Wichita, KS, 4/5/2021:
Here we go again, boys and girls, another great issue of Black Petals has gone to press. And in
the real world, the pandemic drags on, people live in fear and governments hassle each other. Nothing much has changed there.
Last week in Wichita (the "Air Capitol") we had another five or six earthquakes, something we never used to have before the
invention of "fracking", the practice of injecting steam and chemicals into depleted oil wells to fracture the rock and release
otherwise unrecoverable oil. Apparently, it never dawned on geologists and engineers that fracturing the Earth's crust might
promote unusual stresses along fault lines and lead to earthquakes. Hmmm...
Anyway, the magazine forges ahead with some new writers and some who have been with us before.
We seem to be getting more submissions from overseas and when all that used to be done by snail mail, that was a real hassle.
And yes, I do go back that far. Now, with the Internet, I get a sub from a writer in India or somewhere on the other side
of the planet and I can answer, accept the story and get a signed contract back on it in an hour. We truly are privileged
to live in wonderful times.
We used some of our
great artists to illustrate stories this time around and I'd like you to pay particular attention to the illustration on our
home page. We did a shift in our format and from this point forward we will have an actual home page, separate from the editor's
"blah blah" page...a place to list our writers and artists and brag on the staff just a bit. This first cover is by Keith
Coates Walker and we think he did a great job.
Okay, I'll let you get to it. Any comments? You'll find a link to our email on the domain page at: www.blackpetals.net . Thanks for reading!