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The Writing Princess’s Manifesto

The Little MermaidIn an effort to catch back up with the world at large, I wrote a make-up blog post at the Waterworld Mermaids today.

The message may have been delivered with more force than I intended, but it certainly gets my point across.

Some days, we are just frustrated with the world. The chaos of our lives can go on for days…weeks…months…years.

We cannot let that defeat us. Ever.

Click here to read “No Such Thing” : Princess Alethea’s First Law of Writing Momentum.

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In Which I Have a Problem With Reality

Over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, I discuss my present issue with Reality.

I do encourage you to pop on by. I could really use the advice.

Click here to read “The Harsh Light of Day.”

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Princess Alethea’s Tips for Video Blogging

Over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, I share my tips for video blogging. Check out “The Princess and the Vlog” here: http://waterworldmermaids.com/2014/02/the-princess-and-the-vlog/

And here’s the latest Fairy Tale Rant (Rapunzel!) just in case you haven’t seen it yet…

Enjoy! xox

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Sunday Bonus!

Are you having a fabulous summer so far?

Me too. Know what goes good with summer? Beaches. And you know what goes great with beaches?

MERMAIDS.

Bonnie Wagner asked me to do a guest Mermaid post for her blog to celebrate “Splash Into Summer”, so I let her post my original flash fiction story “Well Behaved Mermaids Rarely Make Fairy Tales.”

Click over there to read it — please comment and enjoy!

xox

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Interview with Zoraida Cordova at Waterworld Mermaids

Zoraida, Queen of the MermaidsOver at the Waterworld Mermaids today I have a special treat for you: a LIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW that I did with mermaid novelist and fellow Harry Potter fan Zoraida Cordova.

Check it out HERE.

And I bet you thought you weren’t going to hear from me at all while I was off gallivanting at BEA.

Ha!!

xox

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Surprise Art!

Sneak attack!

I have a surprise post over at the Waterworld Mermaids today — Kerri Mermaid wasn’t feeling well, so I jumped in the pond to debut some NEW ART that I worked on last week.

That’s right! I said NEW ART. BY ME!

But you have to click here to see it.

(And you better tell me how awesome it is.)

xox

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MoA&A Interview #15: Traci Wilkes

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features mixed media artist Traci Wilkes–sister of esteemed Waterworld Mermaid author Avery Flynn. (I know a little bit about having an artistic sister… ) Talent definitely runs in the family!

If you like what you see here, be sure to pop on over to Traci’s Artful World Galleria Blog and check out some more!

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Author or Artist?
I’m a mixed media artist who loves to use acrylic and mix in other mediums to create a work of art.  I’m best known for my abstract art featuring aspects of pareidolia.  I collage newspaper onto canvas, cover with acrylic, ink and PVA glue. Generally, when the painting is done drying, you can make out a visage-just like seeing faces in the clouds, tree bark or negative space in wallpaper. I also do whimsical art that is more illustrative in nature.

Who are your professional role models?
My entire art guild family, Kelly Rae Roberts, and my sister

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
I like it to be sunny but cool outside.  Luckily, western Nebraska has a lot of sunshine in the winter, so I can be tucked up cozy and warm in my studio and still have great natural light.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
Born this Way, Lady Gaga

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Best Seed Planter Award (I like to mention a little something that causes someone to consider what else they could aspire to; I want everyone to dream big!)

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
MAGICAL POWERS – specifically- I’d like to be able to stop time so I can caught up

What was your favorite book as a child?
Swiftly Tilting Planet  by Madeleine L’Engle

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Just because drawing realistically may not be my gift, it doesn’t mean I’m not an artist.  If you create, you are an artist- you just have to find the medium that allows you to fulfill your soul’s purpose.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Pisces

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Cinderalla ( because I like old Disney songs)

What thing are you most proud of?
Being just fearless enough to show my art in public in 2009 which resulted in sales, opportunities and a lot of personal growth. Being published in Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine, Summer 2011.  Accepted in to the WNAC juried show in 2010 and 2012.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
-Open a brick and mortar business focused on kids and adults using art to heal, grow and express themselves.
-Get a licensing deal for my whimsical art.
-Go to Nantucket, I love the way that word sounds. Oh, I would really like to go to a big time art retreat like ArtFest or Art and Soul. Maybe they could host one in Nantucket?

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Traci Wilkes is an abstract and mixed media artist living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with her husband and two fat cats.  She is driven to create all kinds of art and enthusiastically shares techniques and tips with others.  Her abstract art reveals subconscious memories and moods and often seems metaphysical.  Her mixed media pieces convey concepts she wishes to communicate more directly. Visit her blog on her webstite, www.artfulworldgalleria.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Disaster Area

Today I am a-blogging over at The Waterworld Mermaids about the ultimate sacrifice a writer must make when he/she is trying to write a novel on deadline: HOUSEWORK.

The house is going to look like hell, and you’re going to have to let it.

Among other things.

Read my bit of insanity here. (I have taken a picture of my living-dining area as illustration…)

xox

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MoA&A Interview #10: Carlene Love Flores

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features one of the sweetest women in the romance genre: fellow Waterworld Mermaid Carlene Love Flores. Hanging out with Carlene is like getting a sugar injection from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory–and she knows a thing or two about music, which makes her a fabulous girlfriend to go see bands with.

I am honored to be hosting her today — take it away, Carlene!

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Author or Artist?
Great first question….an artist who writes love stories.

Who are your professional role models?
My moms.  I have four of them. And each one at some point in their lives was a single working woman with more than one full plate to juggle.  They continue to teach me balance between work and play.  And while I have many writing role models, this question comes while something Robyn Carr said during her talk is still fresh in my mind.  That right now, this is as hard as it gets. (Alethea, please help here if I’ve butchered Robyn Carr’s lovely statement.) I believe in that with all my heart and am thankful for the living proof from my moms.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Nighttime weather is always preferable for me.  I feel calm under a clear nighttime sky, cold or warm, breezy or still.  I like to joke that it’s just too hard to write the intimate and tragic moments I tend to enjoy with all that vibrant happy sun shining.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
From my favorite playlist “Man Songs”, the song is “Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know) by Hinder.   I heart boys singing.

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Menyon of the Month and Best Hand Kisser When Practicing For The Kissing Scene In Your Story

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Um, yeah, so that’s gonna be magical powers.  I’d rather free-fall from the spaceship than be locked inside.

What was your favorite book as a child?
The Monster at the End of This Book and Lambert the Sheepish Lion

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Just because you love the boys of Menudo doesn’t mean you should have their haircut, Carlene Love Touchstone!

What’s your favorite constellation?
Oh, thank you so much for having this question!  Orion and especially his belt!  My grandma used to set out two of the long folding lounge chairs in the back yard of her house and we’d lay there in the night with her pointing him out to me.  I know I’ll always be able to find him. 😉

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Thumbelina

What thing are you most proud of?
I think I may be blessed with luck and my ability to believe in that

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
1. Dedicate a book to my dad
2. Be blessed with as many days on earth as humanly possible to see as much of my son’s life as I can
3. Make it to the beach in time [Before Carlene dies, whenever that is, she would like to visit the beach one last time. I think that’s beautiful. ~Alethea]

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Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all).  These things have always inspired her to think up stories and continue to do so. In 2008, she finally decided to try her hand at writing that edgy fiction she’d been imagining her whole life down. It’s been the best of journeys, already having completed three novel-length manuscripts.  In real life, she has been fortunate to work in a medical laboratory in Colorado, decorate cakes in Germany, and has even tried her hand at Little League umpiring.  Carlene feels honored to be a member of RWA, WRW, and The Waterworld Mermaids.

She currently lives in the D.C. area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights.  If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.

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MoA&A Interview #6: Robin Covington

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features fellow Waterworld Mermaid and Facebook Man-War Photo Bomber Robin Covington! I am so proud that her debut novel, A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT, was just released by the Indulgence Imprint at Entangled Publishing. You should all click over and purchase it right now!

Right after you read this interview.

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Author or Artist?
Author

Who are your professional role models?
Renee Ryan and Vanessa Kelly

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Rainy and chilly

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
“Our Big Mistake” by Marc Broussard

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Grammy!

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Oh, definitely magical powers

What was your favorite book as a child?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Spend every possible minute with Granny and Papa.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Orion’s Belt

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Snow White and Rose Red

What thing are you most proud of?
I am the first person on my mom’s side to go to college.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
1. Get a tattoo. 2. Go to Australia. 3. Take an acting class.

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On her fortieth birthday, Robin Covington decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the “bucket list” and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can’t keep their hands off each other. She doesn’t miss the boy-toy at all. Happily exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, her stories burn up the sheets . . . one page at a time.

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy. You can find Robin on her blog, Burning Up the Sheets, on Facebook and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

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