Wow, has it really been three weeks since our big finish? We've got a lot going on, and time is flying by!
After 11 days, we've had nearly 200 flash fiction submissions! We've been working our way into the pile, and there's a lot of good stuff! (And there are still nearly 5 weeks left to submit if you have stuff you are working on.)
Meanwhile, I've also been able to edit the eight stories we already had in. And, even better, the Kickstarter money has cleared, so we've been able to pay the writers! I love that part, sending out checks and Paypals. We couldn't have done it without you.
I also wanted to point out two Kickstarters that are wrapping up this week that I think Fireside fans might like. (I'm not affiliated with either project, I just think they are cool.)
The first is The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart by Andrea Phillips. Pirates! Puzzles! Adventure! All in a 12-episode serial! It's already funded, but with less than two days to go Andrea is shooting for a stretch goal of $7,500 to commission cover art for each installment of the series. And that means another artist getting paid! I'm in.
Second is Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History, an anthology from Crossed Genres, edited by my friend Rose Fox along with Daniel José Older. It's a great project, collecting stories of those pushed to the edges throughout history, told through a speculative lens. They've also hit their goal, but if they hit their stretch goal of $30,000 by Sunday, they'll add an illustration to go with each story. I love having art with stories in Fireside, and I'd love to see an illustrated Long Hidden.
Thanks as always!