Story promotion: “Mary In the Looking Glass” is out today!

Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up to No Good is available for sale today!  If you didn’t get in on the Kickstarter, you can pick up a copy here, and here, or check here for more options!

My story in this anthology is “Mary In the Looking Glass,” and if you’re thinking that sounds familiar, you’re right.

I think most girls go through the super-creepy stage–I know I did, and my son came home from elementary school for about three years running with stories about his female friends who were, they claimed, possessed or haunted or casting spells or what have you.  And that’s when you first hear about Bloody Mary in the mirror.  I never had quite enough nerve to chant her name three times, whether in front of the mirror or not.  The idea of seeing something moving in the mirror–behind me, off in the corner, in the shadows–was extremely enticing but also terrifying.

“Mary In the Looking Glass” is about the enticement.  It’s a love story (so many romances from me!).  It’s also about looking for the reality at the center of things, of asking yourself what you can really know about anyone.

(If you knew me back in junior high, this is the story you all knew I’d write someday.  Forget the steampunk and the science fiction; this is exactly where 6th grade Laura’s authorial ambitions were leading.)

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We’re in the last day of the Kickstarter …

Women Up to No Good is just under $3,000 shy of goal!  If you’ve been waiting to back this project, now is the time to get your pre-order in, possibly with a customized cover or a dedication!

Women Up to No Good – Excerpt!

Wanna read an excerpt and find out what influenced “Mary In the Looking Glass”? (I’m just saying, the most common refrain from the few people who have already read this is “Where the hell did that come from?” Well, except for my mother. My mother knew exactly where that came from.)

If you head over to the Kickstarter updates page, you can read an excerpt from “Mary In the Looking Glass,” and read a little bit about where the idea came from.  You can also read about the stories from Damien Angelica Walters and Rachael Sterling.

While you’re over there, you can check out excerpts and some more blurbs from some of the other cool authors and stories included in the anthologies.  And, you know, donate to the cause!  There’s a new reward up–the chance to have your story critiqued by A.C. Wise.

The Kickstarter for the Women Up to No Good anthologies is back!

If you head on over there, you will find some great backer rewards and a whole lot of behind the scenes, author spotlights!

Over on Twitter, Joanne and Co. have been posting short excerpts from the stories in the anthologies–these are two I particularly like:

And then there’s one from this chick I know pretty well:

(Spoiler: that one’s my story, “Mary In the Looking Glass”!)

There are stories in these books from L. Timmel Duchamp, Chikodili Emelumadu, Nisi Shawl, D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Catherynne M. Valente, Alyssa Wong, Sonya Taaffe, and Damien Angelica Walters, along with a whole lot of other amazing writers.

(Fangirly fun facts:  Damien Angelica Walters guest-edited the issue of Penumbra eMag my story, “Hauntings,” appeared in!  And Nisi Shawl and I were both in the April 2014 issues of Strange Horizons, so we spent a couple weeks in the same “table of contents”–read: front page.  My brushes with greatness, let me show you them.)

So if you find this intriguing, hop on over to the Kickstarter and check it out–and please back the project, if you can!

 

Support the Women Up to No Good Kickstarter!

img_9130  My story, “Mary In the Looking Glass,” is part of the Women Up to No Good anthology Broad Knowledge, and there is a Kickstarter for it and another of the Women Up to No Good anthologies, Sharp and Sugar Tooth.

If you’d like to support “writing by women and authors of marginalized sex and gender identities, about female protagonists whose knowledge or appetites are critical to their stories,” please click the link and check out the various donation levels and rewards.  (The dedication one is pretty cool, I gotta say.)

I’m just saying, you know you want to read a story by me about Mary with the bloody eyes, right?

shameless other people promotion

The talented and charming Jason Kimble has a story out over on Cast of Wonders:  “If Only Kissing Made It So,” for your reading and/or listening pleasure.  The podcast version is read by Max Gladstone (yeah, I know, right?).

The first lines, so not even a spoiler:

This afternoon, the boy I’ve had a crush on for years told me two things: he loves me, and he’s a time traveler. I’m not sure if I feel crazier believing the first or the second.

This is a lovely story.  This and “Blood and Water” are the ones Jason’s then-boyfriend (now-husband) asked me about when we met:  Have you read those?  They’re amazing–he’s so brilliant, isn’t he? and I just grinned and agreed and thought, Yeah, I like this guy, Jason can keep him around. :)

shameless self promotion UPDATE

Hey, if you followed the link to The Cassandra Project  and felt that she shipping cost was a little … much–there was a bit of confusion there that has since been fixed:

Those of you who have bought chapbooks from me before will know that I usually do free shipping on them and just factor that into the cost.  I hadn’t wanted to do that with this one because I felt like it would overly complicate things with wanting to donate the whole cost of the book to RAINN, and that it would be easier just to have you guys pay shipping to Etsy.  And while I was at it, why not have them calculate the costs of the shipping?  Nice.  Simple.  Easy.

IT TURNS OUT – Etsy goes for the expensive shipping with tracking and stuff that costs way more than the book, and that feels pretty damn weird to me and apparently it felt weird to some of you guys too.

SO.  I went back and figured out how to enter flat-rate shipping.  If you’re in the U.S., it’ll cost you $1.50 for shipping.  You won’t be able to track it, but I don’t think anyone’s lost a package so far, and everyone seems to get theirs in a few days.  So for anyone who looked at the book, looked at the price, and then looked at the shipping and had a minor heart attack – go back.  Check again.  It’s better now, I swear.

So, yes, if you were interested in this one, please head back over to the Etsy site and order the book now that shipping has been changed.