Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath TOC
TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses: Sylvia Plath and Lana Del Rey. Sylvia’s voice haunts us from beyond the grave. Her words cut like diamonds—sharp, deadly, and forever beautiful. Lana Del Rey’s dark themes and enchanting vocals resonate with listeners from all around the world. Both of these artists explore taboo topics. They find the words to voice the things they are not proud of, the things that haunt them. It takes courage to do the verbal striptease. Let these two extraordinary muses guide you into your own heart of darkness.
TRAGEDY QUEENS will be available for preorder in September 2017. ARC’s will be available to reviewers at that time. CLASH Books will also have copies available for purchase at the Brooklyn Book Fair this year.
Official release date is December 1st 2017.
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TRAGEDY QUEENS TOC 1. Stephanie M. Wytovich - Because of Their Different Deaths 2. Ashley Inguanta - A Room of Infinite Cat’s Eyes 3. Lorraine Shein - SP World 4. Gabino Iglesias - Gods in the Blood 5. Larissa Glasser - Ritual of Gorgons 6. Monique Quintana - Sad Girl 7. Tiffany Scandal - Loose Ends 8. Devora Gray - Pipedreams 9. Cara Di Girolamo - Sphinx Tears 10. Patricia Grisafi - Crazy Mary 11. Rebecca Charlotte - My Pussy Tastes Like Pepsi Gnosis 12. Brendan Vidito - Stag Loop 13. Christine Stoddard - Going About 99 14. Manuel Chavarria - Dayglo Reflection 15. Kathryn Louise - The Blacklist 16. Farah Rose Smith - The Land of Other 17. Tiffany Morris - The Lazarus Wife 18. Laura Diaz - Without Him (and Him, and Him) There is No Me 19. Victoria Dalpe - The Wife 20. Max Booth III - All the World Drops Dead 21. Lisa Marie Basile - On the Elevation of Pain Through Art and Beauty - a Diary of Muses 22. Jerry Drake - Corinne 23. Selene MacLeod - Panic Bird 24. Laura Lee Bahr - Catman’s Heart
One magic item I have thrown at people, which is a pretty good low power intersection of silly and useful was The Bra of Storage. Near infinite storage room, but only for small things that could plausibly be stored in your bra anyway.
hey clockie, what kind of character development do you think keith would have to go through to be fit as the black paladin?
The problem is, I don’t think it’s a matter of character development as much as it is a function of what’s at the character’s core. This is the main reason why I don’t think permanent Lion switching could work.
A lot of people nominate Lance for Black Paladin because of the idea that he’s a leader, but they ignore what’s the Black Paladin virtues. And that’s my biggest issue, is I think a lot of people think of the black paladin just as “who’s in charge” and it’s like “Hey, Lance could be a leader! Keith could be a leader!” when. that’s not how it works.
How I personally would change Steven Universe (LONG POST)
First off I would keep all of Season 2. The first two seasons are almost perfect minus some filler but over all it’s fine. After Same Old World would be Steven Floats and then the Lapis arc would begin.
Peridot would stay in the barn but turn it into a sort of lab. She learns about Earth there and repeatedly tries to make herself new limb enhancers (Maybe using the crystal gem star emblem). Lapis would refuse to stay with her so she ends up temporarily staying with Steven in the temple on the couch. The next episodes would be Drop Beat Dad and Mr. Greg just so Greg can become a millionaire for later and so Pearl’s Rose arc can finally end. Barn Mates would never happen and I would replace it with a Lapis arc similar to what Peridot got.
It would start with Alone at Sea. This sets up Lapis’s arc. The goal is to get Lapis comfortable around the gems and with herself so she can get to a position to confront Jasper confidently. Lapis sees her in AoS to assure her that Jasper is still out there.
After that would begin episodes where she spends time with each gem.
* An episode with Amethyst would come first. Since they share a similar sense of humor and Amethyst was not in the war, they get along fast. Lapis is then warmed up to the other gems but not as fast as with Amethyst.
*Then an episode with Pearl. Since Pearl is now an independent gem and has gotten over the loss of Rose, Pearl helps Lapis forgive herself for putting Steven in dangerous situations multiple times. Lapis and Pearl’s reckless mistakes are addressed.
*An episode with Garnet where she helps Lapis become more comfortable with fusion again. Maybe Ruby and Sapphire interact unfused to help Lapis see what a healthy relationship is supposed to be like?
After this is a bit of breather from Lapis before the pay off.
Too Short To Ride
Beach City Drift
Greg The Babysitter
Afterwards, the Jasper story would come in.
Crack The Whip
Steven vs. Amethyst
Some changes though. Lapis would accompany Steven, Amethyst and Peridot. The beginning of Beta where they are at the barn shows Lapis begrudgingly warming up to Peridot (and some Amedot set up). They go to the Beta Kindergarten and Lapis finally confronts Jasper. They fight (Maybe Lapis has a little water pouch like Katara from Avatar or something) and Steven and Amethyst fuse to form Smokey Quartz. This is important for Lapis because she sees two gems fuse to better eachother and overcome their own insecurities.
Know Your Fusion takes place showing that there can basically be infinite rooms in the temple so Lapis gets one. Maybe they also explain the temple’s heart and that plays a part in making rooms for gems that aren’t fusions of Ame, Garnet, Pearl or Rose. At this point, Lapis is developed and can be squared away for other episodes.
The New Lars
(A Peridot episode where she finally builds new limb enhancers)
Hit The Diamond
All the gems would be at Peridot’s barn lab anyways.
Next would come Bismuth. Now I actually think this episode is great and can stay largely the same. Maybe with some more dialogue from the gems at the end. Plus it would get Steven doubting Rose but Bismuth assuring him that he is his own person.
Back To the Moon
So to recap Season 3. Lapis was freed and developed. She confronted Jasper and had her misdeeds addressed along with Pearl. Pearl is over Rose. Rubies are introduced. Peridot studies Earth in her lab and keeps her personality from Season 2. She develops new Limb Enhancers that also help maximize her metal bending powers. Steven is now doubting if Rose was as perfect as the people around him say she was.
Onto Season 4.
Last One Out of Beach City
Three Gems and a Baby
(Put the filler the Crewniverse loves so much here)
(Pearl and Mystery Girl date episode with Steven, Peridot and Amethyst spying. Amedot side story. Mystery Girl changes her hair style and color and either it works out anyways and they get along or Pearl leaves because she realizes that she only liked her because she looked like Rose)
Garnet Episode not focused on fusion
In Steven’s Dream, Peridot flies them to Korea in the Ruby ship just to establish that she IS the pilot. Peridot stays behind though as Greg and Steven explore Korea and see Blue Diamond. Blue Diamond is also much more cold and scary looking until she is actually seen mourning by Greg. Just to explain BD, she has an admiration of humans that comes from Pink Diamond and she has a sensitive side (hence her mourning PD) but is still a cold calculated tyrant when her guard isn’t down.
Adventures in Light Distortion
The Zoo. The Zoo isn’t portrayed as a utopia though but more as a scary… well… human zoo. The humans have basically no free will as they have just been following this voice their whole life like they’re brain dead. It isn’t pleasant.
That Will Be All. The Gems need to know that the Diamonds could begin abducting Earthlings for info on the gems by the end of the episode.
Storm in the Room. Here’s the main thing here. Make Steven see how bs it is when Rose mentions the tape. He needs to accept that his mother had secrets and was no better than Bismuth.
Steven unbubbles Bismuth and demands answers from her and the Crystal Gems. The episode is mostly flashbacks. Very plot heavy and Steven is determined to be better than Rose but still do what he has to do when the Diamonds come and treat them like a real threat. It is made clear that the Diamonds aren’t like other gems they’ve faced and won’t just become good. Bismuth begins to become less radical as she realizes that she hurt Steven because of it.
So Steven, Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, Peridot, Bismuth and Lapis are preparing for the Diamonds.
I think this order gives character plenty of development and resolves plot threads like Mystery Girl and Bismuth.