As reported by The Weather Experts in the St. Petersburg Times
(20 July 2007 edition, page 3):
If [you are] struck by lightning, your socks and shoes may be knocked off. The reason
is the rapid evaporation and expansion of sweat on your skin. You may not be hurt if
the current does not enter your body.
MacQueen’s Quinterly (aka MacQ) is the new name for the journal we
published as KYSO Flash from Fall 2014 through Summer 2019. “KYSO”
was our acronym for Knock Your Socks Off, which refers to the kind of electrified words
and artworks that we still like to publish and showcase.
Beyond the new name and a more frequent publication schedule—that is, five times
per year—our editorial focus remains the same. And, like KYSO Flash,
MacQ is distinguished from the majority of web-based literary journals and magazines
by these features:
⚡ In addition to the Contents page,
an index is available which lists works alphabetically by name
of contributor and allows quick browsing of content within the website. Also
available, a site map, and these resources are accessible from
the navigation menus at the top and bottom of each page.
⚡ In her introduction to each issue, our
publisher Clare MacQueen provides statistics, including the
total number of works and the percentage of “reprints.”
⚡ Details about each work
appear in the upper right-hand corner of the white background of the webpage. These
data list the issue in which the piece appears, its genre and word count, and
whether it’s a “reprint” (or more accurately a republication or
reproduction), notated by “[R]” after the word count. Such details are
included primarily for our own editorial convenience, but our readers may also
appreciate having them.
⚡ Below many of our contributor bios, readers
will find a section called “More on the Web: By, About, and
Beyond,” which features links to optional readings.
These may include other works by the contributor, interviews, essays on craft and
technique, and even related websites of interest—resources provided by our
publisher especially for voracious readers (as she is), who are always curious
to learn more.
⚡ MacQueen’s Quinterly was
custom designed not as an online magazine, but as a website, with
a slight retro flavor. Not surprising that it looks and behaves like a website
then—which we think is pretty cool.
For the 2016 edition of BSF, published by Queen’s Ferry Press, she
served as Assistant Editor, Domestic.
Clare’s short fiction and poetry have been published in
New Flash Fiction Review, Firstdraft,
Bricolage, and Serving House Journal.
One of her essays was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in
Best New Writing 2007, where it earned an Eric Hoffer Best New
Writing Editor’s Choice Award. A second essay,
“The Fragrance of Levity,” was also
nominated for a Pushcart; it appears in Serving House Journal
(Fall 2011) and in the anthology Winter Tales II: Women on the Art
Once in a blue moon, Clare writes tanka as well. Two of her poems appear in
Ribbons, journal of The Tanka Society of America (summer editions
of 2015 and 2016), and two appear in the Skylark tanka journal
(Issue 7, Summer 2016).
Favorites from her flash fiction:
Tasting the New and
Web work: Clare’s frustrations as a Web surfer led
her to design her first website in 1999. Ever since, she has kept things
simple, even “old-fashioned”: design and build
user-friendly sites that are easy on the eyes and easy to navigate.
Education and Training: In 1990, Clare was granted a BA
degree in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University.
She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, under the name
of Lisa Marie Smith. She also studied British Lit, publishing, and
technical writing at the graduate level. And she worked for eight years
as a technical editor at the University of Washington.
Contact us via webmail:
MacQuinterly [at] gmail [dot] com