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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.)

Originally published at AletheaKontis.com. You can comment here or there.

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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!

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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.

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Librarysciencedegree.org 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 Force, 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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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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Shh…writing…

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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Temptation

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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Short and Sweet

As we all gear up for the release of DARK FAITH anthology at the end of the month (it launches at Mo*Con), the Apex Blog will be featuring “daily devotionals” — a quick, five-question interview with each author from the book. Today is my day for being devotional — I admit, I had a bit of fun with my questions. Tomorrow the reins are handed off to my dear friend Mary Robinette Kowal. So keep checking back!

In addition, Jason has also posted my bio from the book, which I also had a bit of fun with. It seems lately that I’ve had to write an incredible number of bios for people. I don’t want to talk about MYSELF, silly, I want to write stories about OTHER PEOPLE. The day Maurice asked for this one, I was in a bit of a mood…a mood that smelled a bit like poppies and vinegar. It shows. Thing is, I kind of like it.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a snippet from the story. Just to whet your appetite, I’ll post another one here.

Want to check out the interview first? Click here.

Can’t wait to buy Dark Faith? Click here.

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Excerpt:

Max received the package from his mother three weeks after her funeral. She had come to him just the night before in his dreams; he’d scolded her for her continued attempts to meddle in his life. Without a word she had lifted great wings and flew flown away, a perfect image of the guardian angels she’d always sworn walked beside her. Such was the way of dreams.

The package, however, was not a dream. It didn’t appear harmful or potentially hazardous. It was white and padded and metered with the correct postage. There were a few stamps and stickers and scuffmarks declaring its delicate nature and boasting of a long and possibly strenuous overseas journey, but nothing that gave any hint as to the contents or the intent of the sender. In fact, there was nothing particularly strange or unique about the package at all, apart from two slightly odd things.

The first odd thing was that the package had his name clearly printed on it above his mother’s address, the address where he and Rose had spent the last few days clearing out clutter and deciding what to do with the rest of their lives. A decision Max would have been happy to put off for just this side of forever.

The second odd thing was that it was from his mother.

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The Knight of Knifty Presents

The weekend that Tomo came to Awesome Porch and brought my Favorite T-shirt ever (“Self-Rescuing Princess”), he also brought me and Gypsy some colored bubbles. Mine are pink. Hers are blue. And while we were lying on a blanket in the snow earlier catching some rays (which is the only way to do it, really), Gypsy jumped up and fetched them. They were GORGEOUS. Observe:

Of course, when we were finished, the area around us looked liked we had killed a unicorn. Those pics still to come.

We’re gonna go throw snowballs at the icicles on the roof now.

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