Hullo! The first day (or second, if you’re in my timezone) of my birthday month (I turn 45 on June 25!) has a nice little prezzie for me, this publication of a story I wrote and started submitting in 2016.
“A Long Tango Across A Canopy of Whispering Leaves” is a postcolonial Gothic portal fantasy set on Yrejveree, the island home for the characters in both my hypertext project and my Cantata of the Fourfold Realms novels (Still unagented. Still looking for an agent who’s willing to take on such an ambitious project!).
This story however, contains a couple of the main characters in Watermyth, the first novel that I am still querying, and occurs a couple or so years before the events of the novel. Since I have some hopes of re-revising Watermyth this month, it’s really a great motivation for me. Like many others I’ve been struggling to write and be productive in these difficult times, compounded by competing deadlines and life’s iniquities. I’ve got some ideas on how to make Watermyth more lush, and more impactful and I’m keen to explore that in these next three months while fighting with various academic deadlines.
I hope this little bit of postcolonial Gothic fantasy with sexy tango dancing, festivals, a postcolonial Gothic feminist take on the rites of Kingship at Nemi (from Sir James Frazer’s The Golden Bough) and a bit of a Mythago Wood homage (along with many other homages) brings you some enjoyment!
*I say “directly” because of course my Penang Laneworld suite of stories is connected to my Cantata of the Fourfold Realms suite of stories, which is connected to my Bunian Empire suite and my Sesen suite of stories. Got a headache yet? These connections will only matter to people who like these sort of arcane connections, otherwise, you can read all of them as stand alone. I’ve designed them that way 😉