I love Christmas, and I love Christmas songs…in general. Unfortunately, by the time Christmas Day rolls around, I’m pretty sick of them.
One in particular drives me insane: Feliz Navidad. Honestly, I have nothing against Spanish/Mexican people, the Spanish language, or even their type of music. I think it has something to do with the singer – his voice just grates on me like nails on a blackboard. And on the station my boss has playing every day, Feliz Navidad is played at least three times. At least — maybe more.
Ah, December. A time of friends and family, of warm evenings curled up by the fire with a mug of cocoa while snow falls outside, of goodwill and giving, of sparkling lights and pine-scented bows.
It certainly was when I was younger. My sister and I used to make chains of paper rings, enough to get us from whenever it was through Christmas, and on the inside of each ring we’d write something nice to accomplish, and we’d tear one off each day and give it a go.
We’d watch holiday specials, go caroling, and spend hours decorating the tree and setting up each little Christmas thing we could find. When we finished, it looked like Christmas had thrown up all over our house. (Enthusiastic, yes. Tidy or tasteful? No.)
We’re thrilled to present our second Turtleduck Press anthology, Seasons Eternal: Stories of a World Frozen in Time.
Our first anthology, Winter’s Night, came out last year. We picked the theme of winter and wrote four stories set in different worlds.
For this year’s anthology, the four of us chose a shared premise to explore: a planet where the seasons stopped changing a century earlier. Each of us picked a season to write about. But we didn’t set strict parameters for the planet’s history or geography or even physics. We thought we’d end up with a more interesting variety of stories if the rules of the world were left open-ended…and we were right.
One of the stories is set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world. One takes place mostly in virtual reality, but with a magical realism feel. One is set in a technologically advanced but dystopian society. And one is set in a low-tech fantasy world with magic.
Our characters include a farmer’s grandson, a lonely widow, a scientist, and a tribal chief. Our themes range from hope to loss. But each story explores stasis or “stuckness” from a different angle.
You get the idea. Each of us has different strengths as a writer, and we’d like to think that our anthology showcases these strengths, and delivers a seriously entertaining read to boot.
And as a bonus, we’re donating most of the proceeds to UNICEF.