There’s a great new KickStarter project that I’m going to be a part of:  What Fates Impose.  Edited by Nayad A. Monroe, cover by Steve C. Gilberts, to be published by Alliteration Ink, it will feature such luminaries as Tim Waggoner, Lucy Snyder, Damien Walters Grintalis,  Ken Scholes, Cat Rambo, and Lashawn M. Wanak.  They have a special reward level for $95:  “I Ching Again: You’ll get everything from the Numerology level, plus a fiction collaboration with Maurice Broaddus. Details: Up to 15 pages/3,750 words of story, with the work divided equally. One idea-generating session. One complete collaborative rough draft. One complete collaborative final draft. An agreement about the final contents signed off on by both collaborators, after which any changes can only be made to editorial order, and by agreement of both collaborators. Both names to be credited, in the order chosen by the publishing editor. A 50/50 split of any monetary compensation.”  You should probably be warned in advance that my writing process involves a good deal of Riesling.  Oh, publisher Steve Saus (who has more blogs on this site than me lately) has a few words on the topic:

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512_feb2012If I had gone to an earlier showing of Dracula, I might not be writing this.
I didn’t, of course. I was lazy and in college, and missed going with most of my friends. And as a result, I ended up going with some other folks I didn’t know as well. One of them I ended up marrying and having a kid with before she – and later, my oldest son – had mental illnesses well beyond my ability to deal with, let alone help.

There is a lot of pain summarized in that last sentence.
At the same time, it is the single reason I’m in medicine. Or have a sociology degree. Or met my younger son.
Maybe some aspects of my life would have ended up the same no matter what I did, just due to cultural forces or my own temperment. But probably huge, huge chunks of my life would be unrecognizable.

And that’s the problem with knowing the future. If you’re old enough to read this, there’s already been some event that changed you. Something that kicked your life into a slightly different path. Some good things have – or will – come from it. Same with the bad.

And knowing all the good and bad things that have happened since, if you could have avoided that event, gone to the earlier showing of Dracula, would you?

There’s one thing you can do that will make a great difference in the lives of nearly two dozen authors and creatives: Help with the Kickstarter for What Fates Impose. It’s an anthology edited by Nayad Monroe where twenty award-winning authors take an unflinching look at divination, fortune telling, and knowing the future, and the horrible choices that come with that knowledge.

These choices aren’t horrible. Take a moment to check out our Kickstarter at bit.ly/kickfate. The video features Alasdair Stuart (of Pseudopod) reading a portion of his introductory essay “Singing From the Book of Holy Jagger.” I love hearing Alasdair talk about stories and culture and life; I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Second, please help spread the word. We have a special page to make it a matter of three clicks at bit.ly/sharefate. If you can’t back the Kickstarter financially, this is a quick and easy way you can still help out.

Steven Saus injects people with radioactivity as his day job, but only to serve the forces of good.  His work has appeared in anthologies and magazines both online and off.  He also publishes and provides publishing services as Alliteration Ink.  You can find him at stevensaus.com and alliterationink.com.