Always have been a big believer in Fairy Tales. Oh, not that I truly believe I'm going to meet Baba Yaga in the woods someday. Maybe. I probably don't believe that. I should say instead that I'm a believer in the power of Fairy Tales and have written several long-winded blog posts over the years about them.
Long and the short of it is this: Fairy Tales are for times of uncertainty. Really bad things happen and sometimes not everyone survives, but good wins in the end. They are stories to hold back the dark.
This is what attracts me to them and what's driven me to retell more than one.
For this week, I have Boots at Pride and up for pre-order at Amazon and Wild Rose, Silent Snow up for pre-order at Pride, both gay retellings and both set in modern day US spots.
Yes, despite everything, a reading this week. I went with Boots because A) a friend suggested it B) it launched at Pride this week and C) we need fairytales right now. Stories to keep back the dark.
A Tilted Fairytale
Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until the cat starts talking to him.
Though Willem’s lost his boyfriend, his home, and his job, Kasha, who claims to be a magic cat, reassures him that all will be well. All he needs is Willem’s trust and a good pair of boots. But giving boots to a talking cat has unexpected consequences when odd events ambush Willem at every turn, such as the appearance of a handsome stranger in his arms at night. While he begins to suspect Kasha’s plans might be dangerous for all involved, how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots?
It's going to tough to muster much enthusiasm this week. Doing my best to continue as usual, but it's not an easy thing. This doesn't mean I'm going to curl into a ball for the next four years and hope we come through it. So much no. Those of us who write queer stories need to keep writing them, now more than ever. As I said on my front page:
We need to tell stories, whether these are contemporary or through the tools spec fic gives us. We need self-expression. We need heroes. As Bernard Hayman writes, "fictional worlds have the potential to act as irreplaceable portals through which we can grapple with not only our tumultuous past and difficult present, but also the promise of a more hopeful future."
So. Onward. We had the release of Boots this week on the Pride Publishing site. You can snag it now or pre-order at Amazon. All the rest of the linkies and distribution releases arrive on 12/6.
In other news this week - the first volume of Brimstone Journals will be released at Mischief Corner Books on 12/24. That's a holiday present for you guys and will contain a little holiday ficlet that didn't appear on the MCB website in the weekly Brimstone Journals.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.