enjoyed.