“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.
I got the last fiddly bits done on the file, and I have an ePub! It looks nice!
However, Scrivener wants me to download some other thingie from Amazon to make a Kindle file, and I am tired, y’all. So that will be tomorrow’s task.
Depending on how that goes, and what I need to do in order to get the files to all the donors, I’m thinking sometime next week for the books to go out. But watch this space for updates! Technology is the devil.
Ow, my head.
Sooooo many little fiddly things!
Scrivener, somewhere in the past couple of years, has gone from highly intuitive to “what the hell, where is the manual, what are the magic search terms to find the information that I need?”
Bless Creative Commons licenses.
The bulk of it is done. There are some proofing things that need to be done, and then we enter the wonderful world of Is the file too big?
What I learned today:
1. I can create and export ePub and Mobi files with Scrivener.
2. I need to figure out the Table of Contents and a cover image.
3. I wrote a story for which a cover image of some generic Florida sunset ain’t gonna work. God help me.