I am sitting on a mountain of awesome things right now, my friends. Things I have not yet told you about, but will be talking up in the coming weeks! And thing #1 is: Tales of the Stop. If I may steal a few words from the project creator as written over at Chuck Wendig's place:
A few years ago, I wrote a story called Azrael’s Stop. It’s a fantasy story about a teenager named Ceph who’s had to deal with a lot of death in his life—his whole family, a childhood friend, his best friend from school… And it’s kind of fucked him up. He thinks that everyone he loves is going to die, and so he won’t let himself get close to anyone.
Then a mysterious man brings him to a bar called Azrael’s Stop—said to be the watering hole of the Angel of Death Himself—and sets him up as the bartender. People start coming to the bar, people who are either ready to pass on from this world and just need someone to share their story with, or people who, like Ceph, have experienced death and need help dealing with it.
I have a short story in this volume called Changed and Changing. As with much of my short fiction over the last few years, it is thematically about the complexity of motherhood. I think it's a lovely, sad little piece, and I would enjoy it if you would read it and let me know what you think. (Note that it's also in my own collection of shorts Shiva's Mother and Other Stories if you've read that before, but I'd prefer if you buy Tales at this point. And if you liked Changed and Changing from the other collection, well! You'll definitely like the rest of the anthology!)
I know Lucas J.W. Johnson from way back in the transmedia salt mines, and I've always admired him for the way he thinks big and then acts on those visions of his. Azarael's Stop is a transmedia project start to finish; go and read that post at Terrible Minds to see learn more about its creative vision and implementation. It's worth your time, I promise.
And then buy Tales of the Stop! This book is available in all the stores for the low price of $4.99! LOOK AT THESE BUY LINKS: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo or buy it from Lucas directly as a discounted bundle at Silverstring Media!
More awesome things incoming. Stay tuned!