All author contracts are in, the PDF of the whole thing is assembled and sent to authors for final final checks. The Christmas book shouldn’t be long now. As long as I haven’t screwed up.
I have also obtained a proper wrist splint. This is far better than the elastic bandage because it allows no wrist movement at all. Typing with that hand is like pecking at the keyboard with error prone sticks but it’s still better than doing it all one handed. It means I can last longer between rests. Arnica cream also seems to help, it might be a pure placebo effect but it hurts less so I’ll take it.
Anyway, here’s the contents page for those wondering what’s in the book. It contains a high proportion of dark Christmas tales which seems appropriate for Anthology 13 and the ridiculous restrictions curently imposed on us due to Chinese play-acting and the Mad Hancock’s delight in power. There are some proper gentle ones in there too. It’s also 50/50 on male/female authors this time so nobody can complain about discrimination.
Foreword H.K. Hillman
Stog Gayle Fidler
Death Tries Something Different Mark Ellott
Cancelling Nicholas .Mark Ellott
The Fly Margo Jackson
Merced Daniel Royer
When Those Gang Members Celebrated Christmas Daniel Royer
Burning Injustice Emma Townsend
Adam and Eve’s Day Johnathan Martin
Christmas for Two? Marsha Webb
The Nest Marsha Webb
And I Weep Like a Child for the Past Stephen W. Duffy
Not All Ghosts .Stephen W. Duffy
Christmas Death Wish Roo B. Doo
Piper in Hazmat H.K. Hillman
Afterword Roo B. Doo
Two authors independently came up with talking animals. another two gave very, very different renditions of when Santa met Death and a further two provided different versions of rebellious Santa elves. It’s developed into a very interesting book indeed.