I think we all feel robbed of things these days. The year 2020 has been a great thief, stealing away lives, livelihoods, time with loved ones, even our own basic sense of security. For some kids, it’s even stealing the last of their true childhoods. I think we can all agree 2020 just generally sucks.
But there’s what we can control and what we can’t. We can make choices to protect ourselves and our loved ones to minimize our risks of contracting Covid-19. We can choose not to let the theft of time or jobs or travel conquer us. Sometimes, it’s damned hard, but I fervently believe that we must choose not to give in to despair. We must believe some good will come out of all of this. Perhaps even long overdue change.
Change is uncomfortable. And it often takes some major event to really set it in motion. (Like finally prioritizing your health after a brain tumor diagnosis, for example.)
But change can be a good thing. This pandemic has forced so many changes in so many areas, that you almost have to drill down to each one to properly evaluate it.
Take book publishing, for example. The pandemic forced us to rethink the way we handled certain projects so that we could deliver them in a timely manner. I won’t bore you with the details, so suffice it to say it’s been interesting at times.
But one of the things these changes allowed was the resumption of our Fiction River publication schedule. Which is why just three weeks after releasing Doorways to Enchantment, we have another new volume releasing tomorrow: Fiction River: Stolen, edited by Leah R. Cutter.
Here’s the synopsis:
Theft. Our reaction to it can vary based on what was stolen. We might crave stolen moments but fear stolen possessions. We might delight in a stolen kiss but feel the loss of stolen time. The thirteen stories in this volume explore theft in many different forms and range from humorous and lighthearted to serious and dark, with a wide span of genres and moods. But each and every story by these talented writers ends with hope. So, steal some time from your busy day and settle in with Fiction River: Stolen.
“Look Safe” by Ron Collins
“The Ghost Ship” by Leah R. Cutter
“The Hair Thief” by Annie Reed
“Follow You” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Loss of Power” by Paul Eckheart
“We Know Who We Are” by Rob Vagle
“A Murder of Clowns” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Watch” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Music Hath Charms” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“Stealing Amy” by Tonya D. Price
“Cinnamon Chou: The Case of the Glittering Hoard” by Deb Logan
“Lazarus Coughed” by Stefon Mears
“A Touch of Memory” by C.A. Rowland
Click here to learn more.
So, if you need a break from pondering the many changes in your life right now, let Fiction River: Stolen steal you away to the world of fiction.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.
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