About This Issue

January/February 2005

With this issue Vision begins its fifth year in production.  We have a wonderful new look and a great set of articles to start the year off right!

Every new year seems wondrous to me.  I am, even after four years, amazed and pleased by every nice note and mention Vision receives.  It appears that we are averaging somewhere around 5000 hits an issue, and there are many people who read the PDF version as well.  For the second year we will be paying for articles.

Thank you to everyone who reads Vision. Thank you to all the wonderful  writers who have contributed to each issue.  I look forward to reading what you offer over the next year.

And the themes are back!    Below are the themes for the rest of the 2005 issues.  Remember that theme articles are only a section of each issue, and I am always interested in any writing related article.  Read through the issues and you'll find an eclectic mix of material.  Most writers have something they can impart to others, and all of us have something to learn.

 Upcoming Themes: 

  • March/April #26 Research (Deadline February 10th)
    Research is one of the crucial steps for any writer, whether he is writing an sf story based in hard science or setting a story in a foreign city.  What tips do you have for finding the right information?  Any favorite reference books?  Let us know!

  • May/June #27 Openings (Deadline April 10th)
    Getting off to the right start can make the entire difference in a sale. Should you start with a 'bang' or a whisper of danger?  What are the tips and techniques of openings?

  • July/August #28 Types of publication (Deadline June 10th)
    The world of publication has changed drastically with the advent of the Internet.  What are the different venues in both print and electronic formats, and what should writers know about both?

  • September/October #29 Celebrating Genres (Deadline August 10th)
    Romance, fantasy, sf, mystery, horror and more -- the world of genres is filled with wonderful treasures.  As a writer, what are your favorites and what do those genres included?

  • November/December #30  Character creation (Deadline October 10th)
    Characters can talk to us in our heads and keep us awake at night, but what does it take to make them live on the page?

And remember that I'm always interested in any writing-related articles!