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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Fir Tree”

Now that I’ve run away for Christmas (decided on the Solstice to drive 9 hours down to Charleston SC to spend some of the holiday with my little sister & my parents), I am SUPER glad that I recorded this video last week. Hooray! (Now the challenge is going to be making sure I get one out *next* week…)

Without further ado, I bring you Princess Alethea’s Rant about “The Fir Tree.”

Happy Holidays! xox

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Spark

Happy SolsticeThis is one of the entries referred to in the original Beauty & Dynamite as “The Lost Blogs.” Recovered from the bowels of the intarwebs by Eric James Stone, all of The Lost Blogs will appear in the revised edition of Beauty & Dynamite…including this poem in celebration of the Winter Solstice, marking the beginning of my love for this astronomically significant day.

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“I’ve looked into the abyss, the abyss has looked back, and we’ve both grinned.”
-–James Maxey

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Spark

Shortest day
Longest night
Point of orbit on the dark side of the moon
loss of signal, radio silence
sailing where brilliant stars scatter across a Land Without Sun
Breadcrumbs along the path to infinity
Christmas lights in cold windows
Glitter on painted nails
Crystals of freefalling snow
perfect, unique, alone
sadness so small
little leftover
pieces of me
in that deep dark space
tiny, bright, beautiful
significant

–December 21, 2004

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The Young and the Darkness

I’m over at the Apex blog today talking about “The Young and the Darkness”, otherwise known as Things I am Accused of Being that are Assumed to be Mutually Exclusive.

Click here to read “The Young and the Darkness.”

We go into the short stories and poetry I loved as a child…and the short stories and poetry I write now, including my short story collection WILD & WISHFUL, DARK & DREAMING.

Don’t have your copy yet? Well then, CLICK HERE and get it today! xox

Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming--story collection by Alethea Kontis

 

 

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When Family Christmas Videos Go Viral

The Little MermaidOver at the Waterworld Mermaids today, I’m chatting about this year’s viral sensation “Christmas Jammies” #xmasjammies

It’s a supercute video that’s been seen over seven million times…but this time, watch it again and *think* about it.

I did — read my thoughts here: http://waterworldmermaids.com/2013/12/famous-jammies/

I’m interested to know your opinions!

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

Your fairy tale rant for today: “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

WARNING: THIS ENDS BADLY.
Proceed with caution.

…and enjoy!

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The Golden Band (HSE) update

Hello, everyone!The Golden Band: High School Edition, by Alethea Kontis

Finished reading HERO? Wish there was something else you could sink your teeth into? Well…how about this?

Now that Book Three has been revised, line edited, and is off to the copyeditor, I’m free to do WHATEVER I WANT! (mwahahahahahaha) “Whatever I Want” right now can be defined as continuing the saga that is serializing The Golden Band, my very first novel.

There are so many things going through my mind as I transcribe this from the notebook where it has lived for over 20 years. Namely:

1.) Man, when I taught myself to write neatly, I WROTE NEATLY. Thank you, self.

2.) I *really* wasn’t that bad a fiction writer. I reviewed stuff as a copyeditor that was on par…and sometime even slightly worse…than this. It kind of makes me mad that it took me so long to get serious about writing…but to be honest, I’d been submitting to venues for a long time, so technically I was serous about writing. I just hadn’t quite thrown my heart and soul and sinew into it. And when I did, it was rather remarkable how quickly everything progressed from that. I mean…three years after Orson Scott Card’s Boot Camp I was published by two major houses, and in the fourth year, I hit the New York Times list.

3.) I’m about to teach a bunch of Young Authors how to do this stuff….and I’m still a little clueless on what to say. You think I’d be rolling my eyes at this whole manuscript, but I’m really not. Sure, there’s a bit of Head-Hopping (where a scene shifts to another character’s point of view in the middle), and there’s a massive amount of Stage Directions (what I call “turning” and “looking” and “nodding” and such)…but there’s just not a lot of glaring stuff. I’d love to read my own work in front of these kids to tear it apart…and so far I haven’t found a section that breaks enough rules to do that.

4.) I used to love this. As I type through this, I remember that romantic, overwhelming feeling that happens when a world takes over you. You don’t have looming deadlines, you can just play around in a world for as long as you want. You can take forever on the intro…because really, it’s your director’s cut and no one’s there to critique you if you don’t want it.

There is a definite loss of romance when writing becomes a J-O-B, and I feel like I’m always looking for that again. In many ways, hidden between the awkward sentences, I find that here.

I hope you all share this link…especially with young writers that you know, to encourage them to never stop doing what they’re doing.

So far, each section is only about 1000 words, which should only take you about 5 minutes to read. I’m up to section 8 right now.  I’ll update you again when I’ve made another significant amount of updates.

In the meantime, HAPPY READING! xox

(click the cover or HERE to begin)

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Young Author Workshops in 2014

Hello, everyone!

Here’s something for you to pass on to local young people who might be interested — classes will be limited to around 20, so be sure to sign up fast!

I will be doing four writing workshops at the Rust Library here in Loudoun County (Leesburg), FOR TEENS ONLY!
Here is the schedule:

Wednesday January 22, 7-8pm
Session 1: What makes a story? How to wrangle your ideas, formulate your plot, and tell a story from beginning to end.

Wednesday January 29, 7-8pm
Session 2: Finish what you start! You have a great beginning, but this could go on forever. Where do you stop? And how?

Wednesday February 5, 7-8pm
Session 3: Get yourself out there! Formatting manuscripts, proper submission etiquette, and how to find the short story market that’s right for you.

Wednesday February 12, 7-8pm
Session 4: But…I’m AWESOME! Dealing with rejection. Dealing with edits and critiques. Discussing the business of publishing.

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Princess Alethea Rants “Tom Thumb”

In Which Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Tom Thumb,” a great adventure starring a very precocious, very wee boy. It contains human trafficking, two B&Es, a demonic exorcism, two gruesome deaths, and a happily ever after.

WHY IS THIS NOT MORE POPULAR?!?

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What I Did On Thanksgiving

Hi, Mom!

So…here’s what I did on Thanksgiving: http://waterworldmermaids.com/2013/12/so-if-i-have-an-awesome-thanksgiving-and-it-doesnt-go-viral-is-it-still-awesome/

Read the article…I’m sure you won’t be surprised. Let’s just say, I enjoyed making a lot of people happy.

Love you!

xoxox

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Princess Alethea Rants About “Foundling”

A New Fairy Tale Rant is Live!

Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Foundling.” This fairy tale was the basis for the character Trix in the Woodcutter Sisters series…fans of Enchanted will especially enjoy seeing how aspects of this tale were woven into the novel.

Enjoy!

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