Posts Tagged ‘horror’

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: http://liquid-imagination.com/toothandclaw/

Below are the stats of Liquid Imagination Online (www.Liquid-Imagination.com). The stats can be found here: www.Liquid-Imagination.com/webalizer. 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!

Yippie!

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

werewolf

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: http://liquid-imagination.com/site/?page_id=724

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.

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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.

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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?

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3rd place John C. Mannone’s The Minotaur

Essay:

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.

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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

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I have a story in http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/ this week along with an author spotlight.

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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 http://nightingalenovel.com/.

A sophomore release, The White Faced Bear is R. Scott McCoy’s pulse-quickening concoction of action, horror, and Native American folklore.

The story follows Jeff Bennett, who has come to Kodiak to fulfill a promise to his recently deceased father. His arrival stirs an unknown enemy—Aouachala, a Sun’Aq shaman trapped forever in the body of a brown bear. To destroy the bloodline of his adversary, he uses his powers to hunt Jeff and anyone else who gets in the way. Jeff must seek the assistance and friendship of Merrick Polasky, a descendant of Aouachala as well as a modern day shaman who has yet to realize his powers, in order to save himself and Kodiak. From Alaska to Minnesota to the desolation of Siberia, the men must work together to defeat the White Faced Bear, but before they can take down the powerful magician, they must learn to say goodbye to their fathers and conquer their inner demons.

Indeed, this is a ‘man’s book’ all the way through. The primary characters possess extraordinary survival and hunting skills, are extremely intelligent and dead-on marksmen. (If you want to learn a thing or two about firearms and effective ammunition, this is the book for you!) They work hard, play harder, enjoy a few beers at the bar at the end of a long day… and do not shirk away from a good brawl when the mood hits them. These are the underdogs you root for in the movies. They always win.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

At SNM Horror Magazine, my story Cracks is Story of
the Month! YIPPIE!

Go here to read it (and scroll down): Cracks! (Remember
to scroll WAAAAAY down. They put the Story of the Month at the end, to try to
get readers to read all the stories… which you will probably want to do
anyway. I get $30.00 for this story, and it will go into their next anthology.
YIPPIE!!)

Here’s the top finishers:

SEPTEMBER WINNERS /
STORIES OF THE MONTH:

1st Place – John JAM Arthur Miller – Cracks /
SOTM

2nd Place – Matthew Nelson – Sunset Consequences

3rd Place –
Marius Dicomites – Where The Dead Live

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.

Enjoy!

This story “Monsters in the Basement” made it into TMND’s The Devil’s Food Anthology, and it’s now live at The
World of Myth
.
If you go there, just click on the cover to enter the curent
issue. Then look under horror. If you read it, please grade it. You can give me
an A, B, C, D or F. The more people to vote the better. If you love it, give me an A. If you loathe it, give me an F.

Thank you very much!

Go here to read and vote/grade: Monsters in the Basement

Thank
you!!

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
details: http://www.liquid-imagination.com/farland/contest.html

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

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!