Going Down On...

January 31, 2010

...Bended Knee!

What, you thought I was going to say something smutty? Tsk, tsk, tsk. There are two things you need to keep out of the gutter, folks: your mind and your bowling ball.

Anywho, To Love and To Cherish is traveling through cyberspace and today is my day to blog about the book. My story, "The Felicity of Domesticity," is housed in volume one of the collection, On Bended Knee, published as an e-book on Friday.

To Love and To Cherish is a collaboration between Sapphic Planet and loveyoudivine. All proceeds from the sale of the e-books (On Bended Knee, With This Ring, Lives and Wives) and the print book (the anthology in its entirety) will support marriage equality through Marriage Equality.

So, why did I want to be involved with this project?

Because I think this deadlock over wedlock is, quite simply, silly.

Because I believe that love is a many-splendored and a many-gendered thing.

Because I think that opponents of marriage equality really need to stop fretting that the LGBT community will do it better.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Matrimony & Cheese

January 28, 2010

Only one more day until the release of On Bended Knee, volume one of To Love and To Cherish: An Anthology of Lesbian Love and Marriage.

In the meantime, check out this compilation of excerpts from the collection and savor a sample of each and every story selected for the anthology.

Plus, when you reach page 55, you'll see a discount code for 10% off the price of On Bended Knee.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. Who can identify the lovely, lacy bride in these photographs?

Truly, Mad Lib, Deeply

January 24, 2010

I am positively mad about mad libs.

It's an enduring love affair, ongoing since junior high, when an English teacher used them to help her students understand the parts of speech.

The other night, I was doing one with a friend and when she requested a noun, I offered up the word dominatrix. So, at the end, when all the blanks were filled in, she read the first sentence and we discovered that in the 1800's, two brothers invented the world's first "electric dominatrix."

That kept us in stitches for a good five minutes.

I just love taking liberties.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Put a lyd on It

January 22, 2010

Only one more week until lyd releases the first installment of To Love and To Cherish!

Are you ready to take the plunge?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. Enchanting engagement ring from Love and Pride. I wouldn't mind if somebody slipped that on my finger.

The Secret's Out

January 19, 2010

Coming Together: Into the Light is now available!

This collection, with its theme of revealed secrets, is edited by Alessia Brio.

Want to try before you buy?

Below is a snippet of my piece, "Smut Puppy," which appears alongside a lustrous line-up of contributors.

"Shannon, um... you know that I write, right? I mean, you know that I'm a writer?"

Her nod is deliberate, almost in slow motion.

"And you know what I write, right?"

"Yeah, short stories mostly."

"Well, for the past year, I've been writing, um, a certain kind of short story. Stories of a... sexual nature. It's called, um, it's called... erotica."

"Oh?" Shannon inquires, and I swear I see her eyes smiling.

"Just an FYI, my stories aren't based on actual events or anything," I hasten to point out. "I'm just... translating fantasy into fiction. And, um, anyway, I sold a story awhile back and... well, they published it and... it's in print."

There. I did it. It's done. Now comes the waiting. Waiting for Shannon to wig out and walk out. Waiting for all heck (she disapproves of the word hell) to break loose.

I hear giggling. I look at Shannon, since the sound seems to be coming from her.

"I don't like erotica," she shares.

"You don't have to read it," I assure her.

"No, I mean, I don't like the term erotica," she clarifies. "I think it should be called something else. Like, uh, flesh fiction. Or maybe literature for the loins. Something like that."

If you'd like to own this anthology of erotica, flesh fiction, or literature for the loins - choose your pleasure - it's available as an e-book from All Romance Ebooks, 1 Romance EBooks, and Smashwords. The collection's editor, Alessia Brio, recommends that readers purchase the book from All Romance or 1 Romance to ensure that 100% of the proceeds benefit the anthology's designated charity, V-Day, an organization that strives to silence violence against girls and women.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Triple Play

January 14, 2010

I come baring - er, bearing - news on the publishing front.

My poem, "Neapolitan," will be included in Alessia Brio's collection Coming Together: As One.

I adore being a part of Alessia's anthologies. Each one is a potpourri of creativity.

The theme of this particular collection is menage, and the book will be released by Phaze in both e-book and print during the month of April.

Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit ONE, an organization advocating the eradication of poverty.

The publication of my poem marks my initiation into menage - menage a trois, specifically.

So please send out the welcome wagon and I'll happily climb aboard.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Put a Ring on It

January 11, 2010

Last week, I made an announcement about making an announcement about a project promoting marriage equality. I will now announce the announcement that I announced I'd be announcing.

(Sheesh. I got tongue-tied just typing that.)

I am a member of a coterie of authors who write lesbian literature. The collective, Sapphic Planet, has partnered with loveyoudivine Alterotica to create an anthology entitled To Love and To Cherish: An Anthology of Lesbian Love and Marriage.

Stories in the collection, edited by Beth Wylde and Lara Zielinsky, will be divided into three e-books: On Bended Knee, With This Ring, and Lives and Wives.

My contribution, "The Felicity of Domesticity," about two girls who decide to jump the broom at the ripe old age of six, will appear in the first e-book, On Bended Knee, scheduled for release on January 29.

Subsequent release dates are February 5 and February 12.

Then, on Valentine's Day, February 14, the collection will be released in its entirety as a print book.

All royalties from the anthology, in its many forms, will benefit Marriage Equality.

I am delighted to be a part of this project. It's my quiet way of being an activist for the LGBT community.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Countdown & Dirty

January 11, 2010

We have an official release date for Coming Together: Into the Light!

Alessia Brio's collection will be released by Phaze Books next week on Tuesday, January 19.

All proceeds from the anthology, which includes my story "Smut Puppy," about a writer of erotic fiction trying to find the right time - and the right words - to tell her lover about her literary liaisons, will benefit V-Day, an organization that aims to eliminate violence against girls and women.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Keeping Smut at Bay

January 10, 2010

The Bay Area Reporter has reviewed BLE 2010. Critic Jim Piechota took note of my story, "Flick Chicks," in which "a vanity table and some sharp smacks make two ladies very content."

I love that synopsis. It's both concealing and revealing at the same time.

Check out the review in its entirety. The write-up is almost as good as the book!

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

"I prefer a lot of semen."

January 10, 2010

Just saw the movie It's Complicated, which, I'm pleased to announce, exceeded my expectations.

Especially when Meryl Streep's character uttered that libidinous line.

I'm going to repeat it now, because, well, it's worth repeating.

I prefer a lot of semen.

LOLs all around.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Seeing Stars

January 6, 2010

Another five-star review for BLE 2010!

Well worth reading for the style as well as the sex.

So we're stylishly sexy, eh?


In other anthology news, I've got a project in progress promoting marriage equality, this one on the Sapphic side. I'll be sharing info on that in the very near future.

Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Reading Material Girl

January 3, 2010

This year, I'm keeping the resolutions simple - reasonable, realistic, attainable.

1) Read more. I am a very sporadic reader. I write more than I read, which is counterintuitive, considering that writing is for reading. I've got books, scads of them, that sit on shelves, un-devoured, just yearning to have their spines creased and their pages turned and their words imbibed.

2) Procrastinate less. Why do today what can be put off till tomorrow? Well, what's wrong with the here and now? If I start on a story in advance of the deadline, even just a week in advance, I can work on the piece in small doses, with plenty of time for tweaking and tinkering. The longer I wait, the less time I have for revisions. And while I do work well under pressure, that doesn't mean I can't be creative when I'm calm.

3) Socialize more. You know that book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky? As a writer, there are definitely perks to wallflowerdom, but I shouldn't use my profession as an excuse to stay introverted and undetected. I would prefer to be just as adept at talking as I am at typing, but parity in that department is still a bit of a stretch, so this year, I'm going to try for a balance of 60 (typing) /40 (talking).

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland