A quick word from Alliteration Ink’s Steven Saus on an exciting Kickstarter project they’re working on. Alliteration Ink published my poetry collection, and the Sidekicks! anthology I was in, so I’m always looking forward to their projects!

Perhaps this is the darkest timeline.

Consider the staggering popularity of facial hair in the last decade.  So maybe this is the alternate universe, the one where things have gone twisted and dark and evil.

Well, no, probably not.  Otherwise I’d say eeeeeeeevilllllllllllll all the time, and that’s just kind of silly.

And yet.

Knowing the future holds the same danger as seeing an alternate timeline.  You see the consequences of your actions – intended and unintended – thrown into your face like a pratfall delivered pizza.  That good thing you’re proud of?  Completely an accident.  That bad thing that happened?  Totally your fault. 

Then the causal loops come crashing down like every hula-hoop I’ve ever attempted, all at once, tangling through your legs and arms, knocking you to the ground.  Did the knowledge of your wrongdoing make it inevitable?  Or the knowledge of the inevitability of your goodness cause the goodness itself?

I can’t answer big questions like those – oh, I wish I could – but I can answer this:  You can be directly responsible for the success of an anthology that does tackle all these head on. What Fates Impose
is collection of short stories edited by Nayad Monroe that looks right at divination and telling the future… and they forsee some very, very different results.

I’d like to ask two small things of you.  Take a moment to check out our Kickstarter at http://bit.ly/kickfate.  The video features Alasdair Stuart (of Pseudopod) reading a portion of his introductory essay “Singing From the Book of Holy Jagger.”  I love hearing Alasdair talk about stories and culture and life; I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Second, please help spread the word.  We have a special page to make it a matter of three clicks at bit.ly/sharefate.  If you can’t back the Kickstarter financially, this is a quick and easy way you can still help out.

I’m really looking forward to this book.  Thanks in advance for your help in making it become part of our timeline.