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PodCastle 677: Our Roots Devour

Now available! PodCastle 677: Our Roots Devour – story by Lora Gray @LoraJGray, narrated by Alethea Kontis @AletheaKontis, hosted by Setsu Uzume. I couldn’t narrate this story without falling back on my own Tennessee roots – Becca’s voice just came naturally, and I lost myself in the performance. This happens with great stories! Apparition Lit tweeted: “AHHH the voice…

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Fascinating New Things

Hello, my dears! Is it time for storm chasing yet?? The answer is: YES. Chris and I leave next week, and I am SO EXCITED. (Yes, we are both fully vaccinated!) I am attempting to do All the Things before I leave, including All the Gardening…and writing this letter to tell you about the myriad of things I’ve been…

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Princess Alethea Virtual Visits

My APPEARANCES page outlines examples of the types of appearances I make, virtual and otherwise. There are also testimonials from teachers, librarians and convention runners. (I didn’t pay them, I promise!) But there’s a cool new website in town that just went live: TALKABOOK! Talkabook connects children’s book creators with the young readers they inspire. From just hanging out…

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On Memories, Anxiety, and PTSD

Today, my horoscope—in a couple of different places—talked about “eureka moments” and the intensity of my internal world. How I might reflect on how my identity has been shaped by the past. How “the communication you received growing up was more vague than explicit, so people believed what they wanted instead of having discussions.” Well, that’s certainly true. I’ve…

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Princess Alethea’s Journal Healing Project

I often talk to middle schoolers about how keeping a journal saved my life.  There were three major Big Bads in my history (how very like a fairy tale, right?). I call them: Lazy, Evil, and Awful. AKA: The Leech, The Sociopath, and The Abuser.  Back when I was dating Evil, I wrote in a journal. Sometimes. Usually when…

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Alethea’s Tarot: Here Comes the Sun

Casey and I have always said that she is the sun and I am the moon. Always. (She even wrote about it in her essay for Beauty & Dynamite!)  Casey and I met in middle school, the summer after 6th grade. She was tiny, blue-eyed and fair-skinned, with a ton of long, blonde hair. She always wore a smile…

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PATCHWORK POETRY Now Available!

In March 2020, the world shut down. That same month, a few thousand Snow Patrol fans from around the globe met Gary Lightbody online to write songs. Patchwork Poetry and Other Gibberish by the Saturday Songwriters contains over 100 poems, prose, and works of art by 39 Songwriters from over a dozen countries. In addition, each of the contributors…

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ESCAPE POD 774: A Wild Patience (Part 3 of 3)

The thrilling conclusion of “A Wild Patience” is now live on EscapePod! written by Gwynne Garfinkle / wynnega narrated by Alethea Kontis / @AletheaKontis hosted by S.B. Divya / @divyastweets Listen to the full story: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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