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I have loved unicorn since I was five years old. Especially unicorns with rainbow manes. I don’t know if this is a My Little Pony thing or because I watched Rainbow Brite as a child and I loved her unicorn—which could, of course, also fly.

Every once in a while, I write a short story with unicorns in them. They have to be sassy and weird unicorns because that’s just the kind writing that I do. A few years ago I put together a collection of short stories titled, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh my! A lot of people commented on that unicorn with the laser rainbow gun on the cover.

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When I was writing the Womby’s School for Wayward Witches Series and I included unicorns, some people love the chauvinistic unicorns with potty mouths, and some people really hated them, because they were very different than what people imagine unicorns should be.

I wanted to share a couple of my favorite unicorn things with you.

Questions Sarina Dorie is commonly asked on Facebook.

I have been wanting to make a book trailer for over a year. I did have one that was 15 seconds at one point though it didn’t have music. Now that I have overcome the difficulties of technology, I did it! I have the most beautiful animated book trailer. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

The last fundraiser I remember taking part of was the school jog-a-thon in sixth grade. I now am about to ask for assistance with another, which will result in a tangible product.

AN AUDIOBOOK OF WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES!

 

I think you will get a kick out of my promotional video. I toiled over the special effects and music to create the most dramatic, cheesiest video I could conjure with my tech magic.

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Most of the research that went into both The Trouble With Hedge Witches Series and the Son of a Succubus Series relied on many of the same websites and sources of information. These are only a few of the windows I had up the entire time I was writing one series and then the other. (Yeah, I’m one of those people who has thirty tabs up at once. My husband tells me this is why my computer is so slow.)

These are videos made by Dust and Omeleto, short films that are like reading a short story rather than a novel. I have been watching these videos because they are short pieces that can be watched while eating lunch. Many are “award winning” which implies they will be “good” though I often find that doesn’t mean much. The filming is great, and often there are talented actors, but many are written like incomplete short stories. Sometimes a problem, setting, or character is set up but there is no plot. The characters aren’t taking actions to create the resolution. They are reacting to events rather than participating in the conflict or resolution. As a short story author, I find some of these disappointing. But I could also say the same thing about a lot of “artsy” films I watch on Netflix or in literary film festivals.

However, in these videos, I have also found some that are extremely good. I have included these below.

Twice in the Womby’s School for Wayward Witches series, Clarissa Lawrence goes to the Oregon Country Fair and can’t tell the difference between Fae and humans dressed in eccentric costumes. OCT is a real festival that takes place outside of Eugene, Oregon in July. It is hard to capture the essence of the fair in pictures but I have posted a few highlights on my blog.

It is here! The test you my readers have been waiting for. No sorting fire is needed: How to Test Your Affinity. There is a certificate at the end. I need test testers. Let me know what your affinity is on Facebook.

https://quiz.sarinadorie.com/determine-your-magical-affinity

It is here! The test you my readers have been waiting for. No sorting fire is needed: How to Test Your Affinity. There is a certificate at the end. I need test testers. Let me know what your affinity is on Facebook.

https://quiz.sarinadorie.com/determine-your-magical-affinity

Determining the affinity, or the type, of a Witchkin is a process that involves a sorting fire in the Womby's School for Wayward Witches series. The sorting commonly included Celestor, Elementia, Amni Plandai, or more rarely a double affinity. Even more rare--and dangerous--is the Red affinity.

I wouldn’t be anywhere without my readers. I appreciate your enthusiasm for my books and am thrilled you enjoy my characters and worlds as much as I do. When you email me and tell me how much you love/hate Felix Thatch, you are a teacher and can relate to Clarissa’s budget cuts problems, or just in general that you love my books, it makes me so happy!

 

For years, I worked hard selling short stories to magazines, novels to publishers, and self-publishing books before deciding to launch the Womby’s School for Wayward Witches series. I continue to push myself so that I can regularly publish books.

Though there are aspects of publishing I enjoy like writing and connecting with fans, there are many aspects that are just time consuming. Some day I hope to hire a personal assistant so I can get more writing done—and get more sleep, but that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

 

One thing that readers can do to help increase awareness of my books so that I can spend more time writing and less time marketing, is being part of my Street Team. Some authors call this an ARC team or a Launch Team.

 

Here’s what being on my Street Team entails:

Pretty in Pink

Artist and art teacher with sunny disposition, optimistic world view, and pink hair seeking the love of her life. Looking for someone trustworthy, patient, compassionate, and loving. Must be honest, open, and not evil.

 

CONTEST: Felix Thatch’s Personal Ad

Do you have a brilliant idea for Professor Felix Thatch’s personal ad for what he would write? (Okay, so if you have gotten to at least Book 4, you probably realize Thatch would sooner die than write a personal ad, but if he did, what would it say?)

If you submit a personal ad for Felix Thatch, using the Google form link below, your entry will be entered in the contest and potentially published in the back of the book. As a thank-you for your enthusiasm for the series, and making my readers and me laugh, I will send the first-place winner a prize in the form of a Womby’s mini-notebook.

Enter your submission in this Google Form. Winners TBA.

https://goo.gl/forms/RDTWBLgbwpdm7Ukc2

Some of these memes would be perfect to hang up in the human resources building. Some perhaps execute the eloquence my congressman or senator needs to see, while others would be perfect for the principal of the school. Of any school, not just my school. All I can do is hang it on my Pinterest board and my website.

Yes, I am a teacher. I also write short stories and novels that often feature teachers like in my WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES Series.

These are snarky teaching memes I would really like to post in my classroom. Last year when I got a color printer in my classroom with the fees from my class, I thought I would even print some of these memes. But alas, it took almost all year before my help desk ticked was responded to for the second or third time after I explained that the tech services hadn’t installed the printer correctly. Being the luddite of luddites, I couldn’t figure it out. Considering the school’s tech guy couldn’t either, I didn’t feel that bad, only I really wanted to print using that big hunk of gears taking up a large section of my desk.

Because it took until the end of the year when I was way too busy to do things like post de-inspirational posters around my classroom, I decided this task would wait until next year. However, I have at least organized all these potential posters in the same place so that I can print them out and hold them up when a student gives me an excuse like, “That is stupid. Why didn’t you give me full credit? I don’t need to put my name on all my papers.”

Here are some things from my own life that influenced Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells, Hex-Ed, Witches Gone Wicked and other books in the WOMBY'S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES Series:

As a school teacher, I have an abundance of weird stories and situations that I channel into my writing. Some of these experiences include:

 

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