Liquid Imagination #8 is LIVE

All-new Winter 2011 issue of Liquid Imagination is now LIVE!

Lotsa goodies in issue #8. First there’s the stuff in which I was directly involved.

For starters, there’s the debut of Liquid Imagination’s microfiction feature edited by yours truly, featuring seven ultra-short pieces of fiction that hit you early and often. This is lovingly commemorated with our featured author, the beloved Bob Thurber, who offers a whopping three microfictions to show you that we are very serious about the addition of the short story form’s little brother. The cavalry consists of the exceptional Ellen Parker, the dazzling Dorothy Davies, the canny Cezarija Abartis and the diabolical David Gibson.

Included in that batch is a story voice-narrated by me with flash-animated images by Sue Babcock.

There in the Articles and Features section we have two interviews I conducted, one with microfiction guru Bob Thurber, the other with small press writer/editor/publisher Chris Bartholomew (of Static Movement).

That’s just the stuff I personally touched. There’s plenty more, not the least of which are the speculative fiction short stories that my colleague Kevin Wallis selected, and the literary stories Sue Babcock and John “JAM” Arthur Miller selected for your reading pleasure. Stories by such names as Elizabeth Creith, Joe Jablonski, and MJ Nicholls, to name but three.

Also, notable radio anchorman Bob Eccles lends his magnificent voice to the audio supplement of the short stories. Jack Rogers and Mrs. Babcock supplied the visuals.

If fiction isn’t your thing, or you like to vary it up, there’s a bunch of exceptional poetry selected by poet-in-her-own-right Chrissy Davis who certainly knows a thing or three about great poetry. Hanging out in her realm are the irrepressible John C. Mannone, Ash Krafton, Leila A. Forier and others.

What, you need even more? Gluttons! Well, you’re in luck because A.J. Brown writes about life and death, JAM contemplates genius and Emily Dickinson, then also interviews horror artist Nick Rose, and reviews a novel by author Steve Lowe.

It’s a robust issue packed with literary, multi-media goodness!

Enjoy!

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…is now on Faceook. Liquid Imagination Online magazine is the brainchild of John Arthur Miller, Sue Babcock, Kevin Wallis, Chrissy Davis, Bob Eccles, Jack Rogers and yours truly. The all-new Winter Issue is forthcoming next week. Until then, let the music play.

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I’ve Come to Like Rachel Maddow

After the few times I have watched her, I have come to find Rachel Maddow (along with Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Lou Dobbs) to be a rather sensible and rational option as an opinionated talking head in the political media. I only dabble in this stuff occasionally, and I personally prefer optimism over pessimism, realism over idealism, logical rationale over emotions, and a half-full glass over doom-saying.



The Big 4 Show Arrives in the U.S.

It’s about time this tour show comes to the United States! Unforutnately it’s for one night only in California? I’ll have to simply enjoy the DVD set from European tour version from last summer. 😦



CAUSE: Buy a Book, Help a Kid

Author buddy Steve Lowe has a great new cause and he’s calling for our participation in it.

Read about it here at his blog: http://steve-lowe.com/2011/01/21/buy-a-book-help-a-kid/

A Point About Theological Beliefs and Atheism

Not sure how many friends I’ll make with this, but here goes anyway. On the Piers Morgan Tonight show commedian Ricky Gervais was taken to task for what might be misconstrued as an attack of religion when he jokingly (though truthfully) stated at the Golden Globes that he was an atheist. I found his explanation to be very sensible (there’s that word again) and rather on-point about the controversy that arises from religion in the world. In the interview embedded below, he said, “[As an atheist] I don’t get offended when someone thanks god.” The rest of that which he didn’t say (and didn’t need to) was: So why would someone who does believe in god be offended that I do not share that belief?

I think the best point he makes is that religion does not own a monopoly on “good”. You can be a good person without a belief in a higher power. That should go without saying, but, you know, some people aren’t as enlightened. I personally have a problem with the exclusiveness and divisiveness of religion, I think we have enough things to divide us as a people, why add the origin (and ultimately the destiny) of the human race to that list of hurtful, harmful things?  Well, that’s a discussion for a completely different blog, I suppose.

For now, I present Mr. Gervais’ thoughts on the subject.