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