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A Fairy Tale for You

Below is a short fairy tale my son and I made up as we went hiking through the forest. We did so as a way to ease his fear and anxiety of all things going on in the world. Enjoy.

The Bread and the Animals

“Mommy, I hope I’m enchanted now.”

by Cynthia & Son


Once upon a time there was a mother and a little boy. They baked a bread and still warm, packed it to go to grandmother’s house. On the way to grandmother’s house, they hiked deep through the wood. The little boy noticed something peculiar. “Mother, I do not hear the sounds of the foxes, or the deer, or the butterflies, or the birds.” Mother stopped and asked the tree. “Tree, why do we not hear the sounds of the foxes or the deer or the butterflies or the birds?” Tree said “Because they are all waiting at grandmother’s house for you. They are very much looking forward to seeing you there and sharing in the delicious bread you’ve made.” And so, mother and son rushed to grandmother’s house and there, with such joy on their faces was grandmother and all of the foxes, and all of the deer, and all of the butterflies, and all of the birds to greet them. They all sat down together to share in the wonderful bread that was baked, and they were happy. The end.

Two Readings Coming Up

Hi friends,

I wanted to remind you that I will be participating in two readings this month. A quick outline is below as well as further details:

LOCKDOWN launch. I will be reading Friday, June 19th at 7pm EST. To register for attendance to this online event go here.

Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief. I will be reading Friday, June 26th at 7pm EST. To register for attendance to this online event go here.

Overview of the LOCKDOWN reading –

In LOCKDOWN –

“A mysterious virus sweeps across the country, mutating rapidly as it jumps from person to person. Cities are locked down. The skies are clear as all planes are grounded. Some people panic, while some go to heroic lengths to save those they love―and others use the chaos as an opportunity to engage in purest evil.

In “Lockdown,” 19 of today’s finest suspense, horror, and crime writers explore how humanity reacts to the ultimate pandemic. From New York City to the Mexican border, from the Deep South to the misty shores of Seattle, their characters are fighting for survival against incredible odds. An anthology for our time, showing how the worst crises can lead to the best of us. Proceeds from LOCKDOWN will go to support BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, as it seeks to help booksellers recover from the devastating COVID-19 crisis.”

Details for the reading can be found here:

Please pick up a copy of LOCKDOWN here: http://www.polisbooks.com/books/lockdown/

Overview of Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief –

The second reading event is a virtual reading and fundraiser. Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief, features multiple authors who have joined together to raise funds for Minneapolis.

Many of the writers who participated in the award nominated anthology ¡PA’QUE TU LO SEPAS!: STORIES TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO by Down and Out Books and edited by Angel Luis Colon will be participating in reading our works as a celebration of Puerto Rican Day on Friday, June 26th!

Some of us will be reading stories from the collection and others may be reading new material. So please join us.

Again, I will be reading on Friday, June 26th at 7pm EST, but please join us Thursday, June 25th as well! Details are below and here.

Please pick up a copy of ¡PA’QUE TU LO SEPAS!: STORIES TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO here https://downandoutbooks.com/bookstore/colon-paque-sepas/

She’s Lost Control is available!

She’s Lost Control is available!

She’s Lost Control: The female voice is strong, and will not be controlled, is now available by Post Mortem Press.

This anthology includes my short story “The Black Wallpaper” which is an adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” I hope you read it. It’s probably one of my favorite short stories I have written recently.

You can find it at Amazon. Click on the image below.

She’s Lost Control by Joy Division can be heard here