Literacy for Tots

Everybody’s heard of the Marine Toys for Tots foundation. Did you know that they have a Literacy Program as well? Because the gift of words keeps on giving far longer than the batteries in that shiny robot.

The program accepts new books only: To support the program in your community, please contact your local The UPS Store or Mail Boxes Etc. location to see if they are supporting the program in your area.

For more information, check out the FAQs here on their website.

(thanks to Vylar Kaftan for the link.)

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Pass It Along

Pass it Along: In which I find out about cool stuff and pass it along to you. Please feel free to pass it along to others!


Author friend Steven Saus is running an interesting contest over on his site: Create an inspirational poster that inspires you to go out and kick ass.

Sound cool? I know I’m certainly intrigued…

Deadline for entries is December 17th. Details over on his website.

******************************************************* is trying to compile the largest database of colleges and universities in which one can obtain a degree in library science. Have one? Know someone who does? Pop on over to the site real quick and make sure your alma mater is represented.

(Both online and on-campus degrees are included.)

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Ceci N’est Pas Une Démocratie

It was bound to happen eventually, and what once before went without saying now, apparently, needs to be said.

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to my website. Browse through my galleries. Get lost in the hedge maze. Pick flowers in my garden. But please remember: This is not a democracy. Your free speech rules do not apply here. I am The Princess, and all ways about here belong to me. I will not tolerate malicious comments, toward myself or other people who frequent my site and choose to comment here. I am a benevolent ruler, but I am not afraid to strike down any who threaten to oppose me.

I have a Brute Squad, and they are always chomping at the bit for a good smiting. Please know that if you are the subject of said smiting, it will not be performed in a public forum. So if you are here to wave your flag about, you have come to the wrong place. I wear the tiara in this town. If you do not like what I post or the way I post it, you are free to take your bile elsewhere.

With love,

Princess Alethea

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Seeking Norton Candidates

I’m not eligible for this yet. But I will be, someday… It’s a dream I have.

(And yes, I am a proud member of SFWA.)


LOS ANGELES – The jury for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy is actively reading works published in 2010.
The 2010 Norton Award jury members is chaired by Sherwood Smith. Publishers and authors may contact for submission information.

The Andre Norton Award for an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book was established in 2006 by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The award is named in honor of the late Andre Norton, a SFWA Grand Master and author of more than 100 novels, many of them for young adult readers. Norton’s work has influenced generations of young people, creating new fans of the fantasy and science fiction genres and setting the standard for excellence in fantasy writing. Any book published as a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel is eligible, including graphic novels with no limit on word length.

About SFWA
Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.

Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 1,700 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals.

Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction.

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How I Got Mentioned On Saturday Night Live

…the one hosted by Betty White, no less! (Betty White is my homegirl. I adore that Snickers commercial with her. You know the one.)

This is how I got mentioned on Saturday Night Live: There’s a segment called “Really?” with Seth and Amy (though it could be done FAR better — and should be — by Kelli Dunlap). At the end of this particular segment, they cover the riots in Greece and bring on Tina Fey, who has a Greek mother (read: Tina Fey is Greek – Tina is short for “Stamatina”). I’m not sure how much Greek Tina speaks, but she has a great accent. And the translation they use of “Really?” is my name: Alethea. Because we all know, Alethea means “truth” in Greek.

Dad sent me this clip via Aunt Theda — this is so much more fun than listening for my name in church.

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Provo City Win!

The lovely folks over at the Provo City Library in Utah have a fabulous blog where they review books from their collection. And they reviewed AlphaOops: H is for Halloween, dontcha know!

I won’t spoil it for you…but I will say that they seemed to like it.

Thanks, Provo City Library!

(Want to find out more about this library? Like its stunning architecture, for one? Click on over to their website and check it out!)

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So, yeah

It’s freaking hot outside.

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As Amusing As It Is Silly

…and geektastic.

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I’m working on novel revisions (on top of working at Dixie Dunbar Studio all this week), so please forgive sporadic blogging. I do have a lost of topics I want to cover…if I can manage to get to them before I pass out every night.

In the meantime, please check out The Audie Award Winners from last night’s ceremony.

I was there last year and had the time of my life. Champagne, great food, awesome people, amazing talent. I was very sorry I couldn’t make it this year. (I’m a judge for the awards.) Congrats to all the winners!

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I started writing a story with no previous plotting, no idea where I’m going with it, just words on paper (or electrons on Word Document). It’s a weird feeling, but a familiar one. It reminds me of being a teenager again.

Huh. How ’bout that?

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