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. :)
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.
My story, “Four Cassandras,” is in this chapbook anthology: The Cassandra Project!
The description, from the ordering site:
The Cassandra Project was born out of a frantic post-election desire to do something, anything, to make the world a little brighter. I settled on the very sensible solution of compiling, editing, and printing an anthology about the mythological figure of Cassandra (as you do), and using it to raise money for charity. A little over a year later, and certainly much to my surprise, The Cassandra Project is a real, honest-to-goodness chapbook, featuring: poetry by L.S., Moriah Norton, Emily Bascom, Kimberly Beverage, Rowan Burns, and myself; fiction by Naomi Tajedler and Laura E. Price; art by Naderegen, Heather Bain, and myself; and this thing Alyssa Fowers did involving graphs and statistics that I can’t even describe but goddamn it’s cool. Every penny raised by the sale of this book is going to benefit RAINN, the United States’ largest anti-sexual violence organization.
I’m so happy to be a part of this, and I cannot wait to see that cool graph and stats thing, it looks amazing. I’ll be posting a little bit about the story in the next couple of days, too.
So please click on the link to order your copy; all proceeds go to RAINN.
“The Lost Languages of Exiles,” at Metaphorosis for your reading pleasure, is a romance.
Romances are new territory for me. I used to say I don’t write romance–not in any sort of superior way; in an ‘I have no idea how to do it’ way. And now look at me–two romances! Two! And a time travel story, sort of, so my father should be pleased with me.
Metaphorosis is going to be posting a brief explanation of where this story came from in the next few weeks, so I don’t want to say too much about it here. I do love it; I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s found its home and that people can read it. If you liked Dropping Slow and wondered about Javi’s ports or what his childhood/adolescence was like with IWT, this story will give you more background on that. And there is probably one more story set in this universe currently taking shape in my notebooks (it’s one Jason has said he wants to read, so I’m determined to figure it out).
So, yeah–head over and read. I hope you like it. And yes, that character is named after exactly who you think he is. But he doesn’t look like him.
So a couple of things about “Safe as Houses,” which you can find over at Gallery of Curiosities in a variety of audio formats for your listening pleasure:
- I have a writing bucket list, and one of the things on it is to have a story on a podcast. And now I do! Sarah Heiner reads it, and does an excellent job–she hits the tone I had in my head exactly.
- The first draft of this was exactly 300 words long, without my even trying (yes, Facebook friends, this is that story). I, of course, immediately destroyed that via revision, but whatever–it happened, it was cool, the end.
- There are no Teachouts in this story, but you can find a reference to this house in “The Drowned Man,” if you go looking hard enough. (The house is in San Xavier–not that you can tell–but this story takes place much closer to the present day than the girls’ stories do.)
- “The Automat’s Automaton” by Angela Enos is the other story on the podcast, and it’s also really cool.
1 [back] No, I have totally not listened to the podcast like more than five or six times since it went up, what?
2 [back]I would, quite frankly, be delighted if someone found the reference to this one in “Drowned Man” and told me about it. Just saying. Like, I might write a Teachout drabble or a random poem for someone.
One of them I knew about, one of them a surprise.
“The Lost Languages of Exiles” is up at Metaphorosis! It’s a love story set in the same universe as Dropping Slow.
“Safe as Houses” is up on the Gallery of Curiosities podcast! It’s also a love story, of a sort. No Teachouts to be found, but it is set in their world.
(I am currently battening down the hatches for Hurricane Irma, so I will post a bit more about both of these when I have a little more time–and, I hope, electricity. We’re not in the direct path of the storm, but close enough to prepare.)
My story “Mary In the Looking Glass” will be appearing in Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good from Upper Rubber Boot Books, sometime in early 2019.
I gotta tell ya, friends, this is a weird one. I can’t wait for other people to read it.