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Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome Paperback – August 22, 2015

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From the Author

So Here's How This All Got Started
It was a few weeks before Christmas and my very good friend Janet Lee was suddenly the hottest thing since sliced bread.  The art house in East Nashville (Art and Invention) where she sells her ornaments, cards, and paintings couldn't keep her stuff on the shelves.  In an effort to help Janet out (and to get some free art lessons out of the deal), I invited myself over to Janet's house to participate in what we began calling "Ornament Gulag." I painted all the wood, cut all the scrapbook paper, decoupaged the paper on, and drilled the holes.  She drew miniatures of whatever inspired her at the moment, and glues them to the prepped ornament.  We made a ton.  She sold them all.
While we painted and glued, we spoke about many things, including the launch of this new Twitter magazine Thaumatrope.  I had sold a few stories already, and I was having far too much fun coming up with worlds and plot lines 140 characters long.

As payment for my services that evening (because she refused to let me go home empty-handed), I requested she make mean ornament for my tree. (I have Janet Lee original ornaments going back about 5 or 6 years now.)  She asked me what I'd like--last year gnomes were the hot ticket, and she used my gardengnome Seamus as a model.  I didn't hesitate.

"I'd like a Dr. Horrible Gnome." I said.

When I got back home, I immediately wrote a Thaumatrope tweet that started: "Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome:Day One" and submitted it.

The next day I got an email from Nathan at Thaumatrope that said, "I'd like to talk to you about your gnome story."

Really? Seriously...it's not 140-characters.  What's to talk about? Your EMAIL was longer than that story.  Not wanting to mince words, I replied in exactly the way you should not reply to a publisher. Two words only. "What's up?"

Turns out, Nathan thought that Dr. Gnome had potential. He was about to launch a serial post-apocalyptic Twitter  story  (#FutureJer) and thought this would be a great follow-up.  Make that month long. You're welcome to more than one tweet a day.  It's due before March.  Send me a synopsis. Go.
My brain went back to what had inspired the tweet to begin with: Janet's art.  When I read to her the synopsis the next day, she just about fell out of her chair laughing.  When I sent it to Nathan, he approved of it immediately...and suggested I blog about the whole adventure.

The rest is history...

--Alethea Kontis

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  • Item Weight : 4.7 ounces
  • Paperback : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1942541007
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1942541004
  • Dimensions : 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Alethea Kontis (August 22, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 6 - 9 years
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