Nov. 21st, 2012

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Like many folks, I haven't been updating my LJ/DW as much as I once did, but in part that's because I've been pretty busy! In addition to various Chronin-related figuring out of things, I've been working really hard on two smaller projects, and now both of them are in a state that can be consumed by people who aren't me!

Space Stuff

The first is a novella-length story that I wrote over the summer, which follows a crew of six through a harrowing week on the first manned mission to Mars. I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out, and I adore the other stories which were included in the anthology it was written for: The Ships We Sail, edited and organized by [livejournal.com profile] pts. It also features stories by [personal profile] jlh, [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus, [livejournal.com profile] drmoonpants, [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie and more, all of which are excellent!

I'm really excited about this project, not only because I worked very hard on my story, and because the quality of the other stories contributed is VERY high, but because I sincerely believe in small press and independent publishing and I hope this little anthology of ours can find its place in the world. My years reading and working in indy comics has given me a deep respect for the work that people do outside of "traditional" print publishing with large houses, and I hope that The Ships We Sail does its part to show that small press anthologies can be a great home for short fiction.

If you want to read a sizeable excerpt of my story, which is titled "Off Nominal," you can do so on the Ships We Sail site! I hope some of you guys check it out -- I'd love to hear what you think!

Cat Stuff

The OTHER big thing I've been working on is on the other end of the "Things Alison Does" spectrum -- an ongoing interactive webcomic, heavy on the visuals, about a cat and their adventures in a lonely forest. It's called A Stray In The Woods, and every update is based on reader-submitted "commands" -- although of course, not every command necessarily ends in the result the reader may have hoped for! The first installment is here, if you want to go check it out!

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