Monday, November 19, 2018

November/December rez Posted

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In keeping with past tradition, we’re combining our November and December issues of rez Magazine into a single “holiday” issue, to give our tireless staff (and writers) some time off to be with their families.  So, we’ve packed two issues into one this time and are you ever going to enjoy it.  First, Jami Mills was so inspired by her recent trip to Japan that she kept a journal and busily shot the things that struck her fancy. We’re glad she did because The Chronicles of Jami: Japan is the result. Tokyo, Kyoto and the Japanese Alps were the focus of her piece. First time contributor, enola em Vaher, the owner of the esteemed Chelsea Hotel, gives us a stunning short story, Need, about the universal themes that bind us, with a cameo appearance by an all-knowing angel.  Zymony Guyot knocks us out again with his wonderful be-bop rhythms in his poem, Buzz, where he calls the current state of affairs like he sees ‘em.  RoseDrop Rust returns with Camera Obscura, in which Rusty re-connects with his Muse, in a way only someone with a great command of his voice can. Neruval, the AI owl who sits atop Art Blue’s shoulder, has added more fuel to the speculation that he is actually Art’s brain.  Neruval pens an open letter, To Whom it May Concern, and takes control of Art’s narrative. Poor Art. He never really stood a chance. Dearstluv Writer contributes a short poem that is packed with emotion about the loneliness and suffering of the elderly. No one treats this sensitive subject more compassionately. Jullianna Juliesse brings us a deeply personal poem, Pariah, wherein she shares her feelings about giving, taking, and being part of something more. With Rosa, Cat Boccaccio dazzles us once again with her insight into what makes people tick, this time taking us into the agony of loss and the durability of the life spirit. We hope you’ll find time over the holidays to peruse this fine issue, which includes some of the most talented writers inworld. And if you don’t have time to read, then just look at the purdy pictures. Happy Holidays, from all of us at rez Magazine!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October rez Posted

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we’re surrounded with making this month’s issue one of our best.  We start things off with The G.B.T.H. Project, an article by Jami Mills which explores one of the most exciting new art galleries on the grid, the G.T.B.H. Project, owned and operated by Marina Munter and Megan Prumier.  Every month or so they re-imagine the gallery to accommodate the works of some of the finest virtual artists around.  Jami was fortunate enough to interview Marina, who shared her thoughts about art and the virtual environment.  Cat Boccaccio has written another gem, this time called Test Drive, which re-introduces to our readers one of Cat’s favorite characters, Leep, who’s back with a tale of Chinese warriors and melted candles.  This issue also includes some wonderful poetry, including Dearstluv Writer’s uniquely romantic piece, Avatar, in which she brings the passion and breathlessness of a new love to the forefront.  Barbie Starr caught up with Suzen JueL, who graciously agreed to sit for any interview with her. Barbie finds out more about Suzen’s illustrious musical career, but also learns about Suzen as fine artist. We include some of Suzen’s wonderful paintings along with Barbie’s interview.  Shyla the Super Gecko returns to our pages with a nostalgic poem, The Road Which Never Ends, about roads that were taken, and how fondly we recall the memories of those experiences.  Art Blue contributes I Hide You, which is a deep dive into computers, AI and Tomorrowland.  It’s a fascinating read and Art’s perspective on the future will dazzle and fascinate those wondering where our technology is headed in the years to come. Zymony Guyot delivers another up/down, all around mash up of words and spaces in Blank.  And last, but not least, RoseDrop Rust adds Bed Blanket, which finds connections in the most unexpected places, like a rumpled blanket. Enjoy this month’s issue!

Monday, September 3, 2018

September rez Posted

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It’s Labor Day in the States and for the lucky ones among us, we’re engaged in various labors of love.  The September issue of rez Magazine is chock full of such labors - - writers who love to write.  It’s very evident from even a cursory glance.  Our intrepid reporter, Barbie Starr, covered this year’s LoveFest, an annual celebration of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  She claims she was lucky to get in, it was so crowded, but we’re the lucky ones after reading her article, For the Love of Lovecraft.  Art Blue never ceases to astound us, this time with his treatise on the extinction of our species.  Could never happen?  Ask the owl.  The multi-talented Consuela Hypatia Caldwell treats us this month to one of her short stories, Drew, about love, rebellion and lifestyle choices.  Our regular contributor of the shortest of short fiction, Cat Boccaccio, hits a home run with Joy and Dismay, a peek into the life of two sisters, each trying to entice the same man, but with very different approaches.  Jullianna Juliesse contributes A Gothic Poem, finding a note hidden away for years, containing the DNA of a long lost, but not forgotten, love interest.  Merope Madrigal captures the awe of one of Nature’s most stunning phenomena, the glacier, in her exquisite poem The March of Giants.  The wonderful piece by Persephone Phoenix rounds out this month’s superb issue with her poem, Avatar Dysphoria - - a stunning piece of writing.  So enjoy your labors and I hope you find time to enjoy the September issue of rez Magazine.


Friday, August 3, 2018

August rez Posted

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It’s the dead of summer…and as we all hope for rain to deal with local wildfires, we have some fire of our own in this month’s issue of rez. We’re blessed this month with an especially wonderful assemblage of talent.  Jami Mills starts things off Our Car, with a tale of a wild road trip by two women finding themselves with a cantankerous car that can’t seem to keep from veering off in ditches now and then, but finding a way out every time.  We also bring you the exciting finale of The Double-Crossers, an experimental exquisite corpse short story by Jami Mills and Amy Inawe, who are knee-deep in a Roman crime spree.  We include a poignant poem by Pepper Chaffe, Four Candles, which is astonishing and heartfelt.  The Perfect Gentleman (aka Harry Bailey) and his trusty sidekick, Friday Blaisdale, explore the exotic world of courtesans with The Courtesans of Sakura, featuring a fascinating interview with Lynn Mimistrobell, lead courtesan and intriguing interviewee.  In A Lifetime is a sensational poem by the multi-talented Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, whose artwork and short stories we’ve previously featured in rez.  Cat Boccaccio, our most economical contributor, stretches out a little with The Enemy, which captures a slice of life in all its simplicity and complexity.  RoseDrop Rust engages in some spiteful behavior with his hilarious short piece, The Nose.  Long-time favorite, Zymony Guyot gives us Disclaimers Attached to Your Dessert, seeks to pull everything together, all the while making perfect sense.  Last but not least is our very own Art Blue, waxing about our favorite snack and computer nemesis, The Cookie.  Summer is a time for fun reading, so dig in!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July rez Posted

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Time for some summer reading! And have we got just what you need…Our July issue features the Crystal Anniversary of our very own Second Life, celebrating its 15th birthday. The celebration is over now, but ten of our friends and contributors who have described their favorite exhibition there. We’ve included all of them in the July issue, and we’ll leave it to you to pick your favorite. Jami Mills and Amy Inawe employed the Surrealist technique, Exquisite Corpse, to write together The Double-Crossers, this being the third of four installments of some fun summer crime fiction. Zymony Guyot is back with another musing about time with his lovely poem First the Clocks.  The more we hear from this brilliant writer the better. Cat Boccaccio gives us Random Number, which talks of when it’s time to fly from the nest. A Tomboy’s Treasures is a treasure of its own that Shyla the Super Gecko has bestowed upon us, showing us the plunder of a tomboy, all held closely in a shoebox. Jullianna Juliesse stuns us with a powerful poem about a mother/son bond created all the more deeply by a difficult choice. You Know is the latest piece by our favorite author, Art Blue. Admit it, you’re starting to follow his logic, you know? Of all the gin joints, Dearstluv had to walk into rez Magazine…. Gin Joints is Dearstluv’s latest piece, and we’ll sit and listen to her for as long as she’s willing to share…. Clamor is the title of RoseDrop Rust’s latest poem. Rusty exhorts us to “Publish me!”, and we couldn’t be happier complying. Consuela Hypatia Caldwell closes us out with her exquisite poem, Lifetime, which reminisces about days gone by. Let’s get reading (or at least look at the purdy pictures). Your intrepid publisher, Jami

Saturday, June 2, 2018

June rez Posted

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In California, we have a phenomenon called “June Gloom,” where early morning cloudiness makes for moody mornings.  The June issue of rez, however, is the exact opposite. Instead of June Gloom we have “June Bloom,” an array of superb writing from the best writers we know of. This month, we’d like to welcome Barbie Starr to the rez staff. Barbie starts her assignment as a roving reporter for rez, seeking out the best of the grid.  Barbie highlights the Fantasy Faire exhibit, which raised record amounts of money for The American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life campaign.  Barbie brings the event to life, with the photography of CallMeRory. We look forward to following her hunt in the upcoming months. RoseDrop Rust contributes a sweet ode to his Muse, wondering (as all artists do) just where she comes from and hoping she stays long. In Rusty’s case, she stayed long enough for a short poem, Muse Net, which leaves us wrung wet. A Gift is a particularly exquisite poem by one of our most sensitive voices, Dearstluv Writer - - a beautiful poem written by a beautiful poet, one who’s always listening and watching. Jami Mills and Amy Inawe share the second installment of their international crime caper, The Double-Crossers, which they wrote together in the exquisite corpse style. Watch Gretchen and Eva bob and weave through the cobblestone street of Rome, trying to catch a big fish. Cat Boccaccio, who says more with less than anyone we know, teases our olfactory senses with her offering, Makizmo, which describes haunting memories triggered by a familiar scent. The Dilemma is Art Blue’s contribution this month, where he carries on a fascinating discussion with a dead horse. You don’t want to miss this. No, really! And rounding out this wonderful issue is a poem by Shyla the Super Gecko simply called Little Person. Shyla watches a little sprite with understanding eyes, as the youngster questions everything in sight. She reminds us a little of Shyla herself in that regard. So there you have it! Enjoy the June issue.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May rez Posted

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With even our friends in the coldest climates beginning to venture outside to green shoots and flower buds, we’re finally able to celebrate the end of a long arduous winter. To help with the transition to warmer weather, we’re offering you the May issue of rez, chock full of excellent writing and food for thought.  We start with an experiment that Jami Mills and Amy Inawe concocted: writing a short story in the exquisite corpse style of the Surrealists, where one author writes a paragraph or two and hands it off to the other, and back and forth it goes until the piece is done.  The Double-Crossers is the result of that experiment and we hope you enjoy it.  They had so much fun writing it, that it will appear in four installments over the coming months.  Cat Boccaccio again tantalizes us with her economical The Great Scheme of Things, in which she ponders how we’ll be remembered when we’re gone.  What we’re sure of is that we’ll be remembering this wonderful story by one of our most gifted writers.  Wu is back after a short break with She Rezzed #8, offering her erotic perspective on love, devotion, and taking deep breaths.  Mariner Trilling never was much of a cat lover, until Chuck entered his life.  Cat Poem questions just what it is that Chuck is searching for and in so doing sheds some light on our own personal search.  Back with the second installment of ORIGIN, Art Blue (or is it Jami Mills?) continues his (her?) essay on Dan Brown’s ORIGIN, and how we all need some Alya Red in our lives.  In Reaching Out, Dearstluv Writer pens a poignant and touching expression of the universal desire to connect, love and be loved.  One of our favorites, RoseDrop Rust, returns with a wonderful poem, Mistook Love for Luck.  Rusty rarely makes a mistake, but he didn’t walk away when he was winning.  CR Torok brings us to the end of the issue with Footsteps in Passing, where he encounters a beautiful woman who turns many a head, but who never takes notice herself.  Please enjoy this month’s issue or rez.  We thoroughly enjoyed bring it to you.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April rez Posted

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As we all too slowly leave the winter chill behind, the kiss of spring revitalizes us after our long hibernation. It’s no different with this month’s issue of rez, where our talented collection of seers and sinners helps us awaken our senses. This month, Art Blue walks us through Gem Preiz’s new art installation at LEA29 called Demiurge, an impressive exhibit that looks back as well as peeks into the future. Gem finds a few nooks to exhibit his phenomenal fractals, too.  You must stop by and take it all in. Cat Boccaccio, who says more the fewer words she uses, tells a girl-power story in Just a Girl, which might have been appropriate for a Halloween issue, but we just couldn’t wait that long to share it with you. Dearstluv Writer shares some of her insights into aging and loneliness with her touching poem, Album of Memory. Dearstluv is one of our most sensitive voices and we are proud to include her work in this issue.  We also include the first installment of Art Blue’s ORIGIN (or is it really written by Neruval, the owl?) I’m not sure if even they know, but it really doesn’t matter, because it’s a gripping read in either event. Jullianna Juliesse brings us a haunting poem, Tournee du Chat Noir, which should properly be read with a glass of absinthe in hand to fully appreciate its mysteries. Pepper Chaffe follows up on last month’s short story, The Journey, with an absolutely stunning poem, On the Wings of Maybe. Pepper is a prodigious talent and we’re lucky to have her with us. Shyla the Super Gecko returns to our pages with Be a God, where she walks us up the stairway to heaven and exhorts us to listen to our better angels. We also welcome to our magazine first-time contributor, piffy Rau, who makes an immediate, indelible impression with her moody poem, Brassai Nights. I’m still in the throes of her imagery long after reading it. And Consuela Hypatia Caldwell closes out this month’s issue with Ayahuasca Insights, wherein she shares her thoughts about ancient mysteries, as only she can. Sit back in a comfortable chair and enjoy the April issue or rez, while you feel that kiss of spring I mentioned.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March rez Posted

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Our March issue is dedicated to the victims of gun violence, and that includes a broad network of the victims themselves and their family members and close friends. Actually, it includes us all. It’s inspiring to hear our students ask the tough questions of our elder leaders. After all, the world is theirs to inherit, not ours. They ask, “Why can’t you fix this problem?” Their leaders, our leaders, in the face of one unspeakable tragedy after another, twist themselves in knots trying to answer that simple question. Today’s youth aren’t buying it, and they’re the electorate of tomorrow. The NRA’s tired refrain is “Guns don’t kill people - - people kill people.”  Well, that’s not exactly true.  People with guns kill people. “Why should 18-year olds be able to buy AR-15s with high capacity clips, fitted with bump stocks?”  While our leaders mumble incoherently, more of our precious treasure is slaughtered. Incomprehensibly, the NRA offers a cynical  reply - - we need more guns, as if hundreds of millions aren’t enough.  This time is different, however, with corporate sponsors challenging that twisted logic.  Enough is enough. Time to speak out or forever hold our peace. And speak out our writers did. Jullianna Juliesse vents her anger and frustration so eloquently, her words are painful to read. When Zymony Guyot tells if like it is, it hurts. Dearstluv Writer speaks of lost innocence. Cat Boccaccio writes of a gun fatality that sickens us.  But this month’s issue also includes breathtaking stories of self-discovery (Pepper Chaffe brings us a rich and lovely parable about what that light at the end of the tunnel might signify), mystery (Wu teases us with another installment of She Rezzed, leaving us on the edge of our seats), and an alternate world filled with owls and AIs (Art Blue challenges us with his vision of space, time and “presence.”) Every day we face the same challenge: we can anaesthetize ourselves to a world gone mad and numb ourselves to the suffering, or we can stand together and demand the change we so desperately need. Real power is never given - - it’s seized. rez Magazine joins with the #enough movement, stands in solidarity with high school students thrust into the middle of this debate, and makes one clear statement, however humble it might be:  enough!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February rez Published

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With January whipping by as it has, it can’t be long before New Year’s Eve! So to keep you fully stocked with good reading, the February issue is loaded with not just good writing, but filled with great pieces by some of SL’s finest writers.  We’re all incredibly busy, but if you only have a short time to devote to reading, I hope you’ll find rez perfectly suited for your needs.  We start off with one of the best parables we’ve ever printed in rez (and we’ve printed quite a few good ones over the years), a remarkable story about a forlorn gecko, written by Shyla the Super Gecko. How the Gecko Died is simply wonderful and we thought it appropriate to start off the issue with this intriguing epic poem.  Art Blue is up to his usual tricks again, taking us in and out of alternate realities in the second installment of Sand Meets Water (there’s one more coming in the March issue). Trust me. You’ll want Art with you when The Singularity comes. Cat Boccaccio has been saying more with less than anyone we know.  This month, Cat introduces us to Leep, the main character of her micro-fiction story, Peeps for Leep.  I’m hoping we’ll see more of Leep in future issues.  It’s a charming story with a surprise ending.  You all know Aorist Chunes from her fashion column in rez called The Roundabout.  But I bet you didn’t know that she is a remarkably accomplished poet.  It’s with great pride that we introduce this multi-faceted beauty’s poetry with her deeply felt and thought provoking poem, Fracas. We hope this will be the first of many from Aorist. And what can we say about Jullianna Juliesse? She keeps getting better and better, this month bringing us two of her best, the first being Sabbath Prayer, and the second being La Belle au Bois Dormant. To say that we’re grateful for her continuing contributions is an understatement. We’re much more than grateful for her prodigious talent. After too long of an absence, DonJuan Writer is back with Art!? Has Anyone Seen Art?!, taking a closer look at the creative process. Aorist Chunes’ installment this month of The Roundabout is called Families, Feudalism, and Free Markets in SL.  Aorist has a keen eye not just for fashion, but for how fashion fits in our world. Stay tuned for more fashion insights from Aorist in coming issues. Wu has been delighting us with her unpredictable but always entertaining column, She Rezzed. This month marks her sixth installment and she will leave you enchanted with her latest offering. Art Blue takes another look at the Chelsea Hotel and introduces us to a new art talent, SHTutti, in Rembrandt Meets Tutti.  Rembrandt doesn’t have anything on Tutti. So there you have it, our contribution to the arts here in SL and our gift to you, our esteemed readers. The State of the Arts, as you will read, is very strong. Jami Mills

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January rez Posted

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We’re starting 2018 off with a loud bang, bringing you some of the finest poetry and storytelling in any world, virtual or otherwise.  Who would we rather have start off the issue than the always surprising and endlessly fascinating Art Blue?  This month we feature the first of a three-part series called Sand Meets Water.  Sit back and enjoy the ride. Shyla the Super Gecko is well known in poetry circles and has allowed us to share with you her poem Snowflake Strong, about strength and perseverance. We hope to hear more from the Super Gecko in upcoming issues. And Wu also starts off the year with the fifth installment of her moody, atmospheric, and titillating series, She Rezzed.  Jullianna Juliesse discovered a sister she never knew and immediately did what any gifted poet would do - - she penned for her sister an extraordinary poem. This one is called Helix.  Aorist Chunes, who is a successful model in her own right, gives us a very interesting historical look at modeling and compensation in The History of Modeling and Monetary Compensation.  We hope she’ll be able to contribute a monthly column on the fashion industry, called The Roundabout. Cat Boccaccio, the queen of the short short story, is up to her usual brevity in Nona, a story about space and an ill-timed malfunction that causes a great deal of anxiety among the crew. Dearstluv Writer contributes a stunning plea to give the phone a rest and enjoy Nature’s bounty. To Sleep Perchance to Plagiarize is Zymony Guyot’s hilarious bebop poem about the second oldest profession - - stealing prose. And finally, RoseDrop Rust closes out our issue with a sizzling bit of heart racing erotica. And there you have it! Enjoy this month’s issue from our wellspring of talent.  See you next month.