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Rose Lemberg has announced the table of contents for An Alphabet of Embers, and I’m thrilled and humbled all over again that I get to be a part of this anthology. It’s an amazing lineup of writers — and so many fellow first-timers!

When I saw the project on Kickstarter and eventually decided to submit, I realized I had entered the dangerous “smitten” zone of hoped-for publication. By the time I was done revising (and revising and revising) my piece to submit, the little deer of hope in my gut was prancing around and shouting, “This has to be the place! I don’t want any other home but this one for this story!”

It was my first fiction submission, after devoting the past 10+ years to poetry. Over the last year, thanks in large part to a magical realism class at The Grotto in San Francisco, I’ve been exploring my fantasy brain and fiction muscles. It started as a kind of cross-training to keep my poetry on its toes, but now fiction is where I’m spending more and more time. The result is that I tend to straddle that murky space between poetry and fiction… I love how the two can blend, and I’m working to understand plot and character development without losing the nebulous, image-driven heart of poetry.

So An Alphabet of Embers spoke to me right away as a project that lives in that space. If I could have picked any place to make my first fiction sale, especially in the SFF community, this was the one. And now seeing the full table of contents, I’m ecstatic that my story will get to meet the world alongside such an array of voices… the titles alone read together like a dreamy poem. I can’t wait to read the anthology this spring!

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I’m over-the-moon, into-the-stars excited to share that one of my stories will be included in An Alphabet of Embers, an anthology of lyrical, magical, and border-defying short stories. I backed the project on Kickstarter before I even knew I would submit… it resonated as soon as Rose Lemberg, the editor, described it as “the kind of book you’d pick up when you’re drowning for a gulp of beauty on a gray day.”

My story “Outfitting the Restless Heart, or How the Sky was Made” will hopefully deliver on that promise. It’s my first fiction sale, and my first-ever submission to a science fiction/fantasy market. I’ve been blown away at how different the experience is compared to submitting to literary magazines. Being paid for my work and being part of a “pro market” has added another level of excitement to the acceptance. Maybe it’s the rose-colored glasses of being a newcomer, but I’m impressed at how the SFF writing community engages in both the craft and the business of writing… it’s a nice shot of self-respect for those of us who are just starting out.

I can’t wait to meet the other writers who will be part of An Alphabet of Embers, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting May 2015 when this very special anthology makes it way into the world!

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