Bug Stew: Part 3

Thus we come to the third, and final part of our interview with the authors of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. I want to thank all our participating authors for playing along with our odd questions, and, of course, a huge thank you to our most gracious host, Fran Wilde. I hope you all had as much fun with this Cooking the Books interview as I did! Continue reading

Bug Stew: Part 1

We, your humble guest-bloggers, are very pleased to present a group interview with several of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology’s authors. Not only were these fine wordsmiths foolish kind enough to let us publish their stories in the first place, they’ve extended the kindness by providing insight into the inspiration behind those stories, and indulging our odd questions about cooking and bugs.  I urge you to read their Journal of Unlikely Entomology tales, and seek out their work in general. They are a talented bunch! And now, without further ado, the first segment of our three-part interview, where our authors talk cooking, craft, and creepy-crawlies…

Tell us about the inspiration behind your Journal of Unlikely Entomology story. What inspires you in general, what recharges you when you’re drained or when you’re stuck on a plot point? Continue reading

How to Brew a Bugzine

In which two intrepid editors ramble on about creating an unlikely journal of bug-themed fiction and art.

I suppose we should start by introducing ourselves. It seems like the polite thing to do, since Fran was kind enough to let us to infest her blog. We are Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise, co-editors of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, an online magazine of  fiction and art about bugs. We publish two full issues per year, with an unspecified number of themed, mini issues scattered in-between. The Journal is in its second year, and we are thrilled by the positive response from authors, artists, readers, and reviewers thus far.

When we first tell people about the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, we generally get one of two reactions: “That is the best name ever!” Or: “Huh. Bugs. Why?” The short answer is, it started as a joke, one which rapidly turned into, “Y’know, we could actually make something of this…” For the longer (and racier) answer, you’ll have to find us at a con, and ask in person.

Obviously the first thing one should do when considering some stressful and foolhardy action which affects others (such as having a dinner party, or putting together a publication), is to try to talk yourself out of it.

For us, this process went something like this: Continue reading