Hello! I’m Shawna Ayoub Ainslie. I was once the editor for Open Thought Vortex. I helped co-create this space, writing with Shareen since its inception and formally moving on September 30, 2016. By then, OTV had become valued publication in the world of survivors and artists. It had achieved more than Shareen and I imagined possible in a far shorter time.
Running a magazine is not for the faint of heart. It requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. I was happy to work with Shareen to establish OTV, at one point certain I would do it forever. But as I was working here, the other safe spaces I had created (#LinkYourLife, The Honeyed Quill and #SurviveYourStory) began to grow and call for my attention. My heart lies in coaching and teaching, but I couldn’t continued work on OTV while teaching and coaching and fulfill the rest of my life’s requirements. I listened to my heart and realized it was time to pursue those callings just as I had enthusiastically pursued the development of OTV. Shareen agreed.
Saying goodbye wasn’t easy, but the introduction of Kara Post-Kennedy as the new editor made it substantially easier. I knew the person interacting with the work would keep it safe. Kara is a compassionate individual who has written for OTV regularly over the past year. She has worked with both myself and Shareen, knows the ins and outs of the magazine, and is a supportive, kind individual. She can absolutely uphold the mission Shareen and I set forward with in OTV’s creation.
As for me, I will still be available to work with writers. You can find more about me on my website, The Honeyed Quill. I blog there regularly and publish others on my site periodically. Feel free to click through the publication links on my about page and learn more about consulting with me. I would love to hear from you as well as read you in these pages.