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angels of the meanwhile smallNo more placeholder cover mock-up, because Angels of the Meanwhile is now live! We’ve sent it off to the poets and authors, we’ve sent it off to the pre-orderers and donors, and we’ve found it a place to live on the web where any further sales can go directly to Pope Lizbet with no intermediaries.

Check your inbox if you’re expecting a copy (and your spam folder if it’s not there). If you’re not… well, it’s not too late to help Elizabeth or to help yourself to phenomenal writing. Just follow the link!

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angels of the meanwhile coverUPDATE: IT’S APRIL 1ST, AND IT’S OUT!

Check your email if you pre-ordered, check your spam folder if it’s not there, and if you did not get in on the fun, check out this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Well, folks, it’s been a long journey from there to here, but just over a year on, we are ready to send out the absolutely amazing e-anthology put together to help genre poet and lawyer Elizabeth R. McClellan in her time of need. Angels of the Meanwhile has an official release date, and it’s one of immense personal significance to her and her spiritual community down there in Tennessee: April 1st.

That’s right. On April 1st, we’re going to be sending out a zip file with this collection of prose and poems, many brand-new or otherwise unavailable, to everyone who has pitched in to help her out since we first sent out the distress call last spring.

And if you want to get in on this outpouring of love or you just want some shiny pretty words tied up in a neat package, you can do that by clicking this link and making your contribution. (Recommended amount: $10).

Since the car accident that started all this, Elizabeth has dealt with a considerable amount of pain and uncertainty. She has medical debt to pay off, she’s exhausted her sick leave, she’s had to deal with a broken ankle, and she’s not done recovering from her current shoulder surgery. Things are stretched so thin, she has an immediate need for $250 to keep her car insurance that she needs to keep her car that she needs to keep her job, and she needs that in a week, before March 26th.

 

 


 

The table of contents for the book has some changes, due to evolving rights issues, but all of the contributors are still there:

 

Table of Contents

Bits of Prose (Flash Fiction, Prose Poems)

  • This Is The Place Where Lost Things Go – Kythrynne Aisling
  • The Merry Knives of Interspecies Communication – Bogi Takács
  • Upon The Land, On The Sea – Sonya Taaffe
  • Foam – Dusti Morton
  • The Sweat of their Brows – Alexandra Erin
  • The Dirty Fairy – Deborah Walker
  • Beauty Sleeping – Ellen Kushner

Verse

  • Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune – Rose Lemberg
  • Pain Shared Is Catching (For April Grant) – Erik Amundsen
  • Gorgon Girls – Saira Ali
  • This Is What It’s All About – Lupa
  • Blodeuwedd – Amal El-Mohtar
  • Burning Wings (For C.S.E. Cooney) – Jennifer Crow
  • The Changeling Always Wins – Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • The Witch’s Girl – Alexandra Erin
  • The First Wife – Lev Mirov
  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy – Catherynne M. Valente
  • Firstborn – Christina Sng
  • Children of the Faun and Fae – Merideth Allyn
  • Ivan Icarus – by C.S.E. Cooney
  • The Freeman’s Dance – Jack Ralls
  • We Named Our Grief Irene – Virginia M. Mohlere
  • Fucking Doughnuts – Legoule
  • Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm – Gwynne Garfinkle
  • Sand Bags – Dominik Parisien
  • Hot Wet Mess – S.J. Tucker
  • Getting Winterized: A Guide to Rural Living – Elizabeth R. McClellan
  • Uncommon Law – Lisa Bradley
  • These Are Days – Roni Neal
  • lis pendens – Mike Allen
  • Thread Between Stone – Bryan Thao Worra

Prose Stories

  • The View of My Brother’s Profile In The Rear-View Mirror – Randee Dawn
  • Inside, Looking Out – Alexandra Erin
  • Changed – Nicolette Barischoff
  • Fire Flight – A.M. Burns
  • The Legacy Box – Satyros Phil Brucato
  • Illusions of Safety – Angelia Sparrow

 

(Yep, I’m in there three times. Well, I couldn’t ask anyone to do something for Pope Lizbet I wouldn’t do myself, could I?)

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Well, folks, Angels of the Meanwhile has had typesetting/formatting issues, rights issues, computer issues, communication issues, and my own personal issues, but it’s very close to being a done thing and there will be an announcement of the actual “street date” soon.

I apologize for the delay, as I did not mean for this “little chapbook” to be a year in the making… I’m sure a more experienced editor could have done this better and faster, and shown better coordination with the talented contributors. For a long time, I’ve let this knowledge paralyze me, certain that I’m not worthy to complete what I foolishly started. Now, I look back on the past year and realize that I myself am now a more experienced editor than I was when I started. I’ve gone from feeling like “I’m never doing anything like this again” to “Well, of course I’m not… because next time I’m doing it right.”

Anyway, thank you for your patience.

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Okay, folks. Back in the spring I started an ambitious project to help the beloved friend of many in the community, Elizabeth McClellan (Pope Lizbet) with mounting expenses relating to an accident. Many talented poets and authors joined me in this action by contributing their work to an anthology. There have been a lot of ups and downs along the way for both Lizbet, myself, and the project, but the long process of turning these acts of charity into a finished product is coming to an end.

About this time next week, I’m going to be sending out proof copies to the contributors so they can check their work and verify that it’s being presented to best effect, and also update their bios if they desire. I’m going to try to turn things around from there in a week, meaning that we’ll start sending the finished e-book out to those who’ve sent Lizbet aid on Monday, November 9th. To allow for life happening, we’ll have a fallback date of November 16th.

That’s the good news.

I mentioned that there have been ups and downs along the way. Things have continued to be tough for our intrepid Pope. She’s been dealing with illness, a broken ankle, and more car-related woes in the months since we started this. Coupled with the desire of many participants in the project to not see such a wonderful collection of poems and prose be a one-shot that fades away, we’ll be asking the contributors for permission to keep selling the e-book in a more permanent fashion, and looking at options for a print-on-demand version.

In the meantime, if anyone wants to help Elizabeth out, we’ll add them to the list to receive the e-book.

Email Address (For Delivery)

(Remember, delivery will be between November 9th-16th.)

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I have to tell you, when I first pitched the idea that became Angels of the Meanwhile to Elizabeth, she wasn’t sure that many people would be interested. I knew how so many people in our various overlapping creative and spiritual communities felt about her, and I assured her that people would be eager to help.

I still underestimated the magnitude of the response, and to say that it humbled me… well, that’s an understatement. At times I’ve struggled to even come to grips with the reality of what I’m doing. I was already feeling like a bit of a phony, like a kid standing on the shoulders of another kid wearing a trenchcoat to pass as an adult, when my work computer died this summer and took the assembled draft of the e-book with it.

I only lost maybe two weeks’ worth of work that wasn’t backed up to the cloud, but it took a lot of my willpower and ability to cope with the undertaking with it.

I realize now that I made a mistake, not in taking this project on but in taking it on alone, in seeing it as something that only I could do. It’s not the only mistake I made. I continued to underestimate people’s excitement for it. I saw the contributions purely in terms of people doing a huge favor at great cost for no reward… and I don’t want to shortchange our contributors, because it is a huge favor… but this is why, without bothering to sound anybody out, I immediately proclaimed that it would be a one-time deal. The book would be sent to the people who donated, and that would be it. It had to be that way, in my mind, because it wouldn’t be fair to ask people to give more than that.

Well, I’ve had a lot of people—contributors included—ask me about things like a print-on-demand for physical copies, or extending the e-sales past publication so that people who only heard about the project after the pre sale have a chance to get it. I didn’t think that would be fair to the contributors, but I didn’t ask anyone how that felt, and what I’m hearing now is that maybe it’s not fair to let this remarkable collection we’ve assembled together disappear into the ether.

Still… with the book not actually existing even in e-form right now, any talk of future sales is getting way ahead of the game. I’m putting this out there now just so it doesn’t come out of nowhere. Once we’ve got the initial promised volume put together and in the hands of the people who bought it, we can talk about other options.

I am maybe too hung up on starting and finishing things at clean break points on the clock or calendar, but that’s how I am. There is one week left in August. I believe I can re-create the lost formatting work during this week. I want the book to be proofed by more eyes than mine, especially since I have less of an idea how much of the proofing I lost in the crash. I don’t know how long that will take, so I’ll say that our new target for delivery is the end of September, though I’ll be hoping to get it out before then.

That’s where things stand now.

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angels of the meanwhile coverHey, folks! I’m Alexandra Erin, author of Tales of MU, Sad Puppies Review Books, and that blurry screenshot of a Tumblr post where Superman is singing to Batma that you saw on Facebook that one time.

Can I tell you a secret? I’m terrible at self-promotion. It’s my greatest weakness as an independent author. I’m lousy at networking, I just hate putting myself out there, I’m always worried that I’m making a nuisance of myself, that I’m annoying people, that what I’m doing is not good enough to call attention to…

Right now I’m at WisCon, and I’m doing my best to get over it because there are just ten days left to reserve your copies of Angels of the Meanwhile, an electronic chapbook of poetry and prose put together by caring friends to help Elizabeth R. McClellan (@popelizbet) with the unexpected medical expenses from the shoulder injury that has kept her from joining us.

I would not be here in Madison if she had not come first and then dragged me along with her the next year. I first met many of the people who have contributed their words to the collection here, too: people like the inimitable Amal El-Mohtar, the incomparable Saira Ali, and the unstoppable C.S.E. Cooney. Later today I’m going to be on a panel with the celebrated author and poet Ellen Kushner, who has also generously contributed a piece. Many of the other contributors are part of the larger WisCon community

The whole long list of authors and poets who have stepped up to contribute both new and previously published works is both astonishing and humbling. You can find the table of contents here, though there are also a few late additions I’m still slotting in. All the works listed there and more can be yours. How? Just make a payment in any amount you deem fair in the PayPal form below, and the money will go directly to Lizbet, helping her recoup out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost income, and other related losses from her shoulder injury.

Email Address (For Delivery)

When we’ve finished editing and formatting the final manuscript (projected for July), you’ll receive a package in your email containing the collection formatted for Kindle as well as Nook and other e-readers, and as a PDF. No e-reader? There are free apps for the e-book formats, and the PDF is readable on any computer or smart device.

We’re taking this pre-order route in order to give Lizbet the immediate financial relief she needs while still delivering a product equal to your gift and worthy of the talent that has been contributed to the cause.

Thank you for your help!

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I am sorry to interrupt your web surfing day, but I need to ask your help with something very important to me.

A few months ago, genre poet, author, and my functional muse Elizabeth R. McClellan was injured in the process of avoiding an auto accident. What’s a functional muse? It means she inspires me to get stuff done, mainly by saying, “ALEXANDRA, GET STUFF DONE.” It’s a rare gift, don’t ask me how she does it.

It is not exaggeration to say that she’s the reason I kept writing fiction when I started out, nor is it an exaggeration to say that she’s the reason I started writing poetry.

She needs help dealing with the unforeseen expenses that mount up in the aftermath of an unforeseen injury. To that end, I’ve been putting together a e-chapbook of sorts, a quick-and-dirty anthology consisting of poetry and prose and stuff in-between from the people in our extended community of artists.

This book, Angels of the Meanwhile, contains works by such numinous luminaries as Bryan Thao Worra, Rose Lemberg, Catherynne M. Valente, Phil Brucato, Amal El-Mohtar, S.J. Tucker, Ellen Kushner, and many more. You can read more details and the entire table of contents so far beneath this post, minus some late additions still being slotted in.

In order to raise funds quickly while they can still have an impact, we’re offering this book as a pre-order on a pay-what-you-can basis. The way it works is this: you PayPal any amount directly to Elizabeth, we add your email address to the list. On our release date (currently estimated to be late July, so we have time to deliver the best product possible despite the haste), we’ll send you a packet containing both Kindle and epub formats and a PDF, for easy reading on whatever device pleases you best. All 100% DRM free.

We are only able to offer this remarkable book through June 1st. That’s today. Please make your contribution before midnight today 

Just use this simple form. If you don’t fill in an address, we’ll use your PayPal one.

Email Address (For Delivery)

Thank you.


Table of Contents

Bits of Prose (Flash Fiction, Prose Poems)

  • This Is The Place Where Lost Things Go – Kythrynne Aisling
  • The Merry Knives of Interspecies Communication – Bogi Takács
  • The Choices of Foxes – Sonya Taaffe
  • Foam – Dusti Morton
  • The Sweat of their Brows – Alexandra Erin
  • The Dirty Fairy – Deborah Walker
  • Beauty Sleeping – Ellen Kushner

Verse

  • Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune – Rose Lemberg
  • Pain Shared Is Catching (For April Grant) – Erik Amundsen
  • Gorgon Girls – Saira Ali
  • This Is What It’s All About – Lupa
  • Blodeuwedd – Amal El-Mohtar
  • Burning Wings (For C.S.E. Cooney) – Jennifer Crow
  • The Changeling Always Wins – Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • The First Wife – Lev Mirov
  • Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Lost at Sea, 1527 – Lisa Bradley
  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy – Catherynne M. Valente
  • Firstborn – Christina Sng
  • Children of the Faun and Fae – Merideth Allyn
  • Ivan Icarus – by C.S.E. Cooney
  • We Named Our Grief Irene – Virginia M. Mohlere
  • Fucking Doughnuts – Legoule
  • Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm – Gwynne Garfinkle
  • Sand Bags – Dominik Parisien
  • Hot Wet Mess – S.J. Tucker
  • These Are Days – Roni Neal
  • lis pendens – Mike Allen
  • Thread Between Stone – Bryan Thao Worra

Prose Stories

  • The View of My Brother’s Profile In The Rear-View Mirror – Randee Dawn
  • Inside, Looking Out – Alexandra Erin
  • Changed – Nicolette Barischoff
  • Fire Flight – A.M. Burns
  • The Legacy Box – Satyros Phil Brucato
  • Illusions of Safety – Angelia Sparrow

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Angels of the Meanwhile, the e-chapbook/anthology to benefit Elizabeth R. McClellan (@popelizbet), is available for pre-order for now. We’ve extended the pre-order window through June 1st in order to be able to promote the collection through the Memorial Day convention season and in order to give more time to highlight some of the newer additions to the collection.

That’s right, I said new additions! We are welcoming Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint) and Randee Dawn to the fiction categories, along with Christina Sng in poetry! They join an already impressive cast of talent that must be read to be believed. (See below!)

We have fairies and fauns, we have love and loss, we have grief and growth, we have mermaids and sirens, we have dragons and firebirds, we have night hags and gorgons, and far, far more.Pre-Order Today at the Price of Your Choice!Get your order in by June 1st This special benefit anthology is a unique assemblage of talents and words to aid a cherished community member in need. This kind of collection is not easy to come by. Blink and it will pass you by!

Email Address (For Delivery)

You can name your price on the next page after pressing the button. We’re using a simple PayPal form so that your entire contribution, minus PayPal’s fees, go directly to Lizbet to help pay the expenses relating to her injury. Delivery is now anticipated for July 31st. Yes, that’s also pushed back a month so I can focus on promoting it during the order period, and editing afterwards. Line editing expertise will be contributed by Rose Fox, co-editor of the Long Hidden anthology.

The book will be delivered as a package of three formats: Kindle, other e-book readers, and a PDF (suitable for reading on almost any device, including a computer). All free of restrictive DRM.


Table of Contents

Bits of Prose (Flash Fiction, Prose Poems)

  • This Is The Place Where Lost Things Go – Kythrynne Aisling
  • The Merry Knives of Interspecies Communication – Bogi Takács
  • The Choices of Foxes – Sonya Taaffe
  • Foam – Dusti Morton
  • The Sweat of their Brows – Alexandra Erin
  • The Dirty Fairy – Deborah Walker
  • Beauty Sleeping – Ellen Kushner

Verse

  • Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune – Rose Lemberg
  • Pain Shared Is Catching (For April Grant) – Erik Amundsen
  • Gorgon Girls – Saira Ali
  • This Is What It’s All About – Lupa
  • Blodeuwedd – Amal El-Mohtar
  • Burning Wings (For C.S.E. Cooney) – Jennifer Crow
  • The Changeling Always Wins – Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • The First Wife – Lev Mirov
  • Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Lost at Sea, 1527 – Lisa Bradley
  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy – Catherynne M. Valente
  • Firstborn – Christina Sng
  • Children of the Faun and Fae – Merideth Allyn
  • Ivan Icarus – by C.S.E. Cooney
  • We Named Our Grief Irene – Virginia M. Mohlere
  • Fucking Doughnuts – Legoule
  • Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm – Gwynne Garfinkle
  • Sand Bags – Dominik Parisien
  • Hot Wet Mess – S.J. Tucker
  • These Are Days – Roni Neal
  • lis pendens – Mike Allen
  • Thread Between Stone – Bryan Thao Worra

Prose Stories

  • The View of My Brother’s Profile In The Rear-View Mirror – Randee Dawn
  • Inside, Looking Out – Alexandra Erin
  • Changed – Nicolette Barischoff
  • Fire Flight – A.M. Burns
  • The Legacy Box – Satyros Phil Brucato
  • Illusions of Safety – Angelia Sparrow

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...by folks who missed hearing about it while we were calling for submissions. It's true the initial deadline has passed. It's also true that there are a few folks I've been holding the door open for as they've promised works but life has been doing what life does. It's also true that I never imagined I'd get enough responses to be in a position where I'd have to make hard choices.

I'm trying hard to strike the right note here because I neither want to throw open the floodgates nor suggest that everything will be circular filed. So, here goes...

In the interest of fairness, I will still consider works from anyone who wants to send them in. As there is now an established work to fit new pieces into, I will be a bit choosier than I was early on. I will say that the sooner they get to me, the more likely I am to find a place for them... and I'm going to make a hard, hard cut-off of April 24th. That's just over two weeks from now, but it's only one week before the once-and-only ordering window closes. There's only so much good that can be done by adding another layer of even the snazziest paint at that point.

Send to contactme -at- alexandraerin -dot- com, with the subject line "FOR POPELIZBET". No need to query first... I'd prefer you skip any kind of preliminary and just get down to it, given the late hour. We'll take prose, poem, or in-between. Don't worry about maximum and minimum lengths, as part of the fun is finding places for them.

Thank you!
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...to be involved in Angels of the Meanwhile because it's really more ambitious than anything I've ever done before, even just as an e-book, with the minimal formatting that requires/allows for. It's ambitious not in terms of its size, but its scope.

When I first proposed the idea to Elizabeth, she was afraid it wouldn't go anywhere. I knew that it would, but I couldn't imagine how far it would go. I thought I might get a dozen pieces, probably mostly poems.

Well, there are more poems than straight prose in the slate I unveiled yesterday, but there's plenty of both. And the names. Ye gosh, the names.

(Contributing poet!) C.S.E. Cooney said this on Facebook about the importance of this project to her: "It is about community. It is about rescue. It is about giving back. And it's about poetry and prose and prose poems!"

That really says it all. These kinds of efforts, they are about community. Writing for and reading the same markets makes us colleagues, I guess. Talking to one another makes us acquaintances. Caring about each other makes us friends. Looking out for one another makes us a community.

Read the Table of Contents here, if you haven't. And get in on it below for whatever price you want to put.

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Hey, folks! When I started canvassing for Angels of the Meanwhile, I knew the situation was fluid and likely to change, and it has, mostly for the better. I'll let Elizabeth describe how things stand (and tell some more about how she got here) in her own words.

Angels of the Meantime began because I panicked, and someone decided to be proactive about the worst case scenario.

In January, things were looking OK for me. I had just paid off some significant debt. My insurance had changed to a more affordable plan. 2015 was looking up.

On my first day back to work, January 5, I didn't hit a negligent driver.* In the course of not hitting him, I felt a strange sharp pain go up my right arm where it was braced against the steering wheel. Twenty minutes later it was unpleasantly tingling. Four days later I was in agony.

So I went to the doctor, and then the specialist. I had torn my supraspinatus tendon almost in two. Because it was a trauma tear to a healthy tendon, my doctor recommended surgery. Oh well. I had insurance, I thought. This will be OK, I thought.

Cut to months of insurance garbage. "We want four months PT before you can have surgery." Never mind that PT isn't recommended for trauma tears. Had I torn it all the way, they would have let me off with a month. My doctor appealed. Appealed again. Sent me to PT that made my almost unusable right arm totally unusable. Copays upon copays. Days I couldn't work because I couldn't sleep more than two hours before shooting pain woke me up and kept me there.

In the midst of this, Alexandra Erin, knowing I was out of pocket far more than I could afford, and while it was still uncertain how long this would drag on and at what expense, sent out a rallying cry to authors and artists: Elizabeth needs your help.

The response was overwhelming. Plenty of people donated money out of the goodness of their hearts, before a plan came together.

That plan is now a reality. Angels of the Meantime, a benefit eBook featuring so many of my friends who were happy to send original or reprint work, or, as Rose Fox did, donate their expertise.

Things aren't as bad as we first thought. I have surgery next week, thanks to my doctor's tireless fighting with my insurer. But I am several thousand dollars out of pocket. My maximum out of pocket is about a month's salary. I'll hit it next week. The vast majority of those bills, about $3k, have not yet been paid. The lost time since January and the time I will lose in the next two months also add up, as do the added expenses of recovery itself when your dominant arm is out of commission and you can't wash your own hair, much less drive. My local community has already been a huge help in making sure I didn't injure myself further trying to handle these basics - but gas isn't free, even though their time is freely given.

Ergo, Angels of the Meantime. Pay what you will shall be the whole of the fundraiser. Want to venture a dollar on over 30,000 words of everything from poetry to flash and short fiction to art? Every dollar helps. Want to venture more? Given the lineup below, there's a little something for everyone. And every little bit helps. Every little bit gets me closer to spending my time creating more and worrying less about who's going to get paid this month and how.

I am so very grateful to all who have boosted signal or already preordered. I am humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support already exhibited. But it's not too late. Check out the TOC below. Pay what you think it's worth, or what you can spare. Share the post, boost the signal.
You are all my angels. Many hands make a light burden. Thank you. For lifting some of mine.

*Because I didn't hit him & had no third party witness to the guy who fishtailed a pull behind trailer trying to make a turn too fast onto Sam Ridley from Murfreesboro Road until the trailer was perpendicular across my lane, my uninsured motorist policy had no coverage. I have no dispute with the UBI statute. I do hope that wherever that dude was going was *really* important. Sincerely.


So, that's where we are. Surgery is happening, and the expenses are shaping up to be less dire than they could be, though still substantial. Life has been hectic for both of us since this began, but we'e running now, and more to the point, we're running this pre-order through May 1st. That gives just over three weeks to get the word out. This is your opportunity to help, and your one and only opportunity to own this unique collection of gorgeous words. Our slate contains a beautiful mix of prose and poetry (including many pieces that straddle the lines between both), a mix of brand new, old, and out-of-print works. I'm very excited in particular to be debuting a punchy new piece by Satyros Phil Brucato, known among gaming circles for his work on Mage: The Ascension.

Though there's not a single guiding theme to the collection, be assured that monster girls, mermaids, witches, and wonders abound. Please order, spread the link, boost, make noise, share to high heavens. Anything you can give, even attention, helps.

-<3 AE





Angels of the Meanwhile Contents



Bits of Prose (Flash Fiction, Prose Poems)
  • This Is The Place Where Lost Things Go - Kythrynne Aisling

  • The Merry Knives of Interspecies Communication - Bogi Takács

  • The Choices of Foxes - Sonya Taaffe

  • Foam - Dusti Morton

  • The Sweat of their Brows - Alexandra Erin

  • The Dirty Fairy - Deborah Walker


  • Verse
  • Beastwoman's Snarled Rune - Rose Lemberg

  • Pain Shared Is Catching (For April Grant) - Erik Amundsen

  • Gorgon Girls - Saira Ali

  • This Is What It's All About - Lupa

  • Blodeuwedd - Amal El-Mohtar

  • Burning Wings (For C.S.E. Cooney) - Jennifer Crow

  • The Changeling Always Wins - Nicole Kornher-Stace

  • The First Wife - Lev Mirov

  • Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Lost at Sea, 1527 - Lisa Bradley

  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy - Catherynne M. Valente

  • Children of the Faun and Fae - Merideth Allyn

  • Ivan Icarus - by C.S.E. Cooney
  • We Named Our Grief Irene - Virginia M. Mohlere

  • Fucking Doughnuts - Legoule

  • Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm - Gwynne Garfinkle

  • Sand Bags - Dominik Parisien

  • Hot Wet Mess - S.J. Tucker

  • These Are Days - Roni Neal

  • lis pendens - Mike Allen

  • Thread Between Stone - Bryan Thao Worra


  • Prose Stories
  • Inside, Looking Out - Alexandra Erin

  • Changed - Nicolette Barischoff

  • Fire Flight - A.M. Burns

  • The Legacy Box - Satyros Phil Brucato

  • Illusions of Safety - Angelia Sparrow


  • Note: While we've got a quite bit lined up, including some fairly big guns, I have been told there's more to come from people who are still working on their pieces, particularly from the local poetry community that surrounds Elizabeth. There are a lot of people who want to help. I'm not trying to be coy or drum up more interest by not naming names... I don't want people making up their minds based on something I don't actually have on hand yet. I just want to make sure everyone knows that you might wind up with even more than you bargained for.

Pre-Order Angels of the Meanwhile Today

Estimated Delivery: June 30th. This pre-order closes on May 1st. Note that we do not have permission to sell these stories outside the context of this single run of this single volume, so if you want this, step up name your price!


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Update 4/9/2015: This post has been updated to fix a problem with the PayPal form and to fix the omission of C.S.E. Cooney's lyric piece "Ivan Icarus" from the table of contents. I sincerely regret both of these errors. - AE
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Angels of the Meanwhile
is an e-chapbook, a simple anthology of poetry and short prose to help pay for the torn rotator cuff surgery of poet, author, muse, and sister Pope Lizbet (Elizabeth R. McClellan). Encompassing a mix of new and previously published materials by artists from multiple walks of life who have been touched by Lizbet (or by people whose lives she has touched), Angels of the Meanwhile includes a gorgeous cover donated by the great Amanda Sharpe, new fiction by prolific creator Satyros Phil Brucato (noted especially as creator of Mage: The Ascension and the webcomic Arpeggio) along with poetry by such lights as Saira Ali, Rose Lemberg, S.J. Tucker, and Catherynne M. Valente, among many others.

Since it was first announced in early February, this project has grown from a modest effort to help a dear friend into something bigger and more beautiful. With over thirty thousand words of poetry and prose and an offer of interior illustrations on their way, we’ve had to move to a pre-order model in order to make sure the goal of raising the necessary funds in time for Lizbet’s surgery can be met while still delivering the promise of the project.

Here’s the nitty-gritty details: the book will be released on the planned date of June 30th. The final and total “print run”, such as it is, will consist of however many ebooks are ordered between now and May 1st. Copies will be sent out once and never again. All art is ephemeral; benefit art even more so.

The cost of the book is whatever you are willing and able to pay. We will be delivering the final product in a zip file that will include a PDF version (readable on any platform), a Kindle-compatible ebook version, and a generic e-reader version. All copies are DRM free.

Now, Lizbet is scheduled for surgery in mid-April. We need to raise at least $1,500 out of about $5,000 total before that*. More would be appreciated, to give her some padding for unforeseen expenses, lost income, and expenses already incurred out of pocket

Nittier, grittier details: Because of the nature of this project, all details are subject to change, including the release date, the ordering deadline, and the table of contents. We are asking for people to give money out of a combination of the desire to help Lizbet and to own a cool, eclectic collection of words. Purchasing a pre-order of the chapbook entitles you to your copies of the chapbook; it does not carry any further obligation or privilege.

 

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(Note that if you previously donated in February, you may consider yourself down for the pre-order already. We'll be contacting all previous donors in June, prior to shipping. If you have more to contribute, of course, feel free.)



*This text has been amended to be more precise about the timing of the goals - AE.

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This is an update post on the status of the chapbook Angels of the Meanwhile, being assembled to benefit [livejournal.com profile] popelizbet (Elizabeth R. McClellan).

I have received a number of submissions of both poetry and prose, enough that I feel comfortable beginning to assemble them and put them into some sort of prospective order. This does not mean that submissions are closed. If you would still like to be included in the booklet, please just let me know by February 20th.

Once I have a tentative table of contents, I'll get a pre-order site set up, with the caveat that the contents of the book may change at any point up to actual publication.

Why a pre-order? Some of the material that was offered has rights issues that will lapse at various points in the month of march, and some people have pledged original works that will take a bit longer to put together (for obvious reasons) then reprints. This coupled with the fact that there have been some offers of original artwork is why we've decided to do a pre-order. It's a question of something thrown together that offers nothing new and is just bare-bones, versus something that holds a greater value.

I don't feel comfortable creating the pre-order site before I can offer a tentative table of contents, but for those who want to jump in with both feet as I have done in creating this project can send a contribution to Lizbet through PayPal now... since we'll be doing a pay-what-you-can model for this, everybody who has contributed will be offered the finished chapbook.
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This is an update post about the status of Angels of the Meanwhile, the chapbook I am putting together to help Elizabeth R. McClellan (popelizbet) pay for expenses related to her shoulder injury. After I make this post, I'm going to tag the previous two posts on the subject with "aotm" so the link http://alexandraerin.dreamwidth.org/tag/aotm will show you the whole history of the subject so far.

Okay, so about a dozen poets have sent or pledged poems, and I have 2 or 3 pieces of prose of varying length either submitted or pledged. There's a good mix of original/unseen content and reprints, where I feel like we can offer a solid value. I would love to have more material, particularly more prose. Again, reprints are fine, and microfiction/flash fiction is fine. No minimum length. In fact, a bunch of very short pieces to set against the poetry would be great. I certainly have no shortage of my own such work to contribute, but I would rather not have it wind up looking like my own vanity project.

I am trying to put this together fairly quickly, but some contributors are already writing new work, so if you would love to pitch in but are worried that you don't have anything on hand, please shoot me a line to let me know you're interested.

Again, I'm asking people who are interested in helping out to email me at contactme@alexandraerin.com with the subject line "FOR POPELIZBET". Poetry, prose, artwork... all are welcome. Lizbet is a primarily speculative (melancholy dark fantasy, I would say) poet herself, and so things in that vein or with a witchy, earthy, down-home vibe are particularly appropriate. Mermaids and monster girls of all stripes also very welcome, as are works about hope and healing. If you're not sure if something would fit the mix, please send it anyway. I can try to describe how the thing is shaping up at the moment, but that doesn't mean I know where it's going.
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Okay, folks, so yesterday I tweeted a bit about the medical and financial plight of [livejournal.com profile] popelizbet and then, once I had both a clearer picture of the scope of her problem and her permission, I kicked off an impromptu campaign to put together a chapbook with contributions from her friends and fellow writers that we could offer on a pay-what-thou-wilt plan, with proceeds benefiting her.

The details are still coming together, but there are more of them than there were yesterday.

The Situation

Lizbeth has a near complete tear of a tendon in her shoulder, leaving her in intense pain and unable to use her dominant arm. Doctors say she needs surgery to repair it sooner rather than later if she's to regain the full range of use and motion. The insurance company says they will only cover physical therapy.

She already owes $700 for an imaging scan that did not meet her deductible [Note: A previous version of this post said her insurance declined it. This was my own misunderstanding.]. Thanks to the generosity of the internet over the course of yesterday and this morning, that is now 80% taken care of.

The surgery is going to be a much higher hurdle. The procedure alone is a couple thousand, but having it means paying not just the surgeon but the anesthesiologist and the facility. She has been told that all together, she is looking at an out of pocket cost in the neighborhood of $20,000, hence the abrupt shift yesterday from "please kick in" to "let's put on a show".

Because we're going to be using a pay-whatever model (and to encourage people to keep giving while we're putting stuff together), it is my intention to offer the finished chapbook to everyone who has sent Lizbet money before it goes on sale, too. You can pitch in here.

The Chapbook

Inspired by Lizbet's characteristic outbursts of gratitude over those who have helped, I've dubbed the book Angels of the Meanwhile. It will contain a mixture of poetry and prose. I have received a number of both submissions of finished work and what I'll call pledges of interest from those desiring to contribute something new. Among those who have offered their work for inclusion are Saira Ali, Rose Lemberg, Amal El-Mohtar, C.S.E. Cooney, S.J. Tucker, Bryan Thao Worra, and Satyros Phil Brucato. Cover art has been donated by Amanda Sharpe. Other individuals have offered to help with copy editing and such behind the scenes tasks. All donated content still belongs to its creator. We are not requesting any rights except the bare right to include it in the chapbook.

The line-up of the chapbook is not set. If you have something to contribute (poetry, stories of any length, fantasy artwork), please send it or a query to contactme@alexandraerin.com with the subject line "FOR POPELIZBET". Flash fiction/microfiction is fine. Reprints are fine. I cannot guarantee to take all comers, but there's definitely room for more love. I'm trying to get a tentative table of contents or at least a roster of contributors together as soon as possible, though, to use for preorders.

The chapbook will be an electronic publication bundled in PDF, epub, and mobi formats.

The Logistics of this Whole Thing

Maaaaaaan, I don't even know. Before yesterday, I didn't dream I'd be trying something like this.

First thing is that this is a personal fundraiser. It's friends pitching in to help friends. It's a community coming together. There is no tax-exempt status involved here, no formal organization. I know that there are people who aren't in these kinds of communities who react to this kind of effort as if it's inherently a sucker's bet to get involved, but I think the people who have offered money, content, or aid have done so with the understanding that it's a gift of the heart.

If Lizbet is important to you, or if any of the kind souls who are lending their voices are important to you, or if you're just interested in paying whatever strikes you as a fair price for a mix of poetry and prose from some very talented people, this is for you. That's all.

In the interest of raising money quickly, I'm going to be both trying to get the chapbook put together with some modicum of speed, but also putting it up on offer as a pay-what-you-can preorder while it's still in production. I'm just not sure what the best platform for that is going to be, though I'm looking at a few potentials. In the interests of keeping things simple, I'm looking for a digital delivery solution that lets you upload files, then lets buyers name their price. For simplicity of accounting and transparency, the money will go directly into Lizbet's account.

I also don't have an answer for "what happens to the chapbook after the fundraiser is over?" My inspiration for this was Ravens in the Library, a physical book that was produced as a fundraiser for S.J. Tucker when she had a medical emergency. The advantage that had was that they could produce a limited run, devote proceeds from that run towards one end, and then when the run was sold out, it was over.

I don't have the resources to produce a physical book, much less to make one of good quality on short notice. It also takes a lot more poetry to fill the physical pages of a bound book than it does to create an electronic chapbook, and a lot more drawing power to sell enough to offset the production costs.

The idea of getting enough attention and selling enough e-books to fully pay for the medical expenses and the post-surgery recovery-related expenses (she's going to be without an arm for a while) right now seems like an impossible pie-in-the-sky dream, but it's something we'll have to figure out how to handle. I will make sure all the contributors know what the deal is before anything is finalized.
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So, [livejournal.com profile] popelizbet has had a run of bad luck with a debilitating rotator cuff tendon injury and a stonewalling insurance company. She needs surgery within weeks in order to avoid suffering a range of motion loss, insurer is only willing to pay for physical therapy, a painful prospect that translates into permanent debilitation.

Lizbet is always willing to put her now-injured shoulder to the wheel for others, but she's not accustomed to asking for help. She did allow me to create a PayPal link for people who wish to help, which I have done.

Lizbet means the world to me personally, and I know there are many artists and writers who have been touched by her friendship or benefited from her fierce and dedicated support over the years, as I have.

So again with her permission, I'm going to try to put together an electronic chapbook that will be offered on a "pay-what-thou-wilt-shall-be-the-whole-of-the-price" model. My intention right now is for anyone who has PayPaled her money to receive a copy as well, if that proves feasible, but I can't really speak to the details of the chapbook (who, when, how big) right this moment because it's just an idea and the only contributor I know for sure is myself.

If you're a poet or author and you have a piece you'd like to contribute--any length, ficlets/flash fiction fine-- please send an email to me at contactme@alexandraerin.com with the subject line "FOR POPELIZBET". If you have something lying around, go ahead and send it. If you want to contribute but you don't have anything at the moment or can't think of what you'd like to give, please send me a query with the same subject line just to let me know you're interested. I will also take artwork, if anyone wishes to contribute.

Previously printed/posted material is fine, as long as you hold the rights. Just include in your email where it was printed before. We are not asking for any rights except non-exclusive publication rights to put it in this chapbook.

Because I will only be using donated material and will be donating the labor myself, the only expense in producing this chapbook will be the transaction fees. All other money paid will go directly into Lizbet's account.

Apart from gratitude, the only thing I can offer is a courtesy link to your own website and/or literary endeavors managed under your aegis. If your donated piece appears somewhere else, we'll happily hawk it for you. I hate to be the person saying "do it for exposure," so I won't. Do it for love of a lovely person. This is not a general submission solicitation for a general market.

The general theme of this volume will be... well, right now, it'll be "beggars can't be choosers", but fantastical and fearful poems and stories are particularly welcome. I dream of getting enough material that curation into a theme will be possible, to say nothing of necessary.

Once I have some responses and some material to work with, I'll be able to work out some more details like publication/sale venue, timeframe, et cetera. There is a ticking clock element at work, so I'll ask that potential contributors reach out to me by February 20th, and the sooner the better. The line-up doesn't have to be final, but if I have a solid enough beginning to start promoting it within a week, I think we'll be in better shape.

Again, please send your submission or query/statement of interest to contactme@alexandraerin.com with the subject line "FOR POPELIZBET".

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