Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
"As I watched in horror, I was certain that I would lose my entire family."
excerpted from God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation by Joseph Sebarenzi and Laura Mullane
For the last several weeks I've had the great pleasure of working with Omar Reda, M.D. He is a man of remarkable talents, tremendous achievements, and great humility. His biography reads: "Dr. Reda is a Libyan American psychiatrist who graduated from Benghazi Medical School in 1996, worked as an ER physician before leaving Libya for fear of persecution. He then obtained a Masters certificate in global mental health from Harvard University in 2007, and finished a residency in psychiatry from the University of Tennessee in 2009.
Dr. Reda is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, the founder and director of Libya Al-Shefa project for psycho-social healing, recovery, rehabilitation and reconciliation. Dr. Reda had served as the psychosocial advisor for a number of international NGOs and as the country deputy mental health lead during the war.
He is an expert and a sought-after public speaker on issues of psychological trauma, Muslim mental health, immigrants’ mental health, the Libyan revolution and the Arab spring."
I'm editing his new book titled "A Journey of Hope: Searching for Hope in the Middle of a War Zone." He's an impressive man in that his word poetry is focused on bring healing into the world. What he has seen and heard are difficult to comprehend. In this book, in tender but strong language he tells the story, for example, of a woman who was forced to act as a slave to Gaddafi's wife. During a fit of temper, Gaddafi's wife ordered soldiers to dump the woman into her bathtub and pour boiling water on her.
He heard this story directly from the woman's own lips. The Gaddafi's did not take the woman to the hospital. She nearly died from the infections. Before she was properly treated, she was taken back to the house and locked away.
Dr. Reda saw so much of this type of tragedies that he should have been numb to the horror. But in working with what he has written, it became clear that he always was able to feel the pain of these victims. He trained teams of medical personal to focus not only on their patient's physical injuries but their emotional as well.
The stories he tells would be enough to make me sick with sorrow were it not for the fact that Dr. Reda was able to find hope for healing the cultural divides that not only keep people apart, but in refusing to bow to megalomaniacs. He reveals the devastating effects of the Libyan uprising, its people and his very own family for us to see and learn from.
The manuscript re-writes should be done by April, and I promise you it will be a fine book- a work of real world poetry from a humble man with a healing heart.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Before working with the staff at Sam's Dot Publishing, it had never occurred to me that there was such a thing as young adult science fiction. Or science fiction poetry, for that matter. But after reading through the various science fiction magazines we now publish, I was amazed at the scope and range of possibilities that sci-fi embraces.
That's why I'm thrilled to be publishing Beyond Centauri. It's specifically geared toward young readers. It's my hope that it increase the number of young people motivated to study science.
Most of my reading prior to last year was confined to mystery and suspense. Working with the fantastic crew at Sam's Dot Publishing has opened my eyes to what I've been missing by ignoring science fiction.
But I'm going to blame Alex Cavanaugh for starting me down the sci-fi trail again. When I read his CassaStar, I was hooked.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Having lots of fun on the publishing side of things these days. We have a total of 17 new magazines we're publishing of at White Cat,
I get to work with some really cool publications, including our digest called Cosmic Crime Stories, which covers intergalactic crime. As a guy new to science fiction, I'm finding it pretty darned interesting!
Monday, December 10, 2012
With 15 or 16 magazines being published at White Cat Publications now that Sam's Dot Publishing and White Cat are merging operations, I realized that it's been a month since I blogged and am now one of those bloggers trying to explain where they've been for an extended period of time.
The thing is that there are a lot of people committing a lot of time and good faith to White Cat's success, and I very much appreciate their trust.
So I'll be spending a lot less time blogging and a lot more on making sure that White Cat's growth trajectory is such that writer's have more places to submit their stories than ever before and readers can discover a new home for genre stories.
Happy Holidays to anyone I don't talk to before next Spring! By then the company should be well on its way.
Also, I'm looking about for another small press publisher to acquire. If you know anyone out their who might be looking for a new home for their publishing efforts, let me know, will you? I hate seeing good magazines or book publishers fold just because they can't carry on.
Monday, November 05, 2012
White Cat Publications, LLC. is pleased to announce that Byran Thomas Schmidt has joined White Cat Publications, LLC. as editor for our new science fiction magazine Blue Shift, due out mid-2013. We’re proud to have Bryan on staff. Here’s his bio:
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince(2011) received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. A sequel The Returning followed in 2012 and The Exodus will appear in 2013, completing the space opera Saga Of Davi Rhii. His first children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For Kids (ebook only) and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends (forthcoming) appeared from Delabarre Publishing in 2012. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. He edited the anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 (2012) and is working on Beyond The Sun for Fairwood Press, headlined by Robert Silverberg, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick and Nancy Kress, a Ray Gun Revival Best Of Collection for Every Day Publishing and World Encounters and Space & Shadows: SpecNoir with coeditor John Helfers, all forthcoming. He hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter and is an affiliate member of the SFWA.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
White Cat Publications, LLC. is proud to announce the development of its new mystery magazine, "Dark Intent," which while premier in June 2013 and be edited by Ives Hovanessian. Submission guidelines will be released soon by our Editor-in-Chief, Charles P. Zaglanis.
Ives Hovanessian is a screenwriter and author of noir, uncanny and horror fiction. Her prose work appears in anthologies from Aetherial Publishing and Obsolescent Press. Her first screenplay, Trendsetters, was optioned by Colossal Entertainment. A debut collection of short stories, "I Am Death," Cried The Vulture, will be released in the summer of 2013. She is also a contributing columnist for The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.