July 8th, 2010

Living With Ghosts

New Story

My short story, 'The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will', is to appear in the forthcoming anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur Bar, edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, and due from DAW books in March 2011. Here's part of the press release:

"The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on--in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue."

There's a great line up of writers, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the whole thing when it comes out. My story is set in late seventeenth century France, in a Paris caught up in the intrigues and scandals of the 'Poison's Affair'. A young woman has to choose between herself and her principles in an atmosphere of danger and betrayal. I had a lot of fun writing it: it's a period that fascinates me. And I gained a huge piece of inspiration from the work of artist jeweller Elise Matheson (elisem). The title of my story comes from a beautiful pair of named earrings that I bought from her last autumn. Look out for me wearing them at a con sometime soon.

Interesting meme

Here's an interesting meme, that I'm toying with doing -- the writing about writing meme, What do you think? Shall I do this, even though, as fiction writers go, I'm but an egg? Collapse )