You’d think writing the first post for a website would be like penning the opening chapter to a novel, but it really isn’t.

Chronicling the misadventures of a group of appealingly useless misfits is fun. Chronicling your own adventures comes with the tickling realization that the only misfit here is you, and all you can do is hope like hell that you’re appealing about it.

We’re Denali Stannard, and this is Jackass. Or a website on which we’ll post news, updates, and short stories, despite the fact that making the leap into traditional publishing feels about as nerve-wracking as climbing into a ball pit full of anacondas. In a nice way! It’s exhilarating.

We have two upcoming novels: Star Boys, which follows two actors through the rigors of falling in love and creating prime time TV; and Kingdom of Rust, in which a burnout med student and a drug-dealing prince of Faerie attempt to save Worcester, MA from a very deadly form of gentrification.

(If you’re wondering about the royal we, it’s because we’re the literary equivalent of three children wearing a trenchcoat; two women sharing a pen name.)

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