The silhouetted of a person hangs in mid air against a black background, with a golden light like a starburst radiating behind the body. A golden hole pierces the body chest and a beam of golden light bursts from the hole. Stars sprinkle the edges of the illustration. Over the body are printed the words in orange script and bold fonts, "Print a Soul in Six Easy Steps, A Primer by Clover Silverbrook." Underneath the figure is typed the name of the author of the piece.
The beautiful illustration that went along with my story in Etherea #12.

I’ve been very quiet here of late. A lot has happened in the United States (and in my personal life) since I last posted an update. If you are an American with a uterus or once had a uterus or are trans or queer, you probably know what I am talking about. If you’re an American at all, you should know what I’m talking about. The Supreme Court’s overturning of a 50 year old precedence affects over half our population, and most of us are absolutely terrified about what’s going to happen next.

So, to bring a little light to my own life (and yours, maybe), I’m delighted to say I have a new story out in this month’s issue of Etherea Magazine. I am so grateful to Aidan Wilson, the editor, for accepting a third story of mine to publish in his fantastic magazine. “Print a Soul in Six Easy Steps: A Primer by Clover Silverbrook” is one of the most moving pieces I have ever written. I actually teared up a bit the last time I revised it before it was accepted. It also was rejected around 26 times before Etherea said yes. It’s just another reminder to all you writers: DON’T SELF REJECT. Eventually, your story will find a home if you believe in it enough.

Also, I received an acceptance this morning on a flash piece I wrote recently. I can’t say much more than that, but this week — hell, this month — has been a rollercoaster for many reasons, and I will take all the good I can get right now. I will announce when the next story is out in the world, hopefully very soon.

As always, thanks for supporting me.

And thanks for reading.

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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