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Ethereal Tales Special Issue All writers start somewhere. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the magazines which published my writing. A few still exist (in one form or the other), some have fallen into the cracks of speculative publication history, others can still be located with some effort.

Illumen Spring 2015 But no matter the fame or lack thereof of the editors, I am grateful to them for publishing my writing. Their acceptance and subsequent publication of my poems or prose helped me to remember my words had worth, and sent me forward on my writing journey.

Illumen Spring 2010 Ethereal Tales Special Issue (includes my story, “Black Bear”) was published by Morpheus Tales as a farewell to a fine magazine which I had the honor of having had a story in (“The Garden Shop”). Illumen, now published by Alban Lake Publishing, was (along with Scifaikuest) originally published by the now-closed, Sam’s Dot Publishing (I had poems published here).

Scifaikuest Feb 2010 Elektrik Milk Bath Press published both a speculative poetry magazine, Paper Crow, (which included my poetry) and a series of speculative anthologies (which included my fiction). All of the publications were wonderful reads, and I’m hoping their editor, Angela Craig, is able to get healthy and start publishing again.

Paper Crow Fall Winter 2010 Editors of Indie press (it used to be call small press – and I much prefer the new label) publications are a special breed. With little chance of profit, and a great chance of putting lots of their own money into an Indie press to help to stay afloat, they persevere. It is through their efforts that many a writer (and illustrator, I might add) have their first stories, poems, essays, and artwork presented to readers.

Paper Crow Spring Summer 2013 A good example (in my case) were the publications edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson (published by Richard H. Fawcett). Fantasy and Terror and Fantasy Macabre were early appearances on the other side of the USA of my speculative poetry.

Paper Crow Spring Summer 2011 But when I glance around those long ago Table of Contents, I see I’m not the only writer to have had their early work published by Jessica and Richard. Thank goodness for folks like them who encouraged this (and other) new speculative writers to keep on writing.

Fantasy & Terror 10 The last publisher I’ll mention in this post is the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Let’s face it, poetry isn’t at the top of most people’s reading list. Maybe it’s the bad poetry often force-fed to students when they’re young, but many readers grow up not only not caring about poetry – but actually disliking it.

Fantasy & Terror 9 I, or the other hand, have loved poetry since childhood. It is truly where I began my writing hobby which morphed into a writing career.

In my neck of the woods, nearly forty years ago when I went looking for other writers in the rural part of Maryland where I live, the Harford Poetry Society was it. They graciously helped me grow as a writer and tolerated my strange interest in speculative poetry – and eventually, sf/f/h fiction.

Starline Jan Feb 1987 So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Starline, the newsletter of the SFPA. I felt like shouting “Hooray!” upon discovering that science fiction and fantasy poetry was written and enjoyed by others.

Thanks again to the hard-working and under-paid editors of Indie presses. Though sunlight may have faded a few of the covers, I still treasure the magazines (and books) you produced simply for the love of speculative writing.

And to readers of speculative writing – do both yourself and new genre writers a favor – support Indie presses.

 

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illumen fall 2013 Thanks goes out to the editors of Alban Lake Publishing’s Illumen speculative poetry magazine and Frost Fire Worlds magazine, and Nomadic Delirium Press’s Spaceports and Spidersilk speculative e-magazine. My paintings are used for the covers of the current issues of all 3 magazines!

“Flying Fish” is the title of the mixed water media painting on the front of the Fall 2013 Illumen. Though I must admit I was surprised when I first saw the cover. The editor decided to reverse the right-hand side of the painting and use it for the cover image! After looking at the cover again, sigh, I knew the flip-flopping of the illustration made sense.

Frost Fire Worlds 11-13 “Fafnir at Raven’s Haunt” is the title of the mixed media painting on the front of the November 2013 issue of Frost Fire Worlds. It’s one of my favorite paintings (yes, illustrators have favorites). And by mixed water media, I mean I used watercolor, inks, watercolor colored pencils, and acrylic paints in creating the art.

spaceportsoct2013-DTF-200x300 “Big-eyed Beastie” is the title of the mixed media painting used for the cover of the October 2013 Spaceports and Spidersilk. I wanted to used fall and Halloweenish colors without using the typical pumpkins, black cats, and witches. I think my creature captures the season.

calendar2014crist1 If you love my speculative illustrations, you can always order a copy of the Alban Lake Publishing 2014 Calendar featuring lots of fun science fiction and fantasy related dates and my fantastical illustrations.

In the calendar, you can finally see the full painting from which a tiny square was taken for the cover of an issue of Scifaikuestscifaikuest feb. 2012 And the full-sized, non-reversed painting, “Rock Castle,” used as the cover of an issue of Aoife’s Kiss, is also included. Plus paintings never published before are included in the calendar.

Aoife's Kiss, Sept-2011 Cover If you’d like to see more of my artwork, I’m Artist Guest of Honor at this year’s Darkover Con in Timonium, Maryland. I’m hoping to display (and maybe sell) a dozen paintings, plus sell posters featuring some of my art. And of course, I’ll have my books there to sell, including my YA adventure fantasy, The Enchanted Skean.

Skean copy Have a most magical weekend, dear readers. Now, back to the drawing board!

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Jet-lag still persists, but I’m trying to catch up on all my writing and art responsibilities.

dogs of war dtf On the writing front, Defending the Future – Dogs of War, an anthology of military science fiction stories from editor Mike McPhail and Dark Quest Books is now available. The book includes my story, “Tower Farm,” and I can’t wait to read all the other stories in the collection.

Also, my dark fantasy story, “Black Bear,” was accepted for an upcoming issue of Morpheus Tales. Again, I can’t wait to read everyone else’s contribution. (I already know what mine says!) And my poem, “The wolf is kept fed by his feet,” was just published by Elektrik Milkbath Press’s Paper Crow (Summer/Spring 2013 issue). As usual, a nice editing job by Angela Craig.

In addition, I’m one of the authors participating in “Just Write Writers Conference” on Sunday, Sept. 29th at the Bel Air Library in Bel Air, MD. It looks to be a great day filled with writing information and visits with readers and fellow writers.

calendar2014crist1 On the art front, a 2014 calendar featuring my speculative paintings was just released by Alban Lake Publishing . And I’ve had fantastical cover art accepted by FrostFire magazine (2), Illumen, and Spaceports and Spidersilk magazine (2).

Plus, 24 of my speculative paintings are currently displayed in “Enchanted – Fantasy Paintings by Vonnie Winslow Crist” at the Lenrow Gallery, Athenaeum Building, Goucher College, Towson, MD. The exhibit will be open to the public until late October 2013.

And as soon as I upload some of my pictures, I’ll share some of the fabulous castles, abbeys, etc. I visited while in Scotland.

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