Of limericks and clowns

Ignore the date. Mostly. The following announcements are real. Mostly:

1. Stone Telling has launched its joke issue, which includes three limericks by me. (And yes, one of those includes dinoflagellates because, well, dinoflagellates.) If the thought of limericks makes you cringe, good news: the issue also includes a considerably better villanelle by David Sklar which is definitely worth a look.

2. But if the thought of limericks doesn’t make you cringe, read on. Well, read on anyway: Unlikely Story is launching a Kickstarter for Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix. If the project funds, it will contain a book with a little flash story by me about, natch, a clown. (Actually it’s only somewhat about the clown. That is, it has a clown, but it’s mostly about other things.)

Among the backer awards: limericks, by me, printed on little clown postcards. If that horrifies you, and I can’t say I blame you, Unlikely Story is offering other, considerably better backer awards, including microfictions, clown art, and short story critiques. Or you can just grab the ebook.

Samples of the sort of story you’ll find in the final book appear here. I think this is going to be a fun little project: fingers crossed that it funds.

Ink

My short story, Ink, just went live up at the Journal of Unlikely Cryptographybrought to you by the same people who have brought you Unlikely Entomology and Unlikely Architecture, and who are partly financially backed by a group organized out of the very unlikely Sealand.  Given all of these factors, it’s rather unlikely that this story managed to appear at all; I hope you enjoy reading it.