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Fairy Tale Podcast

The Birthday Princess!Yesterday, I posted about how I am now eligible for this year’s Parsec Awards because I have been narrating stories for Cast of Wonders and Pseudopod.

Um…HELLO…I ALSO NARRATE PODCASTS OF MY OWN HERE ON THIS WEBSITE.
*sigh*
Sometimes The Brain, she no work.

The podcasts I post here (also available via iTunes) are called “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre.” The works I have that are eligible for this year’s awards are:

Episode 24: “The Companionship of the Cat and The Mouse”: http://aletheakontis.com/2014/02/princess-aletheas-fairy-tale-theatre-episode-24/

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel”: http://aletheakontis.com/2014/03/princess-aletheas-fairy-tale-theatre-episode-25/

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CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR NOMINATION: http://www.parsecawards.com/2014-parsec-awards/nominate-a-podcast/

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 25

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel”

The Marvelous Minstrel…or perhaps the PSYCHOPATH MINSTREL, because seriously…this guy is a jerk. The ASPCA would *not* approve. And, quite frankly, neither do I.

Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 24

Episode 24: “The Companionship of the Cat and The Mouse”

 

A fairy tale in which…well…cats will be cats and mice will be mice, and that’s just the way of the world.

Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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The Princess Pendragon

This week, Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre makes a guest appearance on the genre ladies podcast Pendragon Variety (Episode 32). The tale they’ve chosen to feature as an Editor Favorite is “The Giant & the Tailor.”

I must say these ladies and their tales amuse me greatly. This particular podcast starts out with a pretty fabulous “That’s what she said” moment. I am honored to be in their esteemed company!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 20

Episode 20: “Mother Hulda” (7:18)

Mother Hulda, or Frau Holle, is possibly the goddess of Hell, a goddess of marriage, and/or goddess of the weather. Prompted by a footnote in my book, I looked up Mother Hulde on Wikipedia:

The legend itself, as it was eventually passed to the Grimm Brothers, originates from oral traditions in Central Germany in what is now known as Hesse. It was told to them by Henriette Dorothea Wild (whom Wilhelm Grimm married in 1825) with more details added in the second edition (1819). It is still common expression in Hesse to say “Hulda is making her bed” when it is snowing, that is, she shakes her bed and out comes snow from heaven!

The dog days of summer are always a great time to think of snow. Shake it, Mother Hulda!

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 19

Episode 19: “The Three Spinners” (6:11)

I’d almost say this tale was a retelling, if I hadn’t read it from The Brothers Grimm with my own eyes. “The Three Spinners” is a…well..spin on “Rumplestiltskin,” starring a girl as clever as she is lazy.

I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have a feeling that my romance writer friends are going to *love* this twist.

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 17

Episode 17: “The White Snake” (9:35)

Whenever I read this type of story I always wonder who it was that first ate a white snake and realized he could suddenly hear animals speak. For that matter, I would love to see a fairy tale version of Chopped. “In your entree basket: “Whole duck, leg of Horse, White Snake, and an apple from the Tree of Life. You have thirty minutes. Time starts…now!” Can you imagine what magical powers that dish would have? Wow!

(Production note: You might notice a very loud bird that did not have the courtesy to shut up while I was recording this episode. I let it be…I felt a chirping bird was rather appropriate for a story about a man given the power to talk to animals.)


 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 15

Episode 15: “The Little Folks’ Presents” (5:41)

Yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of greed. You know, I really wish karma worked this well and this swiftly in real life.

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 14

Episode 14: “Cinderella” (16:20)

I meant to post this famous fairy tale last week for Mother’s Day. Of all the fairy tales, I feel this one most epitomizes a mother’s love for her daughter. (If it hadn’t been for those angelic pigeons, Cinderella would have been royally screwed.) Upon reading it again, I noted two things: 1.) Cinderella is a total crybaby and 2.) Cinderella’s father is a complete jerk. Wow. Seriously. Listen and tell me what you think.

“Cinderella” by the Brothers Grimm, read by Alethea Kontis

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 13

Episode 13: “Old Rinkrank” (4:47)

Since I had Kassidy and Ariell with me for Take Your Princess-in-Training to Work Day, they joined me for this particular fairy tale podcast. We had a great time, so they might be joining me for podcasts in the future…watch for it!

 

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