As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
We walk. All around us, their eyes watch. Eyes like gems, like flame, like pools of water, tiger’s eyes, insect eyes, pools of blood. Many part around us. A few brush against us, touch us with hands, tendrils, fur. Once, feathers linger against my cheek. We walk, Trey, Aniye, and I. We walk past new shops selling food and drink, scent, fashion. We walk through whispers. “Norms.” “Why are they here?” “Ugly.” “Exotic.” “They really do look alike.”
Three Jennies stand in our way. Aniye shivers. We step aside. They move to block us. We stop. They stop: a nude, black-furred man with furled bat-wings; a man clad in white leathers, who seems carved from icicle, tall and thin, with white hair and eyes and skin; a slender maroon woman with a blue feather crest. A translucent shimmer surrounds her, the color of smoke. She has four breasts paired on her chest; her slit is on her abdomen, down-feathered.
So, why did we take this story? We liked the world building and the unusual cadence of the piece. We liked the issue it tackles and the way it comes full circle. We had some issues with pacing and repetition in the opening, and Cindy worked through that in revision. The original was 4000 words; final edit is 3625 words.
Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.