Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’

What have we (my dynamic team of editors, artists and publishing gurus) accomplished in the last year at Liquid Imaginaton Online? For starters, for November our website received 72,404 total internet hits. We began a marketing program to promote New York Times Bestselling author David Farland’s newsletter for writers. I, personally, graduated college with an associates degree in journalism to be applied to marketing, and I also obtained the National English Honor Society’s Sigma Kappa Delta. Besides that, the fruit of a novel-seed I planted a ways back will be published through Dopamalovi Books.

We also published a werewolf anthology in several different formats for your convenience. You can hear the wolf howling here:

Below are the stats of Liquid Imagination Online ( The stats can be found here: Within the pages of LI, you may glimpse something beautiful, you may get a whiff of magic. That’s because dreams are sealed within each webpage, like the dreams within your own heart. We, at LI, believe we can fly. We believe in the magic of stories and poetry and artwork. We embrace technology in all its forms. And while many other webzines, ezines, publications and print journals are folding, Liquid Imagination will be around for a long time.

This is the future! This is 2012! And we represent what you’re reading!

Never forget: we’re all in this together!


Monthly Statistics for November 2011
Total Hits 72404
Total Files 39976
Total Pages 14656
Total Visits 6285
Total KBytes 1148240
Total Unique Sites 4477
Total Unique URLs 1879
Total Unique Referrers 1169
Total Unique User Agents 1221
. Avg Max
Hits per Hour 107 2538
Hits per Day 2585 6571
Files per Day 1427 3525
Pages per Day 523 961
Sites per Day 159 485
Visits per Day 224 283
KBytes per Day 41009 109470


Book No. 1 Tooth and Claw (You can purchase individual stories, too!) This enhanced e-book anthology began with a howl within this office, and it echoes stll among the hills of Facebook, Twitter and in the hearts of werewolf lovers everywhere!
Tooth and Claw

Book No. 2 High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
I highly recommend this novel! It felt like I was reading something put out by the big publishers. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be writing the book review for this one personally, and it will be full of praise.
High Moor

Book No. 3 Battle of the Two Paths (coming soon) by John “JAM” Arthur Miller
Battle of the Two Paths

Book No. 4 Wolves Dressed as Men by Steve Lowe
The werewolf novel that sunk its claws into me and pulled me back to face my greatest fear.
Wolves Dressed as Men

Here’s the winners of the David Farland Daily Kick in the Pants Writing Contest hosted by Liquid Imagination. I included the email from JAM, telling me about them, because it was well put together and had some valuable insights at the end.
Hi, Mr. Farland!!

For the winning stories just go to this link:

Directly above the announcement about the winners are the stories:

Eldritch by Walker (This is the 1st place story by Deborah Walker called “An Eldritch Restoration”).

The Short Straw by Wolf (This is the 2nd place story by Mark Wolf called “The Short Straw”).

The Minotaur by Mannone (This is the 3rd place story by John C. Mannone called “The Minotaur”).

The writers’ “essays” about how they used your Daily Kick newsletter follow each story. For your convenience I’m inserting them here.


1st place Deborah Walker’s An Eldritch Restoration

Essay: Layering (David Farland “Kick” 10 Jan 2011)

David Farland’s Daily Kick on the 10th January 2011 described a layering technique, inspired by his painting. A writer using this technique blocks out a scene, and then make several passes though the work focussing on different aspects of the craft. (This is also a good way of overcoming writer’s block.) I used this technique to ‘kick’ an older story, making several refining and editing passes: for the depth of penetration for my MC, for world-building, and for characterisation. I found layering to be a very useful technique and would recommend it to other writers.


2nd place Mark Wolf’s The Short Straw

Essay: Change (David Farland Kick of 5/31/2011)

This Kick made me consider how I might write a short story concerning change and do it in such a way as to be unique in plot and stretch my writing skills. I wanted to make my character face tough obstacles and overcome them.

I decided to start with a dragon and see what I could do in his life for change.

What does a dragon want? What will he do to get it? What obstacles (if any) can hinder a dragon in getting what he wants? Are they valid obstacles?


3rd place John C. Mannone’s The Minotaur


Initially, “Keeping the Suspense Alive” (1/10/2011) was key in the development of my suspenseful paranormal fiction short story, “The Minotaur.” But “Strategies for Killing Your Babies” (7/30/2010) was most influential since I had to be sure that killing my main characters was justified. I applied most of the eight points, but the fourth did the trick. I took MCs “through the dark tunnel and into the light;” gave them immortality. Also, I was able to justify my storytelling aspects with “Narrative Voice” (1/6/2011). I applied the Tolkien philosophy “to fracture the timeline” of the story, and the point of view.


You know, Mr. Farland, to be honest there are a lot of writers out there who are too sure of themselves. They act like they’ve got the answers, they act as if they know how to write. My response to them is this: “Are you a New York Times Bestselling author? If not, you might want to check out David Farland’s ‘Daily Kickts.’” What’s even funnier is that I’ve read some small-press books that could have used the advice from your “Daily Kicks.” Remember the one in which you wrote about location? You said having your characters go to McDonalds in a tiny town isn’t exciting. But I’ve not only read scenes like that from small-press editors, I’ve read stories set in huge metropolises in which such a lack of description left me wondering why it even occurred in the city (take Chicago or New York City, for example).

Anyway, thank you very much for allowing us to promote your newsletter! I like all the stories. The 3rd place story’s chase scene heightened suspense for me personally. The 2nd place story dealt with human emotion (and characterization) as a dragon learns what it means to be human, before learning what it really means to be dragon. And the 1st place story was just such a creative and awesome idea, with the heart of the climax is the main character giving up the illusion offered by her fairy suitor for the sake of grim reality and the children.

God bless!

John “JAM” Arthur Miller


I have a story in this week along with an author spotlight.


New Writing Contest, $1,000 Pot

My new novel is coming out and can be preordered now and to celebrate I’m hosting a writing contest. It’s not quite ready to start, but I thought I’d give you some advance notice. You can find out about it at

It’s called convergence media. Pass it on!

Liquid Imagination

The story is called Wholly Matrimony by Kenton Yee. The voice talent is none other than the fabulous Robert Eccles, a talented horror writer in his own right. Sue Babcock, business director of Liquid Imagination, converged the media.


Two more days to enter the “Daily Kick Contest” and receive
recognition from a New York Times Bestselling author. Prize money and Recognition! Go here to view contest

A.J. French wrote the Introduction to the fiction at Liquid Imaginatoin Online. It rocks! Check it out!

Do you want a New York Times Bestselling Author to Promote Your Writing?

How, you ask?

Simple. Simply enter and place in our “David Farland ‘KICK’ Contest!” (That means get 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.) The top 3 entries not only receive prize money, but after the contest David Farland will publish their success stories in their own words at his website. Their success stories will be published at his pro-website, and links will direct readers back to their stories at Liquid Imagination! WOO-HOO!!

Enter the David Farland ‘Kick’ Contest here where you can learn where to sign up for his “Daily Kick” (for writers)!!

WOO-HOO!! Issue No. 9 is here! This could not happen without the talent of Kevin Wallis, Sue Babcock, AJ Brown (blog post), Dare Kent, Jack Rogers, Brandon Rucker, Robert Eccles, Jezzy Wolfe and Stephen W. Roberts! A HUGE thanks to all of our contributors!

Liquid Imagination No. 9!

This is directly from Dean Koontz’s Dark Rivers of the Heart. In all honesty, I hate that title. The book should be called The Red Door.

I just wanted to share this. Here is the quote:


Through he looked into her eyes, Spencer seemed to be gazing at someone or something far away, and he was speaking in a rush of words, more to himself than to her: “It’s a chain, iron chain, it runs through me, through my brain, my heart, through my guts, a chain, no way to get loose, no escape.”

He was scaring her. She hadn’t thought that she could be scared anymore, at least not easily, certainly not with mere words. But he was scaring her witless.


What do you think? The part in italics, I love. What he does with Spencer, his main character, is have him sleep, and while sleeping he dreams about some atrocious event in his past when he was fourteen years old, an event that is to terrible he can’t remember. Through his dreams – which entertwine with events in the present, as his past creeps up to cement itself in his present -Spencer is beginning to remember. When he dreams, Koontz writes in present-tense (italics). So as the main character is speaking in italics above, it makes the reader realize he’s speaking about his nightmares, bringing them forth. In this scene, he’s been injured, and he’s fading in and out of consciousness.

I hope you’ve enjoyed it.


Is there a scene you’d like to share from a novelist? A favorite scene or paragraph? Go fetch your book and look it up, and type it in the comments below. List the author’s name. I’m interested in what is meaningful to you guys in the way of literature. Doesn’t have to be your favorite author (Koontz isn’t my favorite, but I highly respect him); it may just be something that sticks out or impresses you from ANY novel.

Robert Eccles is the “VOICE” behind all the great fiction at Liquid Imagination Online, but he’s so much more than voice talent. Robert’s expertise not only encompasses his “radio voice” (which is also his income), but I began calling him “Mr. Necrotic Tissue” a while back, in a good natured manner, in honor of his achievements. You see, Necrotic Tissue is one of my favorite print magazine of dark fiction. It absolutely rocks! Among other things, it publishes entire stories told in exactly 100-words. Robert was getting into Necrotic Tissue’s micro-fiction department often. I think his micro-fiction was published 3 issues in a row.

Beyond the “voice,” beyond the nickname, Robert Eccles continues to write his brand of hard-hitting fiction with an noir voice. When he writes humor, his pieces produce belly laughs. When he decides to thrill you with horror, Robert’s uses words like finely chosen nails, words which he hammers into the reader’s mind. Sometimes it reminds me of the kind of hard-boiled fiction that made Mickey Spillane so popular, and at other times it’s a punch to the gut. Direct and potent, Robert asks no quarter in his stories, nor does he offer apologies—those who read his work will understand. Robert’s fiction makes you either cry from laughing so hard, or it pulls at the primordial strands within your gut and fills you with unease. When reading one of his horror stories at night, you’ll feel compelled to check the door to make sure it’s locked, and check the kids to make sure they’re okay. His hard-hitting fiction contains THAT kind of primordial, raw fear.

Now for Three Questions with Robert Eccles:

1)     Robert, you write micro-fiction, flash and short stories. What is your favorite type of fiction to write? What is the most published type of fiction you’ve written? And what about a novel?

I think I like coming up with a good short story the best. Micro and flash fiction pose their own unique challenges, which makes them a lot of fun for me. But if I can put together a story in two- or three-thousand words that really hits home, that gives me the most satisfaction. “Virtual Memory,” the story accepted for the Static Movement anthology “Local Heroes”, is one of those stories. As for what I’ve published the most, without question it’s flash fiction. I’ve had lots of stories in the 500-1,000 word range published online and in anthologies. But there’s definitely a special place in my heart for the 100-word bites I’ve had published with Necrotic Tissue Magazine. Since they pay for those stories at “pro rates”, and since I’ve had quite a few of them published (five so far and a couple more accepted), they’re special to me.

I would like to write a novel someday, but I’m not sure I have the patience for that. My immediate goal would be to have a collection of my short stories published. But if I do write a novel, I’ll have you write the description for the back cover based on the glowing introduction you wrote for this interview.

2)     You work as an anchorman. Is this in radio? And didn’t you just act as “voice talent” for Pseudopod?

I’m a news reporter and anchor at a public radio station in southeast Michigan. I’ve been in the radio business since 1985. When I first got into radio it was as a DJ. Then folks kept telling me I had a good news voice. Enough people tell you that, and you start to think they may be right. So I moved into news in 1991 and have been doing that ever since. I have had the opportunity to narrate some wonderful stories on the side for Liquid Imagination, of course, and for a few folks who put out podcasts. I’ve done a couple now for Pseudopod, one each for PodCastle and Transmissions from Beyond, a couple for Barry J. Northern’s Cast Macabre and a few for Every Day Fiction. I’m also providing a voice for a multiple-voice production of a story for Cast Macabre, which should be interesting.

3)     What do you consider your strongest point in writing?

I’d say humorous horror. Not everything I write is funny, of course. Some of it is very dark. But I’m decent at writing the funnier stuff, I think. As for lengths, I’d say those 100-word bites are my strong suit. They tend to be humorous, too.

Before I provide a few links to Robert’s wonderful fiction, I’d like to say to him, “Yes, I would love to write on the back of any novel/anthology you put out.”

Robert’s work appears here at these fine publications:

Flashes in the Dark 
Tiny Terrors 


Read ‘em and love ‘em!