A princess flees her betrothed in search of a witch willing to entrap her within a tower. Rowan yearns to be out and proud as an aromantic, but other people’s misapprehensions—and his own anxiety—hamper his quest. A woman expresses her wish for unfettered sexual intimacy, despite her mother’s desperate romantic expectations. For another pansexual, the route to freedom from amatonormativity lies in accepting monstrosity’s fur and fangs. Suki finds aromantic freedom inside the priesthood’s cloisters, but even a rebellious life leaves her at a loss when ministering to her own. And the words “allosexual aromantic” offer a struggling magician hope of a new road—but one not without its dangers.
Bones of Green and Hearts of Gold collects twenty fantasy and contemporary stories celebrating the many ways aromanticism need not always pair with asexuality.
Contains: Allosexual aros; aros without reference to sexual attraction identities; transgender and non-binary aros; queer aros; autistic aros; neurodiverse aros; loveless aros; aro magicians; and an aro great-aunt who won’t let death stop her from dispensing needed advice.
Individual Stories: Bones of Green and Hearts of Gold | Monstrous | The Vampire Conundrum | The Pride Conspiracy | Abrasive | The Complexity of Human Decency | If Absurd Works | Leaving | When Quiver Meets Quill | The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query | The Mundane Progression of Premortem Colloquy | Friendship | Attraction | What if It Isn’t | What Makes Us Human | Those With More | Lucky | Ringbound | Absence of Language | Unspoken
Length: 86, 000+ words / 280 PDF pages.
Jessie’s casing an art gallery affords an opportunity to discuss a queerplatonic relationship. The phrase “I don’t love” encompasses more than a prince’s lack of romantic attraction. A gay aromantic makes a game of his alloromantic co-workers’ inability to accept him. Alida finds an accomplice in petty revenge after hir friend sets hir up on a date. An aro-ace wanderer invents their own fairy tales free of weddings as a happily ever after. And a demiromantic witch learns about aromanticism from her allo-aro cousin after an escapade with an unwanted romantic admirer.
When Quiver Meets Quill collects fourteen fantasy and contemporary aromantic stories about amatonormativity, friendship and connection.
Contains: Asexual aros; allosexual aros; aros without reference to sexual attraction identities; transgender and non-binary aros; queer aros; autistic aros; neurodiverse aros; and a genderless aro dragon.
Individual Stories: Lucky | The Wind and the Stars | Friendship | The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query | Monstrous | What if It Isn’t | Loveless | The Vampire Conundrum | Attraction | Old Fashioned | Leaving | When Quiver Meets Quill | Unspoken | The Pride Conspiracy
Length: 45, 000 words / 149 PDF pages.
Is it “aay-romantic” or “arrow-mantic”? What if she hears “I’m a romantic” instead of “I’m aromantic”? What if she says “isn’t that just friendship” or “that can’t be real” or, worst of all, “I’m looking for something more”?
Hallo, Aro is a series of flash fiction stories about allosexual aromantic characters navigating friendship, sexual attraction, aromanticism and the weight of amatonormative expectation.
Contains: Dragons, a duchess’s daughter, an autistic who collects pride merch, odd voyages into creative non-fiction, allo-aro werewolves, the power in aromantic discovery and a whole lot of allo-aro feels and experiences.
Length: No story is longer than a thousand words.
Survival: PWE Anthology 2012
Showcasing stories of survival written by the Professional Writing and Editing students at Victoria University. Out of print.
Edited, designed and produced by the Publishing Studio class of 2012.
‘Absent a Consonant’ (fiction): A boy looks at himself in the mirror and ponders the fear of telling his family that his name isn’t Susan.
(Digital edition of ‘Absent a Consonant’ available in the collection Crooked Words.)
What we see is what we get, but what we don’t see makes us miss so much more. A writer is someone who is not fully seen, or may be seen best through the prism of their writing. The Professional Writing and Editing book has been put together to show you the whole of us, not just a part. The writers who have contributed to this book have opened themselves up to the world, demonstrating not only their talents and skills, but their heart and souls.
We present to you Up Close and Personal, the 2013 Professional Writing and Editing Anthology, shining a light onto the inner workings of Professional Writing and Editing students at Victoria University.
‘Elysium’ (fiction): a girl seeks to escape her abusive family by following the call of the trees.
‘This thing called gender’ (creative non fiction): my life lived in the world as a genderless person.
It’s All About the Writing
A collection of short stories by emerging Australian writers. Edited by Emanuel Cachia at Error Proof.
‘The Palace and the Tower’ (fiction): To save her kingdom and set her dying father’s heart at ease, all Lina has to do is choose a prince. The only way to know if her many suitors are kind and worthy gentlemen, of course, is to send them to rescue a princess. The princess, however, has other plans…
A young transgender magician travels the world on a quest for a mystical talking sword. A witch wonders why her would-be lovers can’t date her the old-fashioned way. A cross-dressing man meets a suit-clad soul whose gender defies definition. A non-binary zombie wonders why ze is not the hero in science fiction stories. A genderqueer manservant tries to save her mentally-ill lover with a deck of tarot cards. A boy looks at himself in the mirror and ponders the fear of telling his family that his name isn’t Susan.
Crooked Words is an eclectic collection of short fiction in pursuit of the many different shades of what it means to live queer.