On a cool December morning, Dustin Tanglewood awoke to find bright whiteness outside his window. Overnight, his quiet suburban neighborhood had transformed into a snowy paradise. As he took a closer look, there was only one thing out of place, … Continue reading
My latest tale, “Nina Faces Reality,” is now posted on Spinning Straw into Gold. I would like to thank Christie, the blog’s editor, for inviting me to write a guest story, and for providing me with the prompts “Los Angeles” and “Reality TV.” Christie’s encouragement and enthusiasm have been inspiring. This story is dedicated to her. – Alex Schattner (Click anywhere to be taken to the story)
Three Shih Tzus were present at Susanna’s birth, and each had a gift to bestow. The first dog presented her with unparalleled cuteness, the second with street smarts, and the third with good judgment of character. Her parents were surprisingly happy … Continue reading
This tale started abroad, Sicily to be exact. A young man, Baldassare Forestiere, was hiking over the hills for the last time. At dawn, his ship would sail for America. Baldassare was considering turning back, when he heard a song … Continue reading
Neil was terrified of socializing. Every time he attended a party he would stand quietly in the corner. A “successful” party was one at which he said more than the occasional monotone “Hi.” This impediment applied to other parts of … Continue reading
Eva would buy anything as long as someone famous owned it. When she flipped through magazines, she wanted every product on every page. She wanted a blue handbag to match her blue dress, and an emerald green coat to match … Continue reading
When a Betta fish is born, he and his brothers and sisters are split up from their mother so as to avoid being eaten. From the beginning, each Betta learns to fight for their lives. Once the babies are left … Continue reading
Read the tale of Singing Dawn.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Celia took a road trip to investigate her inheritance, a small property in West Virginia. After passing it three times, Celia pulled up to a grassy field. A mailbox reading “20 Spruce Lane” was the … Continue reading
It’s a struggle, but
When you take on a challenge,
You feel good later.
Some stories take more.
One must trust in the journey,
And proclaim one’s dreams!
fear becoming butterflies–
growing up so fast.
They are too young to
understand the benefit
of beautiful wings.
They just see others
Entering cocoons, and then