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Not Our Kind [Oct. 9th, 2014|04:41 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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I have been sitting on this good news, and now it can be told! My short story, “The Hanged Woman’s Portion,” will be included in the anthology Not Our Kind, along with other cool stories by other cool people, and you can see all the information about it here on the antho Kickstarter page.


Because yes! It is a Kickstarter! It needs kicking and starting, and the publisher asked if we could talk a little about our stories. So first of all, when Nayad asked me to be part of this project, I was thrilled, because for all the stories I have published, no one has ever invited me to be part of an anthology before this one. The theme is outsiders of various kinds, and I immediately thought of a human woman in an alien jail. It can be hard enough to navigate a criminal justice system in your own country, but as a foreigner, how much harder–and then a literal alien, a person of a different species from a different biosphere–how much more difficult would that be, trying to figure out the rules, the norms, the customs? Human assumptions about how we relate, how we gain sympathy or lose it, become even more important in that setting. I had a great deal of fun writing this story, and it was great working with Nayad on it. I haven’t read the others, but the experience of working on this one makes me expect great things of the rest.


In the Kickstarter rewards, there are critiques from me and brownies from me and many other cool things from other people, as well as the anthology itself. Go have a look! I hope you like what you see. I think you will.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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[User Picture]From: carbonel
2014-10-09 09:57 pm (UTC)
I just pledged, and look forward to reading it.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

(That is my hat being off to you.)
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2014-10-10 02:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-10 11:00 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2014-10-10 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm frankly gobsmacked that you've never gotten an anthology invitation before this.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-10 11:00 am (UTC)
Indeed, never. Frankly it had gotten to the point of gobsmacking me as well, she said with all modesty, and providing trenchant subtext to certain genre fights.
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2014-10-10 05:07 pm (UTC)
Given that one of the few straight-up invites I've ever gotten came in the context of "I looked at my lineup, realized I had almost no women, and decided to fix that" -- yes, rather.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-10 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: tiger_spot
2014-10-11 05:31 pm (UTC)
I have now kicked the starter! Sounds like a neat project; I'm looking forward to it!
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-11 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: chinders
2014-10-13 10:18 pm (UTC)
Tangential and funny: Morgan has confused the words 'Kickstarter' and 'Starburst', and so she occasionally says that things taste 'like a strawberry Kickstarter!'
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-10-13 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hee. I will back that.
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