Tucker Cummings

Welcome to The Strange Adventures of Margery Jones.

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

“The Strange Adventures of Margery Jones” is a 365-part microfiction serial written in 2011 by Tucker Cummings.

The story will always be available online for free, though there is an e-book version available as well via Smashwords for readers who prefer the ease of navigating the story with their e-reader.

Read the story from the beginning here.

Learn more about this project here.

See what Tucker has been up to since 2011 at her blog or on Twitter.

FAQ

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

What is this thing?

This is “The Strange Adventures of Margery Jones,” a microfiction serial written by Tucker Cummings.

What is the story about?

Margery Jones travels between parallel universes, visiting other incarnations of herself and making irreparable mistakes.

At its heart, this is a story about heartbreak, mental illness, and uncertainty.

What the heck is microfiction?

Also known as very short stories, short-shorts, or drabbles, microfiction tales generally run no longer than 1000 words. Some subsets of microfiction, such as Twitter fiction, are limited to just 140 characters. Microfiction authors love the challenge of creating a world, plot, and interesting characters within such a limited amount of literary real estate.

In the case of “Margery Jones,” each chapter is 100 words long. A new chapter was uploaded each day in 2011, as part of an experimental writing project.

Who are you again?

Tucker Cummings has been writing strange stories since she developed sufficient hand- eye coordination to operate a crayon. Sadly, her handwriting hasn’t improved much since then.

Her work has won prizes in fiction contests sponsored by HiLoBrow.com, The Binnacle, and MassTwitFic, and she is one of the contributors to “The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities” (HarperCollins, 2011). Her publication credits include the anthologies “Grim Fairy Tales” (Static Movement, 2011), “Future Lovecraft” (Innsmouth Free Press, 2011) and “Stories from the Ether” (Nevermet Press, 2011.)

Will there be a sequel?

There are currently no plans for a sequel featuring Margery Jones. There is, however, an “Easter Egg” Margery Jones story available to read in another collection of my short fiction. This book, written as part of Art House Co-op’s “Fiction Prject 2011,” can be viewed at the Brooklyn Art Library on North 3rd Street. Talk to a librarian, search for my book by my last name, and you’ll find the bonus story tucked inside. At some point, this book should also be getting digitized. Once that happens, you can search for it online here.

The Strange Adventures of Margery Jones is now available on Smashwords.

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

margery cover blacknewI know, I know. It took me long enough. After multiple delays, I’m happy to announce that you can finally purchase “The Strange Adventures of Margery Jones” on Smashwords.

Don’t worry: you will always be able to read the story here, in it’s entirety, for free. I compiled the Smashwords version of the story so that people who prefer to read on a tablet or e-reader would be able to do so with ease. I think it’s probably a lot easier to read in this format.

Smashwords offers the story in a whole range of formats, including PDF, plain text, and RTF. There are also Kindle, iOS, and Nook-friendly versions, as well as versions that are compatible with other e-reader platforms. The e-book version costs 99 cents.

Photo credit for the front cover goes to me, though the overall design was done by the amazing Tory Miller.