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Jen Bluekissed
Sweaty Sex and
2009.02.24 06:57:21

Sweaty Sex releases today!  My short story, "Getting Lucky Isn't The Same As Being Lucky," is included.  I had a ton of fun writing this one and would like to mention a few things about the story that set it apart from some of my others.

"Getting Lucky," is a baseball story.  I'm a huge baseball fan.  The rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs has kept me up many a summer night.  The setting for the story is in Dubuque, Iowa and Dyersville, Iowa.  I'm originally from Dubuque, so creating a rivalry for the two minor league baseball teams, the Iowa Cobs and the Idaho Spuds, was a hoot.  (I was utterly tempted to type Kernels rather than Cobbs.  The temptation almost got the better of me, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels may not have appreciated my using their real life team).

My husband's family is from Idaho.  Now that I'm no longer living in Iowa, I can't tell you how many people with whom I've spoken have mixed up Iowa and Idaho in casual conversation.  I couldn't resist using both in the story.  Other than farmland, the two states are very different places.

I will also mention that most of the details regarding Dubuque are true.  There are only two details that I fabricated.  One of the things I made up is that Dubuque doesn't really have a minor league baseball team.  I even found a way to work Loras College into the story  I attended Loras, graduating with BA degrees in English, Spanish, and Secondary Education.  Go Duhawks!

On a completely different note, the kind folks at the Geek Squad were able to recover all the files on my laptop as well as wipe the virus clean.  I've been breathing a giant sigh of relief for the past two days.  Let's just say that now I own more thumb drives than I care to admit.

I can't help but thank all of my readers for putting both Experimental and Ambrosia in the top ten!  Let's put this anthology there too!



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