Día de Muertos is a time for remembering our lost loved ones, so today I'm bringing you two Worlds of Possibility pieces that go with that theme.
Happy Halloween! To celebrate, here are two pieces from the October 2023 issue of Worlds of Possibility.
This issue contains five stories, four poems, and original illustrations by three artists.
The August 2023 issue of Worlds of Possibility is now available to subscribers! This issue contains four stories, three poems, three original illustrations, and one drabble.
If you've ever tried to create a rich secondary world, perhaps you will be as excited as I am about this project by SF writer and linguist, CD Covington.
A soothing and wondrous story about the anxieties of parenthood.
The anthology of ghost stories I am co-editing with the amazing horror writer Nadia Bulkin has just launched on Kickstarter!
Happy Juneteenth! The June 2023 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 June issue page to download it in ebook and PDF formats. Subscribers may also download
Calling all poets! The Worlds of Possibility Kickstarter reached a special stretch goal that means I get to choose two brand new poems to add to the anthology! Please go check out the guidelines and send me your poems! Submissions are open through June 30th 2023!
If you have been waiting to back the Worlds of Possibility Kickstarter, now is the time! The campaign ends in just 22 hours! We've hit our funding goal, which means I will definitely be making this book! We've also reached our first and second stretch goals. The first goal gives
This poem is from the February 2023 issue of Worlds of Possibility. I love its sense of mischief.
“It’s for whatever you like,” he said. “To place those things that are most meaningful to you inside.”
We are less than $1,000 away from the main funding goal for the Worlds of Possibility anthology, and to celebrate, here is a piece from the book!
Each year, come Walpurgis, Father bolts the gates...
If I could give Sweet Beauty Bakery more than 5 stars, I would.
The first storm always shook the stars from the sky; the second flung them back into place. Between the storms, stars glittered in the lake.
We reached 25% of the Worlds of Possibility anthology Kickstarter funding goal on the first day, so here is a story!
The April 2023 issue of Worlds of Possibility features 4 stories, 5 poems, and 3 original pieces of art.
Hello! I have been somewhat quiet lately, but that's all about to change! then next few weeks are going to be a big party on this website and newsletter, including the April 2023 ebook issue, and some new free to the public stories and poems... Because... The Worlds of Possibility
A lush and poetic story by Khushbu Kushi with an original illustration by Mariam Taufeeq.
Today I have with me Iori Kusano to talk about their novella, Hybrid Heart, which is coming out from Neon Hemlock.
The February 2023 issue contains 3 fantasy stories (2 original, and one brought back into print after being out of print for several years), 1 original science fiction story, 1 original poem, and three original illustrations.
This story originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility.
Ex Marginalia is a book of essays by BIPOC writers, and the table of contents is simply stunning.
The sign on the fence read: Pool Area. Keep Gate closed. Hours: 7am-10pm.
3AM Eternal is a story by Eden Royce from the October 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility with an original illustration and an audio narration.
What I did in 2022 and what I'm working on in 2023!
The December 2022 issue of Worlds of possibility is now available for subscribers!
Héctor González narrates Magic Lucha by Pedro Iniguez, an exciting story of lucha libre, healing, and community.
RJ Theodore joins me to talk about their trilogy of swashbuckling books with airships and aliens, The Peridot Shift!
Listen to "Spaceballs the Podcast with Julia and JJ from Chessfeels" on Spreaker. Buckle up, because we're in for a WILD ride with not just one, but TWO Julias Rios! Julia's name twin, Julia Rios (AKA Dr. Chess Julia) and her cohost JJ Lang from the Chessfeels podcast join us
For full show notes including links and audio, click here. 00:00.53 juliarios Welcome to This Is Why We're Like This, the podcast where we talk about things that are definitely going to cut your balls off or something, yogurt, giant hair dryers, and the movies that shaped our
Water and Glass: A dreamy tale of self-acceptance by Megan Baffoe, narrated by Jennifer Mace, and with an original illustration by Ana Niki.
Our featured artist for this issue is Cody Jimenez, and I invited him to do a little interview about his process.
The note from the editor included in the ebook version of the issue, introducing the October 2022 contents of Worlds of Possibility.
Two drabbles by Marc A. Criley, and a flash story by Lena Ng. Original art by Julia Kim and Andrew Turok. These are part of the August 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility.
Two of the writers from the D&D book, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel join me to discuss the process of creating this adventure anthology manual.
This is a transcript for the podcast episode, which you can find at https://www.juliarios.com/erin-roberts-and-mario-ortegon-talk-d-d Welcome to the OMG Julia! podcast where we discuss creative lives and processes. I'm your host, Julia Rios, and today I have two very special guests: Erin Roberts and Mario Ortegon, who
Introducing the cover and table of contents for the October 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility.
The second public post featuring content from the August 2022 issue of Worlds of Possibility.
Bidaai ki Chicken Curry, a science fiction flash story by Keyan Bowes
Podcast transcript featuring Keyan Bowes reading her story and answering questions about it.
Dream Foundry Contests, a class I'm currently taking that you can take too, and news about Worlds of Possibility.
Kelly is back with the Can Con and now our podcast contains 300% more Canadian theme parks!
To listen to this episode and see the commercials we watched, visit the main episode page. Geoffrey Welcome to this is why we're like this: after these messages, part 2 of our country bears jamboree jamboree, or I guess since the movie was called the country bears, This is just
This is a movie that is supposedly based on the Disney parks animatronic show, The Country Bear Jamboree. But … uh …
For the episode and show notes, visit www.juliarios.com/the-country-bears-with-kelly/ Geoffrey Welcome to this is why we're like this the podcast where we talk about lying to children for their entire lives better head Dis track country music freestyle battles. And the movies and TV shows that probably made
Izzy Wasserstein joins me to talk about her new short story collection, All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away From.
Chia and Dan talk commercials of their childhoods, including the Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker by Mattel, which Dan tells us led directly to him having a career in special effects!
Show notes with links to the commercials and the audio version of this episode. Julia Welcome to This Is Why We're Like This: After These Messages, where we talk about the possibility of maiming, dismembering, and otherwise hurting children. I'm your host, Julia Rios. Geoffrey I'm your other host, Geoffrey
Bridge to Elsewhere, the exciting anthology of stories set on spaceships that I co-edited with Alana Joli Abbott, is officially available for everyone today!
"The Book You Find When You Really Can't Afford to Get Pregnant" by Jeana Jorgensen, a gorgeous story about information, healthcare, and bodily autonomy.
In this episode, I discuss: How an editor collaborates with a writer when editing stories, poems, and essays. How writers collaborate with the reader when they first sit down to write with a a reader in mind...
Part two of my discussion with Maya MacGregor about their process in writing The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester. This book is a delightful YA mystery/ghost story with an autistic and non-binary main character.
Maya MacGregor joins me to discus their process in writing The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester. This book is a delightful YA mystery/ghost story with an autistic and non-binary main character.
This is part two of my interview with C. S. E. Cooney about her publishing journey for Saint Death’s Daughter.
Friends of the pod, Chia and Dan, join us to discuss a movie Chia remembered as VERY ROMANTIC! Child of Glass is an adaptation of the first Blossom Culp novel, The Ghost Belonged to Me.
I invited the amazing C. S. E. Cooney to talk with me about her journey to publication (a journey that lasted 12 years!) for Saint Death’s Daughter.
I'm going to talk about my own process in writing one specific story, “Xtabay” which appeared in Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas...
Gwynne Garfinkle is back with us to talk about obscure children’s shows from her youth. Specifically, we talk about Hobo Kelly, the magical hobo clown...
Listen to "After These Messages: Hobo Kelly with Gwynne Garfinkle" on Spreaker. Geoffrey Welcome to this is why we're like this after these messages. I'm your host Geoffrey Pelton, sure and Begora Tis I. Julia Oh no! I'm your other host Julia Rios Geoffrey And joining us again today is
Gwynne Garfinkle grew up to become a writer of novels, stories, poems, and more, and it all started with Zoom.
In the last poll, paid subscribers voted for a poem! Here's one from the excellent Jennifer Mace.
With a potentially historic blizzard in Boston, we present you this very on topic podcast episode about a 1942 Disney short starring Donald Duck.
Here is a recap of my 2021. You can either listen, or read the transcript below, which I have also added links to! The TL;DR version is that everything I wrote and many things I edited are awards eligible. In addition to all the individual pieces being eligible for
It’s a new year! And we are starting it off on a super downer note with a movie about a dog dying… Uh. Sorry?
Here’s the last issue I edited of Mermaids Monthly with cover art by Lauren Raye Snow.
Happy New Year! I've brought you a gift! It's a delightful story featuring family, a cat, and the ups and downs of trying to navigate accepting your true identity.
Eugenia Triantafyllou joins us again from Greece to talk about Greek television and a very specific episode of Storybook International: The Forbidden Door!
Bridge to Eslewhere is an anthology I’m co-editing with Alana Joli Abbott for Outland Entertainment, and it is full of stories about space travel!
Happy Halloween! We have a special spooky treat for you! Eugenia Triantafyllou joins us from Greece to talk about Goosebumps!
We’re back with another adaptation of Godfather Death, this time with Muppets!
Geoffrey brings us a Mexican film from 1960, which he once watched in Spanish class.
Speculative Fiction for Dreamers is a stunning book full of stories, poems, comics, and short plays by Latinx creators.
This episode goes many places, and one of them is to the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada.
I invited Singaporean writer and artist, Joyce Chng to create a Mid-Autumn Festival illustration.
High Spirits is a 1988 sex farce with ghosts, both real and fake. Also Peter O’Toole. Yes, really.
Geoffrey brought some episodes of the 1980s He-Man cartoon to the table.
Flash fiction writer Kayleigh Shoen joined us to talk about all things Punky Brewster.
Flash fiction writer Kayleigh Shoen joined us to talk about an episode of Punky Brewster that scared her as a child: The Perils of Punky!
This month I have a poem for you by the wonderful Michele Tracy Berger.
Poems in Spanish with English translations by Héctor González.
Check out this amazing cover for Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas, illustrated by Aaron Lovett!
A heartwarming story about aliens and soup.
I am STILL sick. This has been over a month of illness and over three weeks of the part that involves breathing trouble.
A poem from Million Year Elegies by Ada Hoffmann
Let’s start the Year of the Ox off right with a feel-good science fiction story! “How to Defeat Gravity and Achieve Escape Velocity” is a story by Miyuki Jane Pinckard that was sponsored by my patrons. Check it out for: *queer romance *spaceship problems *asteroid mining *crushing on your
Here is the second of two science fiction stories, preferably set in space! This one is by Miyuki Jane Pinckard, and it's a heftier story than the last one at 6,235 words. I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I did!
Here is the first of two pieces I solicited and edited based on the paid subscriber theme choice of Science Fiction, Preferably Set in Space!
Here’s an awesome interview with Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award winning author, Sam J. Miller. We talk about his latest book, The Blade Between.
Patty Templeton talks about the limited edition art she created, and about her half of a Mermaids Monthly Each to Each collaboration with her partner, Brett Massé.
The newest episode of Wizard Seeking Wizard is out, and it has the report on the date my wizard Flora Bunnyhop went on!
I’ve drawn a silly mershark.
Mermaids Monthly is a digital magazine full of sea wonders
I just watched the new version of Rebecca on Netflix, and it got me thinking a lot about adaptations.
I share a couple of gems including a Halloween ad from 1919 and a prediction for the future of skyscrapers from 1914.
We had a clothing historian come to see my great grandmother’s wedding dress
Moss has taken this week off of work, so we’ve been trying to do some fun vacation type activities.
Hurray! Speculative Fiction For Dreamers has funded! It’s going to be a real book! If you’re reading this before Wednesday morning, there are still a few hours left to back the Kickstarter and order a copy for yourself! Listen to "October Podcast Month: A Celebration!" on Spreaker.
This episode is all about creative ways to hold social events and performances during a time when it’s not a great idea to go out and meet each other in person.
I read an excerpt of "Alma y Corazón" from Speculative Fiction for Dreamers.
Whew, I got a little sidetracked and missed a few days! This episode is all about that kind of thing, and how to deal with it when it inevitably happens to you at some point in your creative journey.
Fun Fact: We went for Pine-Sol because LJ originally thought that the Vice President in charge of racing was the face of Pine-Sol before rewatching Motocrossed, but it turned out not to be the case.
Candy corn is one of those polarizing foods. People love it or hate it.
In today’s podcast, I talk about podcasts!
In this fourth installment of my October Podcast Month challenge, I talk about getting inspiration for stories or other creative works by taking walks.
Geoffrey’s improv partner LJ joins us to talk about an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that takes place in a competitive sports context.
I’ve never been talented at drawing, but lately I’ve been getting to work with some amazing visual artists, and being around their creativity charges my own creative battery.
This weekend, I actually took time off!
Kenny Gray is back to talk all things tangentially related to The Land Before Time.
This is the first episode in my October weekday episode extravaganza.
Kenny Gray of Mess + Finesse joins Julia and Geoffrey to discuss one of his childhood faves: The Land Before Time.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Strange Horizons this month, and I wrote a poem for it!
Hello! Here are some places you can see me in the next few months. Comedy This week on Friday, I’ll be debating other comedians about Danny Devito in Pick A Side Stupid. You can watch that live on YouTube at 7:30pm Eastern time if you like. If you
Hello, friends! It’s been a while. I hope you are safe and well wherever you are. I’ve been focused on recovering and then getting slowly back into work. Most of the work I have been doing is not very shareable (like a freelance editing job for a private
Writing exercises and notes from a talk I did for the CIC
Adrian and Matt, the hosts of Spectology, invited me to discuss a book with them. I chose The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
I have been sick for the past couple of weeks. It started with a very mildly sore throat and a tiny dry cough.
Hello! This weekend is Boskone, a science fiction convention in Boston, MA. I’ll be doing a bunch of things there, so please come say hello if you are attending! Here’s where to find me: Friday Reviving Printed Short Fiction Format: Panel 14 Feb 2020, Friday 17:00 -
C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez on how to narrow your focus in order to finish projects, even when they’re really hard and you feel stuck.
Here’s part one of a two part interview with authors, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez! Listen to "Interview with C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez (Part 1)" on Spreaker. Claire and Carlos are both multi-talented creative powerhouses. Here’s a picture of some of their books:
Today, I am here to tell you where you can find me in early 2020!
Friend of the pod Katy is back to talk commercials related to Troll 2! With a movie obsessed with pumping iron and special Nilbog milk, our commercial viewing choices were obvious. Listen to "After These Messages: Drinking Milk and Working Out with Katy" on Spreaker. We started with a milk
Troll 2. This movie is epic. Notably, it is neither a sequel, nor about trolls.
Why do you need an author photo? And how do you get one?
An interview with Marie O'Mahony, the professional photographer who took my author photo!
I’ve got a bunch of seasonally appropriate things to share with you today, including ghost stories I edited, and my new podcast!
In our first episode, we’re discussing one segment of an episode of the 1980s Twilight Zone.
Horror author Christa Carmen joins us to discuss a staple of her childhood, Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure.
These are the stories I selected as guest editor at Cast of Wonders.
September is a great month to celebrate Mexicanx culture! And I decided to do that this year by inviting some Mexicanx creators to write stories and an essay...
I tell you about my inspiration and process for writing my A Larger Reality 2.0 story. I also read the story on this episode.
If you saw me read at Worldcon, you’ll know I read two different short things. Both of them are now available to everyone!
August is a packed month for me, both with my more serious creative side, and my sillier one. If you are in New England or Dublin, Ireland, come on out and say hello!
At Readercon in Quincy, MA, I spoke to Anaea Lay, one of the founders of Dream Foundry.
This weekend is Readercon in Quincy, MA. If you’re there, come say hi! Here’s my schedule: Latinx Authors Tear Down the Wall Friday (today!) 2:00 PM Salon 4 Lisa Bradley (mod), Carlos Hernandez, José Pablo Iriarte, Julia Rios Isolationist governments portray immigrants (and citizens perceived as foreigners)
On Saturday, “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” by Phenderson Djèlí Clark won the Locus Award for Best Short Story! Locus Magazine hosts the awards ceremony each year in Seattle, Washington as part of a weekend of workshops and panels. I’ve never been myself,