So as you’ll recall, I took a two-week break in the middle of the Clarion Blog-A-Thon to deal with my mother’s medical issues – but now I’m back, and I want your dollars! But no worries, I give value for coin. There are fabulous prizes for donation, and today is no different.
If you’ll recall, the previous prizes for donating $5 are:
- The challenge coin from Myke Cole’s Shadow Point series (plus a copy of the book, if you haven’t read it!)
- An ARC of Catherynne Valente’s “The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There.”
- The book detailing the making of my Clarion classmates’ fencing-and-dance fusion “A Thousand Natural Shocks.”
Today’s prize involves another Clarion classmate of mine – the frock star Monica Byrne, who’s become an up-and-coming playwright. Her most recent play, “What Every Girl Must Know,” is a fascinating feminist play about four girls in the 1914 reform school, living out fantasy lives of freedom as they read smuggled pamphlets of sexual education. (It’s worth noting that at the time, people were locked up for passing out information on birth control – because simply the idea that birth could be controlled was crazy dangerous.) The play was well-reviewed – but here! Look at the trailer video for it!
If this all sounds very interesting – and it should – Monica has graciously agreed to provide a signed copy of her play, as well as a one-off poster she’ll have printed especially for you! Donate $5 and get into our raffle of many, many prizes to come.
The reason she’s willing to donate prizes is because, like me, Monica’s writing was helped tremendously by going to the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. We critiqued each other, we savaged each other’s stories, we agonized over what this week’s tale would be, we analyzed how to make things better… and by the time we were done, we were stronger writers. Monica’s already planning her next play, and she’s asking for information about how athletes have sex inside the village at the Olympic games. Personally, I can’t wait.
Plus, if you donate $10, you’ll gain entry into the super-secret Clarion Echo community, where I am plotting my next novel. Later today, I’ll be rewriting my first chapter, with an eye towards actually generating character conflict and getting past the first act. I hope to have the whole thing plotted in the next three weeks, and the feedback in the community has been phenomenal, so please – donate if you can. Every bit helps.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.