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.
⚡ Along with her introduction to each issue,
our publisher Clare MacQueen provides statistics, including the
total number of works submitted, the total accepted for publication, and the total
number of contributors (the latter, VIDA stats).
⚡ 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 some 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.
⚡ Clare MacQueen custom designed
MacQueen’s Quinterly 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 she thinks is pretty cool.
Photo by Gary Gibbons
Botanical Gardens in
Bellevue, WA (2006)
Clare also served as Webmaster and Associate Editor for
Serving House Journal (aka SHJ) from its inception in
January 2010 through its retirement in May 2018 after publishing 18 issues.
During the years of its existence, SHJ was ranked by
Web del Sol as among the
Top 50 Literary Magazines.
In 2017, she began serving on the General Advisory Board for The Best Small
Fictions (BSF), published by Braddock Avenue Books.
For the 2016 edition of BSF, published by Queen’s Ferry Press,
she served as Assistant Editor, Domestic.
Her short fiction and poetry have been published in
New Flash Fiction Review, Firstdraft,
Bricolage, and Serving House Journal.
Two of Clare’s small fictions:
Tasting the New and
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. Another of her essays,
“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
Several of Clare’s reviews have been published in MacQ, KYSO
Flash, and Serving House Journal. Three examples:
“No Succinct Summary Will Do Them Justice”
[A Cast-Iron Aeroplane That Can Actually Fly: Commentaries From 80
American Poets on Their Prose Poetry edited by Peter Johnson]
Tip-of-the-Iceberg Stories: Grant Faulkner’s
Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories
“Where the Mind’s Scribbling Ends”
[Beneath the Coyote Hills by William Luvaas]
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 (former married name). 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