Archive for February 2013

FUNDED!

Holy sparklers! We’ve been funded!

The final tally: 479 backers for $15,740 and 104% funding! (see below for our progress bar)

That means a whole bunch of things…starting with the Seanan McGuire story. It’s been edited and we’re formatting it right now. For anyone who pledged $50 or more on the Kickstarter, you’ll be getting a link so that you can go download the story in the format of your choice (as long as you choose among PDF, epub, or mobi).

Then there’s the submissions. We’ve got a start on the table of contents, but there are other submissions out there, too. The deadline for everyone is March 15. Then we can make final decisions and edit the book.

We’ve got t-shirts and mugs to design and make. Our Kickstarter backers will be getting emails tomorrow so that we can get some information from them (and some of the levels had choices so we need to know what you want).

If we’re going to launch the book at Worldcon this August, it will  be a race against the clock. But given the team we’ve got working on it, I know we can get it done.

Thank you all so so much for the support. This doesn’t happen without you.

Lynne, Michael, and John

The Progress of a Kickstarter Campaign

The Progress of a Kickstarter Campaign

The Glitter and Mayhem Cover by Galen Dara

Here’s the preview sketch of Galen Dara’s breathtaking Glitter & Mayhem cover.

 

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Q & A with Rachel Swirsky

1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?

As someone who is occasionally drawn into events which most would describe as science fictional, I find that I crave the release of being able to write these stories down and disseminate them to readers. My identity as a science fiction writer allows me to publish these stories without fear of being believed; I become an unreliable narrator of my own life, which suits my purposes. I have published memoirs of this type in Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and in the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords, and thus far no one has even suspected that the events which I describe are true. This has given me confidence to extend to a broader themed anthology such as your own. Only recently, I experienced an event which falls well within the remit of your anthology which is extremely convenient for the furthering of my memoirs.

2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?

The events which I will relate are, as I have stipulated, entirely drawn from my real life, in total, without a fictional element save perhaps for the reconstruction of conversation that I can’t remember, or the occasional elision of detail that would unnecessarily weight the narrative. Such devices are well-known techniques for writing memoir. Of course, I do not expect anyone to believe my story (hence my ability to publish it), and so your readers must inevitably read what is, in fact, for me, only the nitty gritty of everyday life, as if it were some flight of fancy.

3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?

I find that glitter often suffices. Glitter, for instance, in the sequins sewn onto a skirt, or in the eyeshadow that I carefully streak onto my eyes (before the application of foundation, since glittery eyeshadows are prone to generating dust). Alas, such glittery preparations are rarely possible when one finds oneself drawn into events such as those I have previously mentioned, as they often overtake one by surprise, leaving one, alas, drab in a housedress, with only ordinary, non-glittery eyeshadow dabbed onto one’s lids.

4.  If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?

For reasons that will become apparent to those who eventually read my memoir, I must say that I would base any such cocktail on Absolut Vodka, sponsor of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

5. If you knew you were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?

Since I invariably find myself unprepared for such occasions, I have given long thought to this question. First, survival packs are out of the question, as it turns out that survival in different environments requires radically different tools–things which one would assume would be of benefit anywhere are, in fact, not as universally applicable as one might hope, and sometimes may even serve to deepen the danger in which one is entrenched. Towels, likewise, do not serve as well as their proponents in the media would have you believe. In my experience, candy cigarettes are a reliable trade item, and easy to dump should one appear, for instance, in the Dour Estate upon the rings of the planet Whisper (many galaxies from here, I’m afraid; I would give more detail, but you’d find it meaningless) where candy objects of various sorts are forbidden on general principle.

Q & A with David J. Schwartz

1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?

Two words: roller derby. I’m a huge fan of roller derby, far beyond my interest in any other sport, and for years I’ve been trying to find a way to write about it. The night I saw the editors chatting about this anthology on Twitter, the idea for this story finally started to crystallize.

2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?

I used to tend bar, and before that–way back in my freshman year of college–I was a dance club kid for a brief period. Also, there were all those years of skating in circles over at Saints West as a kid, trying and failing to learn to spell out “YMCA” with arm motions. Yes, I am a SERIOUS PARTY ANIMAL.

3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?

Just apply more Bowie.

4. If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?

1 oz well water, 1 1/2 oz skate lube, dash of space delirium, serve over non-gender-specific ice.

5. If you knew your were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?

It is folly to attempt to prepare for a surreal evening. Whatever is needed will appear across an ever-shifting landscape, and whoever is desired will be transformed into a common household object, one which is useless in whatever context you may be in at that moment. But I’d bring roller skates.

Amber Benson will rock out our introduction!

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We are pleased to announce that the introduction to Glitter & Mayhem will be penned by none other than the totally FABULOUS actress/writer/director Amber Benson! ::throws glitter::

PARTY ON!

Q&A with Tansy Rayner Roberts

1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?

Rollerskates! Glamour! I’ve been a teeny bit wild about roller derby since I read Derby Girl by Shauna Cross (the book that was turned into the awesome Whip It! movie) and this anthology just sounded so exciting to be part of.

2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?

I was totally at a private party at a club on Saturday night, dressed as Batgirl, and watching Iron Man dance up a storm with Poison Ivy… though for full disclosure I feel I have to admit that most of the people at said party were 30 and 40 somethings telling each other that ‘we don’t get out much these days since the kids.’

It was still pretty awesome, though, and we had superhero cocktails. “The Fury” was a most excellent concoction. Also this is where I discovered that Long Island Iced Tea has no tea in it.

3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?

Killer playlists! Everything is glitter when there’s a solid soundtrack going. I’m just getting back into using music when I write, something I learned back in my early nanowrimo days, and it makes the typing so much more fun!

Also, I have to say, don’t discount the usefulness of actual glitter.

4. If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?

Is there some way to add vodka to an icecream sundae? Oh, how about the ‘Crash Course’ – you take a pina colada and keep adding lemon sherbert until it explodes. THAT.

5. If you knew you were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?

My iPhone for documentation and communication, a pair of comfortable shoes, and Wonder Woman. Unless the evening is zombie themed in which case I would take a handbag full of carnivorous plants.

Q&A with Bill Shunn

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1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?
Who doesn’t love rollerskating and nightclubs and drugs and sex and debauchery?  Who didn’t enjoy copious amounts of them all in those gloden days of youth?  Well, um, I guess I didn’t.  I was a Mormon.  Okay, I did rollerskate, but I felt guilty about it.
2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?
I love to write things that I don’t actually know.  My clubbing experience was pretty much limited to once seeing Gene Loves Jezebel play at Club DV8 in Salt Lake City, and I was terrified for my soul the whole time.  My story is actually about slippery souls in Chicago clubs of the ’80s, which is why I’m writing it with my wife Laura Chavoen.  She’s the one who knows exactly what that scene was like.
3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?
I go to a comfortable bar with my wife and friends and drink classic-style cocktails until a glittery haze drapes everyone and everything in sight.  Templeton Rye is involved.
4.  If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?
It would be a little sweet, a little bitter, a lot sour, and orangey-pink through and through.  It would consist of Laird’s Applejack, Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange, pomegranate juice, Peychaud’s bitters, and probably a twist of lemon.  It would be, in fact, the same cocktail I created in the video footage we shot for the book trailers.  I’d call it a “Glitter & Madness.”
5. If you knew your were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?
I bring Laura because I wouldn’t want her to miss it, and because I know one of us will get the other one home safely.  And so we can all talk about this evening for years to come, I bring John and Shai and Ashir and Gretchen and Andrew and Cinnamon and Colin and Barbara Lynn and Norm and Rachel and Kevin and Mare and…

Another New Glitter & Mayhem Contributor!

We’re happy to announce that the fabulous Vylar Kaftan is joining the Glitter & Mayhem party! Not only is Vylar contributing a story, but she’s also willing to put you into it if you back the Kickstarter at the $250 level!

Glitter & Mayhem Now Open to Submissions

We hit 50% funding thanks to all our wonderful backers! That means we’re now open to submissions! You can find all the details on our Submissions page.

If you have questions, please post them in the comments.

We can’t wait to see what you create. Surprise us. Amaze us. Dazzle us.

New Glitter & Mayhem Contributor!

We’re happy to announce that the fabulous Rachel Swirsky is joining the Glitter & Mayhem party! Not only is Rachel contributing a story, but she’s also willing to put you into it if you back the Kickstarter at the $250 level!

How awesome is that?