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Things involving timing are hilarious for me this week. But here, have a story. 
6th-May-2011 02:44 pm
So I've been having agita about a bunch of things related to tomorrow's big speech; if any one or two of the things was a factor, I think I would be totally chill, but there are like four or five things, so I am not chill. As the dashing aquila_dominus reminded me, I will be absolutely fine once I hit the stage. So I was beginning to feel slightly settled about that, and then, oh hey!

My story "Fortune" is up at ChiZine now.

It's a companion piece to "The Angel of Fremont Street". It's also possibly the most deeply personal thing I've written, save for Cicatrix, and it mines much of the same territory.

"Fortune" was pulled out of me over two days that I spent typing with one hand and with the other pressed over my mouth because that's what I subconsciously do when things are too much. I've read it aloud twice. On the circus-family train trip from Chicago, in the middle of the night in the dining car; at StrowlerCon, by circus-family request. Both times people cried. So. I would find it an honor if you read it, but leave yourself space for self-care.

If you're going to hear my survivor speech tomorrow, you can consider parts of this a preview.

If you think you know what the longest night of my life was, and you haven't read this story, I can almost guarantee you you're wrong.
6th-May-2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Well I suppose that explains why, for no particular reason either last night or this morning, I was thinking of the part of that story when it talks about the stripper and "Pour Some Sugar on Me." I haven't heard the song for ages, and it's been two years since I read the story in Ravens in the Library. Oh, threads, you're a funny thing.

And yes, it makes me cry, too.
6th-May-2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
*lets out the breath she didn't know she was holding while reading*
6th-May-2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe I need to read it again.
6th-May-2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
6th-May-2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
This was hard to take on top of all of the family drama that has rained down on me over this stupid mess called a wedding. But so very good.
6th-May-2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
You were meant to be writer... only way the world makes sense.
6th-May-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
I still adore this story. Thank you for linking. *hugs* (Small amendment to your post: there was a third reading, either at Arisia or Pi-Con—probably the former, if memory is serving.)
7th-May-2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh. Thank you.

I needed that today.
7th-May-2011 03:47 am (UTC)
I love that story.
7th-May-2011 10:32 am (UTC)


7th-May-2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I read them both.
7th-May-2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
That was supposed to have *hugs* in there.
9th-May-2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Beautiful story. Just read. Thank you.
9th-May-2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
*big hugs* Thank you!
11th-May-2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just read the story. It takes a while to get going, but once it does....

Now I have to get through the rest of the workday without letting anyone see me cry. Just beautiful.

There was also a magnificent poem you linked to, by someone else, about the Devil, but that must have been the other time you posted this link, and I don't feel up to tracking it down right now.
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