The Best Halloween Gift! 🎃

THE BEST HALLOWEEN GIFT – and a Junior Library Guild Selection! ⭐️🎃⭐️ CLICK to buy AlphaOops: H is for Halloween for a spooky kid today! (PS: That spooky kid can totally be you) *as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases Tweet

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I Have a Tea Blend, Y’all!

It was brought to my attention that Corpse Coffee’s “The Shroud” tea blend has an auspicious description. For reasons that are me! The Shroud It is rumored that Alethea Haverswaithe (chief archivist of the Cenotaph City Library) has read every journal, play, and myth within the cavernous stacks of that hallowed enclosure. When she settles in to read a…

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Feeling Lost?

Roses in Amber by Catie Murphy

Sometimes books can be a literal escape, not just a figurative one. Our critic Alethea Kontis recommends three fantasy novels that helped her along the way as she escaped an abusive relationship. (NPR) As someone who virtually grew up in the publishing industry — and someone whose mentors include Andre Norton and Jane Yolen — it’s difficult to admit that I read almost…

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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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ESCAPE POD 773: A Wild Patience (Part 2 of 3)

Are you following along with “A Wild Patience” on EscapePod? Part 2 of 3 is now live — find out what the robot moms are planning! “A Wild Patience” by Gwynne Garfinkle, narrated by Alethea Kontis, hosted by S.B. Divya. (This episode is part 2 of 3.) LISTEN HERE: https://escapepod.org/2021/02/25/escape-pod-773-a-wild-patience-part-2-of-3/ (Click here for more stories narrated by Alethea!) Tweet

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Who are the #MakeArtNotWar Collective?

Members of the Make Art Not War Collective: K. Tempest Bradford (Twitter/IG/News/Patreon/Tips)Nivair H. Gabriel (Twitter)Leanna Renee Hieber (Twitter/IG/News)Alethea Kontis (Twitter/IG/News/Patreon/Tips)Stina Leicht (Twitter/Patreon)Shveta Thakrar (Twitter/IG/News)Monica Valentinelli (Twitter/IG/News/Patreon) Have you heard the podcast? Tempest, Alethea, Shveta, Stina, and Monica talk about Make Art Not War on ORIGINALITY, Episode 28. The MANW Collective was inspired by Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War…

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