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