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LINKAGE: Liquid Imagination #18 is Live

For nearly four years I have been proudly associated with a unique little webzine called Liquid Imagination. The latest issue, #18 just recently went live. It’s the first issue since #5 (Jan 2010) to not have my input in regards to content. This is bittersweet. 2013’s been a doozy of a year and I recently made the agonizing decision to relinquish my position as Flash Fiction Editor to the incoming Christa Angelios who has assumed the editorial duties for the flash fiction section. I didn’t always edit flash fiction, though. I started out as the Music Coordinator, producing original musical for the zine for issues #5-7, which truly gave us our uniqueness, before I moved onto editing flash fiction, an art form I’ve been obsessed with since the late 1990s. I’d also do an interview here, an article there. But for me flash fiction (my preferred criteria: stories of 800 words or less) was where it was at for me. It was never an easy job selecting the best, and I’ve always said the worst part …

Liquid Imagination #14

The latest issue of Liquid Imagination is currently live! We present in our 14th issue another batch of outstanding speculative fiction, literary fiction, flash fiction & poetry edited by Kevin Wallis, Chrissy Davis & yours truly. As usual Sue Babcock designed the issue beautifully and the voice of Robert C. Eccles narrated the long form stories. Check it out!

New: Liquid Imagination Online #11 is Live!

The latest issue of Liquid Imagination went live this week. Here’s what we have in store for you: Speculative Short Stories – Edited by Kevin Wallis: Transience, Transcend by Eric Sasson * Luke by Chris Dean Trespass by A.M. Arruin The Storytellers by Josh Bugosh The Downlink by Ken Goldman Leaving Home by Nicomedes Austin Suárez For a Handful of Crowns by Milo James Fowler All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles, except * Flash Fiction/Microfiction – Edited by Brandon Rucker: Breaking Point by Gargi Mehra Appointment with Samarra by Cezarija Abartis Eric’s Battle by Jack Horne Minor Annoyances by Joyce Frohn The Missionary’s Dream Snare by Penny Stirling Dog Days (and Nights) of Summer by John H. Dromey Literary Fiction edited by Sue Babcock & John “JAM” Arthur Miller: A Hard Place to Die by Daniel Davis Luggage by Cezarija Abartis All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles Poetry edited by Chrissy Davis: The Rodin Show by John Hayes You Should Beat My Face in Tonight Or Just Sleep Instead by Justin Curfman Adopted by Aliens by KJ Hannah Greenberg mise en scene by Theresa Williams Cherokee by Kevin Heaton Being More Is More by KJ  Plus articles and plenty of stunning digital artwork provided by Sue Babcock and Jack S. Rogers. …

New: Liquid Imagination Online #10 is Live!

The latest issue of Liquid Imagination went live this week. Here’s what we have in store for you: Speculative Short Stories – Edited by Kevin Wallis: 60 Minutes by Matthew Leroy The Riveting Tale of Rosie Reever by C.S. Nelson 2012: A Firsthand Account of the End of Days by Bryan Phillippi Carnival by Julie Reece Fugue State by Jennifer Rachel Baumer Scuttle by Milo James Fowler Six Sunsets by Maria Alberto * All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles Flash Fiction/Microfiction – Edited by Brandon Rucker: Featured author Kenton Yee: Swan Egg by Kenton Yee, Erasers by Kenton Yee, & Wholly Matrimony by Kenton Yee (the latter narrated by Bob Eccles & flash-animated by Sue Babcock). Plus: The Faernix’s Regard by Mark Wolf Death Watch by Richard Flores IV Cold Steel by Raina Lorring Tomfoolery by John H. Dromey Literary Fiction edited by Sue Babcock & John “JAM” Arthur Miller: I’ll Fly Away by Lauren Bates Miraculous by Stephen V. Ramey Space Monkey by Scott T. Hutchison Poetry edited by Chrissy Davis: Paper BMW by Amit …

Update: Selection & Rejection

In addition to finalizing the Local Heroes manuscript in prepartion of it going to press soon for an August release, I am also in the selecton and rejecton process for the next issue of Liquid Imagination Online (issue #10 goes live August 31st). I have to select six pieces of flash fiction for that particular feature of the webzine. With that small number of stories to feature, I have to reject far more stories than I accept (duh). This is the most regretable part of the entire editing and publishing process. Rejection. Any editor who is also a writer knows all about the sting of rejection from being on the other side of the process. It’s a necessary yet dreadful part of the process. Even if I had an assistant who did all the dirty work of rejection for me, I’d still be affected by it. So far I’ve selected 4 of the 6 and I am happy to report that they contain elements of either the surreal, the fantastic, the bizarre or the anthropomorphic. I sense a …

Interview: A Conversation with Bob Thurber – Part Deux!

By Brandon Rucker via Liquid Imagination In this conclusion of my two-part conversation with author Bob Thurber, we chat more about his debut novel, Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel (which was released May 1st by Casperian Books), its long journey into publication, and what the future holds for the new novelist. You can read Part One here! RUCKER: I understand that your debut novel Paperboywas originally “completed” back in 2003 when you first began to shop it. The agent you had at the time suggested changes that would have compromised the overall story, so you stuck to your guns and went with your second and current agent. I imagine there’s a great number of first time novelists who would have folded under such pressure for fear of losing that crucial first opportunity. However, you did not. How did it feel to see the integrity you had in your writing validated? THURBER: I don’t see it that way. After the manuscript was completed, I never felt any pressure. My first agent was a good man, a former …

My Music: Brandon Rucker Scores Liquid Imagination now @ Bandcamp

I’m in the process of moving my music projects over to Bandcamp, due to the clean layout of their pages and their very streamlined digital players (among other reasons). The Brandon Rucker Scores project is the one that I used for the musical interpretation of the poetry we published at Liquid Imagination online. Micro-songs lasting no more than two and a half minutes (the exception being the nearly epic-length poem “A Chase of Stars”). I used the micro-song option because I didn’t want the music to exceed the length of reading the poem by too much of a margin. Interpreting someone else’s poetic words along with the graphic imagery we adorn the pages with was definitely a tough assignment for a one-man band, but it was also fun, and I feel like I created some great, simple melodies in the process. Anyways, I’ll shut my trap and get to the tunes.       

Interview: A Conversation with Bob Thurber – Part Un!

by Brandon Rucker via Liquid Imagination Fellow author Susan Henderson calls him “a masterful wordsmith” and “a trailblazer”. I personally call him the Maestro of Microfiction. I also call him friend. In the late 1990s I was introduced to Bob Thurber and his exceptional writing. We met where many writers had for the past dozen or so years: at the American Zoetrope Virtual Studio, the brainchild of filmmaker, fiction enthusiast and artist advocate, Francis Ford Coppola. Although I became a member in late 1998, I didn’t read and thereafter converse with Thurber until sometime in 1999. I’d like to think we hit it off smashingly. Heck, we even found ourselves on the same side in many of those early, heated literary debates that writing communities are known to have. In many ways Thurber became a willing mentor to those of us who were wise enough to listen, and many members still consider him a literary hero to this day as I do. I know I personally became a kind of raving fanboy, always referencing his …

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 …