Like a Horse and Carriage

December 26, 2008

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my short story, "Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)" has been accepted for inclusion in I Do!: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality, an anthology in support of marriage equality.

Redundancy becomes me, what can I say?

"Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)" initially debuted as "The Felicity of Domesticity" in Best Lesbian Love Stories 2009. Due to space limitations, however, the submissions committee requested that I contribute an abridged version of the story. I had no qualms with this, as the first half of the piece can stand alone, but I chose to change the title because the original was not quite compatible with the excerpt.

I Do! is edited by Alex Beecroft and Kris Jacen and will be published by MLR Press. The collection's anticipated release date is the 31st of January, 2009. From what I understand, the anthology will be released in both e-book and print formats. All proceeds will benefit the Lambda Legal Fund.

To learn more about this prodigious project, visit contributor Alex Beecroft's blog.

In other news, TLA touts Wetter and Island Girls as a Best Selling Lesbian Book and a Hot Pick, respectively.

I feel like an A-lister.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Volume-inous

December 16, 2008

I recently received word that my essay for Visible: A Femmethology will be appearing in volume 2 of the collection. Visit the publisher's Web site to read what Maria See, the director of online marketing and public relations for Homofactus Press, has to say about the dual publication. You can also read contributors' Spotlight profiles, to learn more about the fantastic femmes whose work appears in the anthology.

Last but not least, please take a moment to sign up for the Homofactus Press newsletter. Recipients will be entitled to a pre-sale discount of 28% during the month of February!

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Hither and Twitter

December 3, 2008

I learned recently that Visible: A Femmethology will be released in two volumes. I don't know yet which volume will contain my piece, "The Anonymity of Femmeininity," but I will share that information when it becomes available.

To stay in the know about the antho, visit Femmethology's Twitter page and/or MySpace page.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Flag-elation

November 21, 2008

Another rave review for Hurts So Good! Ashley Lister, who reviewed the collection for the Erotica Readers & Writers Association (ERWA) proclaimed that each and every story in the anthology is a "joy to read."

Just had to share the joyful news.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

What Erotica Can Aspire To

November 16, 2008

Recently, Kathleen Bradean reviewed Hurts So Good at Erotica Revealed. (Thanks, Alison, for passing that along!) KB gave the collection two thumbs up and singled out my story, calling it a "fun spanking piece."

Mosey on down here to read the review in full, then saunter over to Cleis Press and order Hurts So Good so that you can read the anthology in full. That is, if you haven't already. You have already, haven't you...?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Row, Row, Row Your Vote, Or: Barack, Paper, Scissors

Abe Lincoln, Jefferson, Tom.
They didn't need the atomic bomb.
We need beauty, we need art.
We need a government with heart.
Don't give up your freedom of speech.
Power to the people is in our reach.
Dr. King, Malcolm X.
Freedom of speech is as good as sex.
~Madonna

November 7, 2008

I wonder if the title of this blog qualifies for any sort of world record on length. Someone ought to look into that.

On Tuesday, I rocked the vote. I deliberated voting early but am very glad that I never got around to it, as I spent a mere twenty minutes in line at the polls. Who knew that procrastination would one day work in my favor?

I watched the election coverage on ABC and was finally able to exhale after four hours when the number of electoral votes in the blue box surpassed 270. I don't particularly care for the dichotomous nature of elections; however, I much preferred one of the two candidates to the other.

I only wish I lived in California so that I could have voted no on Prop Hate. Er, 8. Although, what's the difference, really?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Going to the Chapel... or Synagogue... or City Hall

November 3, 2008

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart." - Helen Keller

Best Lesbian Love Stories 2009 is now available!

This collection features my short story, "The Felicity of Domesticity," about a couple who joined in holy macaroni (and cheese) at the age of six and are now contemplating renewing their vows.

The anthology was released on November 1 from Alyson Books and is edited by Simone Thorne.

On another note, femeninete, the zine that published my piece, "Eviction Notice," sent a notice of their own. To wit, a death notice. This is indeed a lamentable loss to the literary community.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Booty Call

October 1, 2008

Hurts So Good is now available! This anthology, edited by Alison Tyler and published by Cleis Press, features my fanny-flogging story, "Flick Chicks." If you're nostalgically inclined and adore backsides and Bettie Page, then this is for you.

Of all the erotica stories I have in my arsenal (and I have fewer than twenty), I have to say that "Flick Chicks" is by far my favorite. This was one of those pieces that really seemed to write itself, and I was very pleased with the final product.

So, why don't you join the thousands of happy, peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow? That's Vita... Er, whoops, wrong promo. Let's try again, shall we?

So, why don't you join the thousands of happy, peppy horny people and get a brand spanking new copy of Hurts So Good tomorrow?

That's Hurts... So... Good.

*wink*

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Pies That Bind

September 23, 2008

This post has zilch, zip, nada to do with erotica, or even with writing, for that matter, but... well... I... oh, just go ahead and read it anyway, jeez.

Yesterday, I was an extra on the Food Network show, Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Food Network filmed at a pizzeria I frequent. The owner of the restaurant demonstrated the pizza-making process, although I couldn't really see what was going on and thus got bored very quickly. But I was treated to plenty of complimentary grub and was privileged to be in the presence of the "very special guest," Mr. Stephanie March, a.k.a. Bobby Flay. All of a sudden, women started shrieking, and at first I thought that the guy was some sort of jock or something. Then a dude in a bear costume and Bears jersey strolled in. Dig the crazy dancing bear, I thought, because I've been watching way too much I Love Lucy lately.

The episode will air on December 21.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

It's in the Bag

September 8, 2008

I had an awesome experience in DC over Labor Day weekend. I was quite pleased with the casting and presentation of my play in the Seventh Annual Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center. The reading and the feedback generated from it will be a tremendous help in terms of revisions.

In other news, I have a work of flash fiction (not erotic) featured in femeninete, a Washington-based print zine published by the Grrrl Group. My piece, entitled "Eviction Notice," is included in the "Mixed Bag" issue. I'm thrilled with the layout of the story. It looks fantastic. To learn more about the publication and its publishers, check out this interview or that interview. To order "Mixed Bag," visit the Grrrl Group's MySpace page or contact them via e-mail: femeninete [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Diversity of Desire

August 28, 2008

Today is the 45th anniversary of the DC delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, "I Have a Dream." To commemorate the date, Alessia Brio has released the press release for Coming Together: At Last.

Speaking of DC, I will be traveling there over Labor Day weekend. I have a play featured in the Seventh Annual Page-to-Stage Festival hosted by the Kennedy Center. The script will receive its very first reading and I am pleased as fruit punch to have my work included.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Poetic Justice

August 18, 2008

I am delighted to announce that my f/f poem, "Synchronized," will be included in volume two of Coming Together: At Last. The theme of this compilation is interracial relationships. At Last is edited by everyone's favorite erotic altruist, Alessia Brio, and will be published by Phaze in both print and e-book early in 2009. Proceeds from the anthology will be given to the human rights organization Amnesty International.

To learn more about the Coming Together series, check out this interview conducted by Lucrezia Magazine.

"Synchronized" is my first erotic poem. Primarily a purveyor of prose, I am something of an accidental poet. I think that my prose has a poetic element, a lyrical lilt, if you will, but I don't really identify as a poet. Hmmm. Am I one of those folks who's a poet and just doesn't know it? After all, I do believe that rhyme is sublime, and I have an abiding affinity for alliteration.

In other news, this weekend I attended Sappho's Salon at Women and Children First. I had the pleasure of meeting two of my fellow fiction scribes from the Sapphic Planet collective, Jolie du Pré and Fiona Zedde, as well as non-fiction author Andrea Askowitz. It was truly a congenial evening.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Quacking under Pressure


August 12, 2008

As you know, I have a fondness for rubber ducks.

(It says so in my author bio, so you know it must be true.)



I am pleased to proclaim that these ducks that I am so fond of have recently achieved stardom!

First my panties, now my poultry.

I hope all this fame doesn't go to my head.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. The pink and purple ducks are part of the I Rub My Duckie line.

Isle of Lesbos

August 4, 2008

Island Girls is making a splash! This collection features my short story, "Mahalo," about a tryst between a hula dancer and a tourist on the island of Maui. The anthology was released on August 1 from Alyson Books and is edited by Simone Thorne.

Below is a synopsis of the compilation from TLA Books:

Uncover the secret desires of the tropics in this all-new collection of lesbian erotica. From hot beaches to cool waterfalls, ocean breezes to moonlight walks, the spark between women who love women has never been more electric.


Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Romancing the Phone

July 20, 2008

I know what you're thinking: what the heck is up with that subject line? I concede that it's a little daffy. (I said a little.) But it's actually quite relevant to the topic of this entry.

A few days ago, I learned that my short story, "Mélange," will be included in Best Lesbian Romance 2009. This anthology is edited by Radclyffe and will be published by Cleis Press in January of 2009.

I initially received an acceptance letter from the editor at the beginning of June, but because the publisher has final approval, I didn't want to mention anything in case the piece didn't make it into the book. (Same with Hurts So Good -- don't want to count my ducklings before they've hatched.)

The protagonist of the story is dating a phone-phobic femme (hence the daffy subject line) who does not believe in cellular phones. Our heroine, a worrywart of sorts, frets and fusses because she cannot get in contact with her late lover. (Er, late as in tardy, not late as in deceased.)

As I told Radclyffe, I'm delighted to be a part of the collection.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

A Many Splendored Thing

July 8, 2008

I recently received word that my short story, "The Felicity of Domesticity," has been accepted for publication. The piece will be included in Best Lesbian Love Stories 2009, edited by Simone Thorne and slated for release from Alyson Books on December 1.

Below is a synopsis of the anthology:

Whether romance is missing from your life or you just want a little injection of fantasy, this book will have you dreaming about romance and lust. Pick this volume up and fall in love.

Inspiration for this story struck while I was strolling through my neighborhood. I like to think while I walk. (Or is it walk while I think?) In any event, for whatever reason, I'm at my most innovative and imaginative when I walk. I've always been that way.

Know what else I've always been? A rhymer. First I wrote an essay entitled "The Anonymity of Femmeininity" and then I wrote a story called "The Felicity of Domesticity." Next thing you know, I'll be penning poetry collections for children. Perhaps Dr. Seuss and I are distant cousins. Rhyming is one of my favorite literary devices, second only to alliteration. I absolutely adore alliteration. It's my trademark, my signature style.

In other news, my membership request for the Erotica Authors Assocation (EAA) has been approved. So my blog and I have been added to the roster of members. I'm in with the in-crowd.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Bottoms Up

June 27, 2008

It is with the utmost pleasure (and pain) that I announce the inclusion of my brand spanking new f/f story, "Flick Chicks," in the forthcoming anthology Hurts So Good: Unrestrained Erotica. This collection is edited by Alison Tyler and will be published in the fall by Cleis Press.

I constructed this cheeky little tale from a single image:

Mae's hair is her crowning glory. Jean Harlow blonde with Bettie Page bangs.

Initially, that was the opening line of the story, but as I fleshed out the piece, I realized it wasn't quite appropriate for the introduction, and so Mae's crowning glory found a home in the second paragraph.

"Flick Chicks" is probably the most risque story I've written thus far in my fledgling erotica career, though I'm sure it's considered tame by most standards. Nevertheless, I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this piece and, much to my delight, discovered that stepping out of my comfort zone did not actually make me all that uncomfortable.

This book has a stellar lineup of authors. I feel like the new kid on the block, but in a good way for once. Below is a scintillating synopsis of the anthology from the publisher's Web site:

Craving a little painful love? In Hurts So Good, editor and dominatrix Alison Tyler presents a cornucopia of kink with these tantalizing, triple-X tales, rich in variety and saucy details of lovers and partners paying the price with their bodies. Whether you dream of turning the other cheek, taking the full slap over and over, or exploring the dark fantasies of S/M, then this heart-pounding, welt-inducing collection will give you all the joys pain can bring.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Seven Minutes in Heaven

June 22, 2008

Last weekend, I attended a play festival. My play was one of eleven presented in the showcase. I was really pleased with the production. The director and cast all did a fantastic job. One part even brought down the house.

(I love to bring down the house.)

I was thrilled that my play, which clocked in at seven minutes, was so well-received. A reviewer for a local paper said that it was one of the "most memorable" pieces in the showcase and called it a "delicious volte-face scene."

(I love to be delicious.)

I'll be receiving a DVD of the production, but I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to see the show live.

During the two-day trip, I came across this quaint feminist bookstore that boasted a very impressive collection of lesbian erotica.


Look what's on the shelves!


I know I had intended to wait until my contributor's copies arrived to look inside, but my books seem to have gotten lost in the mail. Hmph. They were sent out a month ago, and I still haven't gotten them. I don't know of any shipping method that takes that long, even the slowest of the slow. I like to think that the books ended up in a most unlikely place. Perhaps they showed up on the doorstep of a convent, for example... Anyway, new copies are on their way, so I'll just have to be patient.

(I don't love to be patient.)

Curiouser and curioser,
Allison Wonderland

A Genuine, Femmeinine, Female Thing

June 10, 2008

At the beginning of the month, I submitted a piece to a non-fiction collection entitled Visible: A Femmethology.

That very same day, mere hours after submitting my essay, "The Anonymity of Femmeininity," I received a response.

At first, I thought that the editor was just writing to acknowledge receipt of my submission. Nope. She was writing to inform me that she wanted to include my essay in the book. Woohoo!!

Hi Allison,

Thank you so much for sharing this piece with me. I am accepting it for publication. Congrats!

When I saw the call for submissions, I knew I had to answer the call. I felt qualified to write on the subject, and besides, this is what I went to school for, after all, to learn how to think critically and write analytically. I love it when I can put my Women's Studies degree to good use.

The collection will be published in March of 2009 by Homofactus Press.

More about the book:

Visible: A Femmethology, edited by Jen Burke, is a forthcoming anthology about the power and complications in presenting femme as a gender and breaking the traditional meaning of feminine. It aims to showcase personal essays exploring what “femme” means to those who claim it as an identity.

Yep, that's me. A genuine, femmeinine, female thing.

(Can ya hang? Ain't nuthin' but a she thing.)

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Under where?

June 3, 2008

Come one, come all to Allison's Underland!


Two weeks ago, Alison Tyler initiated a contest asking her blog readers to send in pictures of their skivvies. Two winners would receive a copy of Zane's newly-released anthology Purple Panties, which includes Alison's story "Underneath."


So, I opened my drawers drawer, pulled out my scanties, and practiced my spelling. I don't think I've ever had more fun preparing a contest entry.

And I am positively tickled purple that Alison chose me as one of the winners.

This is the second book that I have won from the Trollop with a Laptop. The first was Bad Girl, from Pretty Things Press, which I earned by procrastinating. Or rather, by pontificating on procrastinating.


Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Exposure: The Sequel

May 28, 2008

Just posted a blog entry promoting Wetter over at Queer Writers.

I'd been meaning to do that for a while, but as the self-appointed Priestess of ProcrastiNation, it's my duty to put off until tomorrow what should be done today.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Exposure

May 27, 2008

I decided to create a new e-mail signature to promote my blog.

Allison Wonderland

Follow me into my rabbit hole...
http://aisforallison.blogspot.com/

My blog should also receive more exposure now that the link has been added to Alison Tyler's blogroll.

"Follow me into my rabbit hole" is a lyric that I, um, appropriated - er, borrowed - from "Alice," a song written by Raven-Symoné.

You know, when I was first considering pen names for erotica, I deliberated using the name Raven-Symoan. Clever? Yes. Circumspect? Hardly. I could have dropped the Raven and gone with just the Symoan, but... eh, didn't really work for me.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Note Taker

May 10, 2008

While browsing the erotica section at Barnes & Noble, I came across a note inserted between the pages of editor Susie Bright's anthology, The Best of Best American Erotica 2008. Written on the reverse side of what appears to be a college-level homework assignment on Aristotle and "virtue ethics," is the following supplication:


And then he includes his telephone number and his e-mail address, the latter of which tells us something else about our mystery man: he loves pears.

While I am very attractive and have an amazing figure, not to mention an undeniably demure demeanor, I am certain that I am not the intended recipient of this note. It's too bad, because our love of pears is mutual, and we both know the distinction between your and you're. Based on these frivolous similarities, I am sure that Peter and I would have made a great pear pair.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. If you have not done so already, you had better get Wetter.

Darling, it's better down where it's Wetter

May 2, 2008

Wetter is now available!

The anthology, a collection of lesbian erotica edited by Nicole Foster and published by Alyson Books, includes my story "Bowl Me Over." Wetter marks my print debut as an author of literary erotica, and I am thrilled to be a part of the collection.

Below is a synopsis of the book:

Take a long, wet trip into the sexual escapades of very busy girls in this collection of quick-and-dirty true lesbian erotica. With action ranging from naughty and nasty to tender and sweet, this new anthology is certain to make a splash.

My contributor's copies should be arriving next week. I know there are a few bookstores in my area that already have the book on their shelves, but I have yet to hold a copy of the anthology in my hands. I want to wait until my copies get here, because if I have a look-see in the stores first, then when the book arrives, it might be a little anti-climactic. Sort of like reading spoilers for an episode of a TV program. It just mitigates the excitement for me, you know? So I've opted to wait. If nothing else, it will be an exercise in patience, an attribute of mine that could still use a little fine-tuning.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Se-duck-tion

April 25, 2008

I am now the proud owner of this duck.
I intend to derive a lot of pleasure from it, even though I won't actually be using it. Instead, it will join its faux-feathered friends on a four-tiered shelf in the dining room, where no one actually dines.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Kiss and That

April 17, 2008

I (kind of) have an update on The Longest Kiss anthology.

According to the editor, Chrissie Bentley:

The anthology is now with the publishers and I'm thrilled with how well it came together, you all did an excellent job.

As for when it will be published, all I can say is - it's a very slow process. We are just one of many, many books that they have in the pipeline, and we simply have to wait our turn. I know it's very frustrating having to wait, but unfortunately, that's the way it goes.

This waiting business is not my cup of tea. (In fact, tea isn't my cup of tea, either, come to think of it.) But if the end result is worth the wait, then the waiting itself is worth it.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

A is for Alyson

March 19, 2008

The contract for Island Girls has been signed, sealed, and delivered to Alyson Books!

All right, so it hasn't actually been delivered yet, but the Publishing Coordinator should have the contract in his hands by the end of the week.

That is all.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

A Sapphic Account

March 12, 2008

I have splendiferous news to report: my short story, "Mahalo," has been accepted for inclusion in Island Girls. This anthology is edited by Simone Thorne and will be published by Alyson Books.

Below is a synopsis of the book:

Uncover the secret desires of the tropics in this all-new collection of lesbian erotica. From hot beaches to cool waterfalls, ocean breezes to moonlight walks, the spark between women who love women has never been more electric.

When I initially submitted the story, it never reached its intended destination. Other writers were announcing their acceptances, but I hadn't received any notification whatsoever. Worried that my submission had gotten lost in cyberspace, I attempted to contact a staff member and was fortunate to receive a reply from the Publishing Coordinator. He informed me that he never received my story and permitted me to resubmit. This was very generous of him, because the deadline had passed, and he could have said sorry, tough luck. So I'm very grateful that he gave me the opportunity to be considered.

And I just have to share the reply, because it made me absolutely giddy:

Awesome! We'll def include this in our anthology. Mailing out your contract today!

In other news, I recently joined Sapphic Planet, a Yahoo Group for writers of f/f erotica. We have a website now, courtesy of Beth Wylde, fellow Sapphic scribe and the creator of the group. We're putting together an anthology comprised entirely of lesbian literary erotica. I'll be submitting a piece, though the deadline isn't until June 30. As the self-appointed Priestess of ProcrastiNation, this means, of course, that I'll be submitting a piece on or very close to June 30.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Allow me to introduce myself...

February 29, 2008

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end; then stop."

Lest the Queen of Hearts should threaten a decapitation, let's begin at the beginning... I'd like to say that I need no introduction, but that would be just a little bit cocky of me, wouldn't it? Well, as you can see, I'm Allison Wonderland. Allison is my given name, and I chose a pseudonym from which I wouldn't be completely disassociated. (I guess that makes it a pseudo-pseudonym.) The Wonderland moniker comes courtesy of a friend. The first time she called me Allison Wonderland, I immediately thought that it would make a consummate pen name. It's simple, it's familiar, it's easy to remember.

I've been writing since I learned to write, but I only started writing erotica in the summer of last year, shortly after graduating from college. While perusing the Net under the nebulous search words of "call for submissions," I came across Queer Writers. I noticed past postings inviting writers to submit erotica for anthologies, as well as news about forthcoming erotica collections, and the genre piqued my interest. So, I continued exploring, and that's when I discovered the Erotica Readers & Writers Assocation (ERWA).

After browsing through their Call for Submissions page, I decided to enter a contest hosted by For the Girls. So, I wrote a story in accordance with the competition theme of discovery, sent it off, and waited patiently for the results. Okay, that's a lie. I waited impatiently, nervously, anxiously, and all the other adverbs used to convey the heebie-jeebies. While I am confident in my writing ability, I don't like to be arrogant about it, because you just never know until you get the yes (or the no). The next month, I received word from the webmistress that my story, "Quite Contrary," earned an Honorable Mention in the competition. I was tickled hot pink.

Shortly after that, I wrote and submitted "Bowl Me Over" to Wetter, an anthology edited by Nicole Foster and forthcoming from Alyson Books. Two weeks later, I was notified of the editor's decision: I am pleased to announce that Nicole Foster has chosen your story for inclusion in WETTER. You know how the song goes: "Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me." :)

Then came The Longest Kiss, a collection in e-book format edited by Chrissie Bentley and tentatively scheduled for a summer release from Mojocastle Press. The anthology will feature two works of flash fiction, the 100-word "Guiltless Pleasure," and a longer work called "The Cliterary Elite."

I've decided that in addition to acceptances, I will (read: might possibly) document rejections in my blog, at least some of them. It might be - forgive the truism - therapeutic. I'll start with a rejection I received from writer and editor Alison Tyler. Regarding a piece I submitted back in August, a story entitled "Exquisite," she said that the work "read like poetry" and that she was "sure [I'll] be able to [place the piece elsewhere] without a problem." I thought about that and realized that while it was, of course, a rejection, it was a rejection of the best kind: the piece was rejected not because the writing was dreadful, but because it just wasn't a good fit for that particular collection of stories. Actually, the story is no longer a story. It's now a poem. I figured, if it reads like poetry, it might as well be poetry. The next piece I submitted to Alison, a longer work entitled "Flick Chicks," received the green light (or the yellow light, I should say, as it's not a good idea to count my ducklings before they've hatched). She told me that she'd "love to use this story in [her] Spanking anthology! It's just perfect." Now that's the kind of response that writers live for.

All right, well, I think I've come to the end, so I'm going to heed the King's advice and stop.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland