Kaleidotrope #9

Kaleidotrope is a twice (and some more often)-yearly print zine tending towards fantasy, science fiction and horror. Issue #9 (July 2010) features stories and poems from award-winning artists like Rachel Swirsky, Genevieve Valentine, Jenny Blackford -- and many more!

SFRevu says, "If you like quirky little tales from out of the mainstream, then Kaleidotrope is for you."

We are currently accepting submissions until August 15, 2010, after which we will be closed until January 1, 2011.

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Kaleidotrope -- 1st Issue!

To hopefully whet your appetite for October, when my litzine Kaleidotrope comes out, here's the tentative table of contents:
David McGillveray -- The Sirens of Tinwa
Richard Hardin -- The Tale of Tales
Roy Wilson -- The Water Queen
Kurt Kirchmeier -- A Peppermint Purge
David Siegel Bernstein -- Deliberation
Ramona Gardea -- Afternoon Delight
Mike Lansley -- Mild Mannered
Sharon Cichelli -- Space Dinosaurs
Nigel Willis -- Probed

Kristine Ong Muslim -- A Migrating Fairy
John Kuhn -- Near Sillustani
Trevor Price -- Bad Weather
Bruce Boston and Marge Simon -- Where Have All the Comedians Gone?
Aurelio Rico Lopez III -- Two Poems
Rimone -- Fission Bomb
Thomas Zimmerman -- Two Poems

Jim Cleaveland -- The Transformers Revisited
Short book reviews

Featuring artwork from
Bruce Boston
Jim Cleaveland
Marge Simon
Rod Walker
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I think I sort of screwed up the syndication thing -- and somehow set up a Livejournal account without actually setting up a Livejournal account. It's enough to make your head explode. But, luckily, that hasn't happened yet.

Anyway, if you are reading this -- and yeah, I realize that's a pretty big if -- you may want to re-direct your attention to, which is more or less the syndication of my real weblog. I doubt I'll do much cross-posting here, so if you want my updating journal in your friends list -- again, big if -- that's the one to add.

I'm just saying.


So anyway, Nyssa (who just recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy) recently posted this little interview meme on her online journal. We've seen this thing here before, but, like all good memes, it's worth repeating until it gets beaten into the ground -- or, at the very least, revisiting once in awhile. So I agreed to be interviewed and spread the meme along.

Here's how it works:
1 - If you want to be interviewed, leave a comment.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal/weblog with my five questions, and your five answers. (If you don't have an journal or weblog, you can just answer them in a comment.)
4 - You'll include this explanation. (Unless you're posting it here, obviously.)
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
And here are the questions she asked:
1. Describe your perfect "dream job."
Ideally, I'd be writing. But I also think, ideally, I'd be sleeping in a lot more often. A job with a more leisurely pace, without the long commute, which affords me the freedom to be creative when I can (but doesn't put a stop to the funds whenever maybe I'm not) -- now that's a dream job. The things I'd love to do -- edit a zine, write a comic book, etc. -- are difficult things to get off the ground, much less find success at. Much less find cash with. But, the fact that they're dreams that haven't come true is nobody's fault but my own.
2. What do you think is the best thing you have ever written?
Yikes. The sad fact is, nothing I've written has yet to be published professionally. (Volunteer newspapers and college literary magazines don't count.) And it upsets me that I'm not playing at -- or not allowing myself to play at -- that higher level. But, still, there are plenty of things I've written of which I'm especially proud, which make me smile, and which I have to hope are worth reading. Some, like "Remembering" (PDF) were written for college credit; some, like "Boxtopia" were written to foist upon others and hopefully make them laugh; some like "Peace Group Saves Lives Worldwide" (PDF) were written for local news; and some, like this or this or even this were written as part of daily writing exercises and are among the handful I keep thinking I ought to do something with, or expand.
3. You are writing the great American novel (or collection of stories, or essays, etc.) What is it about, and what is its title?
Let's start with the so-so American short story and move on from there first. I have a bunch of those in one stage of development or another. I just need to quit second-guessing my writing and write.
4. Who are your five favorite authors?
Five favorites? It's difficult to narrow down the list, much less put them in any kind of order. But if I have to choose: Ray Bradbury, Paul Auster, William Faulkner, Kelly Link, Vladimir Nabokov. Some of the runners-up: Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville, Jonathan Lethem, John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, Harlan Ellison, Italo Calvino, Douglas Adams, Stephen King.
5. Name five books you think have had the most influence on you as a writer.
Now this is a difficult question. It's almost always easier to spot the influence a book may be having as I'm reading it; even if what I'm writing at the time isn't remotely the same thing, I can usually detect a certain flavor of the book creeping into it. (This, for instance, probably owes at least something to Fortress of Solitudeby Jonathan Lethem, which I was reading at the time.) It's much easier to pick out a list of favorite books, books that have had some impact, like I did here than to start guessing which ones have truly affected the way I write. There are also short stories that have always stuck with me, like Ray Bradbury's "Boys! Grow Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!" (which has always kind of haunted me), or Margaret Atwood's "Happy Endings" (which I know has affected the way I think about plot), and Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" (to which a short story I wrote in college was once favorably compared). But I'd have to take a complete inventory of the things that I've read and do some kind of side-by-side comparison to truly see which have influenced me most. At times like this, it's always good to remember that oft-quoted Pablo Picasso chestnut: "Bad artists copy. Great artists steal." There's not a writer alive who can't help but be influenced by the books he or she reads. to keep passing this meme along?

Life is a journey...

They grouped in the road at the top of the rise and looked back. The storm front towered above them and the wind was cool on their sweating faces. They slumped bleary-eyed in their saddles and looked at one another. Shrouded in the black thunderheads the distant lightning glowed mutely like welding seen through foundry smoke. As if repairs were under way at some flawed place in the iron dark of the world.
- Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

I'm afraid this is just a placeholder for my real weblog, occasional fish.

Of course, I can't guarantee you'll like that one any better than this...