Liquid Imagination: Where Reality and Fantasy Blur.
by John “JAM” Arthur Miller

What awaits you in this issue? Well, in case you don’t know what this online magazine is all about, liquid imagination seethes within these web pages. As a “concept,” liquid imagination distills pure creativity. Here is just a small sampling of the liquid imagination our contributors have tapped into for your enjoyment.

For writers, we have New York Times Bestselling author David Farland’s “Daily Kick in the Pants,” and a contest centered around Farland’s highly-sought-after advice contained in his newsletter.

Pure creativity (liquid imagination) explodes through A.J. French’s Dreams and Nightmares, one of our more personable and original tales that introduces our speculative fiction section of this issue. A.J. Brown’s Flowers in Her Hair  shows a loving relationship set against a backdrop that consists of a (possible) horrific future. Cynthia Larson’s Lifeboat  hammers us with horror. In Paradiso, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud depicts a man ascending toward chimera-laden dreams. Châteaureynaud and his translator Edward Gauvin are up for a SFF Translation award (read about it here: http://www.sfftawards.org/).

Pushing out further into this current of liquid imagination, we delight as Carol Hornak brings us into an intense level of “astral terror” in The Doll.   “It’s a sad day when the freaks can’t even work at the Freak Show,” is just one of the lines from Ally Malinenko’s sad and often brutally realistic depiction of bewitched circus life in The One Ton Woman and the Amazonian Half Man.   New memories replace  older memories in Jonathan Park’s science-fiction story True Blue. Paul Malone’s The Emperor’s Nose  brought to my mind what would happen if you used Chariots of the Gods  as inspiration for a story.

These fabulous stories belong to the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction, and they ALL  overflow with liquid imagination of the authors who wrote them. But there’s more!

We have literary fiction and awesome poetry. We have interviews and articles. Right Brain Coach Dare Kent’s article What Do Cameras Look Like in Heaven? will make you ask yourself questions to jumpstart your creative process, and the apt title will have you looking up.

In short, liquid imagination is a concept describing the creative process. Whatever art is needed, whatever stories are required to meet the guidelines of any publication, you can be sure that pure creativity will bend like a river and flow like a current. It is pure creativity forming answers even before questions are asked and stories are told; the creative process is liquid imagination  becoming what is needed even before there is a need.

Enjoy the liquid imagination of our contributors this issue!

Liquid Imagination Mission Statement

Our mission is to publish a wide variety of art, creating visually stimulating publications of the highest quality that combine many artistic avenues, including graphic and digital art as well as traditional illustrations and paintings; speculative and literary fiction, micro-fiction and poetry; music and audio works; digital poetry and digital flash fiction; and other artistic forms. The publication of these convergent arts will also support our mission of advancing the education about and research of autism. Our books, DVD, online magazines and other media combine two or more art forms to create new hybridized art, augmenting traditional art with new technologies. Serving the art community and the autism community, and promoting quality artists are keystones for our company.

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