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After dropping my Philosophy studies, I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a graphic designer. From then on, my dedication to designing books and magazines has not only given me much joy and a sense of fulfillment, it also awoke in me an urge to experience the publishing world from all possible angles. Today, venturing into fiction writing, I feel I’m climbing a spiral—back to questioning life, but from a different perspective.

I guess it was my love of writing that circuitously led me to study design. Recalling the time when I was a teenager, I realize I read and wrote a lot, mostly as a way of addressing my own questions. I understand now why Philosophy seemed to be the perfect one when it came the time to choose a career. At that time, I didn’t know how overwhelming all that thinking about thinking could feel, but soon I realized I wanted something “lighter”. Luckily, Graphic Design only took me nearer to books and writing.

Almost like under a spell, once graduated, I only chose projects that were book-related. Despite my change of heart on what career to pursue, the object of my love had never changed. With time and through my practice, I became skilled in Editorial Design. Ediciones Infinito and Aeroespacio magazine have lovingly welcomed my eagerness to learn and experiment, encouraging me into different lone publishing ventures.

As a result of these experiences, thefantasticstory.com was born. This micro niche online publishing house (through which I intend to dive into the fantastic) was envisioned while doing research on a prior project—a compilation of short stories of my own writing, which I decided to put on hold for now.

I am not giving up on my writing though, moreover, I want it to eventually become bilingual. But, born and raised in Argentina *, I obviously needed to broaden my knowledge of English (and Spanish) if I wanted to meet these archi-ambitious goals. Having committed myself entirely to this, a year ago I sat for the entrance exam at Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández to study English Translation. Today, I’m a first-year student who is willing to excel.

The truth is, ultimately, all this effort is fueled by a subjacent quest. My daily work is not only based on the will to write or make a good living, it is sustained by the same fundamental questions I’ve asked myself as a teenager. And I’m sure that’s why I am attracted to the fantastic; because, if only for a fleeting moment, it opens up a space to let the unknown, the not-yet-recognized, come through and shed its light.

Silvia Lohrmann

* I was born in Bahía Blanca, but I’ve been living in Buenos Aires for many years, and my love for this city has got totally out of proportion. It makes me want to spend my vacations in it, kiss the ground when I come back from some trip a force myself to take, or cry over a tango imaginarily missing mi Buenos Aires querida.

Después de abandonar mis estudios de Filosofía, me recibí en la Universidad de Buenos Aires como diseñadora gráfica. A partir de entonces, me dediqué a diseñar libros y revistas. Esto no solo me hizo sentir plena, también me generó el deseo de conocer todas las aristas del mundo editorial. Hoy, queriendo escribir ficción, siento que voy en espiral: de vuelta a cuestionar la vida, pero desde otra perspectiva.

Creo que fue mi amor por la escritura lo que indirectamente me llevó a estudiar diseño. Recuerdo que cuando era adolescente leía y escribía mucho, casi siempre como una manera de abordar mis propios cuestionamientos. Ahora entiendo por qué, llegado el momento de elegir una carrera, Filosofía me pareció perfecta. En aquel tiempo, no tenía ni idea de lo abrumador que podía ser pensar tanto sobre el pensamiento, pero enseguida me di cuenta de que quería algo “más light ”. Por suerte, el diseño gráfico me acercó todavía más a los libros y la escritura.