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What a Wild Spring! (pic heavy)

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! We’re a little over a week into summer, and I’ve barely posted any updates this year. I was silent for pretty much all of spring, with the giant exception of my publishing news, so I wanted to catch you up real quick.

Spring started with the birth of my niece, who I absolutely adore:

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Hubs and I spent a week visiting her, her extremely tired parents, and Mt. Vernon, where we made a new friend:

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It was a windy day!

And for two months everything went back to normal. I read/listened to a bunch of books: The Vicious Deep series by Zoraida Cordova (I’d already read this series, but re-read it this spring), A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (I liked it until the ending, which was just disappointing for me), Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (TWICE! I listened to the audiobook and it was so hilarious and I started it over and listened again!), The Paper Magician triology by Charlie Holmburg (Emery <3), The Seafarer’s Kiss by my agent-sister Julia Ember (f/f Little Mermaid/Vikings!), Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (which quickly became my FAVORITE BOOK EVER! It’s so beautifully written and feminist af), Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor, When Dimple Met Rishi by one of my real-life BFFs Sandhya Menon (the most adorable meet-cute you’ll ever read <3), The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (if you haven’t heard of this one, well I just can’t help you), and Our Dark Duet also by V.E. Schwab (that last chapter, guys, oof).

Now I’m listening to Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (sequel to The Rook, which I enjoyed), reading The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes in paperback, and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor in ebook. Why yes, I do read multiple things at the same time.

For much of the spring I was also working on editing StO into a YA, but that’s no longer necessary because Reuts bought it as an adult book! I actually found out about it the day before I left for NYC, and you can read all about that here. If you haven’t already, you can add SPEAK THE OCEAN to your Goodreads TBR list!

And the next day I left for NYC! It was overwhelming and awesome and I can’t wait to go back! We saw The Colbert Report and Waitress (with Sara Bareilles <3), ate at Delmonicos, Lupa, Russ and Daughters, and this amazing, tiny, Trini place called Trinidad Golden Palace (it was actually my favorite food of the whole trip!). We also wandered around the city and met up with one of my CPs, Natasha Razi!

Right before the trip I dyed my hair bright magenta with blonde streaks. I wanted to look like my mermaid Erie (she’s on the Home page, if you’re curious)

And last but not least, my mom got her new kidney! I’m going to see her in July, and my niece will be there too, so I’m sure I’ll be back with another photo-heavy post 🙂 Until then it’s time to finish editing Fie Eoin before I get my StO edit letter! MY FIRST OFFICIAL EDIT LETTER FROM AN EDITOR!

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Me being super excited on the subway after WAITRESS!

You Can Add SPEAK THE OCEAN to Goodreads!

Hello again, Aledan Merfolk! It’s a big week around here (if you missed yesterday’s post, StO is going to be PUBLISHED!), and shortly after the announcement yesterday, a Goodreads Librarian made a page for Speak the Ocean! Which means you can add it to your TBR and it’ll email you when it’s published!

Check it out here: SPEAK THE OCEAN

Speak the Ocean is going to be PUBLISHED!

Happy Wednesday, Aledan MERFOLK! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I haven’t updated because I haven’t been able to talk about the most exciting thing: SPEAK THE OCEAN is going to be published by Reuts!

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Haven’t heard of SPEAK THE OCEAN yet? Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:

Mermaids and Margaritas for everyone!

I actually found out the day before we left for our NYC trip (I know I still haven’t posted pictures from the trip…I’ve been kind of overwhelmed). I finished my work a couple hours early, went to the bathroom, and BAM! A text from my agent asking me to call him. That’s right, friends, I found out I was going to be published in the bathroom (this is why I didn’t call you immediately, Eric) ^_^

The past few weeks have been a complete whirlwind, but I spoke with my editor and signed the contract on Monday!

Signing

Why yes, that is a MERPONY t-shirt that says “I couldn’t get anymore magical if I tried.”

I’ll have more details later, like publication dates and whatnot, so make sure you follow the blog, my Facebook Page, or Twitter to keep up to date!

I’m an Auntie!

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated you, and if you follow me on Twitter you know why. There’s been a lot going on, but I’m here today to tell you about the best of it:

Meet my niece, Sophie!

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I have never been a baby person, but I AM IN LOVE <3 We spent last weekend with her, and the only time I put her down was when Hubs begged to hold her instead (he is also in love).

Here, have some more pictures:

We also spent some time with college friends, toured the Smithsonians, and hung out with the animals at Mount Vernon, but tiny Sophie was by far the best part of the weekend and I miss her so much already <3

Now that we’re home, I’m back on the editing train! It’s been a month since I’ve done any really good writing stuff (I’ve mostly been reading in preparation for editing), so it’s nice to be back on the horse pony (dolphin?) 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans. I’m going to spend mine Skyping with my sister and niece!

Custom of the Week: Firebrand

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! I haven’t been around much lately, and if you’ve been keeping up on Twitter you’ll know why. There’s been a lot going on! Some good things, other not so great things, and I’ll tell you all about it soon. But for now I have a lovely little custom pony to keep you busy until the next update 🙂

Firebrand Eventide, by Nazegoreng

A fluffy pony! I love the fetlocks, and the beautiful color scheme of this one. And she looks so fierce!

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Custom of the Week: Ariel the Merpony!

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! I discovered a wonderful artist last week who hand-makes fillies/ponies, including seaponies and merponies. I was trying all week to decide between three merponies/seaponies to feature when she posted none other than the most iconic mermaid/pony hybrid ever. That’s right, it’s ARIEL.

Ariel, by WhisperFillies

Can I even say enough good things about this custom? I cannot. I love every detail, right down to her seashell and matching hooves. And her hair! I usually prefer brushable hair, but it’s so perfectly mermaidy that I can’t help myself.

Ariel will be for sale soon, and you can keep an eye on WhisperFillies Facebook page for updates on sales (she’s also selling a bunch of sea/mer-ponies on her etsy page soon).

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Contest: THUG, Wintersong, and YAllFest Swag!

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve finally gotten over the cold-that-turned-into-the-flu, and realized that THUG comes out in less than a week! I pre-ordered it last summer, but then I received a signed arc at YAllFest (and it is just as good as everyone says it is!). So now I have a pre-order that I don’t need. I also have an arc of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and a bunch of YAllFest swag (including two more arcs: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins and The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr), which means it’s contest time!

 Enter to win THUG

Enter to win WINTERSONG

Enter to win YAllFest Swag

You can chose one, two, or all three contests to enter.

Three separate winners will be chosen.

U.S. only

Contest ends at midnight 2/28.

(The blog keeps flagging comments as spam – I’m checking regularly, so if it happens to you please give it a couple hours to appear)

A “Short” Update of Writing and Reading and Yoga

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! This is going to be a quick update, because I’ve got a cold that’s turning my brain fuzzy, but I wanted to let you know that I finished STORY FIX and figured out how to fix the Kaye parts of Fie Eoin! I know who her antagonist is (it’s not who you’d guess), and I’ve started rewriting her half of the book with this in mind (which is also aging her voice up, which was desperately needed).

Of course then this cold hit and fuzzed up my brain, AND my agent-sister Erica Cameron had a book birthday on Tuesday, so I’ve put aside FE for a moment to read ISLAND OF EXILES. This book is so beautiful. Every chapter has artwork in the heading, and the glossary has artwork, and the cover is simply gorgeous! The writing’s good too 😉

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Look how beautiful that is!

Instead of listening to an audiobook lately, I’ve been getting ready for bed with the Sleep With Me podcast (based on the recommendation of another agent-sister, Bassey). I really like the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, because Hubs and I have been re-watching the show for the past year and a half (usually only one or two episodes a week, which is why it’s taking so long).

I’m happy to say that last week I did yoga four times! I wanted to keep that up this week, but if I did downward-facing-dog right now three pounds of snot would run onto my mat, so I’m going to wait until this cold is done to pick that back up. Yoga with Adriene has a 30-day yoga primer that starts with an Ease Into It session and gets progressively more difficult. I really like the instructor, and needed to start out with something easier, so I’m enjoying these sessions a lot.

This quick updated ended up being a little longer than I anticipated, so I’m going to stop here and go buy some more cold medicine. Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and I’ll see you soon!

Custom of the Week: Cuba the Octopony

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s no surprise that I love everything ocean, and anything colorful, and – obviously – ponies, so when I saw today’s custom I think I squee-ed out loud! It’s a gorgeous blue-ringed octopus pony <3 Fun fact, this tiny octopus is one of the most venomous marine creatures on earth. It can kill you! *backs away slowly from the pony*

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Cuba, by Ambar Arts

You guys – look at those tentacles! The paint job is amazing too! I’m in total love with this custom <3

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Science Tuesday: January 2017

Happy Tuesday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Science Tuesday, but since I’m focusing on science activism this year, I thought it was time to start it up again. I’m posting tons of science news from the past month, so get ready to have your mind blown by awesomeness.

Incubation times for some dinosaur eggs stretched into months

Second type of dark matter may have once existed in early universe

NASA may house astronauts on Mars in advanced igloos

Geologist may have found fossil of ancient reptile

Scientists seek answers about Earth’s earliest years

A look at how connectomes work

Gut membrane reclassified as organ

Off switch devised for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system

Ancient cross etched near older menorah carving in Israel cave

Songbirds experiencing mating woes as urban development grows

Ocean ecosystems detailed in new 3D map

Tiny worm species starts life as a “swimming head”

Study compares mortality rate in adults born to mothers with, without diabetes

Distant dwarf galaxy source of recurring radio bursts, researchers say

Bizarre asteroids focus of 2 new NASA missions

Purple rocks on Mars linked to mineral

Ancient shark-like creature related to mysterious modern chimaeras

Researchers show how carbon atoms can break 4-bond rule

Mediterranean diet may stave off brain shrinkage

1.7% of patients become long-term opioid users, study finds

Huge quantity of black holes seen in X-ray image taken by space observatory

Ancient, rare berry fossil found in Patagonia

Scientists use high-tech techniques to reconstruct face of ancient man

Massive iceberg close to breaking off from Antarctic ice shelf

Infants’ early introduction to peanuts could prevent allergies later

Device allows safer insertion of softer nanoelectrodes into brain

Study finds no link between inadequate vitamin D in infancy, food allergy

Stars on track to collide in about 5 years

Strong, light structures created with graphene

Great Barrier Reef’s past holds lessons for today

Pathogen that caused Irish potato famine started in South America

Hagfishes’ loose skin can protect them from shark bites

Microbes linked to endometrial cancer, could help screen for disease

Several objects hit Earth, creating moon from moonlets

Hubble looking at interstellar clouds with eye toward future missions

New negatively charged hydrogen clusters created in lab

Higher levels of shellfish toxin seen when ocean temperatures rise

Silicon may be among elements found in Earth’s core

Study associates prenatal antacid intake, increased asthma risk

Comets detected flying toward star in the Beta Pictoris Moving Group

Exoplanet may be causing shadow in disk surrounding star

Wounds may one day be stitched with artificial spider silk

Wings of huge ancient goose built for fighting, not flying

Physical components needed for speech may have evolved earlier than thought

Strange digestive tract keeps leggy sea spider’s blood circulating

Stem-cell procedure restores vision in blind mice

Pain-signaling protein also triggers relief

Childhood secondhand smoke exposure may increase miscarriage risk

Protein found in bacteria can act like a prion

Predatory behavior triggered in mice when brains stimulated by laser light

World’s tightest knot created by chemists in UK

Mysterious Planet Nine may have come from another solar system

Study reveals moon is 4.51 billion years old

Atari game system gets the best of neuroscientists

Consumed planet, not aliens, caused star’s strange dimming

Harvester ants soften large seeds by letting them germinate

Researchers examine how earwax works

Number of ring-tailed lemurs in wild drops 95% since 2000

Geologists uncover details about supercontinents

Japanese spacecraft spots massive gravity wave over Venus

Oxygen levels briefly high enough to support complex life 2.3B years ago

Formerly mated leopard shark now produces offspring asexually

Researchers identify genes behind false thumbs on giant, red pandas

Common leopards heading higher in Tibetan mountains

Compound can block old blood’s aging effects in brain

Researchers examine efficacy of wearables to predict diseases

Babies learn language very early

Machine learning algorithm can predict quantum computer’s state

More countries to release bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight dengue, Zika

Vampire bats widen their menu to include human blood

Turtle-shaped sunspot seen in ALMA radio telescope images

Cirrhosis risk higher for hospital patients with alcohol problems

Saturn moon Daphnis seen making waves in A ring

Curiosity’s latest Mars rock find likely a meteorite

It looks like 2016 has edged out 2015 as world’s warmest year

60% of primate species could soon be extinct

Traffic noise raises tree frogs’ stress levels

Mexico’s Colima volcano eruption recorded by webcam

3D-printed model helps researchers understand ancient portable sundial

Observing sun’s position helps ants navigate

Researchers developing polio vaccine that contains no live virus

Stronghold located in Scotland is from Dark Ages

Cell-like chemically active droplets may contain clues about origins of life

New Horizons on way to study Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69

Humans may have spurred extinction of Australia’s ancient megafauna

Caterpillar with leafy covering seen moving through Peruvian Amazon

Sedentary lifestyle may make cells age faster

Remains of ancient wolf-sized otter found in China

Solar system’s past uncovered in rare shards of early meteorites

Fear of death eased following out-of-body experience via VR

Masked hypertension may elevate heart disease risk

Hormone injections may help with sexual arousal

US cervical cancer mortality rates are underestimated

Researchers create bacteria with 2 additional letters in genetic code

Personality traits linked to brain wrinkles

Plasma accelerator may be key to studying information loss in black holes

Clusters of dwarf galaxies discovered

Cats likely have episodic memory

EPA told to stop new grants, contracts

Rats grow mouse pancreases in lab

Head ornamentation linked to larger dinosaurs

Evidence of plate tectonics seen on Charon

Measurement of kilogram to be redefined in 2018

Chimera embryos developed in sows for 28 days

Hydrogen transformed into metal under extremely high pressures

Interest growing for pro-science march in D.C.

Pilgrimages may have spread leprosy to medieval England

Study unlinking memories in mice could lead to PTSD treatments

Avian influenza’s geographic reach, diversity of strains could signal danger

Unique amber-encased insect should have its own order, researchers say

Rise in drug-resistant bacteria seen in China

Time crystals that move without energy developed

Ancient, rare meteorites were common over 466 million years ago

What makes something meaningful examined in study using LSD

Newly discovered Amazon reef seen in pictures from Greenpeace

Children with autism may benefit from microbiota transfer therapy

Researchers develop new canine influenza vaccines

Methane spikes may have kept ancient Mars warm enough for liquid water

Rocks may be concealing life on Mars

Oxygen in moon soil may have been picked up from Earth’s magnetosphere

Tiny sea creature is humans’ oldest ancestor

Researchers aim to improve wine through biotechnology

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