It feels like this last week or so has been full to the brim with magic.
The re-opening of After Stonewall, Ottawa's LGBT Bookstore (which has transformed into not only a bookstore, but has added in handmade functional art (pottery, glassware, woodwork, textile, metalware) for the home as well as handcrafted jewellery for both men and women - all from Ontario and Quebec artists) was a joy to attend, and today I popped round for a not-crowded gander at the place, and bought a beautiful bracelet for my husband and/or myself (sometimes being a gay couple has perks - have I mentioned we're the same size?)
Then I found out Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction got made into an audiobook, and that was just freaking incredible. I. Love. Audiobooks. I listen to them when I'm on the bus, and let me tell you, when I pressed play on this collection, it was like traveling back in time to 2009 and the release the book and all the joy and happiness that brought me.
Today the magic was in the announcement from Becky Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert on their blogs about a new anthology: Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction. I'm so proud to be in this table of contents, and stoked about the stories therein. I'll give you news as I hear it.
So, given how magical my days have been of late, let's take another trip into Tricks of the Trade, shall we?
"In Through the Out Door," by Rob Rosen
One of the amazing things I truly admire in other writers (I cannot include myself of possessing this quality) is the ability to pack a punch with brevity. I remember one year in New Orleans talking to a poet and a novelist, and the three of us amused at the word limits and sizes of the finished products each other worked with - and realizing that we all thought what each other did was nigh upon impossible. But even within the narrower field of short story, there are people who can do so much with a few pages.
"In Through the Out Door" is one such tale - it's a quick piece, but fully formed. Given the collection, it's also fully - forgive me - endowed with a satisfying finish. When a stage magician's wagon rolls into town, the break in the everyday is a welcome one. But the real magic happens back-stage, with the handsome volunteer plucked from the gathering crowd.