By Jay Stringer
I announced earlier this year that we were putting together an anthology of short stories inspired by the songs of The Replacements. Since then, I got to see them live for the first (and likely last) time. You can read about that here.
But I've gone really quiet on things since then.
You getting lazy, Stringer?
Well no. I've always been lazy.
But we're still making good progress with the anthology. Truth is, a whole bunch of people signed up, and those stories are still coming in.I'm having a blast reading them. We've not just got crime writers, we've also got musicians, podcasters, and filmmakers. Everybody has a different schedule, and we're working around that.
The collection is starting to take shape, and looking good. It won't be too long before we can start talking about a publishing schedule, then a release date.
There are still some song titles available though, and I'm looking for some specific voices to round out the cast in the final collection. I'm still keen to get more stories from women and POC. Maybe some LGBTQ stories. One of the things I love about the band's music was they they said, 'whatever you are, whatever you want to be, is okay.' And I'd like to hear more of those voices. Also, as you can see from the kinds of people we already have onboard, this isn't limited to crime writers.
Do the band inspire you to write something romantic? Something hopeful? Do you want to put some filthy sex on the page, but have been looking for the right reasons to do it? Maybe you've got a burning desire to write a story about a party where there's a monkey on a mirror? There's still time. Get in touch with me at eejutATmac.com