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Joyce K. Jensen
Joyce K. Jensen writes fanciful stories but paints realistic watercolors. She doesnít find the contrast odd.
"I strive to bring sensory appeal to both my short stories and my paintings," she says. "I want the reader to come away feeling that he or she has seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched the world Iíve created, has experienced it right alongside my protagonist. In the same way I want to the viewer to be drawn into my paintings, to move through the window of the picture frame into my vision."
Joyce is a former editor and free-lance writer. In addition to Twisted Tails II: Time on Our HandsóVolume 1, her stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Aboriginal Science Fiction and other publications. Her award-winning paintings are shown in exhibitions across the country, and one was published in Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries. Combining her twin passions for words and pictures, she is currently at work on a collection of science fiction short stories about art and artists, with original illustrations.
An active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Joyce also helped create the Indiana Writers Workshop, a successful, long-running critique group. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Her new web site, www.joycekjensenfiction.com, is currently under construction. Her artwork can be seen at www.joycekjensen.com. She and her family live in central Indiana, USA.
Does time exist as a separate dimension? Does it have a unique place with definable limits in space? Does it move independently according to its own purpose? Or does it only move when other things move, completely dependent on prevailing conditions and binding dimensions in its surrounding space-a causal result bound to the whole? Perhaps itís just a simpleminded construct humans have concocted to explain the inexplicable. Is it vaguely possible that itís a set of branes slightly out of sync and we may pass from one to the next at will? Maybe itís a simple kink in dimensions that can be crossed by anyone walking in precisely the right direction. It could be that itís just a mental state altered simply by a minor amount of imagination applied correctly. Perhaps it is no more than a drug- or mantra-induced change of mental state-something hallucinated-something seen but unseeable. Or is there more to it than we can fathom? In the world of physics, all of this-and much more-is being looked into by serious, conservative scientists as well as those with their mental equipment more loosely adjusted-or even unfastened completely, their brains rolling about like marbles in an empty railroad freight car.
TWISTED TAILS IV: Fantastic Flights of Fantasy is overflowing with some of the strangest fantasies youíre likely to find on-or off this planet. So, watch yourself...there be dragons here. And vampires. And sorcerers bearing all sorts of mischief. Beasts, goblins and ghouls aplenty. And things that poke with sharpened sticks at the unprepared mind. They crouch in the recesses, ready to spring at the slightest provocation or opportunity. The sort of things that hide in deep shadows and lurk in the darkness of night...or cavort in the full light of day, trundle, creep, crawl and dance their way across the stage of your imagination. Some of the works presented here are fearsome, level five heart-stoppers and others are downright funny. All are twisted. Twisted in the manner that only our convoluted cogitators...our warped, wonderful word-workers can provide.