Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Piper and Xara's Project Fierce Chicago story

Project Fierce Chicago was released about a year and a half ago. Plenty of time to read all the stories in it, right?

Not if you're a master procrastinator.

Anyway, I'm FINALLY getting around to reading Piper Vaughn and Xara X. Xanakas' story "Finding Home". They've painted their homeless character so realistically, with all the little details we don't think about when we have a home, or even just a place of residence. It's giving me slightly traumatic flashbacks to writing my own Project Fierce story, when I was really working to get into the head of someone with no place to go and no way to find work. 

I'll shut the fuck up about my process now, because writing about being homeless is not even in the same universe of trauma that actually being homeless is.

Back to the amazing "Finding Home". It also reminds me of a character from my YA murder mystery (at the completed first-draft stage), because he has some of the same resources as Piper and Xara's character. Maybe those reminders are a gentle nudge to get off my rear (or rather, get my rear on a chair) and revisit that story, see if I can't get it into some kind of shape for submission. 

Any suggestions for someone who gets paralyzed by the thought of revisions?

And do check out the anthology (link at the top of this post). All proceeds go to Project Fierce Chicago, a non-profit organization that helps homeless LGBT youth in the Chicago area. Or if you want to donate directly, you can go to their website: http://projectfiercechicago.org/

I forgot to add other places to get the book.
Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Barnes and Noble. Maybe other places as well, which I should know but I don't.

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