The Sunday World (April 19, 1896):
…kind of want to marry the snazzy gent on the cover of the Early Spring 2013 Daedalus Books catalogue. My secret is safe with you, right?
This happened last night.
Kevin’s project deserves every penny pledged by these 19 magnificent people. The book is set for a May release. If you’ll excuse me, I have a manuscript to edit.
If you missed my first Legends of Steragos post, go here.
“My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.”-Edward Gorey
The Yellow Book: April 15th, 1894. Cover art by Aubrey Beardsley. This framed print hangs in my studio.
Here’s a fun thing I’m doing this month:
This manuscript is spending February in my hot, little hands. When it grows up, it is going to be a book aimed at young readers. Not just any book aimed at young readers, mind you, but an amazing and necessary book aimed at young readers. It’s a feminist action adventure story set in the 1920s. The protagonists are a trio of cliche-defying princesses who use their intelligence, talent, wits, friendship and sense of fair play to rule a kingdom, save a prince or two, and defend their people from evil. They are amazing role models for girls (and boys) who think that storybook princesses can be so much more than pink damsels-in-distress. How badass is that?
KM Scott is one of the most talented people I have ever met. He is one of my closest friends, and is a regular contributor to A Small Press Life. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of projects with him, in various capacities, for nearly a decade. Indeed, he gave me my first real writing and editing job back in 2004. He’s brilliant, and so is his book. I’ll let him explain the idea behind Legends. In his impassioned words:
“Being a fan of comics, cartoons, and superheroes, I loved to share my interests with my students who were eager to talk about Spider-Man, the Avengers, and Batman. But I was constantly frustrated when it came to finding anything that featured strong female heroes, super-powered or otherwise, to draw my girls into the conversation. Time and again, the girls were more inclined towards talking about their favorite princesses.
Then one day, it hit me: I could write my own story about super-heroic princesses. These ladies wouldn’t just sit around in some tower waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince from an evil witch – they’d clobber the witch, rescue the prince, and then blow up the tower. But violence wouldn’t be the only means of dealing with their enemies; these would be three smart, talented young women whose love of adventure and zest for life were matched only by their devotion to the freedom and safety of their subjects.”
As his editor, I can tell you: boom, mission accomplished! I know that he has done all that he set out to do, and more: he has written the book I wish existed when I was a girl.
KM is self-publishing his book, with my editing assistance and other behind-the-scenes help. Like many wonderfully talented people, he is utilizing crowd funding for his main backing. Unlike many others, his goal is incredibly reasonable and well explained: he needs a mere $600.00 to see his book to print.
Since 2009, my aim with A Small Press Life has been consistent: to use and promote my work and, more importantly, that of other independent creatives. KM is one of the worthiest artists I know.
I hope you do not find my plea on his behalf rude. Although it exists, my direct stake in this venture is minimal. It is all about my incredible friend and a profound work that needs to be read by as many young people as possible. It is my wish that you will at least check out his Kickstarter page to see what I am talking about. Once you do, I know you will fall in love with the project as readily and passionately as I did when I read the initial synopsis.
Crowd sourcing is not just for the lazy or untalented, and is often used by the renegade visionaries that make art and culture so appealing and forward-thinking. KM is one of those artists, and his work is important-for us, and all of the wee ones in our lives. Every dollar donated is a dollar that is going directly to the production and, for anything over the $600.00 goal, marketing of the book. Thank you for listening, and for being such valued readers and supporters of A Small Press Life.
What happens when two of my favourite things, zombies and the Edwardian era, are combined? This:
I could not resist.
A Fantastic, Illustrated Version of ‘Don Quixote’ from the ’60s (courtesy of Flavorwire)