Luna Station Quarterly is a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by emerging women authors.
Now in our 9th year!

Editorial, Issue 036

“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality…” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Hi everyone! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tara Quinn Lindsey, and I am the Creative Director of Luna Station Press. This is a fancy way of saying that I normally write the back cover copy description for each issue, and that I am a combination of Cyrano de Bergerac and an Oblique Strategy to our beloved Editor In Chief, Jennifer Parsons. (Those are good references, gang…look ‘em up!) It’s also a fancy way of saying that I have the honour and privilege of being the first person other than JP in the nine year history of The Quarterly to write this editorial, as I have finally convinced her to put one of her stories in the magazine she founded. Fair minded soul that she is, she didn’t want to have two pieces in one issue, so here we are.

I’ve known about this special Crone issue for well over a year, and have been waiting impatiently for it to manifest. It is, in fact, the first of what will now be an annual tradition for The Quarterly, that our Winter issue will be a themed one. What an interesting and exciting change, to give our writers such a deep and abiding archetype to play with, and then see all the different flavors of story that spring from this one well!

Who is she, then? Sometimes Goddess, sometimes mortal, she is the third verse in the original trinity of Maiden, Mother & Crone, seen in countless variations and under different names around the world. She has wisdom and experience to spare. She is kind and she is frightening. Sometimes she is an aspect of The One Who Is Three. Sometimes she is simply your mother or grandmother or favorite neighbor. Whatever the case, you know her. You’ve always known her. And if you’re lucky, one day you may become her. For all I know, you may be her already…

When I started thinking about how to crack this editorial, it hit me that I’ve been personally unlucky with regard to influential Crone figures. I have no older female relatives or neighbors or teachers, and I myself am squarely in the Mother years, though I am intentionally child free. So where to look? Surely I could go on for a bit about some of the Wise Old Ones of my acquaintance, the Calliach and Baba Yaga and the like. But in the interest of making this a bit more universal, and since this is going in a literary magazine, I think a few words about a Crone or two of the creative/literary variety is the way to go.

Nearly four years ago now, on December 30th, 2014, I had the incredible pleasure and privilege of attending Patti Smith’s 68th birthday concert at Webster Hall in New York City. Sure, you’ve probably heard of her, at least if you are of a certain age. You may have a copy of Horses laying around, or sing along to Because The Night when it comes on classic rock radio. But have you read Just Kids? Have you listened to Gone Again? If you have, you may have an idea of what I experienced that night, standing right in front of the stage (my reward for standing in line since 530pm) seeing and hearing an authentic, deeply sincere Wise Woman dig deep, honouring her past while aging ferociously and without apology. Seek her out, especially if you’ve never heard of her. Seriously, you have no idea…

I can’t imagine I have to give a primer to readers of this fine publication on the merits and talents of the legendary, late Ursula K. Le Guin. Many of us, i’m sure, have read Left Hand of Darkness or the Earthsea books (or my personal favorite, Always Coming Home) but when considering the Crone, it’s hard to do better than to spend time with Ursula’s lesser known, late period poetry and non-fiction collections. Maybe you saw No Time To Spare on a featured table after she died. Follow that up with Words Are My Matter (which features the “Freedom” speech that the quote above comes from) or her poetry collections Late In The Day and So Far So Good. And don’t even get me started on how quietly life changing her Tao Te Ching interpretation is…

I could go on, but I know you’re excited to get to these stories. They are some of the finest we have ever published. As I take my leave, a heartfelt thank you to JP for this opportunity to say a few words on a topic dear to my heart, to our incredible staff and authors for making Luna Station the amazing egregore that it is, and of course to our readers, without whom…

Happy reading, and if you encounter Her, be sure to give the Calliach Her due.

A bit about the author:

Tara Quinn Lindsey is a poet & essayist. Her books include The Esbat Sequence, sQuallor // gLamour, Invisible Compositions & Bedtime Stories For Insouciant Alchemists. To learn more, visit her at Visit author page