The anthology is described as "A fiction anthology filled with Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc.," and I plan to pack nearly all of those things into my story, which is about the Douglas County Rollergirls, a struggling rural roller derby team whose night out after an away bout turns into a shanghai-ing off to a galaxy-sized nightclub in a Dyson sphere, where they are forced to skate for the fate of Earth.
That's the elevator pitch, anyway. But the story's not written yet, because how can I be sure y'all want to read it unless the anthology gets funded?
So those are the basics. I've also got this questionnaire provided by the editors, John Klima, Lynne Thomas, and Michael D. Thomas:
1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?
Two words: roller derby. I'm a huge fan of roller derby, far beyond my interest in any other sport, and for years I've been trying to find a way to write about it. The night I saw the editors chatting about this anthology on Twitter, the idea for this story finally started to crystallize.
2. We're often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?
I used to tend bar, and before that--way back in my freshman year of college--I was a dance club kid for a brief period. Also, there were all those years of skating in circles over at Saints West as a kid, trying and failing to learn to spell out "YMCA" with arm motions. Yes, I am a SERIOUS PARTY ANIMAL.
3. What's your favorite way to make life more glittery?
Just apply more Bowie.
4. If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?
1 oz well water, 1 1/2 oz skate lube, dash of space delirium, serve over non-gender-specific ice.
5. If you knew your were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?
It is folly to attempt to prepare for a surreal evening. Whatever is needed will appear across an ever-shifting landscape, and whoever is desired will be transformed into a common household object, one which is useless in whatever context you may be in at that moment. But I'd bring roller skates.
Please, if you have the wherewithal to do so, throw a few bucks at our anthology! That's right over here, in case you forgot.