If you're at all interested in what I'm writing these days, I'll be posting chapters from IT'S A NIGHTMARE! the first of THE GOLD STONE GIRL trilogy -- dystopic, feminist, fantasy, novels I've been working on these last four years.
In 2008 Sophia Raab Downs and I went to the Women's International Film Festival with RACING DAYLIGHT (now on Showtime). It was there I saw the trailer for the winning foreign documentary from India. Its opening credits featured thousands of colorful cloth bundles damming a two river swirl. The words that crawled up the screen told us that the bundles were the bodies of castoff baby girls, many of whom were still alive when they hit the water.
Why are human females counted as less than males? Is this true of any other species? Why are our bodies the subject of legislation, as if we were not capable of deciding what is best for ourselves? How do we dream a different future?
THE GOLD STONE GIRL trilogy is a cautionary tale, one made up of dreams and of nightmares.
Synopsis: The Gold Stone Girl - Book One
It’s a Nightmare! is set a million years in the future. The planet Earth has reformed itself into the one-continent world of Blinkin. God and his devil have given way to a new polarity -- the Night Mare and the Dream Weaver. But the Night Mare co-opted her opposite in the beginning, and she now rules both the night and the day.
Into this nightmare world, where human females are kept as cattle, and licensed as domestic pets -- inside the stone-system designed to prevent the enemy’s return -- Mina, a rogue DreamWeaver, is born in the Off-grid of Winkin City. She’s found inside the mossy womb of a willow tree, alongside lygaeids hibernating as larvae. Mina’s is a hero’s journey, as she lives the life of a human-breeder, who discovers that in order to survive the Night Mare’s land, she must change everything.
The prologue for It's a Nightmare can be read now at: