Fun with Mermaids

Looking back on my last few posts there seems to be a theme: projects I was involved in that were just a whole lot of stinking fun. And guess what — this one is too! The Waterworld Mermaids (of which I am a part) have a big Garden Party bash planned for the month of October over at our…

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66 Twisted Tales

You know those stories that you have so much fun writing and submitting that you completely forget about them until a friend mentions that they’re available for sale? Well, that’s what happened here. Twisted Tales in 66 Words is a project that Kimberly Raiser came up with on Facebook a while back. She wanted to get 66 stories made…

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Blood Oath Reviews

Reviews of a different sort — from the movie that became my second credit on IMDB. (Not only is my name in the opening credits of Blood Oath…it’s even SPELLED CORRECTLY!) Before you read any–or all–of these, just keep one thing in mind: we didn’t set out to produce Shakespeare. We were a bunch of kids in the woods…

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Still Not An Award-Winning Author

But I still get to be part of this anthology! It includes the top four Intergalactic Medicine Show readers’ choice stories, some more award winners, and other favorites. I’m a favorite! And in seriously good company. AND I’M ON THE COVER. Table of Contents: “Trinity County, CA” by Peter S. Beagle First appeared in IGMS issue #18 “Sister Jasmine…

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DEMONS On Sale Now!

I am on the back cover AGAIN! Wheee! From Skipp’s intro to “The Unicorn Hunter”: After all this evil, I thought some beauty might be in order. So thank God for Alethea Kontis, who brought it and then some, in an old-fashioned mythical context with some new-fangled twists. This is a very easy story to love. And unless you’re…

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Princess Alethea On Reviews

I tell people I don’t read reviews. That’s not *totally* true. It is true that I don’t hunt them down–usually my editor will send me the important ones. I have Google Alerts out for things like “Alethea Kontis” and “AlphaOops” in case someone invokes my name and it’s appropriate for me to share a little love and thanks. Sometimes…

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BBF — SFWA Schedule

For those SF/F geeks, you can find the complete schedule of SFWA-related activities for the Baltimore Book Festival at this link. Just remember, Leanna and I are both booked solid from about 3pm until 7pm, which means you’ll have to hunt me down at whatever I’m doing to see me. (And if you bring a granola bar, I’ll be…

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Pencil Me In?

Because I know some of you book your social calendars MONTHS in advance, here’s the heads up: I will be a guest (along with Sherrilyn Kenyon!) at Mysticon in Roanoke Feb 24-26th. Holiday Inn – Tanglewood 4468 Starkey Road, SW Roanoke, VA 24018 540-774-4400 You have been warned!

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Splendora Drive

The first voice exercise that Barbara Samuel had us do was write for four minutes on this topic: Describe the house you lived in when you were seven years old. Timer set? GO! Here’s what I wrote: ******** I still dream about the house on Splendora Drive. It was in a subdivision called Candlewood, down a long road through…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

On Saturday, the WRW had yet another amazing meeting, this month featuring fabulous guest host Barbara Samuel. She presented us with two workshops–one before lunch, and one after our official meeting–about voice and the heroine’s journey, respectively. For the voice workshop, Barbara ran us through a series of times writing exercises — sprints, if you will — that were…

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