You are entering the alternate reality of the world of BrightHope. Most likely, you've landed on the continent of Industralia. Most people do, though there's an occasional touchdown on the String of Pearls chain of tropical islands. I wonder what stories they tell? Perhaps some day we'll find out. Meanwhile, Industralia is just bursting with clever eccentrics hoping you'll listen to them as they tell you all about their adventures.
Oh, and that noise you hear is the Victorian era groaning under the weight of anachronisms, puns, wacky humor, steampunky contrivances and contraptions, and ever-hopeful characters with lots to say.
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“Families will enjoy reading these stories together, especially because each one can be read in its entirety in one sitting. Additionally, the language and events described in the text are suitable for a range of ages, and children will be encouraged to discover their own adventures after reading the tales found in this collection.” – Riverdancer
“This is one of my ten-year-old daughter’s “bedstand books.” She keeps it by her bed, and I find her reading it over and over. When she accidentally left her hard copy at home when she went to her grandparents’, we had to get her a soft copy for her tablet. She loves Constance!” – Cathy Karas
“Venture forth into the wilds of your own kitchen to explore the possibilities for flavor and ingredients you encountered in your explorations of Industralia! From carnival peanuts and cotton candy to some hearty meat pies these recipes can help you, or a young friend, cook some of the flavors of adventure.” – Nurseferatu
My story: "Janet! At the Disco"
We Came to Dance: A Queer Anthology Benefitting Club Q
Edited by O.E. Tearmann and V.S. Holmes
Published by Amphibian Press, November 18,2023, 393 pages.