The December 2022 issue of Worlds of possibility is now available for subscribers! If you would like to get a copy, you can subscribe at any time on juliarios.com and visit the December issue page to download it in ebook and PDF formats.
The December 2022 issue contains two original fantasy stories and three original pieces of art. Below is the editor's note I included in this issue.
Welcome to the December 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility. The ebook version is only available to paid subscribers, but all the contents inside will be released free to the public on https://www.juliarios.com/ and on the OMG Julia Podcast in 2023. If you enjoy what I do with this project, please tell others. Subscriptions make it possible for me to continue paying creators for new work. For those who can’t afford to pay for a subscription, subscribing for free to the OMG Julia Podcast also helps!
The featured artist for this issue is Lisa Shambrook. I’ve known Lisa online for many years, though we have never met in person. She is a writer and artist in the UK, and I’ve been fascinated by her crystal grids for ages. I was really excited when she agreed to make one just for Worlds of Possibility, and then to answer all my burning questions about her process.
There are also two stories in this issue, each with an accompanying original illustration. “Songs from Samarkand” is a beautiful story by Khushbu Khushi, a Pakistani author. The illustration is also by a Pakistani illustrator, Mariam Taufeeq. This story is written in such a beautiful and poetic voice that I always feel a bit like I am wrapped in a luxurious blanket of flowers when I read it. Be sure to check out the description of the illustration after the artist’s bio at the end of the story!
The second story for this darkest time of year in my hemisphere is “Between the Storms” by Jennifer Hudak. It’s about finding light in the darkest night, and the beauty and joy of ephemeral art. This story has an original illustration by Ukrainian artist Olha Melnyk, which also serves as the cover for this issue.
I usually include content notes at the end of each issue for anyone who is worried about what they may find in the stories, but this time I don’t believe there is anything that needs a note. I hope you find peace, love, and joy in these pages!