I am excited beyond belief to share something that Jenn and I have been working on for quite some time, but were ACTUALLY able to keep secret (THIS IS SHOCKING ;D)…until now!
Officially, my lesbian retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in comic form, The Dream Queen is postponed indefinitely. My wonderful friend, and talented artist Stephanie Blackwell is working on getting into art school, and while we are both incredibly excited and still passionate about the project, this year it was not meant to be. (This does not mean that its novella version, which was written for the comic, will not be released–details on this coming soon! <3)
But I *had* been excited about the idea of a weekly/monthly project, and my wife, Jenn and I had been talking about the “good old days” of our original lesbian eZine (an online magazine). We began it, I think, in 2004, and it was our passion: fairy tales retold as lesbian! (Which also happens to be something we’ve recreated in more recent times~) But, we thought…what if we did it again? What if we did a massive fiction project on something so essential, so obvious, so needed, that we would be impassioned enough and in love with it enough to carry it out for an entire YEAR?
Without further ado, Jenn and I are deeply pleased to present Project Unicorn, coming August, 2012! ❤
What is Project Unicorn?
Project Unicorn: A Lesbian YA Extravaganza! is a fiction project created by lesbian YA authors Sarah Diemer and Jennifer Diemer. It was created because of the obvious lack of lesbian heroines in the Young Adult genre, and the critical need for them.
Project Unicorn is updated twice weekly with a free, original, never-before-published YA short story featuring a lesbian heroine. Also, every story is a work of genre fiction (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Historical, etc.).
Why Project “Unicorn?”
Because, like unicorns, lesbians in YA literature are almost mythical, nonexistent creatures. Our aim with this project is to simply bring greater visibility to girls who love girls in the YA genre. Also, we both just really love unicorns. 😀
This is awesome! How can I support the project?
At the end of each month, Project Unicorn has eight new short stories that have been posted for free. We gather each month’s set of short stories, and publish them in an eZine, available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Each eZine not only includes the previously published short stories, but two longer stories never before published and available only in the eZine. (Print volumes will come out quarterly–details on that coming soon!)
If you love what we’re doing with Project Unicorn, the two greatest things you can do to support it is to talk about it on your social network, blog or web site, and purchase each eZine as it comes out. Project Unicorn is a very large undertaking, but we’re deeply dedicated to giving queer-girls stories they can identify with. Thank you so much for being supportive, and please consider purchasing an eZine to help us continue with this project! ❤ (You can also show your support by buying our other books, or simply donating to buy the authors a cup of tea. <3)
Project Unicorn is coming the first week of August, 2012!
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Each month, the stories are themed–here are the upcoming themes for the year:
August: The Dark Woods
September: The Monstrous Sea
October: A Grave Matter
November: Uncharted Sky
December: Artificial Hearts
January: Myth, Magic and Glitter
February: Winged Things
March: Swords and Spaceships
April: Bad Zoology
May: The Hero is a Lady
June: The Unhistory of Girls
July: In Fractured Worlds