journal was born in a Chinese restaurant in 1988 as the result of a
conversation over how different writers would respond to a single quirky
themespecifically, stories involving the fortune cookies received
that day. Our curiosity evolved into a mental exercise among friendsa
challenge. What we didnt expect was how much fun we would have.
wrote about fortune cookies, we began to ponder other topics. Soon,
it was like eating peanutswe couldnt stop. Strange themes
kept popping into our heads; how would various imaginations react to
them? We had to know!
we had a list of quirky themes in one hand, a fistful of diverse but
homeless fortune-cookie manuscripts in the other, and heads buzzing
with potential theme-based plots. What should we do with the themes?
What would we do with the resulting stories and poems? Start a literary
journal and send the challenge across the countryof course! Why
Virginia Howard, Editor, THEMA
the pseudonym H. O. Ward, the
editors of THEMA have written two murder mysteries, Death by Unches (Hilliard and
Harris, 2003) and its sequel, Death by the Reel (Hilliard
and Harris, 2005), which have been rereleased by WinPublish as Amazon
eBooks, under the titles
Crosswords Can Be Lethal and
Death by the Reel. A picture book,
Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party (Pelican Publishing,
2009), written by Anita Prieto, was illustrated by Virginia Howard .
On a personal note, I
moved home post-Katrina on January 20, 2007. Many thanks to all who
expressed concern. And many thanks to the Andressens at Seven Oaks
Plantation Bed & Breakfast for making me feel so at home while in
exile. If you are looking for a superb writer’s retreat, consider that
location. Visit the website at