Cover Reveal: The Adventure of Creation

I’m thrilled to be part of the big cover reveal for The Adventure of Creation, a Think Sideways anthology presented by Holly Lisle. I’m honored to have my short story, Restoration, included in this collection. Here’s what the editors of the anthology have to say about it:

In May, the moderators of Holly’s Forum (that’s us), approached her with the idea of an anthology. With the 5th anniversary of “How to Think Sideways” drawing nearer, it seemed a good idea to match the release date with the anniversary. Holly agreed to the idea and even added a monetary prize for the top stories. After a very, very difficult selection process, we settled on thirty-five stories. It’s a pity that we couldn’t take them all. The scores were so close, we had lengthy discussions and finally went five stories over the 30 story limit we had planned.

With the stories selected and in Holly’s hands to pick a winner, we are proudly presenting to you:

The Adventure of Creation

The Think Sideways Anthology #1 presented by Holly Lisle


The Adventure of Creation cover

35 marvelous short stories by gifted new writers

 Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a quilt, defeat super-villains in a bank robbery with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.

In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres.

The eBook and print book will be released on the 24th of July. Help us spread the word. If the anthology is successful, we might do another one next year.


  1. Woo! Congrats on having a story in the anthology! I can’t wait to read yours, and the others! I would love to have submitted to it, but the theme utterly stumped me. I had no idea what to do with it. Ah well. Next time!

  2. It was so exciting to see this come together, and I’m looking forward to reading all the stories that got in! Beautiful cover too. :) The mods did a great job with this all around.

  3. Congrats!

  4. Have you read that email yet?! Oh, congrats, congrats on coming in 1st!

  5. Hey there, Rabia! Huge congratulations on taking the prize in this one!!! Just awesome and I know you deserve it.
    I’m super excited to read your story. :)

    • Thanks so much, Kirsten. I was very touched by what you posted in the announcement thread–and humbled, too. It’s still mind-boggling to me that people *like* my work and seek it out and say kind things about it!

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