Wednesday, May 21, 2008

If you visited MindFlights already, and I hope you have, did you pick your fave skin, yet?

Did you know you could pick your own magazine look from various choices? I have mine set to number three. I had hoped that would have been our permanent "front page," but I was outvoted in favor of changing "faces."

You can have forest, sky, space, etc. Go browse!

Back to content: I pretty much have stuck to poetry editing for months now. I will occasionally weigh in on fiction, and I've done some heavy-duty feedback (long critique) on a couple of revision requests. But poetry is where I focus (though I still like to help out with short fiction from time to time).

This month, we are featuring two "space" poems--poems that look out there at the cosmic wonders, and may deal more with the natural aspect, the science, the wonder of that, rather than the sci-fi/fantasy elements.

First, a lovely space haiku from Karen A. Romanko, whose name may be familiar from reading her work at other DEP SF mags in the pasts. On her blog, she writes this about the haiku we're featuring:

I've got a new haiku at Mindflights, which begins with the line, "necklace of suns." This little poem was inspired by a trip to Griffith Observatory a while back to meet with local poets [info]dkolodji, [info]samhenderson, and Kendall Evans.

Connecting the two levels of the Observatory is a long, sloping corridor called "The Cosmic Connection," which includes a "timeline" of the universe composed of celestial-themed jewelry.

Visit her blog to see an image of the celestial jewelry exhibit that inspired her brief poetical observation. It can only enhance the experience of the haiku.

Issue 5 also features a poem that falls more into the space/science poem category, but has its own solar systemic, meteorological charm. Read "Martian Weather" by Mary Jo Rabe, which begins:

If dusty storms could halt their flight
And spin their dizzy pirouettes,
Would Martian surface lose delight
Without the jolt of caustic jets?

If you write speculative poetry--and especially Christian-themed or Christian worldview SF Poetry--please consider entering our first poetry contest. The theme is a wide open and intriguing one (we think): Exile. Two length categories (short is 1 to 49 lines; long is 50 to 100 lines) give you plenty of room to play with ideas, language, meter, metaphors, and spiritual depths. You must have a speculative element (science fiction or fantasy). No strictly space or science poems, sorry.

Get all the details here:


Now, I hope your new acquaintance with MindFlights has been pleasant. I hope you wish us well, want us to grow, maybe even want to be part of our growth.

So, how can you help MindFlights?

1. The simplest way is to read us and pass on the good word when you enjoy a story or poem or review or article or forum thread there. Just tell others who might like us.

2. The next simplest way to help is to register and be apart of the forum. Post your review of Christian SF novels and anthologies (and other SF works you can highly recommend) in the "Review" section. Give heads up on markets, on author interviews, etc, to other forum readers. Brag about your sales and awards. Be involved in the community we created and want to grow.

3. What's after that? CONTRIBUTE YOUR WORK! If you write
terrific Christian SF, if you work hard at crafting speculative poems with a Christian worldview, if you have a Christian vision with a speculative mind, then let us hear from you. If you are a Christian SF artist and you are willing to take a small remuneration ($10) to see your work featured as our online "cover", then submit! I can't guarantee acceptance, naturally. But you knew that. :) Submit!

4. Another way to help is to donate.
We want to encourage Christian SF authors and offer (though not exclusively) content that is family-friendly and Christian at heart. We offer a wider spectrum, but we will not abandon CSF. Our goal is to move to support CSF, but we need our best CSF writers and poets to submit and participate and support for us to do so.

5. You can also help by joining our team. We don't take on volunteers lightly--we need to have someone recommend you, give a thumbs up to your ability to edit--but we're happy to expand our staff and lighten the loads of the volunteers. But please, only if you're serious about committing to donating an hour or more a week to the editing gig (and when there's a crunch due to many subs, it will be more than an hour a week, easily, for fiction editors.) We like to think of it as helping out the speculative community, especially the part of it we want most to nurture, the Christian SF community. Is this something that appeals to you? Do you know someone on the staff already? Contact them. If you know me (and I know you) and you're a gifted proofreader or have experience editing/writing fiction, drop me a comment.

So, there you go. A wee magazine that wants to do more. Can you be part of the vision?

Now, please drop by my tourmates and say "hey!"--
Do visit my blog tourmates:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Kameron M. Franklin
Beth Goddard
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Michael Heald
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Pamela Morrisson
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Rachelle Sperling
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Linda Wichman
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

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