f*** yeah catherynne valente
Get It While It’s Hot: The Bread We Eat In Dreams Almost Sold Out

Attention! Cat just tweeted that there are less than 50 copies left of The Bread We Eat in Dreams. All that’s left are the gorgeous special editions. Sub Press editions don’t usually reissue. Get them while the getting’s good!

If you are a monster, stand up. If you are a monster, a trickster, a fiend, If you’ve built a steam-powered wishing machine If you have a secret, a dark past, a scheme, If you kidnap maidens or dabble in dreams Come stand by me. If you have been broken, stand up. If you have been broken, abandoned, alone If you have been starving, a creature of bone If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known, Come stand by me. If you are a savage, stand up. If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight, If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite, If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright, If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight, Come stand by me. If you are a devil, stand up. If you are a villain, a madman, a beast, If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest, If you are a dragon come sit at our feast, For we all have stripes, and we all have horns, We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns And here in the dark is where new worlds are born. Come stand by me.
A Monstrous Manifesto, by Catherynne M. Valente (via justaguywitharrows)
Hearts are idiots. They’re big and squishy and full of daft dreams. They flounce off to write poetry and moon at folk who aren’t worth the mooning. Bones are the ones that have to make the journey, fight the monster, kneel before whomever is big on kneeling these days. Bones do the work for the heart’s grand plans. Bones know what you need. Hearts only know want.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente (via underutilizedromanticresources)
Love is hungry and severe. Love is not unselfish or bashful or servile or gentle. Love demands everything. Love is not serene, and it keeps no records. Love sometimes gives up, loses faith, even hope, and it cannot endure everything. Love, sometimes, ends. But its memory lasts forever, and forever it may come again. Love is not a mountain, it is a wheel. No harsher praxis exists in this world. There are three things that will beggar the heart and make it crawl - faith, hope and love - and the cruelest of these is love.
Catherynne M. Valente, The Habitation of the Blessed (via victorianfae)

popelizbet:

silvertreemetal:

"In the beginning, there was dust. In the end, there will be dust. And in the middle, there is dust, Dust, DUST!" This war song for "The Kingdom of Mice" was recorded as part of Solace & Sorrow in 2007, together with its companion story segment, "The Mice", taken from Catherynne M. Valente’s novel, The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin & Spice.

lyrics
In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the yellow as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the weaver as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Dust was first, then yellow came along
viceroy Baldtail golden in the throng
long live Baldtail eaten in a trice
all for the glory of the kingdom of mice!

In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the yellow as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Yellow came first, then green came along
and purple met its end in the bellies of the throng
Blackwhisker and Dustbelly made their sacrifice,
all for the good of the kingdom of mice!

In the middle there is dust dust dust
but we will eat the green/purple as we must must must
when we eat the sea will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Yellow, green and purple, crimson to come!
we deserve better than the dust our home!
Manglepaw came and we ate him up dead,
there in the dust at the Feast of Red!

In the end there is dust dust dust
but we will eat the RED as we must must must
when we eat the city will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

down with the dust and the weaver’s eyes!
down with the spider with her belly full of flies
we will take the brightest road
and taste of the world as we tasted gold

in the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the colors as we must must must
when we eat the world will it taste like mouse
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out


(I just thought about this….but why do the mice know what other mice taste like)

I’m not going to spoiler you by answering your question, but if you read the book (or listen to the spoken word track that precedes this one on the album, to see if you will like the book) you will soon find out.

popelizbet:

silvertreemetal:

"In the beginning, there was dust. In the end, there will be dust. And in the middle, there is dust, Dust, DUST!" This war song for "The Kingdom of Mice" was recorded as part of Solace & Sorrow in 2007, together with its companion story segment, "The Mice", taken from Catherynne M. Valente’s novel, The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin & Spice.

lyrics
In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the yellow as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the weaver as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Dust was first, then yellow came along
viceroy Baldtail golden in the throng
long live Baldtail eaten in a trice
all for the glory of the kingdom of mice!

In the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the yellow as we must must must
when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Yellow came first, then green came along
and purple met its end in the bellies of the throng
Blackwhisker and Dustbelly made their sacrifice,
all for the good of the kingdom of mice!

In the middle there is dust dust dust
but we will eat the green/purple as we must must must
when we eat the sea will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

Yellow, green and purple, crimson to come!
we deserve better than the dust our home!
Manglepaw came and we ate him up dead,
there in the dust at the Feast of Red!

In the end there is dust dust dust
but we will eat the RED as we must must must
when we eat the city will it taste like mouse?
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

down with the dust and the weaver’s eyes!
down with the spider with her belly full of flies
we will take the brightest road
and taste of the world as we tasted gold

in the beginning there was dust dust dust
but we will eat the colors as we must must must
when we eat the world will it taste like mouse
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out
we swear by the dust we shall soon find out


(I just thought about this….but why do the mice know what other mice taste like)

I’m not going to spoiler you by answering your question, but if you read the book (or listen to the spoken word track that precedes this one on the album, to see if you will like the book) you will soon find out.

tithenai:

aseaofquotes:

Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I love this book so much.

tithenai:

aseaofquotes:

Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I love this book so much.

alexdallymacfarlane:

popelizbet:

drunkjameson:

mother-ofdrag0ns:

gonnalookatthestars:

renn0c:

john green is a genius because he creates books

within books

and then he quotes those books

in his books

So does JK Rowling.

JK ROWLING ISNT THE ONLY AUTHOR ALIVE YOU KNOW

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Cat Valente does this better than either Rowling or Green. That’s why The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship of Her Own Making, which was a book-within-a-book in Palimpsest and started out as a donation-model web serial, not only got published, but hit the NYT bestseller list and is now a series. Without the author having the broad fanbase of Rowling or Green to make it happen. TL;DR Valente 5eva.

I delight at the thought of people who are new to Cat’s work, not knowing the backstory of these books’ connections, finding it for themselves: either reading the Fairyland books first and then finding them within Palimpsest, or reading Palimpsest first and then realising that this whole series of books exists and can be read.

I just love the existence of these connections between books. Also the thing where there are multiple published variants of a book, like Milorad Pavić’s Dictionary of the Khazars or Cat Valente’s Yume no Hon.

It pleases me in ways I don’t know how to explain.

eustaciavye77:

lavender-lotus:

How I feel about the orphan’s tales.

I WILL SHARE ORPHAN’S TALES FEELS WITH YOU!!!!!!

This account needs more followers to make this happen. :p

eustaciavye77:

lavender-lotus:

How I feel about the orphan’s tales.

I WILL SHARE ORPHAN’S TALES FEELS WITH YOU!!!!!!

This account needs more followers to make this happen. :p

popelizbet:

nivair:

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An anthology of speculative historical fiction revealing the voices of silenced dreamers

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History

Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.

There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist—an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange—on real past events.

Our plan is to include about 20 stories, or about 100,000 words. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and DRM-free digital formats in the first quarter of 2014.

Assuming we reach our goal, there will be open submissions to fill the rest of the anthology! The pay rate will be $0.05 per word, for stories up to ~7000 words. Submissions will open as soon as the Kickstarter ends.

STRETCH GOAL: Bigger anthology! At $20k we will add ~10 stories/~50,000 words to the anthology, 50% more! ALL copies (ebook, paperback & hardcover) will have the extra content at no extra cost to you!

Only $1595 needed to make the book 50% bigger!  C’mon, y’all, boost!

$1155 left to go…we can do this!  Long Hidden is going to be amazing and with your help it can be twice as amazing!