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His cheeks burned, even though no students had come to the window to witness his struggle.
A ghost had. She looked just like all the other phantoms trapped in the school’s towers: pale, hole-eyed wisps of young men and women whose hands ended before their fingertips and whose mouths held no teeth or tongues, as if in death they had forgotten some of what they were.
There was no way to tell how she had died, whether it had been inflicted by a cruel classmate or a bad decision. He knew she hadn’t jumped or fallen: no one ever died that way on school grounds. There were dark rumors of past students and even Lectors who had tried, each of them saved by a sudden wind.
(From “Midnight at the Feet of the Caryatides,” first published in Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, from Lethe Press, 2013)
|What I Write||
If you don’t know how much of the story was real and how much was fiction, i did my job.
There are links to stories published online that you can read for free here. I’ve also been in some anthologies, but i assume you care about the stuff you can access instantly.
I’m going to be writing the last half of a YA novel i’ve been working on since 2013. It’s an expansion of a short story that was published in Glitter & Mayhem in 2013.
Last year and the year before, i shared my (rough!) illustrations with donors since i tend to sketch my characters and settings as i work my way through a project. I’ll be doing that again, so if you pledge for me, you will be added to a small, temporary e-mail list (i won’t pester you after the Write-a-Thon is done, pinky swear) where you’ll receive scans of my scribbles.
If there are spoilers, i’ll find some goofy way to redact them so you can safely look at the pictures without learning too much about what happens in the plot. (: And you’ll get to see some of my usually-secret notes to myself, since i tend to re-examine pivotal plot points, character interactions, world-building details, etc. as i’m finishing a project.
I am currently not able to send Clarion West monetary donations of my own. Anything you give on my behalf is more than i could do on my own, and i’m extremely grateful!