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!
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 she told them that they would be eaten, whatever that meant, because when she asked the magician why he grew a new carnival for every party, he told her that the carnival always gets eaten in the end.
– @CarolineYoachim in Sharp & Sugar Tooth: https://t.co/S7hYEtrawK
— Upper Rubber Boot (@upperrubberboot) June 8, 2018
He has little arms, little horns, little toes, little everything. He has no tail, but does have spurs on his back, where wings might be. He is the best surprise She has ever known…
– @CharlotteAshley in Broad Knowledge [https://t.co/S7hYEtrawK]
— Upper Rubber Boot (@upperrubberboot) June 5, 2018
And then there’s one from this chick I know pretty well:
And during a school break, her roommate away on a trip and the dorm practically empty, Clara saw Mary in the mirror above her dresser, watching. Smiling. Eyes in sockets but blood on her cheeks nonetheless.
– Laura E. Price @seldnei in https://t.co/S7hYEtrawK
— Upper Rubber Boot (@upperrubberboot) June 9, 2018
(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!
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?
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.