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  • Writer's pictureColleen McCubbin

Virtual Alchemist Creates Artistic Treasure

During a thunderstorm in the summer of 2020, Nicola and I had our first phone call. After working on a fantasy series for 20 years (two decades!), she was looking for help with editing and publishing.

As we began working together, I discovered that she is a virtual alchemist. Nicola likes to say, "Everything I touch turns to art. Visual art, written, aural, tactile, you name it, I love it!" At Siretona and The Book Hatchery, we are discovering the truth of her claim. She enlivens every author coaching meeting, eagerly beta-reads other authors' manuscripts, and is establishing us in the audiobook market. Those are just three examples of her creative magic!

Nicola is also wise. One day I compared her to the all-knowing trash heap from the Canadian TV show, Fraggle Rock.* And Nicola is playful. Several months ago she got into a glitter fight with a grandmotherly friend. The convergence of these two led to her nickname: Madam Glitter Heap.

Nicola loves to throw parties! She's planning one for next Saturday, complete with an online treasure hunt. Play the

Tassanara Treasure Hunt, Clue #4

image and script created by Travis Williams

Step #1

Did you see the Tassanara Treasure Image above? Figure out what it says using the Tassanara Key.

Step #2

When you know what the treasure says, find the next treasure here.

Step #3

Go to all the blogs, collecting treasure along the way.

Step #4

The last link will lead you to the answer form. Fill in your answers and submit!

Step #5

Download, print, and proudly display your Tassanara Internet Treasure Hunt Participation Certificate!

Step #6

Buy the T-shirt so other fans can recognize you in the wild.

Step #7

Sign up for the party next week! Click this link.

p.s. If you missed the beginning of the party, start here. If you just need the previous clue #3, visit Connie's blog:


* Marjory the Trash Heap is a large, matronly, sentient compost heap from Fraggle Rock. According to her rat-like companions Philo and Gunge, who serve as her acolytes, the Trash Heap knows all and sees all. In fact, Marjory is all: "I'm orange peels, I'm coffee grounds, I'm wisdom!" She serves as an oracle to the Fraggles, dispensing advice and wise sayings, and the Fraggles stand in awe and reverence of her. (Marjory the Trash Heap)

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