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As many of the longtime Twin Cities folks know, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater's annual MayDay Parade and Festival is one of the most anticipated events in town. Thousands of people gather in Powderhorn Park to watch the puppet parade, the different contingents of dancers and musicians and other groups, then go down to the park for the pageant to dance and drum to welcome the sun back as it is rowed across the lake. But HOBT has been struggling and losing grant funding for a while now and they've had to announce that this will be their last MayDay unless a partner steps up. Their theater needs renovation as well and they need funds for all of this. MayDay has always been one of our reasons for living in south Minneapolis; it is the soul of our city. I'm sure that there are lots of plans afoot to try and save the event and the theater and I know a number of folks who are donating directly to HOBT and I think this is a great idea. I split my donation, gave some of it directly t the theater, and used the other part to start a Facebook fundraiser. It'll take a bit longer to go to them, but there's potential for raising a helpful sum of cash if it gets boosted enough. Every bit helps and donations can be as low as $5. It will run until 1/31/19 so there's some time to contribute, if you're interested. I've boosted it on Twitter and NextDoor so please like my post and/or RT so more people see it. Thanks for your help!

In other news, Queen of Swords Press is celebrating its second birthday this week (which also happens to be Jana and my 24th anniversary and my 6th year at my day job)! There'll be a party at Bingley's Tea Salon in Minneapolis on Saturday from 2-4 with books and tea and munchies and there will be a prize drawing for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up at the website or at the tea (current subscribers are automatically entered), and prizes include free books, a Queen of Swords Press mug, some tea from Bingley's, a literary candle from Frostbeard Studios and other fun stuff. The drawing will happen on 1/20 so I can announce it when I send the newsletter out. Hope to see some of you there!

I was interviewed last week on the British horror/dark fantasy/weird fiction site, greydogtales, for their portion of LGBTQ Horror Month, and as part of the wrap-up to the festivities, I'll be putting my short fiction collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, on sale from 1/21-1/27.

Now back to organizing for talks and classes and getting a new story written and submitted.

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My new story "Firebird" (bi apocalyptic, horror of a sort) is out today in Renewal, the new Queer Sci-Fi anthology from Mischief Corner Books! Details below. Lots of familiar names in this one - should be a fun read.

Press Kit – Renewal


 
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Author: Various – see Authors section below

Cover Artist: Gus Li

Length: 196 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

Release Date: 9/13/17

Pairing: Various – covers many pairings and identities

Price: 4.99, 16.99 paperback (b/w illus); 28.99 (color illus – avail 9/16)

Series: SF Flash Fiction Anthologies – Book Three

Genre: Sci Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mainstream

 
Blurb:

 
Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.





Excerpts:

Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

“The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Brown

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer

 
Buy Links, Etc:

Mischief Corner Books (info only): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/renewal-qsfs-fouth-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZPB4ZM/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renewal-j-scott-coatsworth/1127042522?ean=9781975654368

 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renewal-27

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36113415-renewal


Authors:

A.M. Leibowitz, A.M. Soto, Abby Bartle, Aidee Ladnier, Alexis Woods, Andi Deacon, Andrea Felber Seligman, Andrea Speed, Andrea Stanet, Anne McPherson, Bey Deckard, Brigitte Winter, Carey Ford Compton, Carol Holland March, Carrie Pack, Catherine Lundoff, CB Lee, Christine Wright, Colton Aalto, Daniel Mitton, Dustin Blottenberger, Dustin Karpovich, E R Zhang, E.J. Russell, E.W. Murks, Ell Schulman, Ellery Jude, Eloreen Moon, Elsa M León, Emily Horner, Eric Alan Westfall, F.T. Lukens, Fenrir Cerebellion, Foster Bridget Cassidy, Ginger Streusel, Hannah Henry, Irene Preston, J. Alan Veerkamp, J. P. Egry, J. Summerset, J.S. Fields, Jaap Boekestein, Jackie Keswick, Jana Denardo, Jeff Baker, Jenn Burke, Joe Baumann, John Moralee, Jon Keys, Jude Dunn, K.C. Faelan, Kelly Haworth, Kiterie Aine, Kristen Lee, L M Somerton, L. Brian Carroll, L.M. Brown, L.V. Lloyd, Laurie Treacy, Leigh M. Lorien, Lex Chase, Lia Harding, Lin Kelly, Lloyd A. Meeker, Lyda Morehouse, M.D. Grimm, Martha J. Allard, Mary E. Lowd, Matt Doyle, Matthew Bright, Mia Koutras, Michelle Browne, Milo Owen, Mindy Leana Shuman, Naomi Tajedler, Nathan Burgoine, Natsuya Uesugi, Nephy Hart, Nicole Dennis, Ofelia Gränd, Patricia Scott, Paul Stevens, PW Covington, R R Angell, R.L. Merrill, Rebecca Cohen, Redfern Jon Barrett, Reni Kieffer, Richard Amos, RL Mosswood, Robyn Walker, Rory Ni Coileain, Rose Blackthorn, Ross Common, S R Jones, Sacchi Green, Sarah Einstein, Shilo Quetchenbach, Siri Paulson, Soren Summers, Stephanie Shaffer, Steve Fuson, Tam Ames, Terry Poole, Tray Ellis,  Vivien Dean, Wendy Rathbone, Xenia Melzer, Zen DiPietro, Zev de Valera

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