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[updated 02/14/18]

Looking for details on faerie portals and Faeries’ Tales?
Visit our Absolutely Wild! web page.

You may benefit from this writing event…

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS).
Meet in-person with other established authors to discuss writing. The ALWAYS writers’ tribe meets next at Romeo’s Euro Cafe, Gilbert, AZ, at 11:30 a.m., Thurs., March, 8, 2018. (We meet the second Thursday of the month in Gilbert, except for the first Thursday of each quarter when we meet at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Phoenix.)


Come on in!

See this grin? That's me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, and a cup of tea.
 See this grin? That’s me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, along with a cup of tea.

I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here,we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.”

Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating village?

Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about our—and others’—cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us…

Ann


Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth strategy

P.S. Learn more about my novels on Google+.

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2000 Marbles Make Mechanical Music

Wintergatan – Marble Machine

I love this amazing invention! Don’t you?

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Call for young writers’ and artists’ creative works

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Art and writing by James A. Owen grace the first three pages of our hand-bound leather book.

 Writer and artist friends, we have received only ten synergy arts entries (out of the 84 needed) to fill The Storytelling Book of the Ancient Traveler, and we’d love to see your work in it! There is no entry fee, plus we are open to writing or art from “youngsters” of any age.

 

Simply visit AbsolutelyWild.net, the project’s sponsor, and pick one of the Ancient Traveler’s “objects” to write about or draw. Your submitted work will appear in the book with the incomparable James Artimus Owen and Gini Koch. [Look them up if you’re not familiar… excellent company!]
We plan to auction the finished hand-bound book to benefit young writers and artists with a scholarship or some other charity support.
Check out, below, some of the outstanding entries we received.
Thank you for sharing this post with any creatives who might be interested.
P.S.  The  deadline for submitted writing and art is Jan. 31, 2018. Cheers.



“Demigod” writing (excerpt)
by Summer Barbaro

As The Ancient Traveler hiked through the forest, he was overwhelmed by what he saw.  Enormous pine trees towering over him like downtown skyscrapers. Among the pine trees, were white trunked aspen trees covered in leaves the color of roses.  He was enchanted by the sight but then realized the trek through the forest had made him very thirsty.

Not far away, he heard water rushing. Following the sound, he came upon a river cascading into a waterfall. The water was crystal clear teal blue against the red and green of the trees. As he reached for the water, The Ancient Traveler was caught off-guard by two glowing beings.

The one splashing in the water appeared to be a girl with jet-black hair falling to her waist and dressed in pure white. The other, a boy built like an ox, was high on a boulder keeping watch over the girl. His hair was blonde and he looked ready to pounce like a lion if threatened.


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“Marble” object art by Ambrosia Jones, age 20


“The Comet” writing (excerpt) 
by William Edgmon, age 25

It was known that the Opus were reaching their ascension.  Prophesized by the etchings of creation, the sacred comet foretold their purpose.  Carved in the Comet’s surface were the hieroglyphics of past and future.  Pressing away moss and grime revealed the birth of a species.  Born immortal, they grew together.  Nothing short of an eternity to find love, then together they’d float across the dimensional plane.

Their eyes were on each other.  The goal was to listen, to receive, to offer.  No one dwelled on the carving’s end, and the single figure draped in studded lines.

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Coffee CommuniTea: Pitchforks & Corks, Tempe, AZ

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Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Pitchforks & Corks – Tempe, AZ

 

Share a Cuppa (pertinent details about the owner, building, history, name)

Smack dab in the center of Tempe, just north of University Drive—above the ASU store and overlooking College Ave.—hides a gem of a coffee/wine shop/restaurant you have to experience to believe.

Pitchforks & Corks is a quiet, second-floor coffee shop with industrial chic decor and a delicious menu. I love this place!

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It didn’t hurt either, to be treated by my talented author and friend Dr. Andrea Tovar. [Thank you, Andrea, for the amazing appetizers, cookies, not to mention the photo using the airbrush app that makes you look incredible, and me like some unknown glamorous woman. 🙂 ]

Perks (what I really like!)

  • The value of the food your receive for the price!
  • The deck, with built-in heaters, and an excellent view of “A” Mountain.
  • The look of the place! I hear they’re planning to improve with a slight remodel soon, too! Not sure what they could improve on except perhaps the cool-looking, though not-too-comfortable high stools.

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Omelettes
  • Salads
  • Small plates
  • Sandwiches
  • Patries
  • Coffee/tea
  • Wine/beer/spirits

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • You can make a reservation for parties of fifteen or fewer by calling (480) 727-4546 or emailing Melissa.
  • Happy Hour, M.–F., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

The Grind (what I would change)

  • I’d let everyone know about this place, because it is such a hidden treasure.
  • A bigger tea selection would satisfy Tea Evangelists like me.

The Grounds (location)
660 South College Avenue
Tempe, AZ  85281
480-727-4546

Tea Times (hours)
M.–F.      11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Yelp rating:
4.5 stars from 13 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

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Coffee CommuniTea: Global Tea Mart, Chandler, AZ

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Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Global Tea Mart – Chandler, AZ

I discovered a new lovely gift shop and tea room in Phoenix’s East Valley, and I’m so excited about it!

 

Share a Cuppa (pertinent details about the owner, building, history, name)

Global Tea Mart (GTM) owners Diane and Dean Eddy’s tea shop has been around for a couple of years in Chandler, but they just expanded to offer several charming themed tea rooms in November 2017.
With certifications earned in various teas, their knowledge is only a question away. Go query them, find the perfect tea accessories, and enjoy the experience that is tea.


Perks
(what I really like!)

  • The themed rooms, both spacious and cozy versions: Queen Victoria Room, Charles Dickens’ Room, the Music Room, etc. If you want a tea event—Wed.–Sun. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.— 48-hour advance reservations are required.
  • Their delightful tea gift shop, where you’ll find teas, books, and wares to satisfy even the heartiest of tea aficionados.
  • Their comprehensive and information Web site, even including a State of Mind tea game to introduce you to the perfect tea to fit your current mood.

 

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Your favorite teas from around the world.
  • Buy your choice of tea in the gift shop, order it online, or experience it in one of the themed rooms.

 

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • Diane Eddy, Certified Tea Professional, leads tea classes covering everything from “Pairing Tea With Chocolates” to the “Japanese Tea Ceremony.” She invites you to learn the origins and history of fine tea, and to see, smell and taste the differences between teas.

 

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My friends Laurie, Andrea, and I in the Music Room for our Christmas Tea.

The Grind (what I would change)

!Nada¡ I really enjoyed my experience at Global Tea Mart and cannot wait to go back. Give me an excuse, friend…

 

The Grounds (location)

991 S Alma School Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85248
Promenade At Fulton Ranch
(480) 219-6211

 

Tea Times (hours)

M.–Sa.      10AM–5PM
Sunday      11AM–2PM

Yelp rating: 5 stars from 4 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

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Knitted Fabrication – Stories and Ugly Holiday Sweaters, ALWAYS

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)

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“Don we now our gay apparel?” The better to tell stories in,   my dear. Excuse the mixed metaphor and come share something meaningful at our Dec. ALWAYS gathering.

Established writer, do you have a favorite mini story or holiday tradition to share? Don your favorite “ugly holiday sweater” and come share with us something book related, or simply meaningful to you, over a delicious meal. What better way for writers to get into the season’s spirit?

Here’s the usual agenda:
11:30 introductions with writing tips
11:50 order lunch
11:55 writing discussion/sharing
1 p.m. pay individual bills and adjourn (to go write!)

Next gathering:
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
(ALWAYS typically meets on the second Thursday of the month.)

Where:
Romeo’s Euro Cafe
207 N Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 962-4224

Cost:
A writing tip, and your own lunch.

RSVP:
PLEASE show the consideration of reserving your spot at the table by:
• RSVPing through the “Going” link on our Facebook Event page
or
• Contacting Ann Videan, avidean@videanunlimited.com

If you’ve RSVP’d, please SHOW UP. If you run into a conflict, please let me know BEFORE the event so I can make the necessary adjustments for the group meeting. Cheers!
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ABOUT ALWAYS

Are you an established writer who:
• Needs contacts to help your writing?
• Wants advice about your writing?
• Likes to hang with other cool writers?

If so, our tribe – the Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) – is the place for you. We’re an informal group of established writers looking for camaraderie, ideas, enlightenment and connection with writers, especially in the Phoenix metro area, to talk about our craft and businesses.

Any established writer can connect with us online through our ALWAYS Facebook page, get listed in our directory of writers on our ALWAYS LinkedIn page, or you can meet with us in person at a lunch meeting. We’d love to have any experienced writer join us at our next meeting … anyone who spends a significant part of his/her week writing, and wants to rub elbows with other writers.

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Absolutely Wild! presents…

Looking for a bit of whimsy to make this holiday season merry and bright for you or someone deserving? Our product sales benefit young writers and artists, so there is more than one reason to go Absolutely Wild!

Take a quick view of our new Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy. Don’t forget to turn on the video volume for its relaxing quality. And, check out our “Winter Wiles” Faerie’s Tale excerpt, below.

All  of our faerie products are hand made and infused with magical faerie dust. Each uniques portal is signed and numbered by the artist, too, just for you!

  • Books: Song of the Ocarina that inspired all things Absolutely Wild!, and our Enchanted Faerie Portals coloring book with writing prompts
  • Faerie portals: custom, original, mini, magnets and pins
  • Faerie’s Tales: custom, original, mini (see excerpt below)
  • Note cards: coloring cards, and spektrelized faerie portals

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Winter Wiles

 A Faerie’s Tale
By Ann Narcisian Videan

 Eirlys Sparkle-Bright read the scribbles on her page out loud in a low voice.

“Twas’ the night before winter and all through the realm,
not a snowflake had fallen to grace the yon elm.”

The wee Winter Faerie stared down into the brick fireplace, wishing for weather cold enough to warrant a fire. She flicked a strand of white hair from her cheek and tsked.

Faerie Queen Titania looked up from her book, “What is it, Eirlys?”

The Winter Faerie bowed her head as an uncomfortable warmth spread up her neck. She hated blushing. Even the smallest rush of blood to her cheeks always made her think of the Fleet Foxes’ lyrics from “White Winter Hymnal.” “…and turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime.”

“I— I am so sorry to interrupt your research, Your Majesty, but I was trying out a verse to explain our lack of snow. I know your work on the topic is much more important.”

The queen inclined her head to one side, and smiled in understanding at her young poetry-loving apprentice.

Eirlys met her queen’s gaze. “You know I’ve done everything I can to make it happen, Your Majesty. I spread the winter faerie dust throughout the land, just as I have done for one hundred years. Yet, it’s mid-December and not a snowflake in sight. The trees have barely lost their leaves. No snow, no ice… not even a frost. What could be going on?”

The Queen’s brow furrowed, and she stared out the open window toward the elm forest and lake beyond.

“Frost.” She stated the word under her breath and gently closed her reference book and laid it aside. Her expression hardened, and she stood up. “This is beyond a fluke of nature. This is a manipulation.”

Following the queen’s train of thought, Eirlys jumped to her feet. Her parchment and quill landed on the cool hearth. “Jack Frost, that blaggard! I think I saw him here in Delfaerune at the end of autumn… with a yeti.”

[continued in the full Faerie’s Tale, available on the Absolutely Wild! Web site
©2017 Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy]


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Novel-inspired faerie art and books = November featured artist at Birt’s Bistro

Our Absolutely Wild! Faerie’s Tales and portals are on display during November 2017 in the Birt’s Bistro gift shop in Surprise, AZ. You’ll discover faerie portal note cards, magnets, our coloring book with writing prompts, and Song of the Ocarina, book 1 in the Delfaerune Rhapsody series—my fantasy novel that inspired it all.

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Sculptor Cherie Scott, my business partner, hand created every original numbered and signed piece. You’ll discover themes like Halloween, autumn, and Christmas; plus books, s’mores, and Trufaela trees.

I wrote all the Faerie’s Tales and the novel, and illustrated the faerie portal coloring book and the coloring note cards, and other fantastical whimsy, including a few fractured Faerie’s Tales. (In one, Cinderella breaks free from Grimm’s and is running around placing one shoe on each eligible bachelor’s doorstep, trying to find a better life.} Delightful and whimsical, trust me.

I also promise Birt’s will surprise you. It’s worth a stop in to shop, browse the book store, and enjoy a scrumptious lunch—their chef is amazing. You’ll find Birt’s at 16752 N. Greasewood St. Surprise, Ariz., 623-584-0065. It’s open seven days a week, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. with Happy Hour on Fridays only from 5 –7 p.m.

P.S.
Every purchase benefits young writers and artists, per Absolutely Wild!’s mission statement. Come on out to support local art, local business, and young creatives.

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Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write. Edit. Publish. Word-of-mouth strategy.
Check out my Book Shepherding consultations.
avidean@videanunlimited.com

 

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