AlmaMia Went to Arizona and Came Home Wearing a Hat and a Tutu

I didn’t even know the girl was gone, my Wicked Luvs. So I was surprised—shrieked a bit to show my shock—when I opened a package, and out pops AlmaMia Cienfuegos grinning face.

“Where did you get that hat?” I asked, while trying not to think about the fact that the wild girl had probably spent a few days exploring the wastelands of the United States Post Office.

“Cute, isn’t it? I have a tutu, too.” She did a little jig before sitting next to my hat box.
“Tutu. I see.” I didn’t know what else to say. The wild girl had a tutu.

“I also brought a backpack full of treasures!”

I emptied the bag and found a book, a seashell, a compass, a key pendant, a bracelet, a crystal ball *cough, it could be a marble, cough*, and a clock gear that makes me wonder if someone’s grandfather clock is no longer ticking, or if maybe AlmaMia went to a steampunk event.
As soon as her things were put away, she proceeded to climb Stubitta, the dieffenbachia that sits by my Piano Man’s keyboard. I need to pay more attention to this girl. Only the gods know where she’ll try to go next… now that she owns a compass.
Rhissanna and Narrator, thank you so much! Only my Piano Man (and my neighbors) can tell you how happy this made me. She is beautiful. And yes, I can’t wait to have long conversations with her.

Paying It Forward

The AlmaMia Doll left me in a giving mood. So, I told Jonquil, “I’m in!” and now I want to pay it forward. The first 13 people who add the following phrase, at the end of their comment: “I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits,” will receive a bookmark inspired by one of the books I plan to devour for the Artful Readers Club… before the end of 2014.

Please let me know what book you would like your bookmark to be inspired by. Read the words of those who comment before you, to make sure you aren’t picking the same book. Oh, you can Pay It Forward, if you like (or can), but saying yes to me doesn’t mean you must. Yes, Gina, I copied your idea. Here is the book list, in no particular order:

Jan - Make Good Art, by Neil Gaiman (Gail H. Ragsdale)
Feb - The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (Kestril Trueseeker)  
Feb - Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story, by Diane Setterfield (Winter Moon)
Mar - Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez (Rhissanna) 
Apr - Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2), by Ransom Riggs (Gina)
May - I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38), by Terry Pratchett (Ash-Lynn) 
Jun - Black Hills, by Nora Roberts (Ms Misantropia)
Jul - A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, by Howard Zinn (Sunfire) 
Aug - A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9), by Laurell K. Hamilton (Vickie)
Sep - The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (Eliora
Oct - All Souls’ Children (Magic behind the Mountains), by Diandra Linnemann (Stacy)
Nov - The Onion Girl (Newford, #11), by Charles de Lint (Kat)  
Dec - The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Kalei's Best Friend) 

41 comments:

  1. Well isn't she beautiful! I bet she had fun on her journey. I would say if I was to get a bookmark inspired by one of the books on your list it would have to be "I Shall Wear Midnight, by Sir Terry Pratchett :) “I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits,”

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    1. I should probably ask her about the details of her travels... I wonder, wonder, wonder. ;-)

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  2. Adventure indeed! I would like a bookmark inspired by The Onion Girl . I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits.

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    1. Sweet! I have you down for The Onion Girl, please email me your mailing address at magalyguerrero @ live . com.

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  3. How fun is that!
    I've read the "illustrated" version (aka graphic novel) of A People's History, but I haven't quite got around to reading the full text version. I'm sure you will love it! After you devour Howard Zinn's book, I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits (please).
    ~Sunfire

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    1. I didn't know there was an illustrated version. I bet it's fantastic! I will try to get a hold of it. I've reading this edition with care--one chapter and then a short break. There is a lot to digest.

      Please send me your mailing address to magalyguerrero @ live . com.

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  4. That doll is perfect! Yes, with a compass, you had best make sure she doesn't get into mischief! As for the other....hmmm...Yes, 13th Tale please! I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits.

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    1. A little knowledge can be a dangerous things, a little knowledge and a compass in AlmaMia's hands... well, I'm predicting total mayhem!

      What a great choice of books. I have no idea what I will make yet, but I know it will be full of love. I adore The Thirteenth Tale!

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  5. Oh my, the REAL AlmaMia no less! She looks like she's been to the Caribbean, lucky girl :)
    I would love to win a bookmark! I haven't read 'Black Hills' but I loved the title, so that will be me pick. I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits. Pretty please, with sugar on top :)

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    1. Lucky girl, indeed. With all this snow in New York City, the Caribbean seems like a dream that can only happen to someone else *sigh*.

      I haven't read Black Hills either, but I'm very excited about reading it. Nora Roberts has never let me down. ;-)

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  6. She certainly is resourceful!

    Would love to win a bookmark! I have not read Make Good Art, but I love Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book and Ocean at the End of the Lane, so this should be good also! “I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits!"

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    1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is so a yummy read. And The Graveyard Book is one of my favorite books, by Neil Gaiman. Make Good Art is a short nonfiction version of Neil Gaiman's awesomeness.

      I've added you to the list, please send me your mailing address to magalyguerrero @ live . com. ;-)

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  7. I loved The Kite Runner... also Love in The Time of Cholera.... either one would work for me.. I leave the choice up to u!.... :-)

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    1. I'm excited about reading The Kite Runner. I've heard so much about it. And Love in the Time of Cholera is one of my faves!

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    2. did u see The Kite Runner movie? that left a tear or two w/me... I can also picture a great bookmark depicting it... :-)

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    3. I haven't seen it, yet. I want to read the book first. That way, I don't find myself looking for the actors' faces in the book, lol. But I read the blurb and have the feeling that it would make an awesome bookmark. ;-)

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  8. AlmaMia is adorably mischievous!
    I also spy The Gashleycrumb Tinies :)

    I hope Bellman & Black isn't already taken because I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits - please x

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    1. I even spy Gashlycrumb Tinies and must remember to check for typos before posting :(

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    2. Typos need their face time, too. ;-D

      I thought you would choose Bellman & Black, and I swear that you were in my mind when I noticed certain cover was in the picture!

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  9. How exciting for AlmaMia to take a trip you didn't even know she had scheduled! And to Arizona...OH MY! At any rate I'm glad she's back and looking forward to hearing more about her adventures, I'm sure she didn't divulge everything all at once. You know how she loves to draw things out, LOL!!

    And YES PLEASE! “I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits,”. I will leave the choice up to you, I love getting surprises!

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    1. You know here well! She hasn't stopped running her mouth, and telling me how Arizona is not freezing *sigh*.

      I shall choose then!

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  10. A miniature AlmaMia to keep you company as you write her - marvelous! I love her Magick Bag goodies, too.

    I have been in love with Ray Bradbury for over 50 years. make mine The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury, so Yes, “I want one of your 2014 Artful Reading Bits”

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    1. Marvelous, indeed. I was all giggles and smiles when she got here. Such a lovely surprise.

      I figure Bradbury would be taken by you or Gina--I actually added the book after she told me that it's one of her favorites!

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  11. Oh, Magaly, you took some lovely photos of her! She does look happy! I'm glad she made it through the snow, with her treasures and spices intact and I'm so happy to see how at home she looks. You're very welcome. Mr N and I wanted to show how much we appreciate what you do for us bloggers and writers, and the doll was just demanding to be made.

    Pick a book? Heck... Well, I've always wanted to read 'The Onion Girl' just because of the cover. (I'm shallow like that!) Other than that, Love in the time of cholera, because I never have and know I should, and The Martian Chronicles, because it's the most lyrical, sweetly-told horror story I know.

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    1. She already took over my writing space, and has been demanding her own rocking chair. I don't mind, she's so cute that I just want to give her everything. I might have to make her some more outfits clothes *cough, cough*

      And it's Love in the Time of Cholera for you, m'lady. I've read it a few times, but it will my first time reading it in English. I can't wait to compare!

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    2. Oooh! Thank you! And, I have to see this rocking chair!

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  12. I may not know where AlmaMia went, but I can tell by the ecstatic smile on her face that she must have had a fantastic time while she was there. She's adorable, tutu and all! Hmm. A gilded heart, studded with spikes, and sporting a skull hanging from its middle. Yeah. That made me think of Valentine's Day right away. ;)

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    1. She looks way too happy, doesn't she? I wonder if she's trying to hide something behind all that glow... or maybe she's just ecstatic. We'll see. She and I have much to talk about. ;-D

      And you are right, that heart does remind me of the Valentine's Day myth!

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  13. Oh, I love your doll! AlmaMia is so happy ;o) I love her face ;o) Can I be in your pay it forward? I think I am number 13? If I am in, I would like All Soul's Children ;o) The title captured me ;o) I want one of your 2014 artful reading bits ;o) Please ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. She does have a ginormous smile. I bet she's planning some extra fun mischief! I sure hope she tells us about it.

      You are in for All Soul's Children, then!

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  14. I may have miscounted, but there appears to be one book left, so whichever it is I would gladly want 1 of your 2014 Artful Readers Arty bits :D
    Already entered Mario's giveaway
    ...and LURRRRRVE AlmaMia's tutu and hat :D XXX

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    1. Hooray! You are in for Hollow City, I LOVE the first book in the series. Ooh, I can't wait to make that creepy bookmark and add more surprises to it, too. This is always super exciting, isn't it? To read a book and to create something while thinking of the way the book makes you feel and the person who is to get the creation. Yum!

      And AlmaMia ADORES her tutu and hat, too!

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  15. I just adore Alma Mia's smile :)

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    1. She is easy to love, isn't she? Well, let's not ask that question of Vanesa or Soledad...

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  16. Okay, I'm late. 17 comments plus yours. Well I'm not too disappointed because I saw AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ beautiful face AND tutu! She is beautiful, Magaly. Glad she made it home safely! :)

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    1. Isn't that a glorious tutu? It makes me giggle every time I look at it.

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  17. Oooh! Please, please, please, may I put these photos on facebook? I have an album of my dolls in their new homes and I'd love to add AlmaMia here.

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    1. Of course, dear Rhissanna. You know how AlmaMia loves being shown off. ;-D

      You'll get some more when I find the new perfect place for my tea set, too!

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    2. Thank you!
      Saving and posting now!

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