Naked, More than Twitter, and Strange Little Girls

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks over here!


First off, if you haven’t already, feel free to go read my newest horror poem, “Naked,” in Apex Magazine Issue 82. It’s probably not for the faint of heart.

Second, I have a new post up at Writer Unboxed, and guess what? It’s not about Twitter! I might still answer the occasional Ask Annie questions if they catch my fancy, so feel free to keep sending them in, but we’ve opened up my topic so I can blog about other things. And I have to tell you, after three full years (It’s my postiversary!) of talking about Twitter, I’m quite excited to branch out. 🙂 My new post is called “Really Going There.” It’s about self-censorship, useful lies, and what writers can learn from Jack Nicholson. I’d love for you to stop by!

And last but certainly not least, Strange Little Girls is out in the world! I’m so excited to have a short story, “The Cottage of Curiosities,” in this awesome anthology by Belladonna Publishing.

Strange Little Girls has absolutely captured my strange little heart. Maybe it’s the killer title and gorgeous cover. (The cover art and interior illustrations are all by the talented Liv Lingborn!) Perhaps, being the end result of a strange little girl myself, I’m unusually drawn to the theme of this anthology. Or it could be that they chose one of my stories that I’m most sweet on:

My short story “The Cottage of Curiosities” features a girl named Patty who lives with her mother in a secluded cottage deep in the woods. The cottage is suitably eccentric and wonderful and more than a little eerie. The duo lives a happy life there, but when Patty’s mama falls ill, it’s up to Patty to take care of her, to make the decisions, and, finally, to seek help beyond the woods that surround them, dark and dense and full of strangeness that seems to have a life of its own…

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If you’d like to read my story (and the 18 other odd and lovely tales in this collection), you can enter to win a free copy on Goodreads! The giveaway is open until March 17th. Be sure to add it to your shelves, too. Or better yet, buy yourself a copy now on Amazon! The paperback is $16.95, or you can get the e-book for $6.99.

I’m away at writing retreat, so I’ll be slower to respond than usual, but I hope you all have a wonderfully strange little week!

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  • Regina Richards

    All wonderful!!! And love the cover of SLG!

  • Caitlin Cunningham

    1) that poem was deliciously gnarly
    2) just bought a hard copy of Strange Little Girls cause that cover is too gorgeous not to have on display

  • Carie Juettner

    Loved your post about Really Going There. Those lies sound pretty familiar to me. 😉 And I just entered the giveaway for Strange Little Girls!

  • I love both covers so much! Congrats on having your work in such distinguished places. You rock, Annie!! 🙂

  • Congrats, Annie!!

  • Congrats on all good things, including a break for you from Twitter topics. As you know I know, it’s a great topic until you feel you’ve said all there is to say. You’ve done an EXCELLENT job!

    • Thanks, Nina! I knew you’d get that. Three years is really just a long time to talk about any single topic, so I’m very excited to have an open field now. (I might even come back to Twitter now and again if I think of something that feels worth discussing.) And thank you! It means a lot to me that you think so, especially since you recommended me. 🙂

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  • A. B. Davis

    Eeeek! So excited to read The Cottage of Curiosities after that description! It reminds me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Also, ‘exciting couple of weeks’ is probably an understatement now, given your recent news. I still can’t stop smiling. You deserve this, and after reading “Naked” and your newest post at Writer Unboxed (congrats on the branching out!), I’m even more convinced. Sincerely, your biggest fangirl, cheerleader, and stalker.

    • Hahaaa! You’re my very favorite fangirl, cheerleader, and stalker friend. 🙂 Thank you so much, Ashley. Yes, I thought about the extra secret news when I posted this one — I’ll probably put that in my next one in case anyone missed it elsewhere. It’s certainly shaping up to be an awesome year!