February 2021 Newsletter
All These Worlds Are Stages
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Because of Phil’s negative meteorological prediction on 2 February, I am serving groundhog nuggets (breaded and deep-fried) while we watch the Super Bowl. We’re calling them Punxatawny Poppers. Bring your own mustard.
In local news…
Hiraeth Publishing’s Drabble Contest #3 has now ended. We’ll announce winners next month, at which time we will also open Drabble Contest #4—although we might open early, so keep checking back. Contributor copies and payments for Drabble Contest #2 have been mailed.
Don’t forget the anthologies we have open.
Potters Field #7 – guidelines posted
Drabbun – guidelines posted
Cosmic Crime Stories – guidelines similar to Potters Field #7
Infradead: Tales of Human Extinction – guidelines similar to PF #7
So break out the legal pads and the No. 2s and the coffee, and get started. The submissions address is sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
The ONLINE EDITION of the February 2021 SCIFAIKUEST will be posted by 7 February for your reading pleasure. It’s free! The link will be: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online-february-2021
We have new publications available for your enjoyment, pondering, and meditation. These are now listed in our Shop. If you will allow me…
WINTER 2021 ILLUMEN
The Featured Poet for this issue is Greece’s Avra Margariti. The article is by William Landis, and titled: Nightmares of a Native Son: The horrorku of Richard Wright. There’s an interview with poet Alan Ira Gordon, and as always much more. Get a copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/illumen-winter-2021-edited-by-tyree-campbell
DRABBLE HARVEST #2:
As mentioned above, DH#2 is now available. The theme is “Diplomatic Immunity.” Come see what we did with it, and get a copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/drabble-harvest-2-edited-by-terrie-leigh-relf
SHELTER OF DAYLIGHT #3
Shelter of Daylight is a semi-annual digest of upbeat and positive science fiction and fantasy—short stories, poem, art, and articles. The works in here appeal to the highest points of readers’ imaginations, of what is possible and what we dream to be possible. In these pages you will find lighter yet serious stories. You’ll meet a woman into whose care a special moose is placed. You’ll learn a new approach to settling conflicts. And what would we do if our alphabet had only twenty-five letters? These problems and more await you in this issue of Shelter of Daylight.
THE DOGGO BOOK
Dog-Speak or DoggoLingo (alternately at times referred to as woof, bork or yiff) is the idea is that such words are a dog’s own idiom and are purported to be the thinking words that go on in a dog’s own brain. In other words, cutesy changes to everyday words that we idiot humans assume that a dog would speak if he or she were having a conversation with a person.
For both parties in the hooman-doggo relationship, it’s upbeat, joyful and, let’s be honest and face it, both the dog and person are completely and mutually-clueless in their own relentlessly friendly way. Because we speak completely different languages. Which is why we invent internet languages like “DoggoSpeak” to at least imagine what’s going on under our canine companions’ thinking caps. And I’m pretty certain that the dogs have come-up with their own “HoomanSpeak” dialect to explain to each other what they think we’re saying. They’re just not telling us about it. Yet.
Which leads us to The Doggo Book, to express how wonderful it is to have our four-legged friends in our two-legged lives.
Get your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/the-doggo-book-by-alan-ira-gordon
Without further ado, then: browse, read, buy, enjoy. If you have any questions or comments, send them to us at sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
See you next month. And please, from all of us at Hiraeth Publishing, stay safe!
Storyteller and Managing Editor