The next issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet will soon be released into the wild, and it contains a marvelous variety of stories, poems, and oddities, most of which, I'm sure, are of high quality, and there's also a story by me. (Don't blame LCRW. The editors are sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you they're only publishing "The Lake" because I kept sending them gift subscriptions to The National Review and Soldier of Fortune , and I promised to stop only if they would publish one of my stories.) I'm particularly excited to see that Kirstin Allio has a story in this issue, because the only thing of hers I've read is Garner , an extraordinary novel set in my home state of New Hampshire. Garner was a LitBlog Co-op pick some seasons ago, and has remained one of my favorite LBC books. Though there are many different choices for how to subscribe, most subscriptions to LCRW cost less than a new lung. So what's your excuse?