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I Didn’t Break the Lamp Story Thoughts

Cover art for I Didn't Break the LampAs the Kickstarter forĀ I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances continues, I’ve started thinking about the kinds of stories that we may see in the slush pile. Because our authors always end up surprising us with their imaginative takes on our anthology themes, it’s a little difficult to pin down our expectations, especially when it comes to a topic as broad as imaginary acquaintances. There are levels of what is real and what is not real when it comes to “imaginary.”

I dug through some of my old stories to see if I had anything that might sort of fit the theme, and I came up with a couple that are close, but not quite right.

The first is “Terpsichore,” which was podcast at Manawaker Studio. It’s a flash piece about summoning a muse that turns out to be not quite as helpful as the mythology surrounding muses might suggest.

The other, which is more of a stretch, is “Parcel Post,” which was published in the August 2018 issue of Frostfire Words. In this story, the main character follows her younger sister into a hidden fantasy world, where they interact with a number of unreal characters.

Of course, this is not to say that we’re looking for stories precisely like these forĀ I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances, but perhaps these might give you your own ideas on how to interpret our theme! And if you’re interested in reading more stories of this sort, check out our Kickstarter!

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