|Hi Readers –
Happy, Beautiful Spring!
The other day
I was thinking about reading and wondering what goes on
in people’s brains when they read. I know what goes on
mentally for me when I read. I see a moving picture in
my mind’s-eye, and I hear the speech patterns of the
author. But I wondered what else goes on in people’s
brains as they read. So, I looked the subject up online.
I discovered that,
thanks to neuroscience and Functional Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (FMRI), we know a lot about what goes on in a
person’s brain when he is reading. Depending on who is
reading and what is being read, various regions of the
brain activate, experiencing increased blood flow. When
we read, the language areas of our brains light up; the
regions that process emotions fire, and the five sensory
areas activate, as well as regions that process motion,
faces, emotions, objects, landscapes, locations, and
social reasoning. Our brains really don’t make a
distinction between a reading experience and a lived
experience. So, by reading about other lives, and
different life styles we can increase our knowledge of
and empathy for others. And, best of all, when we learn
a new language and read in it, we can actually grow
regions of our brains.
In this, the
Spring, 2013 Issue of 4 Star Stories, I am delighted to
offer you and your brain four exciting reading
adventures. I hope your brain lights up brighter than
Fourth of July fireworks as you read Tala Bar’s story
“The Huntress”, the first half of Jeremy Miller’s
fantasy “Horace and Juju Tip the Scales”, Libby A.
Smith’s science fiction tale “One Mississippi...”, and Laura J.
Underwood’s fantasy reminiscence “How to Have Fun at the
Spring Issue of 4 Star Stories; glow; grow.
forward to seeing you in the Summer Issue of
4 Star Stories.
The Editors: M. Gray and D. Gray
P.S. We are open for submissions. If you
are a serious writer and you have a story you think
meets our criteria, send it along to us. We would like
to read it.
At 4 Star Stories, we are looking for well-written,
original Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories,
preferably with an upbeat, positive attitude.
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We look forward to hearing from you.
Oh, and writers, remember to self-edit and spell
check every story before you send it to us, or to anyone
else for that matter. Reading a clean, error-free
manuscript makes editors happy, and a happy
editor is more likely to publish your story.
Spring 2013 Issue of 4 Star Stories. See you for
the Summer 2013 issue, coming in early July, 2013.
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