I have an obsession with numbers–it’s kind of weird, but it makes me super happy to measure things. It works out really well to have this obsession as an author, because let’s be honest: so much of writing is about numbers. How long is the novel? How many copies did it sell? How many books are in the series? How many words are in your manuscript? HOW MANY MONSTERS SHOULD THERE BE? Words and numbers! They go together like PB&J! ;D
So, I’ve been extra number obsessed with Project Unicorn, A Lesbian YA Extravaganza (a fiction project where twice a week for a YEAR, we put out a YA short story featuring a lesbian heroine FOR FREE), because it’s this MASSIVE, SPARKLY UNDERTAKING that’s been a REALLY much more massive and sparkly undertaking than we’d originally envisioned. I had a sort-of idea how many words we’d end up with at the end of the project, and at the halfway mark…
Which we’re at now OMG. WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH PROJECT UNICORN.
(We made it halfway, you guys. :O)
Winged Things, the SIXTH Project Unicorn collection, is coming May 14th!
The SIXTH collection is going to be released this coming Tuesday (Winged Things! Look for it on the fourteenth!), so I’ve been formatting not only that collection, but I’ve started to work on the second Project Unicorn Volume (the fourth, fifth and sixth collections, compiled together and including a print edition!). As I’ve been doing this, I’ve been uncovering the numbers for the half-way mark of Project Unicorn, and I’ve been kind of shocked–it’s bigger and glitter-ier (TOTALLY A WORD) than we’d originally envisioned.
As of RIGHT NOW, Project Unicorn contains 125,000 words of FREE YA short stories FEATURING LESBIAN HEROINES. That means that–with the extra short stories in the collections you can get on Amazon (and other book distributors), there are 145,000 words in Project Unicorn.
This puts us on track for 300,000
ponies words at the end of the project.
We’ve been driven to continue this because we’ve received so many emails, Tumbls, tweets and Facebook messages about the queer girls (and boys!) who are reading these stories, happy that they exist because they’re the only way they can remain in the closet safely and still read about someone like them. Renting a book from the library might be found out by their conservative parents, or they could be found out in general if they purchased a book with queer content. When these emails first started coming in, I thought it was a small number of kids, but if what we’ve received is any indication, there are still a TON OF KIDS out there who find it completely unsafe to tell their parents or guardians that they’re gay. AND THEY STILL WANT AND DESERVE LITERATURE THAT REFLECTS THEM. Seeing as how FORTY PERCENT of homeless youth are queer (and I was in that forty percent, once upon a time), there’s never been a stronger reason to put out FREE YA stories that can be read easily (and safely, for them), online.
So here’s to half a year of Project Unicorn! The halfway mark! The almost-over-halfway-mark! If you love Project Unicorn, if you support Project Unicorn and what we’re trying to do with it, please share the links to stories on your social media, consider purchasing a collection (or two), and asking your local library to get the Project Unicorn volumes! Your feedback and support mean the world to us–no authors create in a vacuum, and the only way we’ve been able to keep up this OMG pace is because you’ve told us this matters. Thank you for being. ❤