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After staring for a month at Fantasy Magazine's official site, by way of mekkavandexter sending me towards oldcharliebrown, I finally know what the cover of the issue I'll be in looks like (here) and when it's probably going to come out (September). It didn't turn out to be a blind dwarf with a hard-on on my cover, and the girl in question doesn't seem to be caught in mid-orgasm -- it's an interesting theme, actually. Why are Fantasy Magazine's covers mostly of girls?

And, in a break from tradition, my full name will be printed with my story. I wrote to oldcharliebrown asking if my name would appear in full, since he introduced my name in full when he posted about Issue 4, wondering if initials could be used instead. Sean asked me for my reasons, and quite frankly, I couldn't think of one anymore. It used to be a whole bunch of things, a whole lot of very old fears about my family finding out about what I wrote (they did over time, they've only just begun reading my work, and as far as I know, they've even liked it), a morbid fear that someone out there would take offence at what I wrote about my culture or those odd bits of religion I keep throwing into the mix without the buffer of having space in between. A whole lot of fears about me and other people. Like, what if they actually turned out to be nice? :)

So, my name appears with my story. I shouldn't be making a big deal out of it, and it probably isn't. Because, Mosquito Story's coming out in September in Fantasy Magazine #4, alongside the lovely Amber van Dyk's!

Comments

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pnew8
Jul. 18th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Beautiful cover and I think the girls on the cover of FM sent a tone for the beautiful stories within the publication.

I am so looking forward to that issue!
vampyrichamster
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
*glee!*
oldcharliebrown
Jul. 19th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
The covers are specifically chosen to make a statement: that this magazine is all for targeting a neglected market, with stories by women, about women, for women. And as far as I can tell I am not picking covers that are necessarily designed to attract men as much as appealing to both genders, reasonably. (If that makes sense . . . )

"Sense of wonder" is not limited to guys, after all . . . it's an equal-opportunity sensation shared by both men and women . . . and I want to convey that with our covers.

A blind dwarf with a hard-on . . . *going comatose* . . .
vampyrichamster
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, that girl in the first cover looked really happy!

I like the concept. It's not something I've paused much on before - while I do appreciate reads that make me think of the world in a slightly different way than before, a focus on women seems intriguing. How does one pick a story that creates a sense of wonder for its readers, but especially women?

Interestingly enough, Fantasy's guidelines doesn't quite mention this angle -- will there be some sort of masthead at the Fantasy Magazine website about this eventually?
oldcharliebrown
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't really set out to pick stories that appeal primarily to women as much as I try to avoid stories that work only for men, if that makes sense—though increasingly I'm moving to focus on a healthy proportion of contributions by women, since that's my target market. It all manages to work out—with the result that I'm getting a balanced proportion of submissions from both genders . . .

We have a new production manager, Stephen Segal, who will be redesigning the Fantasy Magazine website, so we'll incorporate some of these issues and thoughts into the mission statement . . .
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