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Help Kickstart Kaiju Epic!

We’re in the last two weeks of the Kaiju Epic! Kickstarter, and we need your support to make this book a reality.

I’ve posted a ton of stuff about this on my Facebook page, and on Instagram, and on Twitter, so I won’t rehash everything here, but I’ll embed a few relevant Facebook posts at the bottom of this post, in case you want more info.

What I will tell you is that this book is very much a labor of love, both for me and for my co-writer Tom Hutchison, and your support means a lot to us.

What I will tell you is that kaiju have held a special place in my heart since I was a little girl gleefully watching old Godzilla movies with my dad.

What I will tell you is that the Kaiju Epic! story draws from a vibrant tapestry of myth and legend, from around the world, from Tom’s Aztec kaiju gods to my Medieval-inspired cockatrice.

What I will tell you is that at the center of my kaiju story is a bisexual polyamorous heroine. Because representation matters, yes, but it’s not just about making a statement. It’s a storytelling choice — because I believe that when our narratives only feature one type of person, or one style of relationship, or one kind of perspective, we miss out on so many other rich and interesting stories. I tend to approach stories from the character first, and each character gives me an opportunity to explore new experiences and different facets of human nature. Gee (and her partners Sarah and Ravi) are no different in that regard.

Check it out, support it if it sounds like something you’d be into, and please share. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

A Few Updates

Shahrazad Vol. 1 RemasteredSharazad Vol. 1: Gods and Monsters, the remastered edition, is complete!  (Alright, I’m actually about a month behind on this news, but that’s beside the point.)  All five issues of the original series have been remastered and republished under the Aspen banner, hurray!  I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to go back and revisit those issues – it’s not often as a writer you get the chance to keep revising after you’ve already published, and while I think Kim and I did great work on the original versions, I’m even MORE proud of these remastered versions.  If you’ve read the originals, there should be plenty of new stuff in these to keep you interested.  And if you haven’t read the originals, now you can jump right in to the remastered edition!

So that’s awesome.

Besides that, I have two upcoming publications that I’m excited to announce, both prose poetry.

The first is “Anyone,” which will be appearing in a volume tentatively titled Quick Shivers in the Midwest from the DailyNightmare.com: Volume Four.  The Daily Nightmare is…  well, it’s almost exactly what it sounds like!  It’s a website that hosts re-tellings of nightmares.  Anyone can write up and submit their nightmares; some of them are spooky, some gross, some just kind of oddball, but all provide a fascinating opportunity to peer deep into some stranger’s psyche.  They also have an anthology series of 100 word short stories and poems based on nightmares that have been posted on the website.  You can get a little sneak preview of sorts by reading Nightmare #314 – Fires for the Dead, which is the tale my poem is based on.

The second is “Holy Mystery,” which will be appearing in Polychrome Ink Volume Two.  Polychrome Ink is a great little lit mag that is committed to seeking out diverse voices and viewpoints with the following statement of purpose: We seek to bring under-represented voices and narratives into the public eye by focusing on authors and poets who do not embody the majority of the publishing industry. In doing so, we hope to normalize diversity, rather than allowing it to remain marginalized.  I happen to think that’s pretty important work, for a variety of personal and political reasons, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Fae for $0.99!

ebookFae (the anthology that contains my short story “The Price”) is on sale in ebook form for less than a dollar right now.  That’s a pretty good deal, you know?  You should check it out, if you haven’t already.

The sale runs until the 29th.  But why wait?  What’s the point?  Just buy it now!

Buy it from:
World Weaver Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Or, of course, you can still buy the paperback edition at regular price from:
World Weaver Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

And if you happen to be in Canada and don’t want to pay using our silly American dollars, you can get the $0.99 deal in Canadian dollars here:
Amazon.ca
Kobo (Canada)

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Dear You

Dear YouIt’s not every day that you get an email from Garrison Keillor telling you he liked your poem.

I am excited to be able to announce today that my poem, “Dear Roger,” has been selected as a grand prize winner in the Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

The winners were announced today during an event held at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.  It was an honor to be able to attend via telephone and have the opportunity to read and discuss my poem with Mr. Keillor.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Lisa Kundrat of Minneapolis, MN, for “Dear You”
  • Ethna McKiernan of Minneapolis, MN for “Leaving”
  • Kari Castor of Arlington Heights, IL, for “Dear Roger”

Poems of Merit:

  • Heidi Annexstad of Golden Valley, MN, for “Regarding Your Dishes”
  • Elizabeth Twiddy of Syracuse, NY, for “Dear Neighbor”
  • Cynthia Orange of St. Paul, MN, for “Red, Cabbage, Oldsmobile”
  • Sharon Dardis of St. Paul, MN, for “Dear Stan: You Know Horses”

DEAR ROGER

Dear Roger,

I think sometimes about
that night in college when I
sat on your lap in your room

and the way we tried to devour
each other when we
realized we were alone for a moment–

Aaron graduated and in
Chicago waiting
for me to join him,
our friends returned
to the living room–

the way your thick stubble
burned my cheek

the way I was terrified
to make this mistake
and also terrified
to not make it

the way I made you drive me
home and leant my
still-burning cheek
against the cool car window
and fantasized
the whole way about asking
you into my empty apartment

the way we carefully
avoided touching each other
for fear of striking a spark that might
set the whole fragile veneer ablaze

and I wonder sometimes if you
all these years later
ever think about that night
the way I do

Coming Soon: Shahrazad!

184808185Big news!  I’m very excited to announce that you’ll soon be able to find me in your local comic book store, because I’m co-writing (with Kim Hutchison) a brand new series from publisher Big Dog Ink called Shahrazad!  The preview issue #0 (not written by me) will appear in stores next month, and the regular series will begin in November.

You may know Shahrazad as the legendary Persian queen who told the tales of the 1001 Nights, but we’re going to take this opportunity to tell tales about Shahrazad herself.  I can’t say too much, yet, but this book is going to be a really cool opportunity to play with a lot of different genres and themes, and the mythology we’re building around this character is going to give us a lot of amazing stories to tell.

Plus, we’ve got gorgeous interior art drawn by Mike Krome and colored by Nei Ruffino, so it’s going to look incredible.