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samantha bornemann
FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & HER OWN GIRL FRIDAY

michael garth solita
FOUNDING CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ARMCHAIR EDITOR

carl albrecht-buehler
CODE MAN, TECHNICAL GURU

shinji kuwayama
THAT GUY IN TECH SUPPORT


a.p. friday
mark edward greene
jennifer mathieu
bryson meunier
ellen shanman
andrew skwish
CONTRIBUTORS

ShinyGun is a magazine about starting things. About reaching a point in supposed adulthood where you're going through the motions of being an adult but still trying to figure out what to do and how to get there. About trying and failing and trying again to get what you want.

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CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN MISSION STATEMENTS

a) THE OFFICIAL LONG-WINDED VERSION.

You've been out of college 10 years. Or 10 days.
You lasted one semester. Or 12.
Maybe you skipped the higher learning playground altogether and stepped right into Adult Life.

However you got here, you're alive and making choices in the new millennium. Eavesdropping on the missteps of newly humanized politicians. Scrambling for leverage in a lousy economy.

Where do you start?

Whether you have so many options that you can't decide or you feel like you have no choice in the matter at all, it's a tough question. Think about it all too much, and suddenly every decision feels like the decision, the first step, the wrong turn, your second -- your last -- chance.

Do you bide your time as a waitress, a bartender, a trendy barista? Code web pages by day and write your script, your novel, your manifesto by night? Tack postcards of far-off places to the walls of your cubicle and learn to spout corporatespeak like "Going forward..." when in reality you feel you're doing anything but? Yeah. OK. Sure. Any of these might get you where you want to go.

But are there days when the temping, the waiting, the starving, the wanting is enough to drive you mad? Absolutely.

We understand. We're all struggling. With new jobs and no jobs. New cities, new vistas, new worries. New confusion.

In the '20s Dorothy Parker wished for a shiny gun to direct at all her frustrations. A weapon to wield against all the people and problems blocking the path she wanted to tread. This site -- these words -- this gang of co-conspirators -- is yours.

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b) A MORE SUCCINCT OFFICIAL VERSION.

If you expect to live the average American lifespan of 75 years and to retire around 65, you can fairly diplomatically assume that by the time you hit 50 your creative lifespan will have been tragically dulled by age and life's dramas.

Not that I wish to wallow in any sort of fatalistic take on life -- it's not that, not that at all -- but 50 halved is 25, so my first half is just about cashed in and gone. This gives me, us, two and a half decades to make anything happen, anything, everything. Two and a half decades.... Where the hell do I start?

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c) THE DREAMY TRUTH BEHIND THE SYNTAX.

OK, seriously...ShinyGun, at its most trying, will be about being confused or frustrated or scared or lost or alone...and finding a way through a period of self-doubt. At its best, ShinyGun will be about that sense of wonder and awe in response to life...that sense that doesn't really stick around after you turn, say, 21 years old. This is a magazine about staying curious about life -- curiosity that doesn't disappear because of a few out-of-the-blue pitfalls and curiosity that isn't ignored because of a few skyrocket successes. A lot of the magazine's content will focus on culture and society...we all respond to and are inextricably influenced by (and entwined within) our culture, but ShinyGun aims to be a place to digest and explain and share what we feel we're experiencing and enjoying and enduring. In a somewhat literary, enjoyable-to-read way.

And at its most idealistic, ShinyGun will be a mirror of what we dream about before we go to sleep at night...whatever, whatever, whatever all those dreams might be.

Dreams are nothing but a reflection of reality, skewed through imagination. ShinyGun is a place to talk about turning these dreams and imagination into reality.