CSFF Blog Tour – MindFlights, Day 1

Yea! 😀 Blog Tour time! 😀 We have another good one, too. This month our feature is the online publication, MindFlights.

One of the reasons I’m happy we highlight online sites is because EVERYONE can take a look at what’s offered. It doesn’t cost a dime. Much of what MindFlights publishes is short fiction, so those who have been curious about fantasy or science fiction but haven’t wanted to invest in books they’re unsure about, actually have some examples to read. For free.

But there’s more than short fiction. MindFlights also publishes a serialized novel, poetry, articles, and artwork. In addition, they provide discussion forums. It’s a great concept. Readers can give writers direct feedback. What did you like about a story? What don’t you get? It’s the kind of dialogue a reader rarely gets with a novelist. The thing is, I think it is also helpful and possibly encouraging for a writer, too.

What I want to do, however, at least today, is to introduce you to one of the people behind the scenes, Selena Thomason. For some time, Selena headed up the editorial team at Dragons, Knights, and Angels. When that publication merged with the Sword Review, she became the managing editor of MindFlights.

Selena is also a writer, as I suspect are all the volunteer editors. Although she’s working on several science fiction novels, her publishing credits include quite an array of short shories:

  • Mood Meds
    published in The Courier
    (April 2008 )
  • The Word
    published in Anathema
    (April 2008 )
  • Designed Development
    published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew
    (November 2007)
  • Gifted
    published in Residential Aliens
    (November 2007)
  • Anonymous
    published in Every Day Fiction
    (September 2007)
  • Robbie’s Repair
    published in 365 tomorrows
    (March 2007)
  • Ian Gets Involved
    published in 365 tomorrows
    (March 2007)
  • Flowers for My Beloved
    published in The Literary Bone
    (Spring 2007)

This Floridian writer has been involved in the NaNo Writing Month for the past three years. Excerpts of her work are available at her NaNo site. You can read more from Selena about her life and writing on her blog.

Selena has quite an interesting array of recommended books listed on her Web site. Her fiction selections (and her comments about the books) include the following:

The Curse of Chalion
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Wow! Set in the same world as Paladin of Souls it’s got the same fascinating religion. Plus an intricate plot and compelling characters. For a more detailed review see DKA or my blog. This book is highly recommended.

Changing Planes
by Ursula K. LeGuin
A fun book full of imaginative short stories.

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Quite possibly the most unique romance of all time! This book is beyond wonderful. It’s got a truly great concept and the stellar writing to back it up. Highly recommended.

Paladin of Souls
by Lois McMaster Bujold
This fantasy book is one of my favorites. It’s got a rich world and a truly fascinating religion. Highly recommended. See blog entries 10/28/05, 10/22/05, and 10/12/05.

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
see related blog posts 5/9/05 and 4/20/05.
A truly great book! Margaret Atwood is brilliant and one of my favorite writers.

The Dress Lodger
by Sheri Holman
I don’t normally like historical novels, but this one got me. (Actually maybe I just don’t think of myself as someone who likes historical novels because I notice a couple on this list. Maybe it’s because I don’t generally like history or books on history. That’s terrible, I know.) Heartbreaking poverty. Cholera before the science of infectious diseases was understood.

Want to learn more about MindFlights, the stories, the people who make it happen? Check out what others on the tour are saying.

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
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Margaret
Pamela Morrisson
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Rachelle
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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Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 11:16 am  Comments (6)  
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6 Comments

  1. Becky,

    I enjoyed reading your post. I also liked how you highlighted Selena’s contributions to MindFlights. While we all know something like this doesn’t happen without committed people, the unsung heroes who freely offer their time and talents to such an endeavor, it’ always nice to meet them when when given the opportunity.

    Mike

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  2. Thanks for plugging MindFlights! We appreciate your comments and your help in promoting the magazine.

    I was surprised to see myself featured in your post. But that’s cool. It reminded me that I need to update my Recommended Books page. It hasn’t been updated in a long while because I haven’t had time to read anything but submissions in so long.

    Thanks again.

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  3. Dragons, Knights, and Angels was the first magazine that published one of my short stories (after my college’s journal)! It’s cool to see that they’ve transitioned into a new site. Looks like a great place to submit stories. Thanks for bringing this up, Becky!

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  4. Mike, thanks for stopping by. I agree that the behind the scenes people volunteering their time and effort and talent in a webzine like this deserve our applause, at least.

    Selena, I realized too late that an interview with someone from MindFlights would have really made this tour. Maybe we can still do that sometime soon. It was fun trying to dig up info about you. I’ll have to watch for an update to that page. 😉

    J, that is so cool that DKA got you started. Definitely think MindFlights is a happening site. The quality of stories is impressive.

    Becky

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  5. I posted yesterday

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  6. Thanks, Andrea. My Day 3 list is updated.

    Becky

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